University of Utah Assistant Horticulturist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 12/05/2018

Requisition Number PRN19106B

Job Title Assistant Horticulturist

Working Title Assistant Horticulturist

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40.0

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Sunday through Thursday, evening shift may be required during summer months (typically Tuesday)

VP Area President

Department 00340 - Red Butte Garden & Arboretum

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.02 to 19.50

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking an assistant Horticulturist for the Terrace (Herb, Medicinal, & Fragrance) and Water Pavilion Gardens. Assists Lead Horticulturist with all garden maintenance in the assigned areas in order to facilitate the continued development of the Gardens and to serve the community and the University.


Maintain plant health and appearance throughout diverse garden spaces with an emphasis on ethnobotanical plants.

Assists supervisor in leading and training seasonal staff and volunteers in all aspects of plant care and maintenance.

Regular duties include planting, weeding, deadheading, harvesting, mulching, pruning, raking, shoveling and general garden maintenance activities.

Other duties include record keeping, pest management, garden design, event support, snow removal and various other tasks as necessary.

Supports the mission of Red Butte Garden by ensuring maintenance activities are timed and prioritized to enhance private events, classes and garden guest experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate degree in Horticulture, Biology or a related field, or equivalency and 1 year of related experience required. A valid Utah State Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License, or the ability to obtain license within 6 months of hire required. A general knowledge of plant identification and nomenclature and specific knowledge of grounds and garden maintenance. Demonstrated oral and written communications skills to deal effectively with a diverse clientele.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Floriculture, Agriculture or related field; three or more years’ experience in horticulture or agriculture with emphasis on culinary plants, medicinal plants and/or aquatic/riparian plants; two years of supervisory experience; demonstrated experience with landscape design; general knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office.

Valid Utah State non-commercial pesticide applicators license required within 6 months of hire.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.