University of Utah Horticulturist - Rose and Floral Walk Gardens and Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 10/11/2018

Requisition Number PRN18624B

Job Title Horticulturist

Working Title Horticulturist - Rose and Floral Walk Gardens and Amphitheatre

Job Grade D

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

Tuesday through Saturday, requiring one evening per week from spring thru fall.

VP Area President

Department 00340 - Red Butte Garden & Arboretum

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 23.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking a Horticulturist for our Rose and Floral Walk Gardens and Amphitheatre. This working supervisory position is responsible for providing excellent horticultural care of specific outdoor garden areas as assigned, including the living plant collections held within. The incumbent is responsible for identifying and implementing required maintenance and preservation needs; hires, trains, supervises and evaluates the performance of staff and volunteers; assures activities do not impact Garden or private events, and coordinates special projects with appropriate personnel and departments as needed.


1.Plans, directs, and reviews horticulture maintenance programs including pruning, fertilizing, pest and disease control, watering and mulching.

2.Ensures that all aspects of necessary maintenance and preservation of assigned outdoor garden areas and their living plant collections meet excellent horticultural and aesthetic expectations and achieve individual collection objectives.

3.Serves as a professional horticulturist sharing knowledge with the public and in participation with committees.

4.Enforces departmental and University policies and protocols, including but not limited to: Safety, Collections Management, Policy and Procedures. Assists in updating and improving department policies and procedures as requested.

5.Manages assigned budget and provides recommendations for purchases.

6.May interview, hire, train and supervise benefited staff, seasonal staff and volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Biology, or a related field, or equivalency, and two years of experience in horticulture. Strong knowledge and understanding of plant culture and best practices for ornamental and/or native plant care.

Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

This position is not responsible for providing patient care.

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


- Advance degree in Horticulture;

- Experience working in a public garden;

- Vertebrate and/or Aquatic/Surface Water control certification;

- Three years experience in Horticulture with a strong knowledge and understanding of plant culture and best practices for a wide variety of plant taxa including roses;

- Ability to identify major plant genera and species, knowledge of latin names, and characteristics of a wide range of ornamental and native plants;

- Able to identify a wide variety of horticultural weeds, insects and diseases, including beneficial insects;

- Two year’s experience supervising others, including training, performance evaluation, and discipline;

- Must possess a valid Utah driver’s license and proof of insurability;

- Must possess or obtain within first six months of employment, a Utah Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicators License;

- A commitment to provide excellent customer service;

- Demonstrated human relations skills; including effective written and oral communication skills;

- Able to safely and effectively operate all equipment common to the trade;

- Familiarity with personal computers, Microsoft office suite.

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.