Job Information

University of Utah Horticulturist - Terrace Gardens and Water Pavilion in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 07/14/2021

Requisition Number PRN26944B

Job Title Horticulturist

Working Title Horticulturist - Terrace Gardens and Water Pavilion

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Sunday – Thursday, with an evening shift (Wednesday) from April through October.

VP Area President

Department 00340 - Red Butte Garden & Arboretum

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 20.00 to 23.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking a Horticulturist for our Terrace (Herb, Medicinal, Fragrance) and Water Pavilion Gardens. This working supervisory position is responsible for providing excellent horticultural care for the specific outdoor garden areas 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.


This working supervisory position is responsible for the management and care of an assigned area within Red Butte Garden, including the living plant collections held within. Responsible for identifying, prioritizing and implementing required maintenance needs, including the training and supervision of seasonal staff and volunteers in performing necessary maintenance.

Duties include: plant installation, all aspects of landscape maintenance and preservation care for assigned areas and their living plant collections, including but not limited to weed management, pruning, pesticide applications as necessary, bed design, snow removal, decorative fountain maintenance, event support and all other duties as required to support the mission of Red Butte Garden.

Assures that maintenance activities do not impact scheduled private and/or Garden events. Hires, trains and supervises seasonal employees; provides performance feedback and discipline as necessary. Assures gardening practices are water wise and resource efficient. Ensures safe practices and safe operation of equipment.

Participates in various committees including the Design & Maintenance Committee, Collections Committees, and responds to public inquiries about plants and gardening.

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.

Must possess a valid Utah drivers license, proof of insurability, and the ability to safely and effectively operate equipment common to the trade;


Advanced degree in Horticulture, related field or equivalent plus three years of experience in horticulture with focus on ornamental plant care, specifically culinary herbs and medicinal plants;

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

Able to identify a wide variety of horticultural weeds, insects and diseases (including beneficial insects) and determine the best course of action for necessary treatment;

A pesticide applicators license is required or the ability to obtain one within 6 months; additional certification in Vertebrate and/or Aquatic/Surface water control is preferred;

Three years experience in supervising others, including training, performance evaluation, and discipline;

A commitment to provide excellent customer service;

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

Familiarity with personal computers and the Microsoft office suite.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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