This is an opportunity to work alongside our fun, seasoned horticulture staff during one of the busiest and most beautiful seasons of the year. Work in one of the most beautiful locations the University of Texas at Austin has to offer, 15 minutes from downtown but outside the fray.
The Wildflower Center is dedicated to inspiring the conservation of native plants through our gardens, educational programs, ecological research, and more. In 2017, the Center was designated the Botanic Garden of Texas. We offer employees a beautiful setting in which to work, professional development opportunities, and a strong sense of purpose. Help us make a better world with native plants!
Purpose of Position
Assists the Horticulture Department in the daily operations and maintenance of the living collections, and grounds through horticultural practices and volunteer management. Provides guest assistance and ensures excellent guest experience.
Assists the Horticulture department in the daily operations and maintenance of the living collections and grounds.
Installs and cares for plant materials. Rakes, weeds, mows, waters, mulches, prunes, shapes. Participates in bed preparation and construction and repairs decomposed granite paths. Safely and effectively uses hand tools and light power equipment. Updates plant identification signage. Removes garden debris (including human generated litter, fallen branches and animal scat). Collects and processes seeds.
May work with regular volunteers and community service volunteers.
Effectively coordinates and communicates with members of the horticulture staff and all other departments. Assists the public in answering questions relating to the Wildflower Center and horticulture. Strives to ensure a positive visitor experiences. Performs associated administrative duties.
Participates in educational and mission-related activities such as plant sales, nursery operations and special events.
Other related functions as assigned. May require occasional schedule shifts or overtime for mission-related events. All employees must adhere to our safety guidelines. Read the safety guidelines here.
Minimum one year professional horticultural experience.
Must have knowledge of horticultural techniques, plant materials and pathologies.
Attention to safety and assisting guests is essential.
Cooperate and communicate effectively and respectfully with a diverse group of teammates, volunteers and guests.
Stays well organized and is able to take direction from supervisor.
Ability to work in outdoor conditions.
Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, email) required.
Regular schedule is Sunday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Additional or flexible hours may be required for special events.
Dates of Service
Immediately – May 31, 2021
This position is temporary/seasonal, part time and benefits exempt.
Please, no phone calls or drop-ins.
A criminal history background check is required for all candidates under consideration for Wildflower Center positions. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.