The University of Texas at Austin
6d ago

Job Posting Title :

Gardener, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Hiring Department :

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Position Open To : All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours : FLSA Status :

FLSA Status : Non-Exempt

Earliest Start Date : Sep 01, 2019

Position Duration : Expected to Continue

Location :


Job Description :

Assists the Horticulture Department in the daily operations and maintenance of the living collections, grounds, and growing operation through horticultural practices and volunteer management.

Provides visitor assistance and ensures a positive visitor experience.

Job Details : General Notes

General Notes

This 40 hours per week position is located at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739.

Driving a UT or personally owned vehicle is a marginal function of the position.


  • Assists the Horticulture department in the daily operations and maintenance of the living collections and grounds. Tasks include Installation and care of plant materials, Raking, weeding, mowing, watering, mulching, pruning, shaping, Bed preparation and construction, and spot repair of decomposed granite paths, Plant accession record keeping, Integrated Pest Management IPM, Safe and effective use of hand tools and light power equipment, Basic irrigation operation, Updating of plant identification signage as needed, Removal of garden debris including human generated litter, fallen branches, and animal scat, Collect and process seeds.
  • Works independently and unsupervised on scheduled weekends. Perform associated administrative duties.
  • Participate in education and mission related activities such as volunteer training, docent training and enrichments, site tours, festivals, and special events.
  • Inspects, maintains, and programs the irrigation system in the Texas Arboretum. Repairs solenoid valves, sprinkler heads, and PVC pipe, and makes modifications to system to accommodate new plantings.
  • Assists the public in answering questions relating to the Wildflower Center and horticulture, and strives to ensure positive visitor experiences.
  • Effectively coordinates and communicates with members of the horticulture staff and all other departments.
  • Trains, supervises, and works with regular volunteers, community service volunteers, and interns.
  • Required Qualifications

    Two years professional horticultural experience. Experience following basic work instructions. Attention to safety is essential.

    Possession of a current, valid Texas driver's license required. Must work well with and supervise diverse groups of people, be well organized, detail oriented, able to set priorities, take direction well from supervisor, and have excellent communication skills.

    Basic computer skills and competency with MS Word, Excel, email required. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

    Preferred Qualifications

    More than two years professional horticultural experience, or associates or bachelor's degree in horticulture or related field and one year professional horticultural experience required.

    Have substantial knowledge of horticultural techniques, plant materials and pathologies. Extensive knowledge of Texas native plants or ecological systems.

    Experience installing and maintaining irrigation systems. Skill and willingness to make public presentations and conduct media interviews.

    Current Pest Control Applicator's License. First Aid certification.

    Driving Required

    A valid Texas, Class C, driver’s license is required to apply for this job; driving is an essential job function. The applicant selected must provide a current three year driving record from the current state of residence.

    If not currently a Texas resident, a Texas driver's license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident.

    Salary Range

    $23,920 + depending on qualifications

    Working Conditions

    Moderate physical activity (bending, lifting, pushing / pulling), stamina, and the ability to lift fifty pounds required.

    Work outside in all types of weather. Ability to maneuver in narrow or confined places around fragile plants.

  • May work in all weather conditions
  • May work in extreme temperatures
  • May work around chemical fumes
  • May work around chemicals
  • Use of manual dexterity
  • Climbing of stairs
  • Climbing of ladders
  • Lifting and moving
  • Work Shift

    Work schedule is Wednesday through Sunday 8 : 00-5 : 00. Occasional evenings for mission related events.

  • Resume / CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest
  • Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers : You will be prompted to submit your resume in the first step of the online job application process.

    Then, any additional Required Materials will be uploaded in the My Experience section; you can multi-select the additional files or click the Upload button for each file.

    Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

    Important for Current university employees and contingent workers : As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find Jobs.

    Before you apply though, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile.

    This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will need to click the Upload button multiple times in order to attach your Resume, References and any additional Required Materials noted above.

    Employment Eligibility :

    Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-

    Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion / transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

    Retirement Plan Eligibility :

    The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

    Background Checks :

    A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

    Equal Opportunity Employer :

    The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

    The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

    Pay Transparency :

    The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

    However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

    Employment Eligibility Verification :

    If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.

    Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

    E-Verify :

    The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-

    Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following :

  • E-Verify Poster (English) PDF
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) PDF
  • Right To Work Poster (English) PDF
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) PDF
  • Compliance :

    Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

    If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting.

    Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

    The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report.

    You may access the 2018 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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