Smithsonian Gardens is seeking a trained horticulturist with extensive knowledge of orchids to oversee the health, maintenance, documentation of orchids and operate active Integrated Pest Management and virus mitigation programs focused on highest level of best practices and standards in plant health care and hygiene. The Orchid Collection Horticulturist will actively participate in educational outreach activities including tours and presentations and oversee the training and management of volunteers and interns.
Established in 1974, the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection (SGOC) has
grown from five plants to nearly 8,000 specimens and was designated a Nationally Accredited Plant Collection by the American Public Gardens Association in January 2014. Smithsonian Gardens seeks to play a role in the global effort to preserve biodiversity through the exceptional cultural care of its rare and unique plants that make up the collection.
Salary- Hiring at the GS/9 $56,233 to $73,105 with promotion potential to GS/11
Job Open- 02/08/2018 through 02/22/2018
◦Develops, implements, and leads a sound horticultural program for the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection.
◦Implements plant schedules by coordinating the continuous care and cultivation of Smithsonian’s Orchid Collection.
◦Coordinates activites of interns and volunteers.
◦Develops, evaluates and is responsible for an Integrated Pest Management program (IPM) orchid virus mitigation.
◦Leads team to coordinate production and/or installation and maintenance of educational exhibits and displays.
Degree: horticulture; or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post harvest handling of horticultural crops.
For this position Specialized experience is defined as experience in the field of horticulture, in plant identification and horticultural care of orchid species, in a greenhouse, conservatory or interior setting.
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