Full-Time Job Opportunities
For any full time position at Longwood Gardens, submit an application online or mail a letter addressing pertinent qualifications and interests, résumé, and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to:
Longwood Gardens, Inc.
Attn: Human Resources
P.O. Box 501
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Fax 610.388.5495 or e-mail email@example.com.
We offer excellent starting salaries and an outstanding benefits package. EOE.
Facilities Operations, Maintenance, and Planning Manager
Longwood Gardens has an opening for a full-time Facilities Operations, Maintenance & Planning Manager. This individual will provide leadership and technical expertise for the day-to-day implementation of policies, procedures and programs that will assure well-maintained buildings, placing maximum emphasis on positive response to the concerns and needs of the Guests, environmental health and safety and quality programs. The position plans, organizes, prioritizes, and directs facility maintenance and repair activities; schedules and coordinates all maintenance activities for vendors and internal staffing required for the buildings, property, infrastructure and operations. The incumbent provides guidance, project reviews and engineering analysis in areas where they are subject matter experts. A continuous focus on sustainability and carbon footprint reduction and initiatives is required. The position assumes overall departmental operational responsibilities when the Facilities Director is offsite or absent.
The preferred candidate will have a BS Degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in multi-building/campus environmental, and/or property portfolio management experience. A secondary degree is a plus. Must have experience managing staff and hands on experience with project management, preventative maintenance, engineering maintenance and inventory controls. In addition strong technical and computer skills are required.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Longwood Gardens is looking for a full-time Senior Administrative Assistant to provide highly skilled administrative and secretarial support to the Department Head of Facilities Management and other staff members within the Facilities Department. This individual will use administrative skills to handle guest communications (internal and external); executive correspondence and presentation preparation, and general clerical duties. In addition, this individual will assist with preparation and processing of purchases and work orders, design and construction contracts, and project specifications. Additionally, this position would provide back-up Help Desk coverage for the Facilities Department.
The preferred candidate will possess an Associate degree in Administration or a related field and have a minimum of five years’ demonstrated excellence in administrative assistance, preferable in a Facilities management environment. Prior administrative experience in support of project management preferred. Baseline knowledge and skills for the position include, but are not limited to: excellent interpersonal and communication skills; advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications; the ability to type 60 wpm and take minutes; strong planning and organizational skills.
Longwood Gardens has an opening for a full time conservatory gardener to take charge of the Orchid Collection. This is the largest taxonomic collection at Longwood. The orchid grower will join 7 other gardeners who manage over 4000 taxa in 3.5 acres of conservatories that make up the centerpiece of Longwood's world-renowned displays. Responsibilities include all aspects of maintaining and displaying the 6,500 plants of 2,000 orchid taxa as well as assisting other gardeners, ordering supplies, and receiving and delivering plants. Periodic weekend, holiday, and evening duty is required. Minimum requirements include: Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture with emphasis on conservatory collections; working knowledge of greenhouse technology, environmental control systems, and irrigation; and two years of experience managing plants in a greenhouse. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and communication skills with experience working as part of a team. Must have a valid driver's license and be willing to obtain a Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator's license and a forklift operator's training certificate.
Longwood Gardens has an opening for a full time custodian (and multiple openings for part time custodians). Individuals in this position will perform various duties to ensure the cleanliness and excellent physical appearance of both the buildings and grounds. Selected applicants will also work with various departments to assist in the setup of functions and events. We are looking for candidates who have exceptional customer service, communication, and hospitality skills. Work schedules will vary but may include weekends, evenings, and holidays. Please send your resume or letter of interest to the address at the top of this page.
Longwood Gardens has an opening for a plumber. The applicant must be familiar with all facets of the plumbing trade including installation and repair of water, steam, air and condensate piping. Proficiency in repair and maintenance of pumps, valves, compressors, heat exchangers and valve positioners is required. The individual must be capable of layout and installation of piping control systems from prints and specifications and have good troubleshooting capabilities with respect to pipe/plumbing systems and the controls and Variable speed drives that dictate pump operations. Experience with sewage treatment plants, potable water systems and irrigation systems are desirable. In addition a Master’s Plumber license, Journeyman’s Card and/or Waste Water Operators license are a plus. Must have a valid drivers license.
Longwood Gardens has an opening for a full-time Gardener in Outdoor Display Gardens of the Horticulture Department. The open position will focus on the installation and maintenance of the seasonal and permanent displays in the Visitor Center Parking Lot and the Main Fountain Garden.
Candidate must be able to perform a full range of gardening and horticultural duties, including the planting of woody and herbaceous plants, pruning and weed control. Candidate may be asked to provide training and mentoring to students and volunteers on the best management practices required to create outdoor displays with the high aesthetic level that Longwood is known for. Some weekend, evening and holiday work will be required.
Preferred candidate will have a two or four year degree in Horticulture or closely related field and experience working in the field of horticulture. They will have good organizational skills, the ability to communicate and work effectively with a broad range of people, and complete work in a timely manner. Must have a valid driver’s license, equipment operation skills, and be willing to obtain a Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicators license.
Deadline to apply: September 15, 2014.
Longwood Gardens has an opening for a full-time Senior Gardener in the Outdoor Display Gardens. This individual must have experience with developing sophisticated seasonal planting designs and on-going maintenance of displays, to ensure that we continue to push the boundaries of excellence and innovation that are hallmarks of Longwood artful horticultural displays.
Candidate must have broad experience in gardening and horticultural duties, including knowledge and cultural requirements for a broad palette of woody and herbaceous plants. Candidate must have a proven track record of leadership related to implementation of best management practices required to create and maintain outdoor displays at the highest level of excellence; must be able to provide training and mentoring to students and volunteers on these practices. This individual will ensure environmentally sustainable horticultural practices are incorporated in both the design and maintenance of our displays. Some weekend, evening and holiday work will be required.
Preferred candidate will have a four year degree in Horticulture and a minimum of six years of experience working in a public garden. Candidate will have good organizational skills, the ability to communicate and work effectively with a broad range of people, and complete work in a timely manner. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license, equipment operation skills, and be willing to obtain a Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicators license.
Deadline to apply: September 30, 2014.
Breeder and Curator of Plants
Longwood Gardens invites applicants for the position of Breeder and Curator of Plants in the Research Division of the Horticulture Department. Primary research responsibilities include leading Longwood’s breeding efforts and curation of the living collection.
Longwood Gardens is the living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, inspiring people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts. Our values of excellence, professional leadership, fiscal alignment, stewardship, and community engagement are the principles that guide our priorities, behavior, and decision-making.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Breeding and Research
• Lead Longwood’s Plant Breeding activities.
• Implement and carryout meaningful research projects and plant trials.
• Disseminate research results through scientific papers, popular articles and presentations.
• Lead Longwood’s historic Plant Exploration Program that already includes over 60 expeditions to more than 50 countries.
• Lead Longwood’s newly developed Plant Conservation Program. Develop program of significant prominence within the context of Longwood’s mission.
• Curate a highly diverse living collection of plants with visionary and strategic growth of the collection in accordance with Longwood’s Mission, Vision, Plant Collection Policy and Strategic Plan.
• Lead the systematic evaluation and nomenclatural accuracy of plants in the collections.
• Oversee the development of Longwood’s Core Collections and Curators of the individual Core Collections, while guiding the process of North American Plant Collection Consortium (NAPCC) accreditation.
Proven experience with ornamental plant breeding.
Extensive knowledge of ornamental plants and plant taxonomy.
Experience with plant conservation.
Proven record of leadership in the development of meaningful partnerships both nationally and internationally.
Willingness and ability to travel abroad and proven track record of plant exploration required. Strong knowledge of regulations related to national and international plant collection protocol; including but not limited CBD and USDA plant-import regulations.
Good organizational and observation skills with a strong attention to detail.
Proven communication skills and the ability to present to diverse audiences with varying levels of knowledge and experience.
Willingness to represent Longwood through membership in professional associations related to area of expertise.
MS or PhD in horticulture, botany or related field with 5 years of experience managing a living collection of plants.
Tissue culture experience and familiarity with BG-Base a plus.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience for this full-time, permanent position. Incumbent will have the opportunity to participate in Longwood’s comprehensive and competitive benefit programs.
Deadline to apply: November 15, 2014