Auckland Council - Horticulturist

16 May 2022

Role: Horticulturalist 

Location: Auckland 

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Auckland Council's Botanic Gardens has over 10,000 plants displayed across 64-hectares nestled right in the heart of Manurewa It is a place of inspiration and "Where Ideas Grow", attracting over 1 million visitors each year.

If this piques your interest, then we have an exciting opportunity awaiting you to join us as a casual Horticulturist working within the trials team.

This is an important role as plant-lovers around the city look to the Botanic Gardens for what grows well in Auckland's climate. This is where the team comes in as we literally put the plants to the test!

This role will see you selecting, sourcing, undertaking bed preparation and planting. You will work with the Records & Conservation Specialist to collect and collate data such as quantity of seeds, seasonal growth, longevity through the seasons and overall health of our plants.

You will also be responsible for assisting with seasonal maintenance of the trial garden carrying out mulching, weeding, dead heading and pruning when required.

He kōrero mōu: About you

It goes without saying that you must have an interest in plants and gardens! Strong communication and teamwork are a must as you will work closely with the horticulture and curation teams.

You will have a can-do attitude, be able to plan and schedule work in logical sequence and enjoy engaging with our customers. A willingness to learn and achieve high standards of garden presentation is a must. We will be looking for someone who has proficient computer skills and ability to maintain accurate records.

Practical horticultural experience is preferred with a relevant tertiary qualification or demonstrated equivalent competence in a related field. We are specifically looking for someone with a minimum of a level 4 qualification.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

This is a true casual role where you will work flexibly 1-2 days a week from 8am-4pm and no weekend work is required!

You will work within a community of like-minded professionals who all have a passion for the environment and a drive to educate and inspire the public about plants!

In return for your hard work, you can expect a flexible and supportive work environment.

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini My success is not mine alone, but the success of many.

Tono Mai: Apply Now!

Applications close: 23 May 2022

You can find the position description here:

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

Auckland Council strongly encourages our employees to be fully vaccinated.

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