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Position Opening — Horticulturist

Mountain Top Arboretum – Tannersville, NY

The Mountain Top Arboretum is located in the northern Catskill Mountains of New York at 2,400 feet elevation in an area with a rich artistic history and a vibrant year round music, arts, and food scene. The Arboretum was established in 1977 and comprises displays of native and non-native plants and curated natural areas in four separate but interconnected sites covering 178 acres. See Of special mention are its dwarf conifer berms, hedge row display, spiral labyrinth, rain garden and bird cove highlighting the importance of native species and an unspoiled northern hardwood/conifer forest surrounding a fen . The site is at the northern end of the New York City watershed requiring special attention to ecological practices. The Arboretum presents some 12 public programs during its season from Memorial Day to Columbus Day each year including recent speakers such as Rick Darke, Doug Tallamy and Claudia West.

The Arboretum seeks to hire a full time Horticulturist reporting to the Executive Director. The Horticulturist will participate in all aspects of plant health care throughout the property with a particular focus on the detailed maintenance of the Arboretum’s displays and natural areas. A qualified candidate is passionate about plants and nomenclature, has a discerning eye, a strong work ethic, enjoys interacting with the public and would like an opportunity to gain broad experience in a small but high quality organization.

Responsibilities include:

  • Perform garden maintenance such as pruning, planting, mulching and weeding.
  • Supervise volunteers and arboretum contractors.
  • Maintain accurate plant records and labeling and support collections research.
  • Monitor for pests, invasive species and diseases and apply repellents and fertilizers.
  • Lead garden tours and assist with events, including evenings and on some weekends.
  • Assist with the maintenance of buildings and facilities including restroom provisioning and performing minor repairs.
  • Assess and recommend actions for continued horticulture improvement.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Degree or certification in horticulture or related field.
  • Experience in public garden or estate horticulture maintenance.
  • Excellent knowledge of plant identification, health and culture.
  • Able to identify pests, invasive species and diseases and implement IPM strategies.
  • Able to work independently and take responsibility for plan execution.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and familiar with social media.
  • Have valid driver’s license and able to operate tractor and other equipment.


This is a full time position with a competitive salary and benefits. Interested applicants should send a resume to Joan Kutcher, Executive Director, at   The Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer. The desired start date is April 1, 2016.