Urban Forester I (Fairfax County)

About/General Duties:

Under the supervision of a Forest Conservation Urban Forester III within the Urban Forest Management Division, DPWES, inspects construction sites for compliance with requirements on approved site plans relating to landscaping, screening, tree preservation and vegetation related proffers and development conditions; assists in final bond and escrow release inspections and under direction prepares needed deficiency lists, correspondence and project documentation; participates in on-site conferences and preconstruction meetings held on construction sites to resolve issues and ensure contractor compliance with county code requirements. Answers technical questions from the public, engineers, architects, landscapers, the development community, and other Fairfax County agencies. Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the Tree Conservation Ordinance, (Chapter 122 of the Code) the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance and the Public Facilities Manual.
  • Ability and experience (minimum of 6 months) in performing urban forestry field work including pre-construction meetings, final inspections.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans and documents.
  • Working knowledge of horticulture including trees, shrubs and vines as applied to the urban environment.
  • Certified Arborist Certification (International Society of Arboriculture) within 12 months of hire.
  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, environmental science, landscape architecture, agriculture or related field.

Compensation: $45,448.83 – $75,748.19 Annually


  • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Live-Well Program
  • Flexible Spending Programs
  • Paid Leave (annual, sick, parental, volunteer activity, and more!)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Contributory Retirement Plan
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employees’ Child Care Center
  • Commuter Benefit Program
  • Continuous Learning Opportunities

To Apply/More information (job closing 12/10/2021) https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fairfaxcounty/jobs/3311975-0/urban-forester-i


Full Time Garden Center Manager (Snow’s Garden Center)


Join our energetic team and work alongside horticulturists, landscape designers, and other industry professionals to serve the needs of gardeners in Albemarle County, VA and neighboring areas. Snow’s Garden Center is a nationally-recognized nursery that offers competitive salaries, professional development, and a fun, family-based atmosphere. Our professional business is located at the foot of Carter’s Mountain in the city of Charlottesville, VA. We focus on providing garden solutions that are appropriate for every outdoor project. We are committed to helping our residential and commercial customers find what they need to beautify their
landscapes and run their small businesses. We embody “Snow Knows” – we have the horticultural knowledge and are always prepared to educate.

Main responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of 15-20 retail associates throughout their daily duties and routines.
  • Provide consistent guidance, safety training, tools, and equipment to empower those engaging directly with customers.
  • Maintain our products, back stock, and store-front for daily show-ready appearance.
  • Using your design skills, seasonal display beds, signage, and other
    resources, create a customer-focused environment where people
    consistently enjoy an excellent gardening experience on-site.

Preferred Qualifications/Skills:

  • Driver’s License (required)
  • 3-5 years retail management (required)
  • High School Diploma/GED (required)
  • 5-7 years nursery management (preferred)
  • 2-4 year educational program (preferred)
  • Equipment Operator (Skill)
  • Landscape Design (Skill)
  • Plant Taxonomy (Skill)
  • Microsoft Suite/Apple OS (Skill)

Compensation: $45,000-$65,000

Benefits: Health insurance, 401K participation and paid time off.

To apply/more information: 

1875 Avon Street Ext, Charlottesville, VA 22902
zach@snowknows.com | (434)-531-5848

Snow’s Garden Center Manager Flyer

Thomas Rainer speaks live at Green Spring Gardens!

When: February 6, 2022 (Sunday 1:30-2:30 pm)

Who: Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. He is a celebrated public speaker who has garnered acclaim for his passionate presentations to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. Thomas serves as a Principal for the landscape architectural firm Phyto Studio in Washington, D.C. with Claudia West and Melissa Rainer.

Why: There are only 63 tickets for this event and they will go fast! Sign up now to attend the in person lecture from renowned landscape architect and design blogger, Thomas Rainer, He will talk about going beyond the basics of good garden design. Take lessons from his garden creations to improve your own planting plans for an ecologically diverse and beautiful garden.

Cost: $10 per person

Register here: https://fairfax.usedirect.com/FairfaxFCPAWeb/Activities/Details.aspxsession_id=331044&back_url=fi9BY3Rpdml0aWVzL1NlYXJjaC5hc3B4

Chevy Chase Club Horticulture Intern

Horticulture Internship Summer 2022

About: With over 12 acres of gardens plus extensive meadows and woodland trails, Chevy Chase Club offers members and their guests’ relief from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The gardens reflect
an estate design philosophy that both respects the Club’s history and fosters interest for generations to come. The Horticulture team strives to consistently exceed the expectations of members and guests. They accomplish this by balancing creativity and innovation with high standards of horticulture, responsible environmental stewardship, and efficient use of resources. Horticulture interns work alongside staff to complete various tasks that enhance and maintain the landscape and gardens. The areas of emphasis include an herb and vegetable garden, rose garden, native woodland gardens, herbaceous perennial borders, two acres of turf and an extensive collection of trees, shrubs, annuals and tropical plants.

What you will learn:
• Plant identification
• Proper horticulture techniques (planting, staking, pruning, fertilization, weed control)
• Integrated pest management
• Record keeping as it pertains to plant collections
• Water conservation and management of the irrigation system
• Propagation of herbaceous plants
• Financial management as it pertains to a horticulture operation
• Activities and approaches for engaging members in the gardens

Pay and Hours:
Students will be paid on an hourly basis with overtime as applicable. Hourly pay is commensurate with experience. Students can anticipate working between 40 and 45 hours per week.

Additional Information:
• This is a paid internship for the months of May to August (exact dates are flexible depending on
the university calendar).
• The intern is responsible for completing one independent project based on the specific needs of
the Club and the interest and expertise of the intern.
• Hours are from 6:30am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday, with occasional overtime, weekend and holiday work.
• Please submit your resume and cover letter to the Garden and Grounds Manager,  Michael Gildea
• Application deadline is April 2, 2022

Check out the all of the Chevy Chase Club internships for 2022: https://issuu.com/chevychaseclub/docs/2022_chevy_chase_club_internship_brochure_11.12.21

To apply contact:

Michael Gildea
Garden and Grounds Manager
(240) 395-2101

Tudor Place Horticulture Intern


Tudor Place Historic House & Garden is seeking an intern to assist with a landscape renovation project. The Horticulture Intern will work with the Gardens & Grounds team to renovate the East Lawn and surrounding ornamental landscape. The Tudor Place Lawn Tennis Club, founded in 1888, held court in this garden room. It
remained a tennis lawn until the 1960s when this space took on an ornamental role. Today, the bones of the garden remain, but the area needs turf and ornamental landscape rejuvenation. The intern will play a critical role in this project from concept to completion.


  • Designing the ornamental planting of the East Lawn
  • Procuring and installing plant material
  • Rejuvenating turfed areas
  • Establishing a maintenance plan
  • Recording acquisitions in IrisBG


  • Must be a current student or recent graduate of a horticulture, landscape design/architecture, or related program
  • Experience with implementing horticultural best practices in a landscape setting
  • Knowledge of plant material and landscape maintenance techniques with an emphasis on native herbaceous perennials, bulbs, shrubs and trees
  • Knowledge of IrisBG is preferred but not required


  • 8-12 hours per week with schedule flexibility. When seeking credit, the total number of hours is dependent on the credit requirements of the student’s academic institution
  • Approximate dates of the internship are March 2022 – June 2022
  • This a hybrid position requiring research, cataloging and fieldwork
  • Free on-site parking and a Museum Shop discount are offered

Stipend: $1,500

To Apply/Question: Submit a resume and cover letter to Allyson Whalley, Director of Buildings, Gardens & Grounds, at
awhalley@tudorplace.org with “Horticulture Intern” in the subject line by January 30, 2022. No phone calls please.

More information on Tudor Place: https://tudorplace.org/

PGMS DC Branch Scholarship Opportunity

Professional Grounds Management Society Scholarship


1. Applicant must be a resident of MD, VA, or DC
2. Applicant must be a current student of horticulture or a related field.
3. Applicant must be at least in their first year of college or may be recently graduated from high
school (within the calendar year).
4. Applicant must be sponsored by a PGMS member.

What the scholarship selection committee looks for:

  • An active student with solid grades,
  • Past or current employment in the green industry
  • Involvement in the industry with apprentice or professional organizations, such as FFA, 4H,state or county programs,
  • Civic projects and outreach programs.
  • The committee also looks for any personal development classes and any involvement in sports or

Applying for the scholarship:

All applicants must submit the following to PGMS DC Branch, either by mail or email:
• The completed scholarship application.
• Cover letter. Please include introduction, educational and professional goals, and intent for use
of scholarship funds.
• Current resume. Please include past employment history, awards, and certificates earned.
• College or school transcripts.
• Two (2) letters of recommendation. These should be from an instructor, employer, etc.
• A letter from the PGMS member who is sponsoring the applicant.

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1st 2022

Winners Announced: May 1st 2022


White House Farm Foundation Park Manager


The White House Farm Foundation is seeking an individual to be the full-time onsite manager of its 386-acre nature preserve, known as Leopold’s Preserve, and located in Haymarket, Virginia. An applicant should have a deep interest in the natural world and particular knowledge of the flora and fauna of Northern Virginia. The position will allow for not only hands-on park maintenance activities, but also working alongside the Foundation’s Executive Director on educational programs, partner projects, and restoration efforts.


  • Maintain pedestrian trails; operate vehicles and small engine equipment such as UTV, commercial mower, chain saw, backpack blower and line trimmer.
  • Perform routine maintenance and repair of equipment to include replacing worn parts and making minor mechanical adjustments. Duties may include sharpening or replacing worn blades on mowers, replacing string on line trimmers, and sharpening or replacing worn chain saw chains.
  • Perform facility maintenance such as repairing and staining fences, boardwalks, and bridges.
  • Assist with public relations by handling visitor inquiries and providing information and assistance.
  • Assist with habitat restoration of meadows, forests, and wetlands. Duties may include using manual or chemical techniques to control invasive plants, planting trees, seeding meadows, and assisting with prescribed burns.
  • Work with various contractors to obtain proposals for work on site, and manage such contractors accordingly.


Knowledge of basic horticulture, plant identification, and forest health; knowledge of native plants and invasive species. Love of the outdoors and the ability to work outdoors year-round in all weather conditions. 4-year degree from an accredited university in Forestry, Horticulture, Natural Resource Management or related major; 1 year work experience in related area.


2-year degree from an accredited university or community college in Forestry, Horticulture, Natural Resource Management or related major; 2 years work experience in related area.


The White House Farm Foundation offers a paid time off policy and a comprehensive benefits package, including 401K, medical, dental and vision plans.

More information on the The White House Farm foundation: https://www.whfarmfoundation.org/

To apply (send cover letter and resume) contact: LauraHassell@whfarmfoundation.org


CITY OF GAITHERSBURG – Maintenance Worker – Landscaping & Forestry Crew


As a Maintenance Worker on the Landscaping & Forestry crew, you will assist in maintaining more than 91 properties, placing over 800 yards of mulch, planting 150 trees, and trimming more than 2,500 trees each year. You will be joining a hard-working and collaborative team committed to creating, building, and maintaining streetscapes, landscaped medians, and other public facility landscapes for the use and enjoyment of our citizens and visitors to our community. High potential for growth within the Public Works Department.


$1,366.35 – $2,565.88 Biweekly
$35,525.00 – $66,713.00 Annually (Pay increases with experience, time, and certifications)


Full time, 40 hrs./week (7am-3pm). Monday through Friday. Some evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plant, maintain, and water trees, shrubs, and flowers.
  • Median beautification.
  • Weed and litter control; mulching and edging.
  • Prune, maintain, and remove trees; clear trees or landscaped areas after storm or accident damage.
  • Traffic control at maintenance sites.
  • Assist with snow removal and ice control and with special projects as needed.


  • Be hard-working, dependable, responsible, punctual, and safety conscious.
  • Ability to deliver excellent customer service with a positive attitude.
  • Be able to work cooperatively with others and contribute to a successful team effort.
  • Be able to perform moderate to heavy manual labor over extended periods of time, possibly under adverse weather conditions.
  • Have the ability to operate maintenance and repair equipment and tools in a manner consistent with safety procedures.
  • Be able to understand and carry out specific oral instructions.
  • Be at least 18 years of age; high school diploma or equivalent (GED) desirable.
  • Have some experience (6 to 12 months) performing routine landscape or related maintenance or construction work, including manual labor experience involving the use of hand tools and portable power tools (desirable).
  • Have the ability to read, write, speak, and understand English to follow safety precautions and work procedures.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and overtime when required.

***Or any acceptable equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Interested applicants must submit an online application to be considered. Please fill out the application completely; resume or other supporting materials will not be accepted in lieu of a completed online application.

More info on job posting: https://agency.governmentjobs.com/gaithersburgmd/job_bulletin.cfm?jobID=3268576&sharedWindow=0

Online application can be filled out athttps://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/gaithersburgmd/jobs/3268576/maintenance-worker-landscaping-forestry-crew?keywords=MAINTENANCE%20WORKER&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

HELP WANTED!!! Residential Garden Assistance

Assistance needed from a horticulture student with some applied experience and willingness to learn more about applying home garden care & design to a current established garden, and a prospective new garden development plan for a local northern Virginia residential property.

Duties (Job requires “hands-on” work, applying your academic knowledge):

1. Care and pruning of tropical hibiscus & poinsettia plants for their indoor winter hiatus, prior to their return outdoors next spring.

2. Developing a shade garden with an emphasis on colorful blossoms for mostly perennials & some annuals.

3. Design pathways through a small shade garden that is situated under two large ‘Shirofugen’ cherry trees. Possible addition of a small water feature, or garden focal point.

4. Assist with weed control, by applications of pre-emergent herbicide & minor physical pruning & clearance of weeds in Fall and Spring, including applications near March 1 & May 15.

5. Control/eradicate Japanese stiltgrass and some Duchesnea ) in areas of the lawn ( a small yard ).

6. Potential project of transplanting portions/selected plantings from one oriental garden into a new location yet to be designed & developed.

7. Some trimming of Rose of Sharon and Crepe Myrtle & Holly bushes.

Hours: flexible, as applicant is available

Pay commensurate with experience.

For further information contact:


6236 rue du Jean-Louis (Way), Franconia

Alexandria, VA 22310-1630

PHONE: 703-535-1112

Please send contact information and a description of your experience to thomasmagruder@verizon.net

The Garden Club of America Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards

Now Accepting Applications!

(Each scholarship application deadline is different, check to see when the exact deadline is!)

Since 1928 when the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture was established, The Garden Club of America has funded more than 1,400 recipients. The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships, fellowships and awards in 12 areas.

Multiple scholarship, fellowship, and award opportunities available!

Scholarship Opportunities for multiple fields including:

  • Botany
  • Coastal Wetland Studies
  • Conservation and Ecological Restoration
  • Desert Studies
  • Garden History and Design
  • Horticulture and Related Fields
  • International Work and Study
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Native Bird Habit
  • Pollinator Research
  • Summer Environmental Study
  • Urban Forestry


For more information and application instructions: https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships