Flex Gardener- Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation

Great news! The Washington National Cathedral has one of the finest ornamental gardens in all of D.C., some might even the country, and they’re looking to hire a flex gardener to help maintain it! This position rotates throughout the gardens assisting zone gardeners as needed, so your days won’t always be the same. This is a full-time position, and includes winter work- so you won’t have to worry about seasonal layoffs! If this is calling your name, don’t hesitate to apply as these positions fill up quickly at this prestigious institution.

Flex Gardener WNC 2023

If you have any questions about the position, contact Adrienne Schopf at aschopf@cathedral.org or the Horticulture Director Sandy Flowers sflowers@cathedral.org

If you’d like to apply for this position Click HERE or copy and paste this address into your web browser https://recruiting.ultipro.com/PRO1003PECF/JobBoard/670a580d-5525-4ac3-8fef-21313bd624d5/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=8e79cd0d-2df2-460b-b986-9933014606f7

Position Title: FLEX GARDENER
Institution: Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation
Department: Horticulture and Grounds

REPORTS TO: Horticulture & Grounds Director

Serves as the horticulturist/gardener providing skilled gardening assistance to the zone gardeners on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. This horticulturist rotates through the
garden zones as needed, helping to maintain and care for ornamental beds, trees, and shrubs, as well as the overall appearance of zones.

1. Consults with Horticulture Director and zone gardeners to determine the most pressing gardening needs on the Close, then concentrates on assisting the zone gardener to meet the identified needs.
2. Maintains ornamental beds by mulching, weeding, raking, and pruning plants.
3. Recognizes and reports pests and diseases.
4. Recognizes and reports problems such as wilting, leaf scorch, or nutrient deficiencies.
5. Recognizes and responds to water demands of plant material.
6. Operates all equipment and tools safely and properly.
7. Follows proper techniques of soil preparation, plant installation, and pesticide application.
8. Keeps hardscapes in area blown, edged, and cleaned. Keeps drains and catch basins clear.
9. Empties trash cans in assigned area on a regular basis & picks up litter.
10. Shovels snow, spreads sand and salt, and safely operates snow removal equipment.
11. Identifies planting areas that could be improved and shares ideas with the zone gardener and Director of Horticulture.
12. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

1. One-year experience in public gardening including landscape and grounds maintenance and/or degree in horticulture or related field preferred.
2. Must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record, and be capable of operating vehicles safely.

1. Knowledge of plant materials, proper maintenance techniques, and horticultural practices.
2. Understanding of Integrated Pest Management techniques.
3. Ability to plan a project & follow through to completion, including cleanup.
4. Ability to work amicably within a diverse and multicultural workforce.
5. Ability to work as part of a team.
6. Ability to self-direct and work alone with little to no supervision.
7. Ability to operate all types of grounds maintenance equipment such as mowers, power sweepers, sprayers, blowers, trimmers, aerators, and tillers, safely.
8. Good interpersonal, communication, and literacy skills
9. Basic computer skills required

1. Normal schedule is Monday — Friday, 6:30 am – 3:00 pm. Must have flexible schedule to accommodate weather and special projects.
2. Must be able to work required overtime, often with little notice (snow removal, storm damage). Scheduled overtime includes annual events.
3. Must be able to work outside in inclement weather including extreme cold and heat, high winds, rain, and snow.
4. Must be able to perform physical work including bending, stooping and reaching. Must be able to work on feet for extended periods of time and to lift, carry, and push at least 30 lbs.

Interested applicants should visit pecf.org. Click on Employment, Opportunities – scroll down to “Click here for PECF Opportunities” to apply.