Horticulturist - Royal Botanic Gardens


Job Title: Royal Botanic Gardens Horticulturist

Job Grade / Classification: Horticulturist Level 5/6

Employment Type: Ongoing Full-Time

Location: Sydney

The Opportunity

As a Horticulturist, your main focus will be to develop and maintain horticultural collections and displays including turf horticultural development, management and maintenance, landscape construction and the supervision and training of staff. The horticulturist may be required to work anywhere on BGCP lands, in controlled environments, hardscape and landscape construction and maintenance, nursery or natural areas.

The curation of the Botanic Gardens plant collections is specialised work. The successful candidate will receive training in the area of record keeping using our Iris BG database. As a horticulturist you will be expected to maintain accurate up to date plant records in the area of the garden you maintain.

In this role, you will:

  • Undertake horticultural development and curation of horticultural collections

  • Ensure efficient delivery of services by implementing effective work and maintenance programs

  • Execute policies and procedures maintaining a safe working environment

  • Train and supervise motivated apprentices and contractors/sub-contractors to have all required tasks completed at a high standard

  • Curate horticultural collections, including the maintenance of plant labels used in horticultural displays, to facilitate community awareness, positive aesthetics, education and conservation in accordance with BGCP policies.

About you:

To be successful for this role, you will have strong experience in park and garden maintenance. You will need to keep up to date on your knowledge of a diverse range of plant collections and establish appropriate conditions for the maintenance of horticultural collections and displays.

You will be able to work both autonomously and collaboratively. You will be making day to day decisions for yourself and staff members. You will also be collaborating with various stakeholders to exchange ideas, share and receive information relating to projects undertaken within Botanical Gardens & Centennial Parklands.

For more information about the role, click here to view the role description.

Essential requirements:

  • Certificate lll in either Horticulture or Parks & Gardens or equivalent qualifications with experience in the maintenance of horticultural displays, pest and disease control, weed management, plant nutrition and irrigation control and in the maintenance and use of all associated plant and equipment.

  • Experience in park and garden maintenance.

  • Current driver’s licence with the ability to drive manual vehicles and willingness to undertake fieldwork for extended periods of time and have the ability to lift and carry a minimum 15 kilos.

  • Ability to work outside of normal working hours and on weekends if required.

Agency Overview

Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands (‘BGCP’) is the operating name used following the operational integration of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust.

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is responsible for the management and stewardship of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Domain, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.

The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust is responsible for the long-term strategic planning of the Parklands, as well as the operational day-to-day management of the three parks - Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park.

Good to know: 

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from Planning and Environment Cluster and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 18-month period.

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:

The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

To Apply:  

  • Click ‘Apply’ to submit your application.

  • Upload a current cover letter and Resume with your online application. 

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)

Applications Close: Sunday 24 May 2020 (11:59pm)

Should you require further information about the role please contact; Troy Mason on (02) 9231 8*** or **********@bgcp.nsw.gov.au.

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