Longwood Gardens has an opening for a full-time Land Stewardship and Ecology Technician in the Research and Conservation Division of the Horticulture Department. The technician is an integral member of a team responsible for ecological management of 700+ acres of forests, meadows, wetlands, streams, ponds, and agricultural lands.
Responsibilities include a full range of land management duties in a variety of terrain and weather conditions, including the planting of native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants; weeding and maintenance of formal native planting beds; managing invasive species using manual, mechanical, and herbicide techniques; trail maintenance; ecological science and management; and ecosystem restoration. This individual will also train and mentor students and volunteers in best management practices and scientific protocols. Occasional weekend, evening and holiday work is required.
Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of natural land stewardship and a degree in Ecology, Horticulture, Wildlife and/or Natural Resource Management, Biology, or a related discipline. Three years of land stewardship experience is preferred and candidates with master’s degrees are encouraged to apply. Preferred candidates will have ecological science experience and be well versed in plant and wildlife identification. Strong organizational and computer skills ,and the ability to communicate and work effectively with a broad range of people and to complete work in a timely manner are required. Must have a valid driver’s license, basic equipment operation skills and be willing to obtain a Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator’s license.
As one of the great gardens of the world located just 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens is rooted in a steadfast mission of excellence in horticulture, education, and the arts. Across our many departments, each and every staff member creates the magic that makes our Gardens distinctive. Our team of dynamic professionals is what sets us apart, and our spirit of legacy, innovation, and opportunity is what guides us. While beauty is our heart, our people are our soul.
We offer competitive starting salaries and an outstanding benefits package. Longwood Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity, equality, and inclusion strengthen our institution.
Please apply online at https://longwoodgardens.org/employment/full-time-job-opportunities. For full consideration please include a letter addressing pertinent qualifications and interests; resume; and contact information for three professional employment references.
More about Longwood: https://longwoodgardens.org/
More about land stewardship at Longwood: https://longwoodgardens.org/sustainability/land-stewardship-management