Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean


Gardener 1 - Full Time

This is a full-time, year-round position with benefits. The Gardener 1 provides care and maintenance to a vast array of plant material at the 47-acre Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. This position employs high standards of horticultural maintenance, record keeping, and safety. The Gardens includes both designed, cultivated gardens and restoration and management of natural areas. The Gardener 1 may have responsibilities related to any or all areas of the garden. This position may require weekend or shift schedules.

Reports to: Garden Manager and Gardener 3

Garden Skills:

  • Safely operates and maintains all types of tools and equipment, including mowers, blowers, weed-whips, power hedge shears, gopher traps, and hand tools
  • Knowledge of all forms of garden maintenance operations: planting, irrigating, weeding, fertilizing, aerating, turf renovation, mowing, edging, mulching, soil building, composting, arboriculture, pest control
  • Horticultural knowledge of plant material
  • Appreciation for public gardens and horticulture and MCBG Collections
  • Ability to meet goals in a timely manner
  • Ability to work closely with the public
  • Other tasks may be assigned as necessary


  • Incumbent must exemplify a problem-solving attitude that supports MCBG
  • Works cooperatively with others as a member of the garden team
  • Able to oversee volunteers on garden projects

Physical Demands:

  • Able to safely, lift, bend, squat, kneel, reach, walk, and prune for extended periods of time
  • Must be willing and physically able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Occasional work around hazardous materials and equipment

TO APPLY please submit a completed Application for Employment and a cover letter along with a resume to MCBG Garden Manager, Jaime Jensen