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


Gardener 1

This is a part-time, seasonal position that begins April 1, 2021 and ends September 30, 2021. The Gardener 1 provides general support for garden operations at the 47-acre Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG), specifically, in the Perennial Garden. This position employs high standards of horticulture, reliability, 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

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

Physical Demands:

  • Able to safely, lift, bend, squat, kneel, reach, walk, and prune for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to lift and carry 40 lbs or more
  • Must use all appropriate safety precautions when working around hazardous materials or equipment
  • Must be willing and physically able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions


TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, Application for Employment, and resume to Garden Manager, Jaime Jensen at