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Open daily from 10AM – 5PM: Advanced tickets required for non-members.
Members enjoy exclusive early admission from 9:00am to 10:00am daily.


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


Retail Nursery Assistant

Part-time seasonal: 24 to 32 hours per week
Reports to: Executive Director 

The Retail Nursery Assistant is responsible for all aspects of MCBG’s retail nursery which involves a broad range of tasks including inventory control, meeting sales goals, care of purchased material, customer service, and supervising volunteers. 

Retail Nursery/Sales: 

  • Meet budgeted sales goals 
  • Greet and assist visitors with plant selection, plant identification, pest/disease diagnosis, cultural information and other questions 
  • Respond to inquiries received via phone, email, and online platforms 
  • Unload trucks, price plants and restock 
  • Special order plants for customers 
  • Hold two major plants sale events per year 
  • Create and post signage in the nursery 
  • Create and oversee the creation of aesthetically pleasing displays 
  • Maintain a neat and thoughtfully organized retail nursery 
  • Assist Garden Store staff with large plant purchases and issues at check-out 
  • Coordinate with Marketing Department to create radio, newspaper and online advertisements 

Ordering and Receiving: 

  • Purchase appropriate plant material, annually 
  • Track expenses and stay within budget 
  • Receive orders into point of sale system and submit invoices for payment 
  • Maintain necessary levels of supplies: horticultural, propagation, sales and office supplies 
  • Purchase seed 
  • Maintain relationships with current vendors 
  • Train and set up volunteers; demonstrate tasks, provide guidance and appreciation 
  • Direct and supervise community service workers 


  • Maintain the nursery areas in a safe and tidy manner 
  • Maintain and replace wagons/carts, equipment and tools as needed 


  • Coordinate closely with Nursery Propagation Assistant
  • Attend staff meetings 
  • Assist with maintaining an inviting Plaza area, including watering Plaza and Café plants 
  • Maintain and back up digital records 
  • Provide Marketing Department with accurate information for educations materials 
  • Assist with Festival of Lights, Art in the Gardens, and other events/tasks as needed 
  • Abide by the personnel policies of MCBG 

Skills and Experience: 

  • Retail nursery experience including customer service and display - minimum 2 years
  • Wholesale plant purchasing experience 
  • Knowledge of regional ornamental plants 
  • Gardening knowledge 
  • Computer skills including email, internet, point of sale, Microsoft Word and Excel 
  • Must enjoy working with the public and volunteers 
  • Must be able to establish productive working relationships with a broad array of individuals 
  • Must have the physical ability to lift and carry 30 pounds 

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, Application for Employment, and resume to MCBG Executive Director, Molly Barker —