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


Nursery Assistant

Seasonal (Mar-Oct)
Part-time: 2 days per week, may include either Saturday or Sunday 
Reports to: Nursery Manager

The Nursery Assistant position involves a broad range of retail, nursery and office tasks including selling plants, providing customer service, plant care and maintenance, creating attractive displays, point-of-sale system use, unloading/moving plants, nursery maintenance and administrative duties. This is an excellent learning opportunity with on-the-job training. The following is a general listing of work responsibilities:

Retail Nursery 50%

  • Provide customer service:  plant selection, plant identification, pest diagnosis, cultural information, basic verbal horticultural consultations with assistance of reference resources
  • Water, fertilize, deadhead and maintain healthy inventory
  • Clean, rake, and maintain the retail nursery in a tidy and aesthetically pleasing manner
  • Unload plant deliveries 
  • Price, restock and create visually attractive displays
  • Take special orders and communicate them to Nursery Manager 
  • May be  required to work two evening plant sales per year, plus other events 
  • Assist Garden Store staff with large plant purchases and provide carry-out service
  • Enter and access data in the computerized point-of-sale system

Production Nursery: 40%

  • Plant care including watering, fertilizing, pinching, and transplanting
  • Instruct and work alongside volunteers  and community service workers
  • Monitor plant growth, and move plants through production process 
  • Monitor plants for problems
  • Maintain the nursery in a safe and tidy manner 
  • Collect seeds/cutting material as requested by the Nursery Manager
  • Prepare cuttings/seedlings flats and special soil mixes 
  • Propagate via seed, cuttings, and divisions

Other: 10%

  • Assist with annual inventory count
  • Create signage using Microsoft Word
  • Assist with event set up
  • Respond to emergencies as needed
  • Assist other staff members as needed
  • Monitor supply levels and assist in reordering supplies


  • Enjoy working with the public, and helping people
  • Interest in working with plants; horticultural, gardening, or nursery experience preferred
  • Attention to detail, ability to follow instructions and work independently 
  • Clear communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to lift and carry 35 lbs
  • Willingness to work in inclement weather (rain gear provided)
  • Computer skills including internet, Microsoft Word, ability to learn Vend point-of sale system


Please submit an Application for Employment along with a resume to our Nursery Manager, Sophia Pisciotta at 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 or email to