Deadline May 31, 2024

Portland Japanese Garden – a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Portland, Oregon – is hiring for a Full-Time Gardener. Gardeners are responsible for all phases of ground maintenance including plant care, garden structure maintenance, and participate in professional training provided. Specific Japanese gardening techniques will be part of training. Gardeners report directly to the Senior Gardener. This position works from the primary Garden campus, located at 611 SW Kingston Ave.

• Provide basic care, daily maintenance, repairs, and improvements of the garden and its environs as it pertains to appropriate Japanese gardening practices and principles
• Perform pruning and shaping practices as it pertains to the Japanese garden aesthetic and tradition as established at the Portland Japanese Garden
• Install, maintain, and repair irrigation systems and water features
• Construct and maintain bamboo fences, stone pathways, and other garden structures
• Assist with integrated pest management practices and fertilization application
• Manage time and effectively function without close supervision
• Daily reporting of work progress to the Senior Gardener
• Participate in team planning, communicating tasks and assignments, record keeping and documentation, and working with staff, volunteers, and interns
• Serve as a role model for Garden volunteers, providing support and encouragement to volunteers in their roles across the Garden
• Ensure e-timecards, time tracking, timelines, and correspondence within and outside the institution are completed timely and accurately
• Maintain equipment, tools, and vehicles
• Source garden material and equipment
• Support the Training Center programs with workshops and Garden seminar

• Get to know fellow staff members, developing trust, establishing credibility, encouraging teamwork, and creating an atmosphere of open, honest, two-way communication
• Familiarize oneself with the organization and the Employee Handbook
• Adhere to the Garden Department Garden Team Agreement
• Maintain a high level of professionalism in manner and appearance
• Adhere to the Garden Dress Code (uniform provided by the Garden)

• Minimum three years of landscape/garden construction and maintenance experience
• B.A./B.S. degree in horticulture or a related field is preferred
• Self-motivated, organized, and attentive to detail
• Previous training in Japanese gardening techniques is a plus
• Certified arborist is a plus
• Experience in managing volunteers
• Current driver’s license, ability to drive stick-shift
• Proficiency with email and basic Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel.

• Must be capable of using power tools daily such as leaf blowers, mowers, and chainsaws
• Ability to climb trees and work on tall ladders
• Ability to repeatedly lift, push, and pull up to 50lbs and maneuver heavy items
• Ability to perform intense physical labor year-round in all weather conditions
• Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including weekends, holidays, and special events as needed
• Willingness to cooperate with our Marketing team to be in photos of the Garden

• Wage: $23.00/hour
• This is a full-time, hourly position with 40 hours per week. Shifts are typically 8 hours (plus ½ hour lunch), 7:00am to 3:30pm (6:30am to 3:00pm during summer).
• Benefits
• — health, dental, and vision insurance (premium 100% covered for employees), with partial deductible reimbursement
• — 401k plan (after 6 months, with 4% employer match after 1 year)
• — flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care expenses
• — paid time off:
• — — vacation: 3 weeks per calendar year to start, with regular increases
• — — wellness: 10 days per calendar year
• — — holidays: 10 holidays per year
• — access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Garden is located at 611 SW Kingston Avenue, in Washington Park. Below are the transportation options for staff commuting to the Garden:
• Parking: Staff may park in the numbered spaces throughout Washington Park, which require payment. The cost is $8/day, or staff may request parking permits from Washington Park. The Garden subsidizes a portion of the cost for parking permits; the cost for staff is $75 during the high season (March – September) and $50 during the low season (October – February).
• Bus Passes: For staff who take public transit as their primary means of commuting to the Garden, we provide paid bus passes. Full-time staff receive a monthly TriMet pass, and part-time staff receive daily passes, based on their work schedule.
• Transportation Stipend: Staff who take any form of alternative transit to get to work qualify for a $5 daily stipend. This includes taking public transit, walking, biking, carpooling, or getting dropped off. The only staff who do not qualify for the stipend are those who are receiving a bus pass through the Garden.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and three work-related references. Please no phone calls or hand delivered applications. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Portland, OR