Longwood Gardens, Inc. one of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens located in Kennett Square, PA, has an opening for a full-time Natural Lands Caretaker.
This position would support the care and management of Longwood’s Meadow Garden and other natural lands in an ecologically sound manner. The position would also include ecosystem monitoring and data collection to determine the impact of land management practices.
Candidates must have a passion for, and knowledge of natural land stewardship, and must be able to perform a full range of natural land management duties in a variety of terrain and weather conditions, including the planting and care of native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants; managing invasive species using manual, mechanical and chemical techniques; wildlife management; weeding and irrigation; and using large equipment such as tractors, field mowers, skid steers, fork lifts and sprayers. Candidates may be asked to provide training and mentoring to students and volunteers on the best management practices required to maintain Longwood’s natural resources as outlined in Longwood’s Land Management Plan. Some weekend, evening and holiday work will be required.
Preferred candidates will have a two or four year degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife and/or Natural Resource Management, Horticulture, or related discipline, and a minimum of two years experience in land management. They will have good organizational and computer skills; the ability to communicate and work effectively with a broad range of people including Longwood Gardens’ staff, students, volunteers and guests; and complete work in a timely manner. Must have a valid driver’s license, equipment operation skills, and be willing to obtain a Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator’s license.