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  • Possess a valid US Driver’s License and the ability to legally work in the United States.
  • Have a clean driving record.
  • Have reliable transportation to our shop in Silver Spring, MD.
  • 3-5 Years practical experience performing horticultural care in residential gardens or botanical gardens.
  • Working knowledge of and ability to identify woody plants (trees and shrubs), perennials, ornamental and native grasses that are used in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Experience working with Integrated Pest Management techniques
  • Understanding of basic turf management practices. 
  • Ability to safely operate and supervise the operation of heavy machinery such as:  tillers, walk-behind mowers, bob-cats, 1200 GVW trucks, chain saws, line trimmers, and backpack blowers.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or to learn Spanish quickly.
  • Ability to speak English fluently.
  • Ability and willingness to work in inclement weather including high heat and humidity typical of Mid-Atlantic summers, rain, snow, and ice. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate with clients to report on the progress of work in their gardens and to consult with them when improvements are requested.
  • Ability to identify horticultural problems in a garden and, under supervision of the Head Gardener, effectively provide solutions and remediation efforts to solve such problems.
  • Ability and willingness to consult with Landscape Architects and other designers to coordinate maintenance and requested improvements to a client’s garden.
  • Ability to project manage and assist in management tasks such as billing, additional work proposals, and preparation of yearly contracts.
  • Ability to supervise a team of 2 or more employees by effectively managing their time and by communicating all personnel related matters to the Head Gardener.
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