Posted on 01/14/2020

Philbrook Museum of Art – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Set within a twenty-five acre site three miles from downtown Tulsa, Philbrook's main campus is a unique combination of historic house, modern museum complex, and beautifully gardened property. Distinguished by nationally recognized collections, facilities, and gardens, it is the premier cultural institution in the city of Tulsa and a statewide leader in the cultural life of Oklahoma.

Position Overview
Philbrook Museum of Art is seeking a full-time Gardener to install and maintain the flowers, trees, and green spaces on the property. Gardener responsibilities include monitoring the health of all plants and greenscapes, watering and feeding plants, trimming trees and shrubs, weeding gardens, and keeping green spaces and walkways clear of debris and litter. Ultimately, you will make sure our gardens and green spaces are always healthy, interesting, and beautiful. This position is expected to work 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday and a comprehensive benefits package is offered including medical, dental, vision, life, 403b, PTO, 11 paid Holidays, and more.


  1. Preserve all landscaped and natural areas of the gardens by overseeing health and maintenance of plants, shrubs, and trees, in an assigned area of the gardens, by performing pruning, weeding, mulching, watering, and general maintenance. Monitor plants for disease, pest, or drought issues and report findings to the Landscape Manager.
  2. Operate landscape power equipment and maintain and repair tools and equipment, irrigation systems, and garden furniture and fixtures as needed. Report equipment issues to the Landscape Manager.
  3. Remove leaves and debris due to fall leaf drop as needed throughout the gardens. Clean and remove debris, litter, snow and ice from parking lots, walkways, and other paved areas. Maintain cleanliness of Garden restrooms on a daily basis.
  4. Conduct and record fertilizer and pesticide applications and apply Integrated Pest Management practices while observing safety protocol.
  5. Clean and remove debris, including snow and ice, from parking lots, walkways, and other paved areas as required.
  6. Greet and interact with visitors. Provide information about the gardens in a customer friendly manner. Maintain security and integrity of the premises.
  7. Maintain prompt and reliable attendance in order to successfully perform the duties of the job.

Required Qualifications

  • Intermediate knowledge and demonstrated skill in a range of landscape skills such as:  landscape maintenance, operation and routine maintenance of power equipment, fertilizer and chemical applications, IPM, tree care, and irrigation repairs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and oversee assigned garden area
  • Must be able to meet physical and mental demands and working conditions
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population in a helpful, friendly, and professional manner
  • Ability to operate and repair small engines
  • Ability to lead volunteers and/or Interns


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of three  years’ related experience in a landscape environment
  • Possess or willing to obtain an ODA Pesticide technician’s license
  • Valid driver license required



Physical Demands
Work is very strenuous with the requirement for standing and/or walking 60% or more of the workday and routine lifting, carrying and pushing up to 50 lbs. A major amount of the work assignments require the employee to be capable of kneeling, crouching, turning/twisting and bending; handling, fingering, feeling, and good eye-hand/foot-hand-eye coordination is required for most assignments. The ability to reach above the shoulder and head level is involved in 20%-60% of the job duties. Ordinary hearing, sight and color vision is required.  Ability to operate a computer is required for recordkeeping activities but represents very little time on a daily basis.  Must be able to drive various vehicles for use in gardens and for local travel.

Working Conditions
Position requires employee to work outside approximately 95% of the time in both clement and inclement (hot, cold and wet) weather conditions; due to nature of work assignments, employee may be subject to unavoidable potential hazards related to mechanical tools and moving objects as well as some exposure to electrical, burn, heights, cramped quarter and noise hazards; the duties of the job will place the employee in situations 20-60% of the time which involve exposure to atmospheric conditions such as dirt, fumes, dusts, odors, oil/grease, gases, chemicals, pesticides, etc. common to gardening, landscaping, and lawn care.

Mental and Emotional
In this position the employee must be able to work both under direct supervision and with minimal supervision as well as work effectively both alone and as part of a team, the work requires the employee to be able to work on several tasks at the same time and to execute their duties effectively under the pressure of deadlines 20%-60% of the time.  Must be capable of demonstrating a positive customer service orientation and discretion when dealing with the public.

Must be capable of operating equipment such as autos and trucks and use both non-power hand tools and power hand tools 60+% of the time.  They must be able to understand and carry out oral and written instructions, make simple arithmetic additions and subtractions, use measuring devices. The job also requires the employee to be able to read and interpret detailed prints and specifications, prepare detailed reports, inspect and examine for defects not easily identified, assemble/disassemble objects, perform maintenance of equipment and other similar tasks when necessary (approximately <20% of the time).

Garden Information
The Philbrook gardens were designed in 1926 by Hare and Hare, a landscape architecture firm from Kansas City, Missouri, and were completed in 1927. The formal gardens are largely styled after Italian gardens, known for their visual focal points. In keeping with custom of the Renaissance villa the most geometrical designs are closest to the house. The formal patterns relax as the gardens move into the distance. A series of water elements define the gardens, signaling the transition from formal to informal spaces. The grounds consist of 23 acres housing five major gardens, three smaller gardens, four historical structures, and an urban forest numbering over 1,000 trees. The Secret Garden is maintained to provide fresh herbs and vegetables to Kitchen 27 restaurant.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to [email protected].