Seasonal Gardner

Posted on 07/22/2019

Seasonal Gardner
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. In 2013, the Museum expanded with the opening of Philbrook Downtown - a 30,000 sq. ft. satellite facility located in the heart of Tulsa's vibrant Brady Arts District.

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 Seasonal Gardener. The horticulturist is responsible for assisting the Horticulture staff with daily maintenance of the gardens as assigned. This position is expected to work 35 hours per week, Monday – Friday during the growing season.


  1. Perform mowing, edging, trimming, weeding, aerating, over-seeding, and leaf removal. Remove leaves due to fall leaf drop and as needed. Must acknowledge and follow all safety requirements and policies of the job.
  2. Monitor plants and turf for issues and report concerns to the Director of Horticulture and Head Horticulturist. Plant and maintain seasonal flower displays, perennials, and containers. Perform pruning, fertilizing, disease and pest control, greenhouse production duties, and other tasks as assigned.
  3. Clean and remove debris, including snow and ice, from parking lots, walkways, and other paved areas as required.
  4. Maintain and repair tools, equipment, watering irrigation systems, and garden furniture and fixtures as needed. Report maintenance issues to the Director of Horticulture and Head Horticulturist. Maintain daily cleanliness and debris removal of garden restrooms and grounds.
  5. Greet and interact with visitors. Provide information about the gardens in a customer friendly manner. Maintain security and integrity of the premises.
  6. Maintain prompt and reliable attendance in order to successfully perform the duties of the job.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge and proven skill in horticulture science and techniques including planting, turf care, and landscape management.
  • Ability to repair small and maintain small engines preferred.
  • Interpersonal communication skills for interface with Museum visitors.
  • Must be able to meet physical demands and working conditions.


  • Minimum of two years’ related experience in a horticulture environment.
  • Degree in horticulture or related field preferred; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Possess or willing to obtain an ODA Pesticide technician’s license.
  • Valid driver’s 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, vision including color, depth perception and field of vision is required. Ability to operate a computer is required for recordkeeping activities but represents very little time on a daily basis. Ability to drive various vehicles for use in gardens and for local travel is required.

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). The ability to demonstrate a positive customer service orientation and discretion when dealing with the public is required.

The employee 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 occasionally (<20%) 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.

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 our Italian restaurant, La Villa.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to [email protected].