Job ID: 193739

California Horticulturalist (9723C), UC Botanical Garden - 39719

University of California, Berkeley

  • Sep. 6, 2022
  • California Horticulturalist (9723C), UC Botanical Garden - 39719
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

California Horticulturalist (9723C), UC Botanical Garden - 39719

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The University of California Botanical Garden (UCBG) is a living natural history museum and features one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States. Established in 1890, the Garden's 34 acres contain more than 20,000 accessions, including many rare or endangered species, and displays the plants naturalistically by region of origin. The Mission Statement for the UCBG is "to develop and maintain a diverse living collection of plants to support teaching and worldwide research in plant biology, further the conservation of plant diversity, and promote public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment."

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 4, 2022.


Horticulture Maintenance

  • Watering, fertilizing, mulching, amending the soil, weeding, pruning, raking, planting and other activities involved in cultivating plants.
  • Assessing the watering needs of collection through knowledge of drip and/or low volume and conventional irrigation systems; altering systems as needed.
  • Recognize insect and plant pathogen problems within the collection and either alleviate the problem and/or mitigate any conditions that contribute to the problem using IPM methodology.
  • Maintain the aesthetic or cultural style(s) appropriate for the collection through enhancement, supplementation and routine alterations of plant displays within horticulturists' areas.
  • Initiate requests to nursery propagator for re-propagation of existing plant material and new seed acquisitions in order to maintain the integrity of the Garden collections.
  • Work with and direct volunteers, students, and interns.
  • Perform construction and reconstruction projects which includes path and road work, resurfacing and grading paths with road base; repairing rock work, bed edging, and stairways; keeping paths, roads and streams clear of debris; controlling erosion in planted and traffic areas with berms, water bars, drainage systems, application of jute, etc.
  • Use garden equipment, including but not limited to pick-up truck and van (which may be used off-site as assigned), go-cart, chipper/shredder, power weed cutters, rototiller, and caterpillar.
  • Horticultural chemical applications as needed.


  • Maintain plant information (records), conservation of plant collection, and collection development.
  • Initiate requests (coordinated with the Curatorial office) for taxonomic updates, revisions, and/or determinations for plants and their areas.
  • Recordkeeping duties to include mapping, imaging, initiating record change forms, plant removal forms, and label requests.
  • Maintain plant labels in assigned area(s).
  • Participate in approved collection travel to scout collection sites, voucher specimens, and collect seeds and other material from worldwide sources.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed field notes.
  • Research growth habits of plants.
  • Decide which conditions (e.g., soil type, light, etc) are needed to cultivate the plants.
  • Serve as an expert on the growth habits of the plants from the particular geographic area for which the Museum Scientist is responsible.
  • Decide where the collections need to be amended (increased/decreased).
  • Correspond with other Gardens and collectors to obtain new wild-collected plants (Plants with Provenance).
  • Work with the Curator/Assistant Curator to decide which plants to select and send/exchange with cooperating institutional gardens.

Area Development

  • Initiates improvements and development of assigned area(s).
  • Routine development is performed with a high degree of independence involving continuing evaluation and reassessment of plantings, revising the planting schemes, replanting, library research, acquisition of plants, and improving displays for enhanced interpretation and/or horticultural success.


  • Work with IB 112 students in Horticultural Methods class.
  • Participate in volunteer training and interpretation of assigned areas for volunteers with both tours and/or written materials.
  • Assist and participate in the preparation of interpretive materials and the acquisition of plants to illustrate educational themes.
  • Assist with public outreach programs, as needed.
  • Writing articles for Garden publications and/or botanical or horticultural journals is encouraged.
  • Provide expertise/tours to visiting clientele.

Professional Development

  • Attend professional meetings, seminars, and symposia to promote personal and professional growth at the discretion of Garden management and consistent with Garden scheduling priorities.


  • Assist at Plant Sales and other fund raisers.
  • Weekend staffing responsibilities.
  • Other independent and team duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of basic landscape maintenance, including various irrigation systems operations, troubleshooting and repair.
  • Ability to work independently, set and meet objectives, and coordinate objectives with other members of the staff.
  • Familiarity with the establishment/maintenance of natural community-based gardens.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and to research collection acquisitions and their horticultural requirements through botanical literature.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must.
  • Ability to perform hard physical labor lifting up to 100 lbs on occasion.


  • Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and/or equivalent training or experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with caring for California areas.
  • Knowledge of California flora.
  • Experience with collection databases.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position, and eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $27.09 - $34.34 (Step 1.0 - 13.0).
  • For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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