Friday, July 20, 2018

Phipps hiring Display Horticulturist, Bonsai and Japanese Courtyard Garden.

Via Phipps Conservatory.

Last month Doug Oster wrote about the efforts to refurbish the Japanese courtyard garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden:
Designed in 1991 by famed Japanese landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu, the outdoor garden is a hidden gem, as not every visitor discovers the space. Those who do are rewarded with a secluded space where koi rise to the surface of a pond under branches and deep red leaves of Japanese maples. Kuriso returned to the garden for the first time last December to meet with the horticulture team at the conservatory in an effort to refresh the space as part of the year-long 125th anniversary celebration of Phipps.
Today Phipps is hiring a display horticulturalist to work with that space.
Phipps is seeking a full-time Display Horticulturist to be responsible for the day-to-day care of the Bonsai and Japanese Courtyard Garden, assuring exceptional horticulture and immaculate maintenance at all times. The Display Horticulturist will take a lead role in designing the annual tropical bonsai exhibit and other displays involving the bonsai collection. In addition to horticultural responsibilities, this position will develop and present bonsai classes and related educational programs, as well as write articles and represent Phipps in relation to bonsai. The Display Horticulturist will also assist with installation, maintenance and teardown of flower shows, special exhibits, display rooms, and other areas of the Conservatory as needed.
A bachelor's degree in horticulture or plant-related field is required, along with extensive knowledge and experience in bonsai and Japanese gardening techniques. Two years’ experience in growing and maintaining plants in a professional capacity using the highest industry standards, excellent written and verbal communication skills and a willingness to interact graciously with the general public are required. Evening and weekend work may be required. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere.

Qualified candidates should send their cover letter, résumé and salary history via email to or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Phipps is an equal opportunity employer.