Location: Winterthur, DE.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library encompasses an unrivaled museum of American decorative arts in its mansion and galleries and a magnificent 60-acre naturalistic garden—all set on 1,000 gorgeous acres. Winterthur employs a wide array of positions in the areas of curatorial, horticulture, education, conservation, library, maintenance, marketing, development, technology, and administration. At Winterthur, employment is more than just work. The Winterthur employee is offered a unique and rewarding experience that is rich in culture and natural beauty. Winterthur considers its employees and volunteers to be among its greatest assets and welcomes applications from candidates who will contribute their specific skills to its mission “to inspire, enlighten, and delight all of its visitors while preserving and enhancing [Winterthur]” and also uphold its core values of agility, excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusion, and transparency.
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Arborist applies their experience and knowledge of proper arboricultural practices and techniques to skillfully maintain and manage trees throughout the Winterthur property. The Arborist will use their knowledge of the characteristics and cultural requirements of trees, along with an understanding of the design principles of the Winterthur Garden and Estate, to assist in the planning for tree placement and replacement, aesthetic pruning and maintenance treatments. They will be working with interns, volunteers, and garden staff to protect this valuable resource. The Arborist is considered essential personnel and will help with weather emergencies ie. snow removal, severe storm clean-up as well as work 2 – 3 rotating weekends a year. They will participate in Winterthur events and outreach programs such as leading tours.
Benefits: Including, but not limited to, medical, dental and vision insurance; generous paid time off including 10 paid holidays, vacation, personal, and sick time; 403(b) with employer match for eligible employees; free general admission to the museum and grounds for yourself and immediate family; discounts in museum store and cafe.
1. Tree Maintenance – Tree inspection and evaluation. Tree planting, pruning; tree removal. Installation of cabling, bracing and/or lightning protection systems. Insect and/or disease diagnosis and treatment. Storm damage clean-up.
2. Aesthetic/environmental stewardship - Develop an understanding of the history and design intent of the Winterthur estate. Foster design intent through the incorporation of environmentally responsible methods or practices in maintaining Winterthur’s trees.
3. Equipment Maintenance: Proper cleaning, sharpening maintenance and storage of job-related equipment, ie chainsaw, chipper, climbing and rigging gear.
4. Documentation: Participate in team/departmental planning and garden documentation. Document all garden changes using Landscape Modification Forms. Assist as needed in mapping and plant record updates. E-mail correspondence within/outside of institution.
5. Programming/events: Create and present lecture, demonstrations and provide tours for Winterthur guests and other institutions. Participation in garden/Winterthur events. Can occur outside of normal working hours.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience: High School diploma or GED with 6 years arboriculture-related experience. Certified Arborist or willing to gain certification within a year of hire. Preferred Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field; certified Arborist with 2+ years in Horticulture and experience with Public Horticulture Work Schedule: 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Monday - Friday with 2-3 rotating weekends per year. Schedule subject to change in response to changing weather conditions.
1. Strong working knowledge of tree and arboricultural practices with desire for continued education and collaboration with other institutions
2. Ability to express ideas clearly orally and in writing, good interpersonal skills 3. Working knowledge of Microsoft systems.
1. Ability to operate manual transmission vehicles, heavy equipment, aerial lift truck, chainsaws, and brush chippers
2. Ascending and working at heights of up to 120 ft with the use of ropes and climbing equipment.
3. Work outdoors in al temperatures/conditions
4. Exposure to biting insects, poison ivy, pesticides, and fertilizers.
5. Able to stand, kneel or bend for extended periods, to traverse uneven ground, and to lift 50 pounds 6. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license in order to operate Winterthur vehicles
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