garden employment openings at the Getty

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Two openings, head gardener and gardener. Deadline for applying is September 21, 2018. Descriptions of duties and job requirements follow:

    8-21-18 Head Gardener, Getty Center or Getty Villa, Los Angeles, 9-21-18 deadline

$24.16/hour. Work 76 hours every two weeks, typically with a Friday off every other week. Weekend work occurs with a rotation schedule. May be assigned to the Getty Villa or the Getty Center during the course of employment.

Job Summary
Oversees and directs one or more teams to complete grounds maintenance activities. Assures standards for safety and workmanship are met. Assists Supervisor with planning, estimation, problem solving, labor coordination and reporting.

Major Job Responsibilities
• Assures equipment and supplies as well as general logistics are coordinated between teams
• Assists team leads and supervisors with planning and scheduling regular and specialized gardens and grounds maintenance activities
• Assists supervisor in information gathering and planning
• Reports problems and issues and assists with resolution
• Maintains regular contact with the Facilities help desk and other staff
• May assist team with hands-on production work
• Demonstrates work and provides training to subordinates and teams

Qualifications
• High school or GED preferred
• 10+ years experience in an institutional setting where fine gardening is practiced
• Bi-lingual skills in Spanish and English
• Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
• Requires a California driver’s license with fewer than three DMV points
• Must be able to follow both verbal and written instructions
• Must be able to work in adverse weather and environmental conditions as well as uneven terrain
• Demonstrated ability to organize daily work and instruct team members to complete work assigned
• Proficient knowledge of irrigation control and distribution systems
• Advanced knowledge of landscape construction techniques and maintenance

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Ability to communicate via radio and phone
• Ability to communicate basic information in writing as well as understand written communication
• Basic computer skills with office software and email applications and demonstrated experience with irrigation control and distribution systems
• Must have demonstrated skills and/or certificate, licensing in one or more of the following areas:
arboriculture, pesticide handling and application, heavy equipment operation, lift operation, tractor operation, irrigation management, general horticulture including soil/water relationships, plant identification, turf management, wildfire fuel management and regulations, and safe work practices

For more information and to apply for this job online –
https://jobs-getty.icims.com/jobs/3231/head-gardener/job

    8-21-18 Gardener, Getty Center or Getty Villa, Los Angeles, 9-21-18 deadline

$17.60/hour. Work 76 hours every two weeks, typically with a Friday off every other week. Weekend work occurs with a rotation schedule. May be assigned to the Getty Villa or the Getty Center during the course of employment.

Job Summary
Performs grounds maintenance activities required for care of fine gardens, public and back of house areas as well as unimproved areas of Getty properties.

Major Job Responsibilities
• Under direct supervision, completes grounds maintenance activities including but not limited to gardening, equipment operation, materials transport, agricultural chemical application, and general labor
• Maintains the appearance and safety of Getty gardens and grounds, including plantings, lawns, trees, hillsides, roads and undeveloped acreage
• Waters, trims and prunes plants, shrubs, trees, and hedges and sprays pesticides on plantings, when appropriate
• Monitors soil conditions, puts in new plantings and removes old
• Maintains irrigation systems and may perform minor plumbing repairs
• Drives tractors and trucks and operates grounds maintenance equipment and tools
• May respond to questions about the grounds and gardens

Qualifications
• High school or GED preferred
• Previous related work experience
• Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
• Requires a California driver’s license with fewer than three DMV points
• Must be able to follow verbal instructions
• Must be able to work in adverse weather and uneven terrain

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge and experience with landscape tools and equipment such as weed whips, mowers, and hand tools
• Fundamental knowledge of and experience in grounds care
• Able to work in extreme weather conditions
• Ability to use and carry common landscape power tools
• Ability to work in rough terrain and other adverse landscape conditions
• Ability to understand spoken communication
• Willingness and ability to work varied hours and overtime as needed
• Knowledge and ability to work in team setting or alone
• Must be capable of prolonged, very physically challenging work including lifting, carrying, twisting, walking knelling as required for landscape work

For more information and to apply for this job online –
https://jobs-getty.icims.com/jobs/3232/gardener/job

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3 Responses to garden employment openings at the Getty

  1. Peter says:

    It would be a dream to work in that setting. Alas, the commute would be horrible!

  2. hb says:

    Interesting: high school diploma or GED. In the UK a certificate from Kew(?) or RHS Wisley(?) or suchlike would be a requirement, no?

  3. David Feix says:

    Not even close to a living wage given just the cost of housing in Los Angeles. I pity the poor gardeners who must struggle to get by. I would have thought a well endowed institution such as the Getty would be more generous. Private landscape contractors easily offer work of the same type at 2 to 3x that salary.

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