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Blake Horticulturist (9723C) - CED/Blake Gardens
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jun. 26, 2020
Title Blake Horticulturist (9723C) - CED/Blake Gardens
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Agriculture/Animal Care

Blake Horticulturist (9723C) - CED/Blake Gardens

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 7/8/20

Departmental Overview

CED is comprised of faculty, students and staff with an impressive set of backgrounds and talents. We believe in the importance of supporting an inclusive environment that values community and builds its strength from a diversity of views and expertise. The College of Environmental Design (CED) is a multifaceted academic unit, with three departments (Architecture, City & Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning).

Blake Garden is a 10.6 acre garden open to the public on weekdays and located four miles north of the Berkeley campus in Kensington, California. Its mission is to expand and sustain a well-designed outdoor environment that supports teaching and research in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning.

Blake Garden encourages the development of understanding and appreciation of nature in the garden environment. The garden contains a large diversity of plant materials that grow in our Mediterranean type climate and contains new and historic garden design and structures designed and built by UC Professors from the College of Environmental Design, students and the garden's staff. Please see the website for more details:


The Blake Garden Horticulturist is accountable to Administrative Manager of the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, with a dotted-line reporting to the Blake Garden Manager.

The Garden Horticulturist's principal responsibility is the Horticultural maintenance of the Garden. This includes, but is not limited to watering, weeding, fertilizing, mulching, amending the soil, weeding, pruning, planting, and other activities involved in cultivating plants. The incumbent may also perform construction or reconstruction projects in his/her area. The incumbent provides support to the faculty, staff and student research related to the Garden. This may take the form of volunteer training and giving educational tours of the Garden and other outreach activities.

In addition, the incumbent participates in the curation of the Blake Garden collection and the maintenance of plant records and conservation of the collection. The incumbent maintains proper inventory needs and purchases required plant materials, tools and other supplies.

Required Qualifications
  • Experience in arboreta, horticulture and garden design. A 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. Demonstrable knowledge of California flora and ability to provide plant and pest identification Ability to maintain accurate records and to research collection acquisitions and their horticultural requirements. Intermediate computer applications skills relevant to landscape architecture and programs related to maintaining collections inventory. Solid decision making and reasoning skills, and ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, and conduct operations analysis and quality control analysis. Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff, volunteers and the public. Solid verbal and written communication skills in the English language, including active listening, flexibility, and critical thinking, and ability to multi-task and ensure effective time management. Ability to perform hard physical labor lifting up to 100 lbs on occasion.

Preferred Qualifications
  • interest and/or experience in sustainable design, green technologies and community outreach and educational programs. education in and/or equivalent experience in achieving and managing environmentally sensitive solutions in a creative and effective way. Master of Landscape Architecture and/or design background preferred.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Salary designated for this position is $51,510-56,856; however, salary commensurate with experience.

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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