Senior Horticulturist Cultural Gardens

VPFO UofA Botanic Garden

Competition No.  -    S103948102
Posting Date  -    Jun 17, 2022
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $58,675 to $81,208 per year
Grade  -    10
Hours  -    35

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.


Work primarily takes place at the Botanic Garden.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty

At the University of Alberta Botanic Garden (Garden), we are passionate about connecting people with the earth so they cherish the essence of life.

The Garden’s four strategic pillars support this connection: 1) Being a flourishing and diverse botanic garden, 2) Nurturing our communities, 3) Learning through discovery, and 4) Cultivating transformational experiences.


The Senior Horticulturalist Cultural Gardens is responsible for the hands-on, day-to-day operations of high profile feature gardens including the Aga Khan Garden Alberta and the Patrick Seymour Alpine Garden. This position supervises seasonal direct reports, completes physical tasks and equipment operation to ensure a safe, responsible, aesthetic environment for staff and the visiting public. This position requires availability during evening and weekends. 


  • Ensures a high degree of quality garden and landscape maintenance is continuously achieved, creatively using garden design principles and scientifically utilizing DBG Plant Collection Management Policy
  • Completes all landscape and garden operational tasks required in assigned areas, physically and with the use of equipment
  • Completes work planning and scheduling of seasonal staff, summer staff, and volunteers
  • Completes plant record management and curation tasks, utilizing IrisBG
  • Assists with winter operations including snow and ice control, greenhouse production
  • Completes site set-up and clean-up for events/site bookings where/when required, including after-hours and weekend availability


    • 2 year Horticulture diploma or Journeyman Gardener certification; equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. 
    • 5 years of related experience in botanical garden or public spaces environment
    • International Society of Arborist Certification and chainsaw operators certificate
    • Current Landscape Pesticide Applicator License
    • Training in the use of landscape and light equipment operation
    • Extensive knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety code and safe working practices
    • Knowledge of irrigation systems, ponds and water pumps
    • Knowledge of hardscape components including paving, stone, and trails

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Familiarity with GIS and/or design applications is an asset
    • Public speaking skills and knowledge of educational/interpretive programming principles are assets
    • Familiarity with GIS and/or design applications is an asset
    • Public speaking skills and knowledge of educational/interpretive programming principles are assets

    How to Apply

    Apply Online

    Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

    We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

    The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.