Horticulture Associate

The Kiawah Conservancy seeks candidates for the position of Horticulture Associate. This part-time position is open until filled.

About Kiawah Conservancy: The Kiawah Conservancy (Conservancy) is an accredited and well-respected local land trust, having protected 52 properties totaling 2,273 acres on and around Kiawah Island, South Carolina. For over 22 years, the Conservancy has worked to protect important natural habitats for plants and wildlife, to research the ecological components that contribute to the sustainability of Kiawah Island’s unique flora and fauna, to implement habitat restoration programs, and to connect people with nature. The Kiawah Conservancy maintains an office with a full-time staff of four at Kiawah Island and is an equal opportunity employer that values the diversity of all kinds in the workplace. Visit kiawahconservancy.org for more information.

About the Position: Candidates for this position will be prepared to provide assistance in a variety of roles, with a focus on maintaining the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden and Maritime Forest Reserve and Nature Trail. The associate will work under the direct supervision of the Land Preservation Coordinator, with training provided by Conservancy staff and the Garden Keeper coordinators. Through discussion-based learning and practical, hands-on experience, the associate will perform the daily tasks, up-keep, and responsibilities of a public garden and nature trail as well as the coordination of volunteer personnel.

Duties included are perennial plant management, woody plant care, sharing knowledge and understanding of the importance of native plants, invasive plant management, trail and pathway management, sign upkeep, volunteer management, and more. Weekly progress meetings are held to evaluate where the associate is excelling, needs improvement, and whether or not goals are being met.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • General horticulture tasks include but are not limited to: planting, pruning, weeding, watering, fertilizing, and animal/insect control
  • Working with volunteers
  • Placement and maintenance of small structures in the Garden
  • Upkeep of signage and pathways
  • Attending and providing information at Garden/Trail education programs
  • Training, operating, and using small power equipment (i.e., leaf blower)
  • Attending weekly progress meetings to review strengths and weaknesses, and to assess goals

Applicant Requirements: Applicants should have a strong working knowledge of South Carolina’s native plants and invasive species of concern. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university horticulture, environmental, or related program, or have recently graduated from one. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States. All applicants must be able to perform strenuous work in heat and humidity with exposure to biting and stinging insects and poison ivy.

Hours, Location, & Compensation: This is a paid associate position of $12.00 - $15.00 an hour (commensurate with experience) with an expected 30-hour workweek. Hours may include some nights and weekends. The Conservancy office, Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden, and Maritime Forest Reserve and Nature Trail are located on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The applicant is responsible for providing his or her own housing and transportation.

Instructions for Applying: To apply, please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your horticultural interests and goals, and your résumé. Please apply either by e-mail to Lee Bundrick (lee@kiawahconservancy.org), format documents as PDF files, and put the subject as “Horticulture Associate.”

No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled with an anticipated start date in early April.

Job Type: Part-time, Associate

The Kiawah Conserancy is an equal opportunity employeer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.