Horticulturist

The Horticulturist (located at Melbourne Gardens) is responsible for providing technical support as part of the Horticulture team to deliver horticulture activities including garden maintenance, living plant collections curation, turf care, plant records, plant health, biosecurity, storage and use of hazardous substances, and irrigation to contribute to the achievement of branch objectives.
Job Details
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Department: Royal Botanic Gardens
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Agriculture / Primary Industry
Classification: RBGV 2.2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/421729
Closing Date: 26-Sep-2019
Salary Range: $58,870 - $65,036
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Horticulturist (Gardens) (MG).pdf (PDF, 300KB)


Contact: Clare Hart
Manager Horticulture

Position Details

  • Opportunity to work for an iconic Victorian landmark
  • Full-time, Ongoing position
  • South Yarra location – Melbourne Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is comprised of two significant sites: Melbourne Gardens, a world-renowned heritage landscape with a significant state-owned collection, much loved by Melburnians, and Cranbourne Gardens, a conservation and design site dedicated to Australian flora and fauna, including the internationally award-winning Australian Garden.  Together, the two sites provide extraordinary opportunities for community engagement and cultural expression, recreation, learning and participation, as well as Australian and Victorian tourism. The Gardens also plays an active role in promoting Melbourne as a resilient city, contributing to social cohesion and enhanced scientific literacy, toward our vision of a healthy planet and flourishing local community.

The Horticulturist (located at  Melbourne Gardens) is responsible for providing technical support as part of the Horticulture team to deliver horticulture activities including garden maintenance, living plant collections curation, turf care, plant records, plant health, biosecurity, storage and use of hazardous substances, and irrigation to contribute to the achievement of branch objectives.

Success Profile

  • Trade Certificate, Advanced Certificate, relevant tertiary qualifications or other equivalent qualification and experience in Horticulture or other relevant professional field
  • Completion of a Farm Chemical Users Course or hold an Agricultural Chemical Users Permit
  • Demonstrated experience in a large public garden, such as a botanic garden or other relevant experience, including demonstrated knowledge of current horticultural practices, plant identification and curation
  • Demonstrated ability to optimise plant performance, including knowledge of weed, pest and disease identification, plant biology and control using IPM strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accurate records, including maps and plant performance information and ability to implement planting schemes
  • Demonstrated experience in the safe and effective operation of horticultural machinery and equipment, and selection and use of personal protective equipment
  • Demonstrated experience in the provision of high quality customer service to visitors and other clients in a tourist destination, including the ability to communicate regulations in a courteous and professional manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a constructive member of a team, and to supervise and train apprentices, internship students, volunteers or other staff
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate appropriately to various audiences and to clearly provide professional horticultural advice.

For further details please refer to the position description.

To apply for this role, please visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's website at http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/about-us/job-opportunities or http://jobs.careers.vic.gov.au by 26 September 2019.

Enquiries can be directed by email to Clare Hart, Manager Horticulture (Melbourne Gardens) at Clare.Hart@rbg.vic.gov.au.   

Applications must include a recent resume and a letter of application that addresses the selection criteria under the heading of Success Profile, as stated in the position description found under the ‘Attachments' heading on the Victorian Government website.

Applications will only be accepted via the Victorian Government website.


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