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Seasonal Horticulture & Sales Assistant

Maine Audubon

Opening posted: 02/12/2024 | Expires: 04/01/2024

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Maine Audubon is hiring a Seasonal Horticultural & Sales Assistant to join its dynamic team based in Falmouth, ME. Since 1843, Maine Audubon has worked to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in education, conservation, and action.

Position Overview
We are seeking a Seasonal Horticultural & Sales Assistant at Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, ME. The Seasonal Horticultural & Sales Assistant reports to the Program Manager of Bringing Nature Home and is responsible for caring for native plants, managing inventory, fulfilling sales, and helping to maintain interpretive native plant gardens and meadows. In addition, this role will regularly interact with visitors, and as such will be expected to provide a friendly, informative welcome to visitors and volunteers at Gilsland Farm, in a manner consistent with advancing Maine Audubon’s mission.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
● Lead potting, growing, and nursery operations for roughly 5,000 potted plants in a small poly hoop-house, as well as outdoor beds and growing areas
● Fulfill all aspects of inventory management including labeling, spreadsheets, and ordering
● Address live and email customer sales and inquiries throughout our seasonal Native Plant Sales
● Maintain, including overseeing volunteers, several native plant demonstration gardens at Gilsland Farm
● Contribute suggestions, photos, and other content for marketing purposes

Qualifications
● Horticultural knowledge or experience as a grower, greenhouse operator, or field grower
● Knowledge or experience in landscaping or gardening operations
● Highly organized and proactive, especially as it pertains to communication with other colleagues and departments
● Basic computer skills including email, spreadsheets, online sales platforms; interest in photography and/or social media a plus
● Works effectively and respectfully with team members and customers from different backgrounds and cultures
● Passion for Maine Audubon’s mission and the role of native plants in healthy ecosystems
● Must be able to pass a criminal background check

Physical Requirements/ Working Conditions
● This position has physical demands including the ability to lift heavy materials such as bags of potting soil, trays of plants, and containerized plant materials
● Able to work outside in all seasons and weather conditions
● Able to climb stairs and travel across uneven terrain throughout Gilsland Farm

Timing, Compensation, and Benefits
● 24-40 hours per week from late March through October, primarily Monday-Friday but with some weekends
● Part-time position with benefits including Maine Earned Time off, participation in our retirement plan, annual membership to Maine Audubon, and discounts in our Nature Stores
● Salary range: $18 – $21/hour

To apply: Please send a cover letter highlighting your expertise and interest in the position and resume to Andrew Tufts, Program Manager of Bringing Nature Home, at . Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet 100% of the requirements but believe that you would be a good fit for this position.

Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other aspect of identity protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.