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Greenhouse Monitor

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ORGANIZATION: Holden Arboretum

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The David G. Leach Research Station strives to be a leader in rhododendron horticulture by breeding improved cultivars, serving as a hub for rhododendron cultivation in the Midwest, and conserving wild and cultivated germplasm. We also seek to develop and maintain a world class collection of rhododendrons across Holden Forests &Gardens (HF&G) for use by the greater scientific and horticultural community.

Greenhouse Monitors help care for plants grown in the polyhouses at the Leach Research Station. These plants are almost always seedling populations or selections from the Leach Station breeding program or they are plants destined for the Rhododendron collection at one of the HF&G campuses. We would like an extra set of eyes on these plants to ensure they are grown to the best of our abilities. Container-grown plants have the best in-ground establishment and long-term health if they are well-monitored and cared for before leaving the nursery.

Responsibilities:
  • Support staff and serve as a positive representative of Holden Forests & Gardens
  • Follow supervisor instructions to complete tasks
  • Watering
  • Potting and transplanting
  • Collecting and communicating notes
  • Staking
  • Planting on occasion
  • Soil mixing
  • Scouting for pests and diseases
  • General Greenhouse maintenance
  • Maintain the safety of people and plants
  • Attend trainings, orientations or clinics as required
  • Additional related tasks as needed
Qualifications, Skills and Characteristics:
  • Enjoy working outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to listen to and follow supervisor instructions
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to do moderately physical work for 3 hours including the ability to bend (repeatedly) and work in a kneeling or squatting position
  • Strong interest in plants, knowledge of plants and detailed gardening practices not necessary but welcomed
  • Willingness to learn information and procedures relevant to the position
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrate respect for the diversity of people and nature
All Holden Forests & Gardens onsite volunteers must be vaccinated for COVID-19 (booster shots not required).

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About Holden Arboretum

Location:

9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH 44094, US

Mission Statement

Holden Arboretum is a campus of Holden Forests & Gardens. Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.

Description

Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions - the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden - whose mission is to advance and inspire a deeper understanding of plants to enhance life. The 12th largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has more than 22,000 member households and an annual attendance of close to 400,000, for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences.

Holden Forests & Gardens is making a positive impact in the region through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, nature-based educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences at its two campuses.

We envision a future in which all communities are transformed into vibrant places where trees, plants, and people thrive.

CAUSE AREAS

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WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1890 Hubbard RoadDavid G. Leach Research StationMadison, OH 44057

(41.82299,-81.05181)
 

SKILLS

  • Botany
  • Gardening

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers are expected to commit 1-3 hours per week to monitoring and task completion. At a minimum, volunteers will need to water and check each plant in both of our greenhouses weekly. Greenhouse monitoring takes place April through November.
  • Must complete Holden Forests & Gardens new volunteer onboarding for Partner Community level. Must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

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