Senior Gardener

Encinitas, CA

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Position Summary

  • Perform tasks and responsibilities associated with the maintenance, repair, irrigation and upkeep of the gardens, trees and grounds in Encinitas including landscaping on steep slopes.
  • Perform specific tasks related to pruning of trees and hedges.
  • Work both independently, and under general supervision.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in garden maintenance and new installations.


  • Help train and review the work of others.
  • Manage projects and assign tasks to others as required.
  • Follow instructions relating to all phases of work, and implement as appropriate.
  • Works in a team, which may include contracted and volunteer individuals performing work on site for the department.
  • Responsible for the pruning and the care of hedges and trees.
  • Install and maintain diverse plantings of trees, flowers, vines, perennials, grasses and succulents.
  • Install, maintain, and repair irrigation systems.
  • Maintain koi ponds: clean filters, feed fish, perform water tests and treatments.
  • Occasional basic repair/maintenance tasks (painting, simple woodworking, etc.).
  • Implement annual fertilization plan.
  • Application of pesticides and herbicides. Rodent control.
  • Safe operation and maintenance of power equipment (blowers, mowers, weed whackers, chain saws, electric pruners, etc.).
  • Adherence to the use of equipment and chemicals in accordance with all safety precautions and directions.
  • Overall working knowledge of the department allowing easy identification and appropriate reporting of concerns.
  • Responsible to follow SRF’s policies and established processes.
  • Other position-related tasks, as assigned.


  • Experience in horticulture and gardening.
  • Good physical condition and the ability to stoop, bend, dig, rake, climb hills, walk long distances, lift moderate (and occasionally heavy) loads - up to 75 lbs.
  • Ability to use and maintain a variety of power tools, including but not limited to chain saws, blowers, mowers, weed whackers and electric pruners.
  • Ability to prune hedges, shrubs and trees.
  • Ability to use ladders. Must be comfortable with heights.
  • Ability to work on steep slopes with appropriate rappelling equipment.
  • Ability to operate a tractor and front-end loader, different lawn mowers, and other equipment as needed.
  • Experience and knowledge of pruning and the care of trees.
  • Experience installing and repairing irrigation systems.
  • Basic handyman abilities are desired.
  • Ability to remain on task until projects are completed.
  • Ability to work in cooperation with other employees and volunteers as group projects require.
  • Ability to function efficiently and independently when required.

This is a 40 hour per week position, Monday through Friday.

Local candidates only please. No reimbursement for relocation costs offered for this position.

We offer a competitive benefits package that features a variety of insurance coverage choices including group medical, dental, life insurance, a retirement plan and much more. We also provide paid sick, vacation and holiday time.

Please email your resume and salary requirements to No phone calls please.

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