Horticulturist – Stoneleigh

Department  Stewardship

Reports to  Lead Horticulturist, Stoneleigh

FLSA  Non-exempt

Position Summary

Located in Villanova, PA, Stoneleigh: a natural garden is a 42-acre former private estate that opened as the Philadelphia area’s newest public garden in May of 2018. The Horticulturist’s primary role is to assist in the design, installation, and maintenance of garden landscapes and natural areas. He or she will also be required to perform, as needed, any and all additional tasks necessary for the continued development of Stoneleigh.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Perform general gardening duties such as pruning, planting, weeding, watering, mulching, mowing, snow and debris removal.
  • Operate heavy equipment including farm tractors, mini excavators, backhoes, commercial mowers, as well as power tools such as chainsaws, blowers, string trimmers, and other maintenance equipment.
  • Monitor and inspect plants for health deficiencies and problems, ascertain proper corrective measures and apply appropriate pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
  • With managerial approval, select, source, procure and purchase plants, supplies, and materials such as trees, shrubs, seeds, mulch, soil, and garden tools and equipment.
  • Assist with public events, tours, educational programs, and membership activities.
  • Work with contractors, consultants, and volunteers, as necessary.
  • Monitor the property and structures for unwarranted use, vandalism, and trash.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must possess general horticulture and gardening knowledge.
  • Must be passionate about horticulture and native plants.
  • Flexible when dealing with changes in work plans.
  • Must be comfortable engaging the general public.
  • Highly motivated, responsible, reliable, and dependable.
  • Must carry out tasks in a professional manner and have an aptitude for injecting positive energy and good humor into the work day.
  • Willingness to perform subordinate tasks such as clean-up.

Physical Requirements/ Working Conditions

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and a good driving record.
  • Successfully pass a background check.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, bend, and squat on uneven terrain; must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds and push up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be comfortable working from a ladder, lift, and other high places.
  • Must be prepared to work outdoors under all conditions, including heat, cold, and with occasional exposure to poison ivy, biting and stinging insects, etc.
  • Must be available to work weekends on a rotational basis as well as some evenings and holidays.

To Apply

Click here to apply using our online application system. Follow the application instructions to submit your resume and letter of interest. Address correspondence to Jeni W. Albany, Director of Human Resources.