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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is looking for a full time (40 hours/week) Gardener to work Monday through Friday. Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in botany, horticulture or other biology related field. Applicants who have two or more years of gardening experience will be considered.
The position of Gardener requires long hours of dirty outdoor work in hot conditions. The applicant must be able to work in such conditions for extended periods of time while maintaining a high level of productivity.
Applicants must have experience using a chain saw and be willing to apply herbicides. Applicants must also possess knowledge of horticultural plants and be able to identify weeds common to North Central Florida. Handyman and irrigation repair experience preferred.
Please submit resume along with two letters of recommendation or two references, with phone numbers, to Alexis Caffrey, Director, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608.
2)Rental Coordinator/Administrative Assistant
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is looking for a part-time Rental Coordinator/Administrative Assistant to work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-5 pm. Primary responsibilities center around special events and include giving tours to and communicating with rental clients, invoicing, book keeping, special event staffing, rental set-up of tables and chairs, trash removal, and cleaning of rental golf-cart. Secondary responsibilities will include assisting with office work, running errands, engraving plant identification signs, and any other miscellaneous needs of the Gardens. Therefore, applicants must be willing to work outdoors, lift a minimum of 40 pounds, and “get their hands dirty” when necessary.
Computer skills must include strong familiarity with Microsoft programs and in-depth knowledge of Excel functionality. Experience with invoicing preferred, but applicants who poses strong math skills will be considered. Previous experience in customer service or event planning preferred.
Please submit resume along with two letters of recommendation or three references with phone numbers to Alexis Caffrey, Director, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (Gainesville, Florida) is comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Some of Kanapaha's gardens are organized taxonomically; others demonstrate principles of ecology or natural selection. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a premier Gainesville wedding venue with both indoor and outdoor rentals for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, meetings, retreats, conferences and other social functions. Kanapaha's signature plants include a premier stand of Chinese royal bamboo (Wong Chuk), and--during the warm months--giant Victoria water lilies and Asian snake arums. The months offering the most color are June through September. Kanapaha hosts many special events throughout the year including a Bamboo Sale and North Central Florida's premier horticultural event, the Spring Garden Festival. Another must-see is our Moonlight Walk when the paths and meadows are illuminated by special laser lights and more than 1500 luminaries; live music is featured as well. Except during special events, like our Spring Garden Festival and Moonlight Walk, dogs are permitted on leashes. Picnic baskets are welcome and there is a picnic area very close to the entrance building. Kanapaha's walkways are largely wheelchair accessible and benches, gazebos and other rest stations are liberally spaced throughout the facility. An exceptional gift shop offers a varied and unusual array of items including original art and treasures from the natural world.