Senior Horticulturist Nursery

Botanic Gardens of Sydney - Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure

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Do you want your work to make a difference for NSW?

Together, we create thriving environments, communities and economies.


  • Join us and work for a conservation focused organisation and within Australia’s largest botanic garden.
  • Permanent Full-Time role with opportunities to grow your career within a team of proactive and professional horticulturalists, greenkeepers, and arborists.
  • Become an integral contributor to plant conservation working with some of Australia’s most threatened flora.
  • Contribute to the heartbeat of the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
  • Salary relative to experience ranges from $78,260 to $86,539 + Superannuation  


The Botanic Gardens of Sydney (BGoS) team is currently seeking to appoint a Senior Horticulturist Nursery to develop and maintain the horticultural functions for BGGS including undertaking regular inspections, maintenance of associated plant equipment and records, and consultation in relation to developments affecting living collections, natural areas or landscape development within the estates, and the supervision and training of staff.


About You

The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is looking for an enthusiastic horticulturist with a passion for plant conservation – particularly Australian native flora. In this role, you will effectively manage a small team within the nursery, managing extensive horticultural potted collections, within a high use public garden – while prioritising the workload of the team to implement quality horticultural practices.


The Senior Horticulturist (Nursery) coordinates the nursery and propagation programs including activities such as plant propagation, horticultural maintenance, inventory management, research, and the allocation of resources.


Why join our team?

  • Fantastic Team Culture – Be a part of passionate and hard-working teams who approach their busy day-to-day work with good humour and a sense of fun!
  • Genuine long-term Career Opportunities – Opportunity to grow your career as a Senior Horticulturist.
  • Focus on Wellbeing and Work/Life Balance – A regular rostered/allocated day off can be accrued. The Fitness Passport program gives members discounted access to gym, aquatic, and leisure facilities across NSW.
  • Benefits – Staff are entitled to Uniform and Uniform allowance and Free Parking on site.


 Knowledge, skills, and experience

  • Demonstrated experience in the management of propagation programs, specialist propagation techniques, and collection of relevant records electronically.
  • Experience in the provision of horticultural services and programs with a diverse range of plant materials grown in controlled environments and the maintenance/use of associated plant/equipment in accordance with nursery hygiene practices.
  • Proven experience in the development and implementation of work and maintenance plans, and project management and research skills.
  • Proven experience in the coordination, operational maintenance and team leadership in the nursery environment.
  • Ability to optimise plant performance, including: nutritional requirements; knowledge of weed, pest and disease identification, and control using IPM strategies
  • Experience with irrigation systems
  • Maintenance and use of a wide range of horticultural plant and equipment.
  • Knowledge and experience using computer software programs to record, maintain, and extract information.


Essential Requirements

  • Minimum Certificate 3 in horticulture, and/or at least five years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Current driver’s license with the ability to drive manual vehicles and willingness to undertake fieldwork for extended periods of time and have the ability to lift and carry a minimum 15 kilos.


If you want more information, read the full Role Description: Senior Horticulturist Nursery


About Us

Staff working within BGoS are a group of world-leading staff from the fields of science, horticulture, public space activation, visitor experience, not-for-profit fundraising, digital engagement, tourism, planning, major project delivery, commercial investment, sustainable resource and asset management, events and recreation.


This is an excellent opportunity to join a dedicated, flexible and dynamic team and work for Australia’s premier botanical science institute and some of Sydney’s most iconic public spaces with opportunities to further one’s career development and advancement.


About the Department

The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) are building the future of NSW through delivering diverse planning, housing solutions and infrastructure across the state. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department. 


In our inclusive and accessible workplace, differences are embraced, contributions are valued, and everyone has a sense of connection and belonging. DPHI supports various employee affinity groups, practice flexible working, offer job share and workplace adjustments.


To Apply

If excited by the information above, we look forward to receiving your application, including a copy of your resume and cover letter expressing your interest and suitability for the role.


Please apply here: https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/job/senior-horticulturist-nursery-460588


Applications close Sunday, 12th May 2024 at 11:55pm.


Should you require further information about the role please contact Ryan Newett via [email protected]


A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.


Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks


We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on [email protected]  (please include reference number).

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/our-mob-on-country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.


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