Lockerly Arboretum, located in Milledgeville Georgia, is looking for an enthusiastic team player to serve as our Horticulturalist.  The Arboretum is 50 acres, located in the heart of Middle Georgia’s Lake Country.  We are 53 year old nonprofit and are open to the public 6 days a week.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties involve weeding, watering, grooming, fertilizing, planting, debris removal, pruning and mulching. Additionally, the ideal candidate must possess the following knowledge and skills:

-Plant/tree knowledge
-Irrigation systems
-Plant record keeping
-Use of proper landscaping equipment
-Pest management
-Landscape project management
-Must be able to effectively supervise volunteers, and may occasionally be required to present lectures or write articles for publication.

Other Duties:
a. Assist when called upon for storm protection and recovery.
b. Occasionally provide labor for set-up and take-down of special events.
c. Work with and support volunteers in the planning and execution of our annual plant sales.
d. Occasionally serve on planning teams.
e. Participate in other Arboretum activities as requested.
f. Perform other duties as required from time to time.

Physical Demands:
-Must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
-While performing the duties of this job, the candidate may be required to use hands to handle, or feel plants, soil, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.

Education and Experience:

·         2 or 4 year Degree in Horticulture or related discipline, with 3-5 years of hands-on experience at public gardens.  Equivalent experience in lieu of a degree will be considered.

·         Required: proficiency in MS Office, greenhouse systems, accession records/database management.

·         Preferred but not required:  knowledge of GIS, irrigation systems, grounds maintenance equipment.

·         Please send cover letter, resume and three references to searchcommittee@lockerly.org


About Lockerly Arboretum

Dedicated to providing plant lovers of all ages a serene setting for observing and learning about horticulture, nature and heritage, Lockerly Arboretum aspires to become a nationally accredited arboretum while preserving and protecting our antebellum crown jewel, Rose Hill.

The Lockerly Arboretum Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, has served the Milledgeville and Middle Georgia community for over 50 years as a public garden and educational resource.

Founded in 1965 by Mr. E.J. Grassmann of Elizabeth, N.J., the Foundation seeks to provide outstanding ecological, horticultural and historical education in order to promote preservation and stewardship of the environment through greater knowledge and appreciation for our natural resources, wildlife and flora, and the history of our area. Mr. E.J. Grassmann established the Lockerly Arboretum Foundation in 1965. When Mr. Grassman purchased the grounds and mansion, it was called Lockerley. He changed the spelling from the British preference of Lockerley to the more familiar American spelling of Lockerly with only one “e”. The Lockerly grounds, about 26 acres at the time Mr Grassmann purchased them, were set aside as a public garden and horticultural education facility. A major restoration of the house was conducted at that time, and it was operated as a guest house for Mr. Grassmann’s corporate interests, the American Industrial Clay Company and Georgia Kaolin.

The Arboretum property was added to over the years, and the house eventually came to be owned by English China Clays. In 1998, the house was acquired by the Arboretum, and was opened to the public as a house museum. In 1999, Col. and Mrs. Oliver Worley donated 193 acres of land in Putnam Co, GA to Lockerly Arboretum Foundation and provided Lockerly with the resources to develop this property as a nature center.

The Oliver N. Worley Outdoor Education Center is used for educational programs, Boy Scout programs, and Lockerly’s popular summer camp program.