State Arboretum of Virginia, Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce VA
Anticipated hiring range is $42,000-$47,000 plus full University Staff benefits
Oct 11, 2017
Nov 15, 2017
Full Time

The University of Virginia's Blandy Experimental Farm seeks a full-time arborist to oversee care of the woody plant collection of the State Arboretum of Virginia. Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre University of Virginia ecological field station located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase understanding of the natural environment through research and education.

The State Arboretum of Virginia, located within Blandy Experimental Farm, is a public garden displaying more than 5500 trees and shrubs. It contains a broad diversity of plants from around the world with particularly rich collections of conifers, oaks, maples and boxwoods. Prominent horticultural features include a large ginkgo grove, an allée of cedars-of-Lebanon, and a 350 m lane lined with flowering dogwoods.

We are seeking an arborist to carry out and direct care for the woody plant collection. As the leader of a 4-person team, the arborist will oversee collections care, propagation, planting, and record-keeping for the collection, as well as maintain the overall appearance of the Arboretum. The arborist will develop routine maintenance plans for the collection, direct and carry out plant care using resident staff and contractual services, and mitigate tree-related hazards and emergencies. The arborist will support the broader research, education and outreach activities of Blandy Experimental Farm. The arborist will supervise three full time employees, two landscape specialists skilled in plant care and propagation, and a grounds coordinator in charge of equipment maintenance and mowing.

Applicants will possess at least five years experience in tree care, have at least three years experience in greenhouse and nursery practices, and be certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Applicants must have knowledge of integrative pest management, will be required to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicator's license after hiring if they do not have it already, and must have three years of experience supervising other employees. A bachelor's degree in horticulture, forestry or a related scientific field is preferred.

If you have questions about the position, contact T'ai Roulston,

Applications must be received by October 25, 2017

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