Position Description

Title:Sales Associate



Reports to: retail nursery manager

Position Overview

Grow native Nursery is seeking an energetic and creative native plant enthusiast. The ideal

candidate will have great interpersonal skills and an infectious personality backed by horticultural

knowledge and the ability to sell plants. The Sales Associate will work at Rancho Santa Ana

Botanic Garden’s retail nursery Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden located on the VA

campus in West Los Angeles.

Duties and Responsibilities

The position will work closely with the Nursery manager to place plant orders and take a monthly

inventory of nursery stock. In addition to plant sales, the Sales Associate will be expected to

attend meetings, or special events at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont,

California. The Sales Associate is primarily responsible for customer service which includes, but

is not limited to, assisting customers with plant selections, placing special orders, informing

customers of specials, and upcoming events, responding to customer emails, diagnosing plant

disease, identifying plant material, and trouble shooting design problems. The Sales Associate is

responsible for keeping the nursery fully stocked of plant material, hard goods, and general

supplies. The sales associate will coordinate with the Retail Nursery Manager to create and

maintain nursery displays, and ensure that all nursery material is properly signed and priced.


excellent customer service (answer questions about plant selections, design, care

and maintenance as well as product information)


closely with and helps to supervise parttime

veteran employees participating in




work (watering, labeling, pruning, weeding, cleaning, organizing sales benches,

creating sales displays, maintaining nursery signage, general cleanup)


maintenance (watering, planting, pruning, pest control, general cleanup)


manager with taking and posting monthly inventory



level degree in horticulture or in another plant science and/or demonstrated hands on

experience, nursery experience is preferred


have knowledge of California native plants and their horticultural requirements


have retail sales experience. Merchandising experience is a plus


have good organizational, communication, and basic math skills necessary


have good attendance record


be available to work weekends and holidays

Physical Demands


be able to stand for extended periods of time and walk long distances to various outdoor



be able to lift and carry up to 40 lbs


be willing to work outside in inclement weather conditions

RSABG offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package

Send resume to;

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Scott Lafleur, Director of Horticulture

1500 North college ave

Claremont Ca, 91711



Executive Director and Senior Staff

Lucinda McDade, Ph.D.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Executive Director
Judith B. Friend Director of Research
Chair of the Claremont Graduate University Botany Department

Kristine Crosby

Chief Financial Officer

Peter Evans

Director of Horticulture

Naomi Fraga, Ph.D.

Director of Conservation Programs

 Anne Scott-Putney

Chief Advancement Officer



Board of Trustees

Thomas C. "Tim" Brayton, Chair

David W. Becker, Ex Officio Chair RSABG Board of Overseers

Art Braeger

Steve Bryant

Elin R. Dowd

Russell B. Faucett

Larry Grill

Edward A. Landry

Jim McClintock

Mary F. Perera

Peggy S. Perry

Marshall W. Taylor

Ann Platt Walker

Trustees Emeriti: 

   Judy Bonzi

   Judith B. Friend

   Richard A. Grant, Jr.



Board of Overseers

Linda M. Battram

David Becker, Chair

Tim Barthel

Hester Bell

John Bradley

James Burke

Linda Elderkin

Sean Gallagher

Shaunna Gygli

Beverly Maloof

James Manifold

Muriel Poston

Linda Prendergast

Cynthia Shannon

Chris Verma

Cindy Walkenbach, Ex Officio President RSABG Volunteer Organization

Gary Wallace

Wynne Wilson

Yvonne Wilson


Institutional Profile

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA  91711-3157
Telephone:  (909) 625-8767; Fax:  (909) 626-7670

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants, grounds itself with a philosophy of biodiversity and the importance of bringing real-world conservation applications to the public through horticultural education, scientific research and sales of native plants. 

Garden Hours

Open daily 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Closed January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, December 25 and for some scheduled special events.


Members: free
Adults: $9
Seniors (ages 65+): $6
Students (with ID): $6
Children (ages 3-12): $4
Children under 3: free

Basic membership

Family: $85 (two adults in household and their dependent children)
Individual: $50


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden promotes botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and the scientific community about California’s native flora. The Garden is devoted to the collection, cultivation, study and display of native California plants and to graduate training and research in plant systematics and evolution. Through all its programs, the Garden makes significant contributions to the appreciation, enjoyment, understanding and thoughtful utilization of our natural heritage.


Founded in 1927 by Susanna Bixby Bryant on approximately 200 acres of her 6,000-acre working ranch in Orange County. Moved to 86-acre Claremont location in 1951.

RSABG Executive Directors: Susanna Bixby Bryant (1927-46); Philip Munz (1946- 60); Lee Lenz (1960-83); Tom Elias (1983-93); H.C. Miller, Interim Director (1993-94); Roy Taylor (1994-99); Clem Hamilton (1999-2004); Patrick Larkin, Interim Executive Director (2004-05); Patrick Larkin (2005 - 2012); Lucinda McDade, Interim Executive Director (Nov. 2012 - May 2013); Lucinda McDade (2013 - current)

The Garden

Spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California, the Garden is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Garden offers beautiful mountain vistas. The Garden displays about 2,000 taxa of the approximately 6,000 native plant taxa in California and includes those native to the California Floristic Province as a whole. This region extends into southern Oregon, far-western Nevada and extensively into Baja California, Mexico. 


RSABG is committed to making its exhibitions, programs and services accessible to all. All buildings and most garden areas at RSABG are accessible to visitors with limited mobility. Due to the terrain, some areas may present challenges to those with ambulatory disabilities. Contact the Visitor Services Department for questions regarding accessibility.

Accreditation and Associations

RSABG is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (formerly the American Association of Musuems), and is an institutional member of American Public Gardens Association; Association of Systematics Collections; Center for Plant Conservation; California Association of Nurserymen, California Garden Clubs, Inc.; Claremont Community Coordinating Council and Claremont Chamber of Commerce. RSABG was one of the first botanic gardens to be accredited by the American Association of Musuems. RSABG is an affiliate of The Claremont Colleges.


RSABG Departments

Development and Membership

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden touches lives and makes an impression on vistors of all ages and participate in the Garden’s many programs. As a private, non-profit 501 (C) (3), RSABG relies on the charitable support of individuals, corporations and foundations.
Membership: 3,000 members
Total Donations (fiscal year 2011): $682,130


The Horticulture Department of RSABG is comprised of three distinct programs that contribute significantly to the organization’s mission—The Living Collection, Seed Conservation Program and Grow Native Nursery. The Seed Conversation Program preserves in freezers approximately 1,400 species and varieties; over 170 are rare and or endangered. Grow Native Nursery has two locations; one in Claremont and the second in Westwood, Los Angeles. 

Community Education

Since it's inception, RSABG has made it part of it's mission to educate the public about the plants and ecology of California. The Garden offers a wide range of workshops and coarses for all levels of native plant enthusiasm, from free classes for home gardeners to professional level workshops to continue the education of California botanists. We offer five hands-on, guided tours and programs designed for K-12 graders, aswell as guided tours and garden walks for all ages.

RSABG held 67 workshops and served over 1,000 learners.
School tours and programs and private tours served over 7,000 participants.
11 education events were held, reaching over 10,000 people 
Butterfly Pavilion visitation (May-July 2016): 5,603


Graduate Education and Research

As a research organization and institution of higher education, RSABG is involved with research in systematic and evolutionary botany (science fields that sort out the relationships and evolutionary history of plants).

Graduate Education

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) Department of Botany and RSABG
Lucinda A. McDade, Ph.D., professor of botany, and chair of the Botany Department
Enrollment (current as of 2016-17 academic year): 11 graduate students
Faculty:  three core faculty, one research associate professor, two research assistant professors, one professor emeritus
Courses:  graduate courses and seminars focus on plant systematics and evolutionary botany
Degrees offered:  M.S. and Ph.D.
Alumni:  156


Herbarium: 1.1 million specimens and ranks as the 13th largest in the U.S.
Library:  44,000 volumes, including 500 periodical subscriptions
The Library (non-circulating) consists of botanical and horticultural books and journals, and included in the Library is Susanna Bixby Bryant’s personal library with significant holdings on California history and botany.
Laboratories:  Molecular Lab, Anatomy Lab North, Anatomy Lab South, Growth Chambers
Publications: “Aliso” and occasional publications

Visitor Services

The Visitor Services Department manages guest relations, facility rental and event planning, the Garden Gift Shop, admission kiosk, public relations and marketing.

Figures below reflect 2013 data.
Annual visitation: 77,879
Over 7,000 guests came onsite during Facility Rental Events in 2013.

Volunteer Services

Volunteers:  230 RSABG volunteers contribute more than 24,000 hours of service on a yearly basis.


Public Relations and Marketing
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA  91711
Phone: (909) 625-8767 ext. 260
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Last updated: February 15, 2016

Free Days

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers free admission on select days throughout the year.

Spring Open House: generally the second Saturday of March (e.g. March 11, 2017)

National Public Gardens Day: the Friday before Mother's Day (e.g. May 12, 2017)

Blue Star Museum Days: Free admission for active duty military and for veterans, with ID, from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year

California Admission Day: September 9 each year, to commemorate the admission of California as the 31st state. 

Fall Planting Festival: third Saturday of October, free admission to the Garden in conjuction with the season-opening event for Grow Native Nursery Claremont 

Veterans Day: Free admission for both veterans and active duty military personnel; November 11 each year, in recognition of those who serve our country. 

Green Friday: Friday after Thanksgiving; free admission to the Garden (last entry at 4:30 p.m.); and special sales at Grow Native Nursery. 

Admission is always free to Grow Native Nursery and to the Garden Gift Shop.



Many thanks to CareMore for sponsoring Senior Day at the Wildflower Show, Memorial Day, Columbus/Indigenous People's Day (October 12), and Veterans Day in 2015.


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Many thanks to Golden State Water Company for sponsoring California Admission Day and free admission for the Fall Planting Festival in 2015.