Position Description

Title:Sales Associate

Department:Horticulture

Status:FullTimeHourly

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.

Provides

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

and maintenance as well as product information)

Works

closely with and helps to supervise parttime

veteran employees participating in

jobtraining

program

Nursery

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

creating sales displays, maintaining nursery signage, general cleanup)

Grounds

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

Assists

manager with taking and posting monthly inventory

Qualifications

Bachelors

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

experience, nursery experience is preferred

Must

have knowledge of California native plants and their horticultural requirements

Must

have retail sales experience. Merchandising experience is a plus

Must

have good organizational, communication, and basic math skills necessary

Must

have good attendance record

Must

be available to work weekends and holidays

Physical Demands

Must

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

locations

Must

be able to lift and carry up to 40 lbs

Must

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

 

About the Garden

Studying, exhibiting and conserving California native plants for more than 85 years.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants.

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 2000 taxa of California plants 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. Docents lead tours of the Garden periodically. Guidebooks and brochures are available at the California Garden Shop.

The Garden is laid out in three distinct areas. Indian Hill Mesa is a large flat-topped hill of dense clay soils, heavily planted with mature cultivars and wild species of native plants. Some of the most prominent species are wild lilacs and Manzanitas. The mesa is home to the California Courtyard, California Natives Container Garden and California Cultivar Garden—three of our popular venues for social and business events. The East Alluvial Gardens are found at the base of the eastern edge of the Indian Hill Mesa include the Desert Garden and the Coastal Dune and California Channel Islands collections. The Tongva Village interpretive site and the Majestic Oak are both located in the Alluvial Gardens. The northern 55 acres is home to the Plant Communities with displays of some of our most impressive specimens in the entire collection. The large serene groves of Four-needled Pinyon, the spring-blooming California Flannel Bushes and distinct boojum trees are found here.

Conservation

Conservation Programs

RSABG conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations. Four constituents comprise the Conservation Botany Program—the Seed Conservation Program, plant growth facilities, field studies and laboratory studies. For more information, please contact Naomi Fraga, RSABG conservation botanist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Facilities and Programs

Herbarium

Documentation of the flora of California is ultimately based on scientifically made collections that are housed in herbaria designed to store dried plant specimens—and the information that they represent—in perpetuity. RSABG is the 10th largest in the United States. Our facilities hold more than a million specimens, almost half of which are California plants. Approximately a quarter of these specimens have been digitizes and the records are served online through the pooled site of the Consortium of California Herbaria. 

Living Collection

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden maintains an extensive living collection of tens of thousands of plants. A majority of these specimens are field collected from wild sources and all are documented in a secure database. The Living Collection supports horticultural research and trials to discover and propagate genotypes of native plants that are especially suited to the Southern California home landscape. The Living Collection along with the Seed Conservation Program makes RSABG the largest ex-situ conservation effort for California native plants.

Four RSABG constituents comprise the Conservation Botany Program—the Seed Conservation Program, plant growth facilities, field studies and laboratory studies. Please contact our Research Department for more information about these important aspects of RSABG’s mission.

Seed Conservation Program

Properly collected, vouchered, stored, and curated seeds are widely understood to serve as a biological insurance policy for our native plant heritage. The primary function of RSABG's Seed Conservation Program is the curation and management of the RSABG’s extensive seed collection. The collection is comprised of over 3,000 accessions representing more than 1,600 California native plant species and cultivars. These collections serve a diverse community in the conservation, botanical, research, education and horticultural fields. RSABG’s Seed Conservation Program is part of the U.S. National Seed Bank initiative of the Center for Plant Conservation. Staff undertakes a variety of activities to build and safeguard the collection.

Library

A world-class botanical library, the RSABG Library supports the Botany Program and is open to the public. The library contains approximately 48,000 volumes and 750 journals and periodicals. The collection is searchable through The Claremont Colleges online catalog http://blais.claremont.edu

Education

As a scientific 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).

RSABG provides formal graduate-level education and community education programming. Affiliated with The Claremont Colleges, RSABG trains professional botanists through a graduate education program with degrees granted by Claremont Graduate University.

Encouraging the use of California native plants in home landscapes is a major aspect of our objective and to further this goal, we offer horticulture and community education programs to the public. The Garden’s grounds include many areas designed to illustrate the ways in which native plants can be used to achieve home garden and landscape design projects. From docent lead tours of the Garden to community education workshops, RSABG offers many opportunities designed to help visitors gain a greater appreciation for native plants.

Facilities

Our major facilities include: RSABG Administration Building and Plant Science Center, Research and Horticulture Complex, Lee Lenz Horticulture Building, Lantz Outdoor Classroom, California Courtyard and California Natives Container Garden.

Accreditation and Associations

RSABG is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (formerly the American Association of Museums), and is an institutional member of the American Public Gardens and Arboreta, the Association of Systematics Collections, the Center for Plant Conservation, the California Association of Nurserymen, California Garden Clubs, Inc., the Claremont Community Coordinating Council and the Claremont Chamber of Commerce.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt California charitable trust.

Mission Statement and History

Mission

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.

A Brief History

Susanna Bixby Bryant established Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) in 1927. In setting aside 200 acres of her family’s Orange County ranch for the garden, Bixby Bryant provided a location for the research, study and appreciation of native California flora.

RSABG became an affiliated institution of The Claremont Colleges in 1951 when the Garden moved to its present location in Claremont, 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The Garden, an independent organization, became the home of Claremont Graduate University’s Botany Program.

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).

Encouraging the use of California native plants in home landscapes is a major aspect of the Garden’s objective and to further this goal, we offer horticulture and community education programs to the public. The Garden’s grounds include many areas designed to illustrate the ways in which native plants can be used to achieve home garden and landscape design projects.

More than half of RSABG’s 86 acres is devoted to California plant communities—plantings designed to depict native plant habitats. The emphasis to display plants in their native habitats was established by Bixby Bryant in the early years of the Garden.

California Glory Award

Honoring innovations in the advancement of California native plants

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) honors outstanding contributions to the advancement of public understanding of California native plants by an individual, organization or business.

Since 2004, RSABG has recognized innovations in educating the public about the ecological, aesthetic and economic significance of California's native flora.

The purpose of the award is to promote increased appreciation and utilization of native plants, and to promote RSABG's efforts to make significant contributions toward inspiring, informing and educating the public about California's native flora.

Nomination

For consideration by the selection committee, a nominator must submit a letter of nomination, and preferably at least two seconding letters, and biographical or organizational description for the candidate. All nominations are held in the strictest of confidence.

Selection Process

The selection committee is composed of an ad hoc group of five members chosen annually, representing:

- the winner from the previous year or his or her designee
- a California garden with a native plant focus
- a California nursery with a native plant focus
- two RSABG members at large

The RSABG executive director or his or her delegate acts as the non-voting chair of the committee. Committee members receive all nominations for review. The members may gather via conference phone or in person to review nominations on a date to be determined.

Contact

Please contact the RSABG executive director, with questions about the award, application process or to submit a nomination.

 

Past recipients

2011   Robert C. Perry, FASLA
2010   David Fross
2008   Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
2007   Tree of Life Nursery, Mike Evans and Jeff Bohn
2006   Robert F. Thorne, Ph.D.
2005   California Native Plant Society
2004   Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Chairman Philip Pace

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