Conservatory Assistant

Location: Tipton , MI
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Hidden Lake Gardens - Michigan State University 

Position: Conservatory Assistant 

Work Schedule: 12 months, approximately 30 hours per week, including weekend coverage. 

Purpose: To assist the conservatory manager in maintaining the conservatory complex, gazebo gardens, bonsai collection, visitor center plant display, and plant production areas. 


Horticultural – watering, planting, re-potting, weeding, pruning, fertilizing, propagating, mulching, labeling, deadheading flowers and foliage, pest identification and control. 

Weekend Coverage – Open/close conservatory to public, assist with visitor center needs (room set-up, weddings, emergencies, etc.), weather station data, bonsai storage temperature monitoring, general conservatory operations monitoring. 

Custodial – sweeping, mopping, pot-washing, composting, shading, window washing, general maintenance of greenhouse structures. 

Special Events – set-up, take down, planning, and/or staffing Spring Bulb Show, Art of Bonsai, Holiday Festival/Evening of Lights, or other HLG events. 

Physical Requirements: 

 Ability to stand, walk, stoop, bend, crouch, or work on knees for long periods of time. 

 Ability to lift 50 pounds. 

 Comfort and ability to use a ladder to prune trees, hang or remove baskets or planters, hang lights or decorations, or maintain greenhouse structures. 

 Comfort and ability to work in all weather conditions indoors and outdoors: hot and cold temperatures, sun and shade exposure, humid and windy conditions, etc. 

Position Requirements: 

 State of Michigan Driver License. 

 Work experience in green industry – greenhouse and/or conservatory setting preferred. 

 Organizational skills; ability to multi-task and work on several projects simultaneously. 

 Excellent work ethic and attitude. 

 Ability to work independently as well as within a team. 

 Ability and willing to engage visitors in a courteously answering questions and assisting when needed. 

 Ability to work weekends and occasional evenings. 

 Ability to occasionally monitor or lead student interns, volunteers, or other staff. 

Desired Qualifications: 

 Pesticide Applicator License. 

 College degree/work experience in horticulture, botany, environmental science, or similar field. 

 Problem solving skills. 

 Design experience in annual display beds, container displays, flower/bulb shows. 

 Supervisory/leadership experience working with student interns and/or volunteers. 

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: 



Hidden Lake Gardens – MSU Or email to  

6214 Monroe Road Or fax to 517-431-9148 

Tipton, MI 49287