Research Assistant (green roof, living wall, and trial gardens)

Location: Lake City, SC
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Job summary:

We’re seeking a qualified individual to develop, improve, implement and manage research projects on the green roof, living wall and trial gardens.


  •   Monitor, collect, record, evaluate and interpret trial data.

  •   Organize databases, records and perform computer data analysis.

  •   Develop and write trial protocols, evaluate program.

  •   Perform general gardening duties such as pruning, planting, weeding and mulching as necessary to maintain the green roof, living, wall, trial gardens and maintenance facility landscape.

  •   Monitor for pests and diseases and apply appropriate pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers

  •   Lead garden tours and assist with special events.

  Operate heavy equipment such as boom lifts and standard garden power tools such as chainsaws, blowers and tillers.

Education and experience:

Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, biological sciences or related field or any other equivalent combination of training, skills and experience.

Preferred: Previous professional experience with green roofs, living walls or plant evaluation trials. Knowledge of common landscape plants of the southeast.

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Willingness and ability to perform physical work outside in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to carry, climb, push, stoop, reach, dig and to load and unload various objects.
  • Ability to operate various power tools and heavy equipment.
  • Must possess a valid South Carolina Driver’s license and be willing to obtain a South Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s license.

Working conditions:

Office work, with significant time spent working outside collecting data and managing the trial gardens. Summers are hot and humid with exposure to biting insects and poison ivy.

Compensation: This is a full time exempt position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical coverage, paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, etc.

About the garden:

Moore Farms Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization set on over 500 acres near Lake City, South Carolina. The garden is cultivated on 35 acres and is a dynamic mix of formal, naturalistic, and agrarian landscapes. Garden areas include a formal garden, vegetable garden, green roof, turf farm, muscadine vineyard, pond gardens, formal shrub borders, and a greenhouse and nursery. Other land use includes agriculture, forestry and wildlife habitat. We are currently in a period of growth in both our horticultural displays and programming. This is a very exciting time to be part of the MFBG team. Please visit our website at to learn more.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Ethan Kauffman at