Tropical Plant Maintenance / Sales

Location: Lansing, MI
Deadline: June 30, 2014

Position description:

We have a 3⁄4 to full time position as a lead worker available (for a very small group of people) for an individual with established skills working with Tropical Plants and indoor blooming plants. This position is responsible for the care and maintenance of our tropical plants including insect diagnosis and treatment as well as healthy plant development. An insecticide application license is not required as we have a licensed employee on staff, and because we use natural methods for controlling pests whenever possible. In addition, this position is an integral part of our greenhouse retail sales operation. Computer confidence is essential and Point of Sale experience is a plus. Providing plant care advice to customers is a critical part of this position, so the individual filling it must be comfortable explaining, at times, complex requirements to people without plant knowledge. Excellent skills working with people are essential.

This individual will also be involved in the planning for seasonal plant sales (including bedding plants) as well as their sale. This includes developing relationships with wholesale vendors and making occasional plant runs for product.

This position would be excellent for a Horticulture graduate student -as we can be somewhat flexible with scheduling - or an internship. However, we will consider all applicants who meet the criteria above.

We currently have one Horticulture Intern working in the produce production arm of our company.

Company description:

Smith Floral and Greenhouses is a 111 year old family owned and operated, third generation business. We have a full service flower shop and retail greenhouse operation. In addition, we provide the following opportunities for interaction with our established customer base:

  • Tropical and blooming plants for retail sales

  • Seasonal plant finishing (including bedding plants and seasonal plants like poinsettias and Easter lilies)

  • A full range of annual bedding plants and specialty hanging baskets

  • Perennial plants and blooming shrubs

  • Small scale garden service and interior plant maintenance

  • Produce production, including a weekly farm market and a small CSA

    ...all in the middle of an established residential Lansing neighborhood - right down the road from MSU! Compensation to be negotiated commensurate with experience and skill level.

    For more information, contact Karen Smith at Please send resume and availability.