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R&D Gardener


Landenberg, Pennsylvania

About Us

North Creek is a wholesale propagation nursery that grows perennials, grasses and ferns, with a large selection of North American natives. We are committed to offering the highest quality starter plants in the industry. But quality plants are only part of the equation. North Creek is devoted to being the number one source for perennial, grass and fern plugs by providing exceptional customer service, real time availability, on time delivery, the newest varieties plus time tested favorites and sustainable growing practices.

Position Summary

The R&D Gardener will work with the R&D Manager to assist in garden and grounds maintenance.  The gardener will support operational and supervisory functions to ensure the effective operation of the R&D and New Products Department at North Creek Nurseries.  Daily responsibilities will include garden maintenance, plant evaluation, trialing of production material, and general operational support of a wholesale perennial nursery.  There will be opportunities for professional development. 

Fax resume to Anne Sharp, R&D Manager, at 610-255-4762 or email

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

Maintain site-specific display and trial gardens in a multitude of unique environments; maintenance to include but not limited to planting, mulching, weeding, irrigating, and herbicide application
Maintain Best Management Practices sites including a 4-tier storm water management system, living walls, green roofs, and meadows
Participate in installation of new garden projects
Assist with R&D greenhouse care, trial plant evaluation, and trialing of production material


Minimum one season experience maintaining perennial gardens

Knowledge / Skills Required

Comfortable with operating machinery and hand tools, including tractors, loaders, forklifts, mowers, string trimmers, hedge shears, etc.
Ability to assist with herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide applications
Must have effective listening and communication skills
Ability to lift 50 lbs. and to work in repetitive situations (e.g., container moving, digging)
Ability to work in all outdoor weather conditions as well as hot/humid greenhouse conditions at tasks that are sometimes physically demanding

Desired Skills

Interest in native plants and their culture
Ability to direct others in the completion of gardening tasks; is a team player
Strong work ethic, initiative, and attention to detail
Possession of good time management and organizational skills
Approaches work with a positive attitude, invests the time and effort to do a good job, and takes pride in accomplishments
Maintains a clean working area ("starts clean, works clean, finishes clean")
Works in a safe manner, reporting any unsafe conditions or safety incidents
Follows Lean Flow or Working Smarter program in day-to-day tasks


College education desired but not required
Currently possess or be able to acquire a PA pesticide applicator license

Travel: not required

Compensation: Based on experience