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Recruitment #19-001403-0001


The Maryland Historical Trust, an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning, is seeking a Horticulturist for the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland.  JPPM, the State Museum of Archaeology and a center for both regional and statewide archaeological research, features a Visitors Center, a reconstructed Indian Village, the historic Point Farm House and Garden, a series of self-guided trails and various school and public education programs and events.




MHT/Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

10515 Mackall Road

St. Leonard, MD  20685

Main Purpose of Job

The Horticulturist will oversee and provide maintenance, improvement and repair of the grounds, historic landscapes and assigned sections of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) as well as have responsibility for horticulture planning, design, and overall appearance of the Park. The position will also create interpretive programming of the gardens and landscape and develop/lead workshops, tours, and other educational programs. In addition, this position will coordinate with JPPM's maintenance department and Critical Areas Commission representatives to promote environmental sustainability and preventative landscape maintenance at JPPM.


Responsible for planning, designing, purchasing, planting, and maintenance of display gardens, exhibits and other related areas

Ensure garden projects, plans, designs and plant acquisitions align with the Park’s mission, interpretive priorities, and aesthetic goals

Prepare funding proposals for horticultural projects.

Train volunteers to perform maintenance and special work assignments;

Maintain plant collections information, generate accession and display labels for plant specimens in JPPM collection

Observe and document plant health for possible signs of insects or diseases

Operate machinery and hand equipment needed to maintain gardens and park landscape

Make recommendations for and implement programs to remove excessive invasive plants

Determine plant growing conditions and set planting and care schedules

Coordinate and promote environment efforts and sustainability practices with Critical Area commission representatives

Coordinate with the Maintenance department to make facilities-related improvements on the grounds and ensure guest safety at all times

Create interpretive materials for gardens and landscape, develop/lead workshops, tours of the gardens and other educational programs

Report as emergency personnel for situations such as snow removal and storm damage


Education: BS degree in Horticulture, Plant Biology, Landscape Architecture or related field.

Experience: Three years of horticulture experience


Our preferred candidate will have:

- One year of experience working with historic landscapes
- Experience creating garden designs and public programs
- Experience working in a botanical garden


Maryland Pesticide Operator’s License, or the ability to acquire same within 9 months of hire.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. 

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible list for at least one year).


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 



The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are not able to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn: Kigen Waugh

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call Kigen Waugh at :

Phone: 410-767-4933


Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application. 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-7950. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.  Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply.

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