Conservatory & Greenhouse Technician

Hiring Organization: Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
Employment type: Temporary
Job Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Application Deadline: October 17, 2021

How to Apply

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. A one-page cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in this position and outline experience that directly relates to it.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum is seeking to hire a full-time temporary (9 month, 2 term limited) Conservatory and Greenhouse Technician. This position will report to the Conservatory/Greenhouse Manager to support the development, maintenance, and management of living plant collections and natural areas in support of teaching, research, public outreach, and conservation goals of the U-M Matthaei-Nichols. Employment begins Monday, December 6, 2021 and ends Friday, September 3, 2022. This position is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.


  • Work alone or as part of a team to maintain plant specimens and collections, assist with greenhouse operations and the stewardship of the Conservatory.
  • Grow plants in greenhouses and tending conservatory plants; plant, water, fertilize and assist with regular integrated pest management (IPM) and routine cleaning.
  • Lead student interns, student workers, and volunteers in maintaining plant specimens and collections.
  • Ability to lift or transport up to 40lbs.

Required Qualifications*

  • Associate's degree or higher in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in a conservatory, greenhouses, or horticulture.
  • Ability to work in different conditions and tolerate the physical challenges of greenhouse work.
  • Previous knowledge or willingness to learn a variety of horticultural tools, equipment and techniques.
  • Hold a State of Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator's License or willingness to obtain one (Matthaei-Nichols provides study materials and may cover certification expenses)
  • Willingness to apply pesticides as part of our IPM.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with any of the following: Annual and native plant production, general plant propagation and maintenance.
  • Ability to use Excel/Sheets for the purpose of plant production. 
  • Experience with watering needs of different types of plants.
  • Previous leadership experience working with students and volunteers.

Additional Information

Compensation:  $15 per hour

This temporary position may meet eligibility requirements for health care benefits. For more information, please see the eligibility section for temporary employees here.

For more information about Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please visit

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for at least seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled at any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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