Whiting Forest Orchard Specialist

Hiring Organization: Dow Gardens
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Midland, MI
Application Deadline: November 7, 2018


Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Orchard Specialist


Whiting Forest Senior Horticulturist and Grounds Manager

Employment Type:

Full Time


Commensurate with experience (benefits include 401K, health, dental, and



Please send cover letter, resume, and three references (including email


Mail to:

Human Resources

Dow Gardens

1018 W. Main Street

Midland, MI 48640



Position Summary

The Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Orchard Specialist will serve as an integral part of a team that is

responsible for the management, maintenance, and care of the grounds with a focus on the

newly-planted orchard. Currently, 170 fruit trees are planned for the two-acre space reminiscent of the

orchard planted by entrepreneur Herbert H. Dow nearly a century ago. The successful candidate will

have demonstrated experience in orchard management, orchard management scouting programs, as

well as chemical application programs. We are seeking people-oriented individuals with a

demonstrated ability to work well with others and a desire to work with the public including leading

guided tours and assisting with educational programming.


  • Manage all aspects of horticultural care including day-to-day maintenance.
  • Develop and implement best practices for the new Orchard to achieve exceptional horticultural standards in consort with The Whiting Forest Grounds Manager.
  • Positively motivate and lead volunteer and seasonal staff.
  • Perform all levels of landscape and grounds maintenance tasks as directed.
  • Safely and effectively use a variety of tools including mechanized equipment.
  • General grounds work will include snow removal, pruning, tree work, mowing, weeding, and other tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture with an emphasis in orchard management or related field or experience.
  • Familiarity with modern growing orchard techniques.
  • Broad hands-on knowledge of standard horticultural practices including but not limited to planting, fertilization, irrigation, propagation, pruning, and integrated pest management.
  • Valid driver’s license and hold (or have an ability to obtain) a Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s Certification; 1C, 3A, 3B.
  • Comfortable handling machinery including tractors, chainsaws, and other implements.
  • Thrive in a four-season outdoor work environment.
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.

About Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens

Founded in 1899, the 110-acre Dow Gardens is operated by the Herbert H. and Grace A Dow Foundation. More than 138,000 annual visitors enjoy an Estate Garden, Exploration Garden, and Whiting Forest. Major projects are currently underway at Whiting Forest, a 54-acre parcel of Dow Gardens. These include construction of a 1,400-foot canopy walk, visitor center, apple orchard, playground, café, and more. Visitors will enjoy new perspectives of nature as they rise 40 feet above the forest floor on the longest fully-accessible canopy walk in the nation. For more information, visit: http://www.dowgardens.org/whitingforestproject or click here.