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My Dragonfly Gardens is looking for a Senior Gardener

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My Dragonfly Gardens

About My Dragonfly Gardens
At My Dragonfly Gardens (MDG), we are passionate about the creation of natural habitats in residential settings, using Florida native plants. Although we mostly use native plants, we supplement landscape designs with Florida-friendly specimens to add more colors, food sources, and styles for our clients. In addition to landscape design, we do installations and maintenance that are tailored to our clients’ end-goals, while in complete harmony with nature.

“It is My Dragonfly Gardens’ social responsibility to share its knowledge. We practice sustainable methods to create environmentally friendly habitats that support wildlife in harmony with you.” – MDG

After decades of tending our gardens, our commercial experience began in 2016. In April 2020, My Dragonfly Gardens was first founded and restructured earlier in 2021.

The Position
We are looking to hire a personable, trustworthy gardener to take care of important accounts with the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to work with phone applications and own a smartphone with operating systems compatible with our work applications (Android 5 or later and iPhones running iOS 10.0 or later) and GPS service.
  • Experience in gardening with Florida native plants and also able to identify Florida undesirable plants (a/k/a weeds)
  • Experienced in garden maintenance:
    • Weeding,
    • Trimming,
    • Pruning & shaping
    • Deadheading
    • Mulching
    • Diagnostics
    • Potting up
  • She/he must be tidy!
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs., bend and move about freely and work outside in the Florida summer heat
  • Must be available to work 30 to 40 hours per week during the nongrowing season and some overtime during the growing season.
  • Must have reliable transportation with a valid clean driving license – deliveries, pick-ups
  • New hires must be eligible to work in the USA
  • Must be able to work on his/her feet for long periods
  • Must be a team player, dependable and self-motivated
  • All positions require a background check
  • Able to work efficiently and effectively with little or no supervision is preferred
  • Starting pay depends on experience and credentials

Experience in the following is a Plus:

  • Creation and installation of new garden beds
  • Hardscape installation
  • Good English grammar
  • Installations (to manage installs a Plus)
  • Experience in common hardscaping
  • Supervising • Customer Service
  • Assist with scheduling and operations
  • Seedling identification: good vs bad

Work hours and coverage areas:

  • Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4:30/5:00 PM with 30 to 60-minute lunch breaks
  • Our coverage area consists mostly of the following counties: Lake, Orange, and Sumter counties, and growing into Marion, Polk, and Seminole.
  • Although our office is in Minneola – Florida, Gardeners only visit the office to pick up supplies or special tools or to attend training and meetings.

Advancement opportunity:

  • Leadership opportunities will be discussed with the right candidate.
  • A career-minded permanent employee is encouraged to apply
  • Very detail-oriented knowledge of plant IDs is a PLUS+
  • Possess one of the following certifications: PermaCulture, aquatic plants, and/or herbicide

Pay
Start pay rate will range between $13 and $17 per hour, plus bonuses and commissions with major holidays paid after six months of employment.

How to apply
Qualified candidates may initiate the application process through one of the following: