Business / Organization Name: 
Castle Landscape and Garden
Contact Person: 
Mark or Mary Ellen Castle
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
508-367-3812
Street Address: 
P.O.Box 54
City: 
Nantucket
State: 
MASSACHUSETTS
Zip Code: 
02554
Job Title: 
Gardener
Job Type: 
Paid. Full-time. Year- Round or Seasonal.
Job Description: 
Bring your gardening skills up a notch or learn for the first time the art and science of ornamental gardening. An employee of Castle Landscape and Garden helps plant and maintain English style perennial and container gardens on high-end seaside grounds, or in-town properties of our long-time clients. We have been in business as gardeners/plantscapers for over 30 years and our success is due to providing highly expert and creative horticultural services in a most efficient manner. We use sustainable and environmentally sensitive practices particular to our unique island and our town's by-laws. Training starts with owners Mark and Mary Ellen cleaning out the beds, forking soil, pruning shrubs. As spring arrives we tend the perennials and shrubs and start new plantings. In May we plant window boxes and flower pots. As plants start growing, and reaching their full blooming glory, we are stepping into full flower beds, moving carefully around to fork, deadhead, stake, and spray. We work in standing, bending, reaching, and kneeling positions. We tend the pots and boxes throughout the season, and work on challenges unique to Nantucket such as sandy soil, wind, deer and rabbits. Once trained, employees drive a company truck with a co-worker and perform the weekly garden maintenance visits independently. Employees working through the fall discover that the island's beautiful September and October weather allows a succesion of perennials to bloom, as well as the container annuals to continue to thrive. November brings tasks of cutting spent perennials to the soil, dividing and transplanting and planning improvements to the show for next year. We enjoy discussions on gardening and the profession and business of it. We welcome hearing of employees' interests and experiences and value your problem solving, ideas, and input.
Stockbridge Majors: 
Plant and Soil Sciences
Sustainable Horticulture
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Application Requirements (resume, cover letter, etc.): 
On-line application, including 2 references and a description of your interest in working with plants. In-person interview.
Minimum Qualifications: 
High School Diploma or the equivalent. Ability to work strenuous physical labor, at a brisk pace, for 8-9 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week, in most New England weather conditions. Adhere to the above schedule with no additional time off May through August. Obtain and wear clothing professionally suitable for outdoor physical labor in all weather conditions. Legally authorized to work in the U.S, communicate in English with co-workers, supervisors and clients. A driver's license is preferred and must be U.S. issued. Housing on Nantucket. Must be self - motivated, have a strong focus on efficiency, be a creative problem solver, and have a history of activity in the outdoors and a strong interest in plants.
Wage, Salary & Benefits Description: 
Starting Hourly wage is $20 per hour with overtime. We are eager to give raises for excellant work.