Senior Horticulturist - Botanical Garden of the Ruhr-University Bochum

The Botanical Garden of the Ruhr-University Bochum is among Germany’s largest botanical gardens and part of one of the leading research universities in the country. We are currently offering the exciting position of a permanent full-time Senior Horticulturist (“Gärtnermeister”) specialised in ornamental plants.

Job requirements

The successful applicant will have:

  • “Gärtnermeister”-certificate or equivalent qualification that entitles the applicant to train and supervise apprentice gardeners specialising in ornamental plants (“Ausbildereignungsprüfung Fachrichtung Zierpflanzenbau”)
  • an excellent knowledge of plants
  • excellent leadership and communication skills
  • several years of experience as Senior Horticulturist, preferably in a botanical garden
  • environment management experience
  • sound knowledge about the propagation and cultivation of tropical and subtropical plants, especially succulent, epiphytes and aquatic plants
  • IT skills, especially managing a living collections database (we use Iris BG at Bochum University)
  • willingness to further own professional skills and knowledge
  • willingness to do weekend duties
  • a permit to use pesticides (“Sachkundenachweis Pflanzenschutz” – more info here
  • experience in biological pest control (desirable)
  • good knowledge of English and willingness to learn German is the minimum essential for foreign applicants

For further information and to send (via post or email) your documents by 30 December 2019 contact either Dr. Wolfgang Stuppy (Curator) or Marilies To-Sanguan (Technical Head).


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