Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees Horticulture Department at Lyon, including all Lyon greenhouses and supervision of assistant horticulturist. 
  2. Management of greenhouse plantings including watering, fertilizing, pest and weed control, repotting, accurate labeling, mixing planting media, maintenance of good light levels for various plants, and maintains greenhouse inventory.
  3. Plant propagation of native Hawaiian and non-native tropical plants for use in education, research, outplanting, and sale.
  4. Propagates seeds or cuttings as received from collectors, botanical gardens/arboreta, or other sources around the world.
  5. Assesses potting and soil nutrients requirements for rare plants and plants from different part of the world.
  6. Chooses, locates, and supervises new plantings in collaboration with Grounds Department, considering the horticultural needs of the plant, theme of the area, ease of maintenance, assurance of survival, separation of similar accessions, and aesthetics.
  7. Oversees semi-annual Lyon Arboretum plant sale; coordinates with plant vendors and staff to ensure event's success.
  8. Develops marketing strategies for plant sales, including brochures and other notices to the public.
  9. Coordinates Lyon Arboretum exchange program with facilities and institutions in Hawaii and around the world. Negotiates with personnel from external agencies to bring seed and germplasm to the University.
  10. Coordinates accessioning of new specimens with collections database manager, and assists in photo-documenting incoming material and cataloging of information for easy retrieval.
  11. Provides horticultural and botanical information when requested to visiting University students and faculty, businesses, government, and the general public.
  12. Assist at Arboretum events such as open houses, dedications, memorial services, and other public events which will include periodic weekend activities.
  13. Coordinates procurement of needed supplies and equipment, or coordinates the borrowing of supplies and equipment from other University departments.
  14. Other duties as assigned.
  15. Results of analysis, recommendations or implementation efforts; assists in providing the basis for decision made by higher level personnel.
  16. Applies or adapts standard policies, principles, regulations, and currently accepted methods and practices of the specialty area.
  17. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of Lyon Arboretum, and performs most assignments with instruction as to the results expected.
  18. Direct supervision of assistant horticulturist, and student help and volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a Master's degree in horticulture, or a related field, and a minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible professional experience in one of these fields; or equivalent education/training or experience.
  2. Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in horticulture and greenhouse practice as demonstrated by the broad knowledge of pertinent standards and evolving concepts, principles and methodologies.
  3. Considerable working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and theories and systems related to safety procedures.
  4. Demonstrated ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and the resolution of the problems in an effective, innovative and timely manner.
  5. Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials.
  6. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members, and individuals.
  7. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and use word processing software.
  8. Demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding and/or grantsmanship.
  9. Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skill and abilities as indicated.
  10. Experience with greenhouse or nursery work, plant propagation, pest control and use of appropriate tools, such as clippers, grafting knives, misting devices, and irrigation equipment.
  11. Experience with landscaping – especially as it pertains to public gardens.
  12. Knowledge of and experience in plant identification and taxonomy.
  13. Must be able to lift and carry weights in excess of 50 lbs.
  14. Valid driver's license.
  15. Must be able to use computers and operating software.
  16. Must be able to work in uneven terrain and under inclement conditions.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Knowledge of native Hawaiian plant species and non-native tropical species.
  2. Work experience in botanical gardens.
  3. Knowledge of conservation issues in Hawaii.
  4. Takes pride in being a steward of nature.            

To Apply:
Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, Resume, names of 3 professional references and official transcripts.

Derek Higashi; 808-988-0456;


  • Posted On

    December 28, 2018
  • Closing Date

    February 15, 2019
  • Organization

    Lyon Arboretum
  • Location

    Lyon Arboretum
  • Position Type

    Full Time
For more information about Lyon Arboretum and this opportunity please visit our website at, contact us at 808-988-0456 or via email at

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