Stoneleigh Lead Horticulturalist

Natural Lands (Stoneleigh)

Natural Lands, a vibrant, regional, nonprofit organization and leader in land conservation, natural resource stewardship, and public engagement, seeks a Lead Horticulturist to join the professional garden staff at Stoneleigh: a natural garden.

Stoneleigh, a 42-acre former private estate located in Villanova, PA, was added to Natural Lands in 2016, making its debut as a public garden in May 2018. We are reimagining the historic landscape by creating gardens that are beautiful, biodiverse and vital to our local ecology, with native plants as the foundation. Stoneleigh: a natural garden is open Tuesday through Sunday at no charge to visitors. The garden also hosts house tours and events.

The Lead Horticulturist will perform all horticultural duties necessary to establish and maintain sophisticated public garden landscapes, including designing, implementing, and maintaining garden and natural areas. The Lead Horticulturist will oversee the day-to-day activities of the horticulture staff in the garden by providing training, supervision, and work assignments. Additional responsibilities will include operating heavy machinery, power equipment, and interpreting the garden to the public. This is a hands-on position in which the Lead Horticulturist will be required to physically perform, as needed, any and all tasks necessary for the continued development of Stoneleigh and to occasionally work weekends, evenings, and holidays as requested to fulfill their responsibilities. This position reports directly to Stoneleigh Garden Manager.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supervise Horticulturists and provide training in proper horticultural techniques.
  • In conjunction with the Garden Manager, coordinate weekly garden tasks such as scheduling and planning.
  • Design and implement displays, containers, beds, and new landscapes in collaboration with the rest of the Stoneleigh horticulture team.
  • Perform horticultural duties such as pruning, planting, weeding, mowing, brush hogging, mulching, etc.
  • Manage turf and meadow program and coordinate with the appropriate contactors.
  • With managerial approval, source, procure and purchase plants, supplies and materials such as trees, shrubs, seeds, mulch, soil, and garden tools and equipment.
  • Participate in plant collections management by assisting with research and selection of new plant material, installing accession tags, inventorying beds, documenting associated database information, etc.
  • Operate tractors, trucks, mini-excavators, lifts, and other heavy machinery. Also operate standard garden equipment such as chainsaws, blowers, mowers and tillers, and perform heavy lifting as required.
  • Lead tours and assist with garden events, classes, volunteers, and membership activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Botany, Landscape Architecture or related field and 3+ years of relevant work experience with demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Extensive horticulture knowledge and skills.
  • Must be passionate about horticulture, native plants, and the environment.
  • Highly motivated, responsible, reliable, and dependable.
  • Must provide professional customer service and be comfortable working with the general public and providing tours.
  • Must be flexible when dealing with changes in work plans.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and a good driving record.
  • Successfully pass a background check.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, bend and squat on uneven terrain; must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds and push up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be comfortable working from a ladder, lift and other high places.
  • Must be prepared to work outdoors under all conditions, including heat, cold, and with occasional exposure to poison ivy, biting and stinging insects, etc.
  • Must be available to occasionally work on weekends, evenings, and holidays as requested to fulfill their responsibilities.

Natural Lands is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. We aim to build a workplace where employees feel empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.

How to Apply

Click here to apply using our online application system. Follow the application instructions to submit your resume and letter of interest. Please address all applications to Kelsey Gvozdich, Esq., Human Resources Generalist