Current Job Openings

OUTDOOR PROFESSIONAL: HORTICULTURAL GARDENER

Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping has been “unpaving the way” in the  Greater Santa Cruz area since 1988. We offer a full range of high quality landscape contracting services, including design, installation and maintenance. We do everything from drainage work on muddy hillsides to fine gardening. Much of our work is informed by permaculture, such as rainwater catchment, upcycled materials, and medicinal gardens. And much more. We do not use toxic chemicals or gas-powered equipment, such as blowers. We sweep! Often with Japanese brooms.

We are seeking an inspired gardener who is passionate about gardening and customer service. We maintain a positive profile in the community, and we serve an environmentally progressive customer base.

THE WORK

The overall goal is to achieve plant and garden success, and you are key to that. The kinds of jobs you will be working on include landscape maintenance and fine organic gardening, as well as edibles and planting projects. Tasks include pruning, deadheading, raking and sweeping, planting, amending soils, fertilizing (including foliar feeding with compost tea), irrigation fixes, digging, weeding, harvesting, etc.

Once you are fully trained, these will be “your” gardens, and you will communicate with clients directly, with supervision. You will take notes at your gardens regarding needs assessments and problems that need solving related to accessibility, plant care, watering systems, etc., and communicate with other staff as needed and do follow-up. There is support from other staff and crew when needed. Similarly, you will occasionally help the crew on jobs that are their accounts. You will also work occasionally in Terra Nova’s demonstration garden, doing improvements and nursery work. We have a blog and love when employees have something on-point to share with our community through this forum.

This job is three days per week. Thursday is a required day. We have offices on the Westside and in Live Oak, but we frequently meet at job sites which are mostly in Santa Cruz and nearby towns in the county.

WORK ATMOSPHERE

We care about workers and have a friendly, collegial, family-oriented, triple bottom line business culture. This is a long-term, professional track position with opportunity for career and professional growth for an outdoor professional. Dedication, skills development and great performance are noted and rewarded.

REQUIRED PERSONAL QUALITIES:

  • Loves working outdoors with plants
  • Cares about sustainability and green initiatives
  • Personally accountable; can self-supervise
  • Can work independently or with a crew
  • Positive, can-do attitude: timely, responsible, reliable, dependable, friendly
  • Establish and maintain cordial, cooperative relationships with co-workers/fun to work with
  • Polite with customers and tidy appearance – customer facing
  • Communicate personal issues that may affect performance in advance
  • Able-bodied to perform a physically rigorous job, and can lift 50 lbs.

REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL ABILITIES & EXPERIENCE:

  • One year gardening experience as an employee, student or volunteer (not home)
  • Plant knowledge and Plant ID (some Latin and hort school would be great)
  • Punctual, with good time management skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Detail-oriented, and able to follow directions
  • Flexible and able to start work at different locations
  • High school diploma, some college preferred
  • Able to make a one-year minimum commitment
  • Must be able to use Google Drive and apps like T-Sheet
  • Must be able to receive and send texts and occasional emails

DESIRED PROFESSIONAL ABILITIES & EXPERIENCE:

  • 1 year minimum horticulture, landscaping or nursery experience in addition to gardening
  • Horticultural education or landscaping certification
  • Comfortable doing drip irrigation repairs; interest in developing irrigation skills
  • Interest in further horticultural and landscape training (professional development)
  • Good writing skills

OTHER REQUIRED:

  • Must have a smartphone, pruning shears, and gloves
  • Long pants and steel-toed boots or sturdy closed-toed shoes

OTHER DESIRED

  • It is ideal if you have a truck, but not required

DAYS/ HOURS: Two to three weekdays during typical working hours

COMPENSATION: $18-25 to start DOE

BENEFITS:

  • Paid holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, Labor Day and Memorial Day, when they fall on work days
  • Up to 48 hours paid sick leave per year
  • Staff contributions to good flow and profitability are noted and rewarded
  • Flexible scheduling

To apply, respond with an email to jillian@terranovalandscaping explaining why you are a good fit for Terra Nova, and include a resume detailing your relevant experience, plus three references with contact information. Please include your cell phone number and personal email address.

BICYCLE-FRIENDLY GARDEN MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT, FULL TIME

Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping seeks an upbeat, energetic, bicycle-friendly, solid Garden Maintenance Assistant to join our Tread Lightly team. We provide high quality service to customers without the use of toxic chemicals or gas-powered equipment, such as blowers. We practice ecological methods.

THE POSITION

The Tread Lightly Assistant will perform landscape maintenance, traveling between clients by bicycle using a trailer and truck. Bicycle routes are Mondays and Tuesdays, and truck routes are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The bicycle routes are currently in the Westside and Seabright neighborhoods. Truck routes are in Scotts Valley, Aptos, Capitola, and Bonny Doon.

This is a fast-moving position where you may visit 5-8 clients in a day, as one of a team of two. The work is typical garden maintenance: weeding, raking, fertilizing, pruning, deadheading, etc. A few clients have lawns, but lawn care is not a main emphasis. Also, we don’t use blowers. We sweep!

It is ideal if you have your own truck. Terra Nova reimburses mileage at standard federal rates.

PERSONAL QUALITIES:

  • Love working outdoors with plants
  • Love bike-riding or bike-touring
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Cooperative, flexible and patient with co-workers
  • Neat appearance
  • Fun to work with

REQUIRED ABILITIES & EXPERIENCE:

  • 1 year garden maintenance experience
  • Physically able to ride a bicycle with a trailer with tools
  • Punctual, with good time management skills
  • Detail-oriented, and able to follow directions
  • Must have a smartphone, pruning shears, and gloves
  • Can lift 50 lbs. or more
  • High school diploma; some college preferred
  • 1 year minimum commitment
  • Must be able to use apps like T-Sheets, and must be able to receive and send texts and occasional emails

DESIRED ABILITIES & EXPERIENCE:

  • 1 year minimum horticulture, gardening, landscaping or nursery experience
  • Horticultural education or landscaping certification
  • Drip irrigation experience
  • Bike touring experience

DESIRED PERSONAL QUALITIES:

  • Can establish and maintain cordial, cooperative relationships with co-workers
  • Is personally accountable and can self-supervise when needed
  • Communicates personal issues that may affect performance in advance


DAYS/ HOURS: Weekdays, 8:30am-5:00pm. 

COMPENSATION: $18/hour

BENEFITS:

  • Paid holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, Labor Day and Memorial Day, when they fall on work days
  • Up to 48 hours paid sick leave per year


To apply, respond with an email explaining why you are a good fit for the position, and include a resume detailing your relevant experience, plus three references. Please include your cell phone number and personal email address.