Job Opportunities – Sherman Library and Gardens

Job Opportunities

Introduction to the Sherman Library & Gardens 

The mission of the Sherman Library & Gardens is to provide the public an oasis of inspiration, education and appreciation of regional history, horticulture and the arts. It comprises a renowned botanic garden, historical research library specializing in the history of the Pacific Southwest and collection of California Impressionist art. It is located in Corona Del Mar, Orange County, CA on a 2.2 acre site. The Sherman is embarking on a new phase of development which includes the establishment of a new Education Department and is looking for an Educator to work with the Education Director to develop and deliver programs for a variety of communities. 


Job Opportunity: Horticulturist

Full Time – Flexibility to work different schedules including Saturdays and Sundays and overtime if required

Starting salary: $40,000 – $50,000 plus benefits 

Salary commensurate with experience.

Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre cultural center which encompasses a botanic garden, research library, restaurant and garden shop located in Corona del Mar, California. The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains.

The Horticulturist, under direct supervision of the Horticulture Director, will be maintaining and enhancing horticultural displays.  A broad knowledge of flora that can grow in Southern California and how they are best used in a display setting is valuable.  The ideal candidate is a self-starter, team player who is motivated and able to manage time effectively. He/she should have an interest in plants and horticulture and be looking to increase their knowledge. A friendly, polite and service oriented demeanor is required for professional interactions with volunteers and Garden guests.

Horticulturist Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with the Horticulture Director create daily work schedules
  • Lead and direct the work of part-time employees, interns & volunteers
  • Water and groom landscaped areas
  • Trim hedges, shrubs, trees
  • Select plant material, order plant material, track orders and organize plant material
  • Design plant combinations, in conjunction with horticulture team
  • Keep detailed planting records
  • Maintain and repair irrigation systems
  • Teach educational classes
  • Participate in the planning and execution of events

Skill Required:

  • Must be a “self-starter”
  • Must be a team player
  • Able to follow written and oral instructions and communicate well
  • Able to observe and remember details.
  • Able to meet garden project completion schedules on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
  • Able to work well individually, with other staff members and volunteers
  • Skill in using various types of tools
  • Ability to follow safety procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to bend, twist or reach
  • Must be able to climb ladders
  • Must show interest in horticulture with a desire to learn
  • Have a friendly, polite, service oriented demeanor and interact with the public when appropriate

Education/Work Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of Associates degree and  3-5 years of experience in horticulture preferred
  • A combination of relevant and extensive experience may be considered
  • Public garden background preferred
  • Ability to obtain a pesticide applicators license
  • CA Driver’s License required
  • Proof of US citizenship

To Apply, Please send resume to:

[email protected]

Kyle Cheesborough, Horticulture Director

2647 East Coast Highway

Corona Del Mar, CA, 92625

Independent Instructors 
If you are interested in applying to teach as part of our Classes Program please contact Catherine Dickinson, Education Director at [email protected]