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Garden Supervisor

Overview of Position:
Under the general direction of the Head of Horticulture the primary role of the Garden Supervisor is to preserve and maintain the historic formal gardens by providing supervision and direction of all horticultural operations in the gardens, greenhouses, and landscape. The position carries the responsibility for the management of garden department personnel, safety protocols, equipment use/procurement, and staff training. The Garden Supervisor also has a significant hands–on presence in the garden.

Qualifications and Required Skills:
A masterís degree in horticulture and 5 years of supervisory experience in a horticultural setting are minimum requirements for the position. The Garden Supervisor assumes a high level of responsibility and is an important member of the garden department management team. At Filoli, the emphasis is on achieving the highest standards of horticulture and display. This is a multi–faceted position where organization, supervision, communications and leadership are all essential qualifications along with proven technical proficiency in horticulture proficiency, pest control, and safety. As a working manager, this person must possess both physical strength, stamina and demonstrate mechanical ability. A California Pest Control Advisor’s License is required and must be obtained within one year of employment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preserve, restore and manage horticultural operations within the formal gardens, greenhouse complex, fruit orchard, and natural lands.
  • Implement overall quality standards to be maintained throughout the garden department.
  • As a member of the management team, support and facilitate the development of expanded programs in the areas of horticulture and education.
  • Oversee greenhouse facilities, nursery, plant production, and plant sales operations.
  • Manage Filoli’s tree program to ensure preservation of trees and public safety
  • Participate in professional organizations and establish leadership role in the horticultural community.
  • Plan, schedule, coordinate and delegate horticultural work activities and priorities for all garden areas including greenhouses.
  • Enforce safety standards regarding the use of equipment for the garden staff, interns, and volunteers.

  • Personnel and Budget:
  • Make recommendations to the Head of Horticulture for hiring, promotion, termination and management of garden staff.
  • Perform annual performance reviews for garden staff.
  • Perform managerial functions of supervision, training, counseling, performance evaluation, and hiring.
  • Develop and manage annual department budgets for areas of responsibility.
  • Assist with the administration of safety programs, accident prevention, emergency communication, and documentation of training.
  • Purchasing and inventory control of garden department tools, power equipment, and vehicles.

  • General:
  • Provide support for Filoli fund raising events and programs that require the assistance of garden personnel
  • Provide support to the Friends of Filoli organization efforts.
  • Coordinate with Maintenance Dept. on needed physical structure repairs and improvements in the garden.
  • Work with maintenance department to coordinate all equipment repairs.
  • Maintain a moderate level of computer literacy for interdepartmental documentation, communication, record keeping, and scheduling.

Salary: $65,000 per year
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, and 401(k) program.

How to Apply:
Email cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to
or mail documents to: Filoli, 86 Cañada Rd., Woodside, CA 94062, Attn: Head of Horticulture.
Please, no phone calls.

Horticulturist I

This position is responsible for providing care and protection of Filoli’s gardens and grounds including: historic plant collection, lattice, brick paths, walls, gates, structures, flooring, decorative objects, tools and equipment, etc. This is a full–time position that typically works 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. Occasionally, will assist with activities for special events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include:

    Preservation and care of the gardens:
  • Planting and soil preparation; use of equipment to prepare and amend soil, dig holes, plant bulbs, trees, annuals, plant in formal rows, follow a plant plan, etc.
  • Watering; adhere to schedules and adjust according to CIMIS, check soil moisture, look for leaks, hand water, install and inspect new irrigation systems, etc.
  • Pest Control: use of sprayers with proper application and recording of pesticides, weed beds, cultivate flower beds, maintain QAC, proper cleanup, storage and disposal methods, bird netting, etc.
  • Fertilizing: use of broadcast and rotary spreaders, record applications, etc.
  • Pruning: train young trees, hedges, topiary, and vines, removal of poison oak, clean and sharpen shears, etc.
  • Hedging: groom boarders, low hedges and potted plants, shape topiary, shear formal hedges and yew trees, etc.
  • Carpentry and Maintenance: install headers and make repairs, make supports or cut flower cages, monitor and keep drains clean, etc.
  • Clean-up: pool, drains, leaves and debris, deadhead and groom pots and beds, etc.

  • Other duties:
  • Assist with special events: parking, set–up and remove signage, set–up tables and chairs, put up holiday trees and garlands, assist with emergencies, etc.
  • Comply with the Filoli Injury Illness Prevention Plan and Filoli Pesticide Use Policies,
  • Provide assistance and training to interns and volunteers.
  • Lead group projects and teach intern classes.
  • Regular and predictable punctuality, attendance and dependability.
Education and/or Experience:
  • Degree in Horticulture (preferred), or directly related field of study and directly related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience
Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to safely use; rotary mowers, reel mowers (both walk behind and ride-on), aerators, dethatchers, blowers, weed eaters, power edgers, rototillers, electric hedgers, chain saws, pole saws, scaffolding, ladders, sprayers, chippers, dump trucks, electric carts, pneumatic pruning equipment, generators, etc.
  • Ability to effectively clean and store equipment
  • Ability to safely adjust mower heights, rototiller and chain saws for appropriate usage,
  • Ability to properly use protective gear,
  • Ability to label and record gas usage, fertilizer and pesticide use, planting information, propagation data entry, temperatures, irrigation schedules, are schedules, etc.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to communicate (listening and speaking) effectively with volunteers or employees of the organization.
  • Ability to demonstrate consistent and predictable punctuality, attendance and dependability
  • Ability to take direction, multi-task and work effectively in a team environment.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
    Current driver’s license for use of company owned vehicles and automobile insurance for personally owned car used in the course of business. California Pesticide Applicatorís Certificate.
Physical Demands
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to:
  • Use hands to finger, handle, and feel; reach with hands, shoulders, and arms; talk and hear,
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, color vision and ability to focus vision,
  • Read documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions and procedural manuals,
  • Perform repetitive motions up to 50% of time using tools, equipment and a keyboard & mouse,
  • Lift/carry up to 50 pounds,
  • Stand, walk, reach, lift, carry, crouch, push, and bend, and extensive use of orchard and extension ladders up to 16' and scaffolding up to 25',
  • Move about to different buildings and gardens located on the grounds,
  • Able to drive vehicles and large garden equipment.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but there are occasional (2-3x a day) when the noise level requires the use of protective gear to shield ears. Due to the use of garden equipment and possible airborne debris, the use of protective eye gear is required when appropriate.

Salary: $41,764 per year
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, and 401(k) program.

    Please note: Only candidates who provide all the information below will be considered.
  • Resume outlining work experience, formal education, and special qualifications/skills.
  • Cover letter
  • Three letters of recommendation

How to Apply:
Email cover letter and resume to
or mail documents to: Filoli, 86 Cañada Rd., Woodside, CA 94062, Attn: Head of Horticulture.
Please, no phone calls.

Gate Guard, part–time

The Gate Guard is the guestís first point of contact when they enter the Filoli property. We are looking for someone who has a professional and friendly demeanor to uphold our guest services standards. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the Filoli property, programs and activities. It is the primary responsibility of the Gate Guard to open/close entrance gate, provide property security by monitoring visitor, volunteer and staff entry, greet and answer basic guest services questions. All duties are to be performed in accordance with departmental and property policies, practices and procedures.

This part–time, non–exempt seasonal position typically works 4 or 5 hour per day, 2–3 days a week, from early February through early December. Additional days or evenings may be required from time to time to meet Filoliís needs. This position is not eligible for benefits.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Maintain complete knowledge of and comply with all departmental policies, standards, and procedures
  • Maintain positive guest relations at all times
  • Be familiar with Filoli history, property services, programs, and activities to respond to guest inquiries accurately
  • Monitor and maintain cleanliness, sanitation, and organization of Gate House
  • Greet guests in a courteous, caring, and consistent manner
  • Show enthusiasm and demonstrates a commitment to providing excellent guest service
  • Provide information to guests as needed
  • Report accidents and incidents that occur at entrance to security for further investigation
  • Resolve guest problems/complaints within the scope of authority, otherwise referring to supervisor
  • Respond to emergency situations when needed
  • Assist with guest entry during special events
  • Communicate via two-way radio and phone with Visitor Services staff to ensure safety of guests, property security, and high standards of guest services.
  • Consistent and predictable punctuality, attendance and dependability
  • Requirements:
  • Strong, clear communication skills, as well as extensive knowledge of all areas of the property.
  • Professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Be a clear thinker, remaining calm and resolving problems using good judgment
  • Follow directions thoroughly
  • Understand guest service needs
  • Work cohesively with co-workers as part of a team
  • Work with minimal supervision
  • Work varied shifts, including weekends and holidays
  • Willingness to be flexible, learn new information about Filoli, and substitute for others if needed.
  • Ability to demonstrate consistent and predictable punctuality, attendance and dependability
  • Physical requirements:
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions and procedural manuals
  • Ability to perform repetitive motions using a keyboard & mouse and lift/carry up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to stand, walk, reach, lift, carry and bend frequently, as well as sit for long periods of time at a computer.
  • Ability to move about to different buildings and areas in the gardens located on the grounds.
  • Ability to hear and speak to visitors, staff and emergency responders on the phone and in person, as well as hear and respond to emergency broadcasts.

  • Please note: Only candidates who provide all the information below will be considered.
  • The email subject line must say: Gate Guard – Part–Time.
  • Resume and cover letter must be attached using MSWord format or PDF. Do not include resume in the body of the email.

How to Apply:
Email cover letter and resume to
or mail documents to: Filoli, 86 Cañada Rd., Woodside, CA 94062, Attn: Director of Property Operations.
(650)364-8300 x271

Filoli Center is an equal opportunity employer.