Employment Opportunities

Historic Garden Manager

The Andrew Jackson Foundation, the private non-profit organization that owns and operates Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as its Historic Garden Manager.  Nearly 230,000 people visit Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage annually to explore its 1100 acres and its many historic buildings, structures and sites.   The Historic Garden Manager will preserve and maintain the the Hermitage Garden in a manner that is both historically accurate and aesthetically pleasing, while striving to educate site visitors and the public about the Hermitage Garden’s history and plants.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or similar field.
  • Three years of work experience in a public or historic garden.
  • Three years of experience supervising staff.

Principal Duties

  • Preserve and maintain the Hermitage Garden in a manner consistent with a National Historic Landmark Presidential Site.
  • Develop and implement long range plans that emphasize the Hermitage Garden’s period of greatest historical significance.
  • Develop and implement annual planting plans for the Hermitage Garden and all other onsite planting beds and demonstration crops.
  • Oversee the care and maintenance of all trees and shrubs in the public areas of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.
  • Oversee operation of the Hermitage Greenhouse.
  • Assist in development of garden programming and tours. Actively participate in garden tours and programming.
  • Network with the Middle Tennessee gardening community and speak to groups about the Hermitage Garden.
  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate all garden staff and work with Volunteer Coordinator to recruit and maintain garden volunteers.

Preferred Abilities, Skills, and Knowledge

  • Ability to identify plant material and select proper plants for various environments.
  • Knowledge of heirloom plant materials and pest management thereof.
  • Knowledge of field crops and ability to care for and maintain demonstration crops.
  • Knowledge of native Tennessee flowers, shrubs, and trees versus invasive species.
  • Ability to operate zero turn mowers, tractors with attached implements, and walk-behind mowers.
  • Care, fertilization, and pest control for ornamental plants and turf grass.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Good teamwork and customer service skills.
  • Ability to operate Windows based computers and Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of GIS software a plus.

Physical Requirements

Ability to perform moderate physical work, exerting up to 30 pounds of force unassisted; stoop, bend, climb, and lift; walk multiple miles during a shift; stand and sit for long periods of time; and work outdoors in all weather conditions and extremes.

To apply please send cover letter explaining your interest in this position, resume, and references to:

Tony Guzzi, VP of Preservation and Site Operations

4580 Rachel’s Lane

Hermitage, TN  37076

[email protected]

 

Gardener I

Part-Time 20-30 hours per week seasonally.

Summary

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is seeking a passionate and motivated individual to join our garden team.  This part-time, Gardener I position will be responsible for garden and landscape maintenance in our highly trafficked, 1.35-acre Historic Garden, and on our outstanding 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark site.  The right candidate will have professional gardening experience and an eye for detail.

Job Objective

As a member of our team, you will be accountable for the preservation of The Hermitage garden and will help support all aspects of our garden operations.  Duties daily will include landscaping, gardening, soil maintenance, infrastructure upkeep, fertilizing, watering, and maintaining flowers, trees, and shrubs.  The ability to use hand tools, do physical labor, think critically, and work in all weather conditions is required. Experience in sustainable gardening and power tool proficiency is desired.  Public garden experience preferred, but we will train the right candidate.

Physical Requirements

Ability to perform moderate physical work, exerting up to 30 pounds of force unassisted; stoop, bend, climb, and lift; walk multiple miles during a shift; stand and sit for long periods of time; and work outdoors in all weather conditions and extremes.

For an application please contact:

Tony Guzzi, VP of Preservation and Site Operations

4580 Rachel’s Lane

Hermitage, TN  37076

[email protected]

 

Part-Time Historic Interpreters

Do you have a passion for American history and an interest in sharing stories with the public? Then apply for the position of Historic Interpreter!

Interpreters work directly with our visitors, engaging them with stories, information, and conversation about the people, places, and events of Andrew Jackson’s home, family, and times. Interpreters guide visitors through Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Mansion for up to 24 hours per week, with occasional evenings, and holidays. Weekends are required. Interpreters wear historic 1830’s costume and engage with guests from around the world. Interpreters also take part in Interpretive Programs such as ‘The Duel’, ‘The Wager’ (horse racing program), and ‘The Wash’ (laundry program).

All Historic Interpreters will be expected to master multiple scripts and program contents. Once the basic Mansion Tour is mastered, Interpreters will be expected to further their learning and be able to give extended walking tours such as the VIP Tours, In Their Footsteps Tours (focused on the Hermitage enslaved), Garden Tours, and the Interpretive programs mentioned above.

Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Excellent speaking and presentation skills
  • An engaging manner with the public
  • A willingness to serve visitors of all sorts
  • A commitment to historical accuracy
  • Daytime and Weekend availability

Physical Demands Interpreters wear historical costumes and must be able to walk, climb stairs, and stand for long periods of time in all sorts of weather.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:

Mike Zimmerman, Director of Interpretation

4580 Rachel’s Lane

Nashville, TN 37076

[email protected]