Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation is currently hiring a full time gardener.

Please complete the application in this PDF file and email to with a resume if interested in future opportunities: PGCF_Job Application online Form_2016

About the Garden

Peckerwood Garden, the creation of John Fairey, located in Hempstead, Texas, forty miles northwest of Houston, is an outstanding repository of rare and unusual plants from the United States, Mexico, and Asia. Balancing artistic expression and scientific discovery, it fosters educational and scientific programs, and encourages greater knowledge and appreciation of horticulture. The garden was founded in the early 1970s and continues to seek and implement new ways to explore, research, document and make available diverse native species emphasizing counterparts from Texas and Mexico.

The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation (PGCF) was established to preserve existing collections; support continued plant exploration and trials; and develop, maintain and preserve the land and facilities of Peckerwood Garden. Peckerwood is poised to operate as a public garden owned and managed by the Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation and is a preservation partner with the Garden Conservancy.



We are currently seeking one (1) full-time (40 hours/week) gardener to assist with the care and maintenance of the 40-acre garden and extensive collection.

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary daily duties will consist of weeding, raking, pruning, and other maintenance. Additional tasks include watering nursery plants, digging/planting, and general site/structure maintenance/repairs. Experience with lawnmowers, and other landscape power tools preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Applicants should be a legal resident of the United States (will be verified with background checks). This job requires heavy lifting (at least 65 lbs) and otherwise the applicant must be in reasonable physical condition for efficient daily garden work in the extreme heat and cold.

In addition, the following attributes are desirable:

  • Familiarity with greenhouse, nursery, landscape or garden operations
  • Strong desire to learn about the collection, history and mission of the garden
  • Strong interest in plants and their care, both natives and foreign counterparts
  • Educational background in Horticulture, Botany, Agriculture, Ecology or related field
  • Computer literacy

This position reports to the Director of Horticulture and Garden Manager.


To apply, please print our application at the following link ( PGCF_Job Application online Form_2016), fill out and either email along with resume to Adam Black or call 979-826-3232 to arrange for a time to deliver in person. Please do not stop by without arranging in advance, as we are not always in the office.

Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all foundation activities are conducted without discrimination based on race, color, genetics, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran. PGCF is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Please email a cover letter expressing interest and a resume, including three references to:  Applications are being reviewed now.