Plant Nursery Technician

Job Closing: Dec 8, 2021

Job Code: 19-4092 Salary Level: $31,241 – 51,355

Status: Full-Time Exempt: No

Reports To: Land Resource Program Manager Location: Environment Division


As part of the Land Resource Program, the Plant Nursery Technician will be responsible for developing the Tribe’s capacity to operate a native plant nursery to serve the community of Akwesasne and provide materials for biocultural restoration projects. The initial role of the Plant Nursery Techncian will pertain mostly to capacity building, planning, and development, with an eventual role in directing staff and overseeing nursery maintenance and production activities.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Support the function and objectives of the Land Resources Program with activities related to native plant restoration, species selection, plant propagation, and plant nursery maintenance.
  • Participate in training and career development to building tribal capacity related to operating a plant nursery, ecological restoration, reforestation, and/or habitat restoration.
  • Maintain a business plan for the Plant Nursery to evaluate future community and nursery needs.
  • Develop an operations and implementation plan for the Native Plant Nursery that considers the elements included in the USDA Nursery Manual for Native Plants, and provides guidance for plant nursery development.
  • Recruit interested individuals to the Native Plants Working Group, and hold quarterly meetings to ensure that the direction of the nursery is moving toward meeting various community needs.
  • Coordinate educational workshops on native plant seed/vegetation collection, handling, preparation, storage, transplanting, and site selection.
  • Conduct community outreach to educate and bring awareness to the importance of native plants.
  • Assist with securing additional funding to support the nursery through grants, if needed.
  • Oversee nursery operations: collecting plant materials or seeds, plant propagation, watering plants, replanting materials into containers or the ground, weeding/pruning, recognizing and managing pests, and maintaining the nursery site and high tunnel.
  • Maintain an inventory of plants via propagation and ordering from wholesalers when necessary.
  • Maintain records required for tracking crop production, seed collections, and purchases.
  • Coordinate program development with other agencies.
  • Prepare written semi-annual/annual reports to funding agencies as required, as well as monthly written reports to the Land Resources Program Manager.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Plant Nursery Technician may be responsible for training, overseeing, and coordinating the performance of seasonal staff and/or volunteers that work in the plant nursery.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, the candidate must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The candidate must be self-motivated and able to work without direct supervision.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Minimum associates degree in physical or life sciences or horticulture certificate with 2-years’ experience, or combined equivalent education and experience. Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, and familiarity with the Akwesasne community and culture preferred.

KNOWLEDGE: General knowledge of horticulture and plant biology required.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Strong oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to read and comprehend technical and regulator documents required. Must also have strong organization and computer skills including word, excel, and experience with varying databases.

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Time Management — Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Science- Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Persuasion- Persuading others to change their minds or behaviors.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Physical ability- must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.

Must be at least 18 years of age, and maintain a valid driver’s license with a clean driver’s abstract in accordance with the SRMT Fleet Policy.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.

The successful candidate must pass a test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Tribal Identification Card or Status Card or letter) by email to or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Due to our network security, we are unable to open hyperlinks. Applicants will need to attach their documents as PDF or WORD files if emailing. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.


The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.


The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.


Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.


A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.


Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.


The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has adopted a “Tribal Employee Vaccination Policy” that requires all employees to be “Fully Vaccinated” against the Coronavirus. Applicants are not required to disclose their vaccination status at the time of application; however, they must do so upon becoming the successful candidate. The successful applicant must submit their proof of vaccination status, apply for a Medical Exemption or begin the vaccination process. If the successful applicant is not vaccinated, they will be required to receive their first vaccine dose prior to starting employment and must receive their second dose, if applicable, within 30 days of employment.