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Native Plant Nursery Technician

San Bruno Mountain Watch

Brisbane ,  California


San Bruno Mountain is a remarkable biodiversity hotspot surrounded by the cities of San Francisco, Daly City, Brisbane, Colma, and South San Francisco. Despite its urban setting, the mountain is home to three federally listed endangered butterflies and over a dozen rare or endangered plants.

San Bruno Mountain Watch is a grassroots environmental nonprofit that has been preserving and protecting San Bruno Mountain for over 45 years. Our organization leads community-based stewardship programs that protect and care for the mountain's diverse habitats, provides environmental education opportunities for students of all ages, and actively leads conservation campaigns to protect open space on and around the mountain.

Our Mission Blue Nursery grows plants entirely from seeds collected on San Bruno Mountain and provides these for ecosystem restoration projects on the mountain. Through public plant sales and private contracts, we also supply plants for landscaping projects in local cities including school gardens, backyards, and sustainable streetscapes.

Our robust nursery volunteer program occurs every Wednesday and is an integral part of our nursery. Dedicated community members are involved with all aspects of the nursery operations including propagation, care of the demonstration garden, seed cleaning, seed amplification, data collection, and maintenance of the nursery grounds, structures, and equipment.


We're currently searching for a part-time Nursery Technician (24 hours/week) to assist with the collection, propagation, and care of native plants.

The Nursery Technician will work closely with other SBMW staff on seed collection, nursery production for contracts and sales, and planning of nursery volunteer programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Propagation and care of plants for contracts and sales
  • Seed collection on the mountain
  • Mapping and reporting of seed collection activities
  • Seed amplification on nursery grounds
  • Maintenance and inspection of nursery equipment, grounds, and irrigation system
  • Implementation of Best Management Practices to prevent pests and plant diseases such as phytophthora
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization of the nursery
  • Coordination of nursery volunteers in weekly work parties
  • Preparation and promotion of quarterly public plant sales
  • Supervision of nursery interns
  • Collaboration with other SBMW staff on ordering supplies, keeping seed and plant inventories, updating records, tracking budgets, collecting data, and recording volunteer hours

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of San Francisco Bay Area native plants
  • Familiarity with native plant propagation techniques
  • Experience with seed collection, cleaning, and storage
  • Background or training in horticulture, botany, plant ID, and/or ecology
  • Experience recruiting, motivating, and managing volunteers and interns
  • Proficient computer skills with word processing, excel spreadsheets, etc
  • Strong organizational and data collection skills
  • Nursery management and/or ecological restoration experience
  • Ability to identify and treat symptoms of plant diseases, pests, and deficiencies
  • Experience with irrigation and building a plus
  • Experience working in a non-profit and/or working closely with volunteers
  • Ability to hike rugged trails, carry loads of 50lbs, and perform physical work including planting and digging. Comfortable working around poison oak


Hours: 24 hours/week. Wednesdays required, other days flexible

Compensation: $18/hour

How To Apply

Please email a thoughtful cover letter and resumé to

Applications will be evaluated as they arrive, and applicants will be contacted for interviews in January and early February 2017. No phone calls please.

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