Theodore Payne Foundation,

Nursery Sales Associate

2 months ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

This is a unique and great opportunity to learn about California native plants. TPF is seeking an energetic individual with strong interpersonal and communication skills who enjoys working with a team. In addition to assisting customers, sales staff is responsible for preparing the sales yard for incoming plants, labeling plants and moving them into the sales yard each week, and pulling plant orders for will-call customers and off-site TPF events. The candidate should be willing and able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. This position requires frequent heavy lifting, bending and walking on uneven terrain. The Nursery Sales Associate is responsible for providing excellent customer service, plant care (including watering, weed control and pest management), updating the weekly inventory (including data entry), and maintaining the grounds within and outside of the sales area. This position reports to the Nursery Sales Manager.


  • Assist, facilitate and educate customers about gardening with native plants
  • Generate, process and manage sales tickets using point of sales system
  • Promote sales, membership, classes, tours, events and special programs
  • Update and track weekly inventory using manual and automated systems
  • Upload inventory and plant information to website, POS system and database
  • Label and move plants into sales yard
  • Keep sales yard and work place neat and orderly, and information up to date
  • Care for plants and managing pests in the sales yard
  • Recognize and manage vertebrate and invertebrate pests in the sales yard
  • Water plants in containers and grounds
  • Weed, prune, and maintain grounds and structures in and outside sales yard
  • Produce, assemble and rotate seasonal displays in sales yard
  • Supervise and work with volunteers to assist with the above duties
  • Assist Horticulture Department as needed with sowing, collecting, processing seeds; propagation; and other duties as assigned
  • Assist Education Department as needed with providing plant material, demonstrating horticultural techniques, facilitating and instructing tours and classes


  • Commitment to Quality – ability to commit to personal high-quality workmanship and behavior in all facets of nursery sales, as well as team interpersonal relationships
  • Commitment to Task – ability to persist and accomplish work in spite of obstacles, setbacks, and distractions, without direct supervision
  • Attention to Detail – ability to attend to details at the level necessary for successful completion of the work to established standards and adjust level of attention required in order to maximize productivity
  • Communication – ability to comprehend and act on detailed verbal or written instructions
  • Safety – ability to correctly anticipate safety hazards and take steps to avoid unsafe conditions
  • Training – ability and desire to learn and improve upon nursery-related competencies to refine or gain new and additional skills
  • Ability to lift and carry 50-100 lbs., move plants, pull, load and unload carts on a regular basis
  • Visual acuity sufficient to gauge plant health, insects, disease, as well as read labels, written instruction, and documentation
  • Ability to tolerate working outside during cold, wet, winter as well during hot summer conditions
  • Nursery sales or comparable retail or customer service experience required
  • Horticultural background required
  • Basic computer, tablet and interface skills required
  • Knowledge of CA native plants preferred
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred
  • Higher education degree strongly desired


  • Vacation/Sick/Holiday paid time off
  • 401K eligibility after 6 months
  • Health and Dental Coverage
  • Staff discount

Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; occasional Mondays to support major plant sales; occasional Sundays for TPF off-site events

Pay Rate: $18.00

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