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Current Job Openings with ONLA Members

Landscape Enhancement and Landscape Maintenance Crew Leader

The Landscape enhancement and maintenance Crew Leader must have a great work ethic and desire to grow in the green industry. We provide an excellent opportunity for employees to grow personally and grow in the company. There is opportunity to make a lifelong career at Roark landscaping.
  • No experience required.
  • Willing spirit to learn and grow as an employee of Roark Landscaping Corporation
  • A clean driver’s license and be insurable on company’s insurance policy
  • Pre-employment drug screen required
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English is preferred


Urban and Small-Farm Horticulture Assistant Professor

This is an eleven-month, tenure track, 75% teaching and 25% extension position in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department at Oklahoma State University. Preferred start date is August 2019.  This position focuses on small scale food crop production.
Applicants must have the following:  a Ph.D. (by the time of hire) in Horticulture or a related field with an emphasis on food crop production; a passion for teaching and student mentoring; willingness to develop a nationally recognized small acreage food crops production extension programming effort; an appreciation for teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration; and excellent interpersonal, communication, and computer skills.



Duties include; Maintaining lawns, multiple lawn irrigation systems, tree care, inground swimming pool, wildlife feeders, dwelling, barn and fence located on absentee owner’s private grounds.  Also, some general repair & maintenance, ground keeping, and handyman projects would be required on other dwellings, barns and grounds located throughout the acreage. Would also be required to maintain equipment pertaining to these duties.
Housing & Utilities Provided in Compensation Package


Horticulture Manager 

The Horticulture Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of inventory production and maintenance at the Center of Family Love greenhouse, retail facility and community garden. This role also communicates with the Director on growing strategy and inventory needs, and provides plant training to all retail staff, job coaches and individuals with developmental disabilities. The Horticulture Manager also ensures that retail centers are fully stocked with seasonal inventory, ready for special events and assist with customer requests.


Landscape Designer

Horticulture Services inc. is  currently looking for a qualified landscape designer. Responsibilities would include meeting with clients, designing and bidding a landscape plan to fit the clients needs, and coordinating supplies and labor to install the project. ​


Seasonal Gardener

Philbrook Museum of Art is central to the lives of our community as a place for learning, inspiration, and fun. Through bold action and strategic investment, we create a space for new ideas, diverse perspectives, and social connection.  This job position will responsible for assisting the Horticulture staff with daily maintenance of the gardens, primarily in turf care, as assigned by the Landscape Manager.



Horticulture Manager

A working supervisory position that will oversee, direct, and administer horticulture functions, including but not limited to all aspects of day-to-day operations and seasonal displays. Directly responsible for a section of the gardens including associated maintenance.  The Horticulture Manager works in tandem with the Landscape Manager, reports directly to the Director of Horticulture, and supervises horticulturists, contractors, and volunteers. 



Color Grower

Duties include:Responsible for designated growing area of Perennials and Annuals and mixed varieties of broadleaf shrubs. Supervise and work with foreman and hourly employees to carry out tasks, coordinate with Production Manager in relation to plant schedules, responsible for ordering perennials, annuals and seed items, oversee maintenance of plants, shearing and spacing, responsible for Perennial and Annual Propagation greenhouse, etc.



University Arborist 

Position serves in a critical and essential role; employee must work during adverse weather conditions and may be required to work the when the University is closed for normal operations. Skills and ability to operate tractors, skid steers, and other equipment in a safe manner. Proven, demonstrated knowledge and experience of tree identification, proper planting, pruning, pest management, and tree protection to perform the work. Good oral, written communication and computer skills. Ability to read and follow planting plans and directions.



Current Events and News at ONLA

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Why Fresh is Best at Southwood Garden Center
By Janeen Wright|Greenhouse Grower

​When you’ve been-there-done-that time and again, keeping things novel can pose a challenge. Southwood, one of Oklahoma’s largest grower-retailers with 35-plus years’ experience behind its name, doesn’t see this type of problem as an obstacle — it’s a mission.
Southwood has it all — perennials, shrubs, annuals, indoor plants, home décor, outdoor furniture, and more. While it strives to ensure that the high quality of its plants and products never varies, the selection does, with a heavy emphasis on the new, updated, and exciting. Southwood’s owners and staff want to create a place where people do more than just buy plants. They want consumers to think of Southwood as a destination garden center where they can come to spend time with their families. They also want their customers to be successful, and the staff is committed to doing what it takes to make that objective reality, whether it’s trialing new plant varieties, growing quality product, or providing education and community service.
“We are constantly looking for new ways to motivate people to come here and want to learn more and embrace gardening,” says Margaret Schulte, President and CEO of Southwood.
Southwood’s roots reach back to 1982, when native Oklahomans Joe and Ginny Schulte started a small landscape business in Tulsa, OK. Today the operation includes a full-service landscape and design company, and a thriving garden center and growing facility.

See the entire article here.

ONLA Scholarship Recipients

ONLA is thrilled to support Oklahoma's up-and-coming Horticulture and Landscape Architecture stars!
ONLA awards three scholarships annually to students in the horticulture and landscape architecture departments at OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Oklahoma City

OSU-Stillwater students are nominated by faculty members and chosen during the April board of directors meeting.
OSU-OKC students may apply directly to ONLA for the scholarship.  The deadline for applications is June 30th, as the recipient is chosen during the July board of directors meeting.  Please complete the application packet, which can be found here.   Email completed application to 

Congratulations to the The 2018 ONLA Scholarship recipients from OSU-Stillwater, Darren Blanchard and Sam Ryan.
Darren will be graduating in the Fall of 2018 with a degree in Horticulture Science , Sam is pursuing a degree in Horticulture Business and will graduate in the Fall of 2019. 
The 2018 ONLA Scholarship recipient from OSU-OKC is Sarah Porter.  Sarah is studying Horticulture with an emphasis in Nursery and Greenhouse Production.

2017 recipients:   Larry Brandt Emerson (OSU_Stillwater): Horticulture Business
                             Stephanie Stoner (OSU-Stillwater):Landscape Architecture
                                       Olivia Tegeler (OSU-OKC):Horticulture Technology

2016 recipients:  Katy Layman (OSU-Stillwater):  Horticulture
​                                      Cole Landers (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Management
​                                      Victoria Kemble (OSU-Oklahoma City):  Horticulture, Landscape Management

2015 recipients:  Allison Phillips (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture
                                      Cody Landis (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture
                                      Lisa Hair (OSU-Oklahoma City):  Horticulture (Landscape Design)

2014 recipients:  Cole Landers (OSU-Stillwater): Landscape Management
                                      Matthew Murray (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture

2013 recipients:  Garrett Noble (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture
                                      Matthew Bowlan (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Contracting

2012 recipients:  Courtney DeKalb (OSU-Stillwater):  Horticulture Business
                                      Robert Shane McMurry (OSU-Stillwater):  Horticulture Science
                                      Tracy Sharp (OSU-Oklahoma City):  Horticulture Technologies

Pictured :  Aaron Pierce, Darren Blanchard, & ​Executive Director, Summer Maser

Pictured:  Sam Ryan

​Pictured: Sarah Porter
& ONLA Past President,
Crystal Sizemore  



Congratulations to Aaron Pierce, the recipient of the Jim Sanders Memorial Horticulture Scholarship for 2018.

Aaron Pierce,  recipient in 2018

Brandt Emerson,  recipient in 2017

Seed money for the scholarship was raised by a spur-of-the-moment bid on our auctioneer’s hat in Jim’s name during the annual live auction.  The ONLA Board of Directors shortly thereafter voted to set aside this seed money to start a scholarship in Jim’s name.  The Sanders Family chooses the recipent of the Jim Sanders Memorial Horticulture Scholarship.  This honor will be awarded to one (1) undergraduate student enrolled for the Fall Semester at Oklahoma State University.  The student must be working toward an undergraduate degree in the area of Horticulture and be currently maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.75.  The student may be classified as a part-time or full-time student. Recipients are announced at the Oklahoma Grows Conference + Trade Show.  Jim Sanders Scholarship applications are due by September 30, 2019.

Download the application for the Jim Sanders Memorial Horticulture Scholarship here .

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