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Begins in 1998

Two young 24-year-old entrepreneurs, Tamus and Lisa Gannon (and their two Golden Retrievers), made their move from Lake Tahoe, California to Bigfork, Montana to revive a dilapidated garden center. At the sight of the collapsed greenhouses, over-grown gardens and outdated infrastructure, they thought it was beyond repair. Undaunted by the challenge, they rebuilt the garden center from the ground up.

Many changes have occurred over the last two decades, however, their mission has remained the same, which is to continue to educate and inspire their customers while providing exceptional customer service. They remain committed to offering quality annual flowers, vegetables, perennials, trees and shrubs, together with garden accessories and supplies. And their dedication to crew development and product knowledge has made Swan River Gardens the most knowledgeable resource in the Flathead Valley for beginner to experienced gardeners.

Today Swan River Gardens is a thriving, family-owned, “hometown garden center” nestled at the base of the Swan Range Mountains. Comprised of 13 greenhouses, a large gift shop, a vast outdoor nursery and a bulk yard ready to meet your landscape and gardening needs.

Swan River Gardens appreciates the community support and believe it is important to give back to the community. They support a variety of non-profits around the Flathead Valley, in addition to several youth organizations such as the Flathead Valley schools, local children’s sports and the Bigfork Children’s Theater.

Tamus, Lisa and their two daughters, along with their two Golden Retrievers, continue to make improvements to the garden center and enjoy creating a place for customers to learn and be inspired for their home and garden. Stop by today to see what will inspire you!

~ Mia, Lisa, Tamus & True Gannon

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Our Crew

Swan River Gardens is a garden center dedicated to teaching, inspiring and providing you with the knowledge to be successful in your Montana gardening adventures. We believe that begins with our employees. We consider our employees our most valuable resource, and we invest in crew development and product knowledge to help our team reach their highest level of expertise. All of us at Swan River Gardens love everything related to gardening and are eager to share our experiences with you. Together we will work with you to make your “green thumb” twinkle! You can trust Swan River Gardens when it comes to your gardening and landscaping matters. Come chat with one of us today!

Join our Crew

Since 1998, Swan River Gardens, Inc has specialized in providing our customers the very best premium plants, flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs. We have earned a reputation for consistent quality, outstanding customer service, and a knowledgeable and experienced crew. We believe that our employees are our most valuable resource, and we invest in crew development to help our team develop to their full potential.

We are currently seeking extraordinary people who love working with customers to deliver exceptional service and support in our beautiful greenhouses and nursery yard. If you’re interested in joining our team, submit an application today!

Benefits Include:
• Discounts on Purchases
• Flexible Hours
• 401K Matching
• Advancement Potential

2023 Positions Available

Overall Description

Nursery Sales Associate is an outdoor customer service position whose primary responsibility is to provide customer assistance along with giving solution-based customer service to solve general plant and gardening requests and/or concerns for nursery stock.   Along with assisting in maintenance, restocking and production of nursery stock. 

Responsibility/Duties

  • General sales and service of Trees, Shrubs and Perennials (greeting customers, assist with customer queries and purchases)
  • Provide Solution-Based Customer Service in the nursery, retail shop, phone inquiries and on occasion in the greenhouse
  • Maintain superior quality of the nursery stock. This includes but not limited to; weed control, hand-watering, pruning and fertilizing along with identification of disease/fungal/insect problems
  • Maintain a suitable supply of nursery stock in the retail nursery
  • Assist with the implementation of the overall store strategy/vision (set up, displays, signage, overall look)
  • Communicate to Nursery Manager of low or sold-out inventory, along with special order request of nursery stock
  • Maintain safe and clean conditions throughout all areas of SRG
  • Assist in receiving and processing of finished plant material
  • Participate in production of nursery stock

Job Qualifications and Skills

  • Good knowledge of gardening
  • Strong customer service, sales and communication skills
  • High-level of accuracy, attention to detail and work ethic
  • Ability to repeatedly stand, lift and carry up to 50lbs along with bending over and kneeling for extended periods
  • Reliable and dependable with a strong work ethic and a desire to improve and succeed
  • Ability to operate small engine equipment (blowers, sprayers, lawn mower, string trimmer etc.)

Job Expectations

  • Have a willingness to learn and work as a team to create the optimal retail nursery environment
  • Meet all of our customer’s expectations to SRG’s satisfaction
  • Effective and ongoing communication with Nursery Manager on all subjects
  • Begin and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Continually increasing personal knowledge of Nursery stock and gardening practices (plants, placement, problems, maintenance and care)
  • Take initiative on simple ways to improve processes, functions and the facility at SRG
  • Operation of all equipment in a safe, efficient and productive means
  • Be respectful, courteous, friendly, approachable and positive

Overall description

Swan River Gardens Support Staff is an indoor/outdoor customer service position who is responsible for conducting various tasks to support other workers in all departments (Retail Shop, Greenhouse and Nursery).

Responsibilities & Duties

• General customer service (greeting customers, assist with customer purchases)
• Assist with the maintenance of superior quality plants. This would include but not limited to: hand-watering, fertilizing, spacing, pruning and weeding.
• Assist with the implementation of the overall store strategy/vision (set up, displays, overall look)
• Maintain safe and clean conditions throughout all areas of SRG
• Assist in receiving and processing finished plant material
• Participate in annual, perennial and nursery plant production

Job Qualifications/Skills

• Interest in gardening and plants
• Excellent communication skills
• High-level of accuracy and attention to detail
• Ability to repeatedly stand, lift and carry up to 50 lbs. along with bending over and kneeling for extended periods
• Reliable and dependable with a strong work ethic and a desire to improve and succeed

Job Expectations

• Have a willingness to learn and work as a team to create the optimal retail nursery environment
• Meet all customer expectations to SRG’s satisfaction
• Effective and ongoing communication with all Managers
• Begin and complete tasks in a timely manner
• Continually increasing personal knowledge of plants, products and gardening practices
• Operation of all equipment in a safe, efficient and productive means
• Be respectful, courteous, friendly, approachable and positive

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Overall description

Greenhouse Associate is an indoor/outdoor customer service position whose primary responsibility is annual sales along with providing solution-based customer service to solve general plant and gardening issues. As well as, providing day-to-day quality plant care, maintenance, in-house marketing of annual stock and assisting in the production of annual stock.

Responsibilities & Duties

• General customer sales and service (greeting customers, assist with customer queries and purchases)
• Provide solution-based customer service in the greenhouses, retail shop, phone inquiries and on occasion in the Perennial/Nursery areas
• Maintain the quality of the annual plants, baskets and containers. This would include but not limited to: hand-watering, fertilizing, spacing, pruning, weeding along with identification of disease/fungal/insect problems.
• Maintain a suitable selection of annual plants, baskets and container pots for the retail floor
• Assist with the implementation of the overall store strategy/vision (set up, displays, overall look)
• Maintain safe and clean conditions throughout all areas of SRG
• Assist in receiving and processing finished plant material
• Assist in the Retail Shop (sales transactions, displays, watering, etc.)
• Participate in annual plant production
• Assist with specialized greenhouse activities (seeding, custom order taking/planting/maintenance/invoicing, wholesale orders, etc.)

Job Qualifications/Skills

• Good knowledge of gardening and annual plants
• Strong customer service, sales, and communication skills
• High-level of accuracy and attention to detail
• Ability to repeatedly stand, lift and carry up to 50 lbs. along with bending over and kneeling for extended periods
• Reliable and dependable with a strong work ethic and a desire to improve and succeed.

Job Expectations

• Have a willingness to learn and work as a team to create the optimal retail nursery environment
• Meet all customer expectations to SRG’s satisfaction
• Effective and ongoing communication with Greenhouse Manager on all subjects
• Begin and complete tasks in a timely manner
• Continually increasing personal knowledge of plants, products and gardening practices
• Take initiative on ways to improve the processes, functions and facility at SRG
• Operation of all equipment in a safe, efficient and productive means
• Be respectful, courteous, friendly, approachable and positive

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Overall description

Retail Shop Associate is an indoor/outdoor customer service/sales position.  Whose primary responsibility is providing accurate customer sales transactions along with providing solution-based customer service to solve general plant and gardening request and/or concerns.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Customer Service (sales, assists with customer in-house or phone inquiries, concerns, orders and purchases)
  • Responsible for daily till accuracy
  • Assist with the front shop presentation, maintenance (watering, plant switches, etc.), cleanliness and needed improvements (includes: front shop, garage, breakroom and bathrooms)
  • Assist with the implementation of the overall store strategy/vision (set up, displays, overall look)
  • Maintain a suitable selection of products to sell in the retail shop
  • Assist with the front shop curb appeal and maintenance (including watering, fertilizing and pruning)
  • Assist with receiving and processing of products
  • Assist with maintaining efficient storage space for retail department’s back stock products
  • Maintain safe and clean conditions throughout all areas of SRG

Job Qualifications/Skills

  • Good knowledge of customer service and sales skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High-level of accuracy and attention to details
  • Ability to repeatedly stand, lift and carry up to 50 lbs. along with bending over and kneeling for extended periods
  • Reliable and dependable with strong work ethic and a desire to improve and succeed

Job Expectations

  • Have a willingness to learn and work as a team to create the optimal retail nursery environment
  • Meet all customer expectations to SRG’s satisfaction
  • An acute attention to detail and accuracy
  • Begin and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Take initiative on ways to improve the processes, functions and facility at SRG
  • Effective and ongoing communication with Manager on all subjects
  • Continually increasing personal knowledge of products and gardening practices
  • Operation of all equipment in a safe, efficient and productive means
  • Be respectful, courteous, friendly, approachable and positive

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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