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Current Job Openings with ONLA Members

Urban Forestry Tech​

The city of Edmond is currently looking for an urban forestry technician to work in their urban forestry department. Several of the duties for this position include:
- Visit properties where vegetation management is planned and contact residents to review work to be done.
-Respond to questions, comments, concerns or request for special accommodations.
-Relay any specific site or customer considerations to contracted tree pruning crews.
- Establish a schedule for watering and water trees using a water trailer.
-Perform tree care, such as pruning, planting, applying herbicide, pesticide, soil amendments and mulch.


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.


Department Head, Horticulture Technologies

 The department head is the first-line administrator of the department to which he/she is assigned.  The incumbent is responsible for all issues related to department operation, such as curriculum, assessment, budget, personnel, class schedules, and student rights and responsibilities.  The department head must actively recruit and mentor majors, serve on faculty committees, and perform other duties as assigned.
Must be qualified to teach and provide leadership in the department’s degree program(s); total of three (3) years of college-level teaching experience; or previous teaching experience.  Minimum of one year of successful administrative experience preferred.
Interested applicants will need to apply at and select the Oklahoma City campus.


Current Events and News at ONLA

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From cotton, to cattle, to elderberries:  One Oklahoma farmer's business is now berries and flowers

KFOR, Oklahoma City

WEBBERS FALLS, OKLAHOMA - As a little kid roaming these
pastures south of town, Brent Madding must have skipped past
hundreds of Elderberry plants growing wild.

"Normally you'll find them along tree lines, old fence lines, or old
​road beds," he says.

As a grown man, he's still learning just how valuable they can be as a cash crop.

"This is a variety discovered right here in Muskogee County," he says holding a big cluster of blooming, white flowers.  "It's just grown phenomenally."

It's been 8 years since he moved back close to home looking for something healthy to grow.

Madding continues, "We were interested in growing some type of super food here."

He almost chose blueberries but switched course when he found out that a whole bunch of the commercial elderberry varieties came from eastern Oklahoma in the first place.

"The genetics of the Oklahoma varieties were at the top of the list," he says, "So it just kind of snowballed from there."

He's got 14 different varieties growing now, no pesticides or herbicides needed.

See the entire article and video 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 .

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. 

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

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