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Director of Horticulture
Category: Horticulture


Myriad Gardens Foundation
Oklahoma City, OK

Salary: Permanent, Full-time with benefits
Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012

 

Myriad Botanical Gardens is a beautiful and unique 17-acre botanical garden and urban park Iocated in downtown Oklahoma City.  In addition to outdoor gardens, the Gardens also features a 10,000 sq. ft. tropical plant conservatory.   The Myriad Gardens Foundation is the 501c (3 private nonprofit organization that manages the Myriad Botanical Gardens.  It has an annual operating budget of  $4million and a staff of about 50 full and part-time employees.

In 2009-11, the Gardens underwent a complete transformation thanks to a private and public investment of nearly $45 million which enabled the Gardens to re-envision and redesign the entire outdoor  and facility spaces in order to create more open and accessible downtown space with a variety of new facilities, features and garden areas to create a world-class public garden and urban park space.

The exciting design features include:  new garden areas including a native plant and lakeside gardens, lakeside gardens, shady tree groves, a children’s garden, a variety of water features ( of which several are interactive for children) a restaurant, a children’s playground,  dog park, open air stage and band shell for the performing arts and a seasonal ice rink.

This project is a cornerstone in a larger city-wide urban renewal effort to upgrade infrastructure and add   green space and a variety of recreational, athletic and cultural and tourism-related elements (including museums, parks, gardens, sports arenas and more) that enhance the quality of life for residents and to help attract more businesses and visitors to the region.  Oklahoma City has gained national attention as a model for dynamic and successful urban renewal planning. 

The Director of Horticulture

This position will be responsible for providing leadership, planning and management for the further development and maintenance of:   plant collections; gardens and grounds; horticulture and grounds ; management of planting and maintenance schedules and  daily activities of the horticulture staff (which includes 10 full-time and part-time staff) as well as volunteers and seasonal interns. 

The position will also serve to direct, train and motivate the horticultural staff to ensure the best possible care, maintenance and aesthetic standards are upheld for the gardens and grounds.  The Director of Horticulture, in coordination with the Director of Public Programs and Events staff, will help plan and coordinate high-quality special event and seasonal plant and garden displays/exhibits.

This position will oversee a plant database and labeling program and serve as a spokesperson on the plants, gardens and gardening to the media, garden clubs and other related horticultural groups. 

The newly-designed Gardens are in the early stages of planning new programs, exhibits and events to fully take advantage of its exciting new garden spaces and facilities.  This is a wonderful career opportunity for the right person to help grow plant collections and gardens at a newly designed public garden and urban park – and make a difference in a dramatic city-wide urban renewal effort.

Reporting:

This position reports to the Executive Director of the Myriad Gardens Foundation.  This position will also plan and coordinate special projects with:  the Director of Public Programs, Special Events Manager and Volunteer Coordinator; and will coordinate with the Director of Facilities as needed;  and l communicate and coordinate as needed with management staff from the City of Oklahoma City’s Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments.

Qualification Requirements:

We are looking for someone with a passion for: plants, beautifully designed and well-maintained gardens; a passion and skill for planning seasonal plant and garden displays;  and an enthusiasm and ability to share their love and knowledge of plants and gardening with the public. 

A B.S. or higher degree in horticulture, botany or a related field is required along with at least 5 years of progressive responsibilities in garden and landscaping planning, maintenance and management. Applicant must show knowledge and experience in organizing and implementing year-round plant, garden and landscape maintenance plan for trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, annuals and turf at a public garden or estate.  Experience in growing fruits and vegetables is highly desirable for display and educational purposes.

Strong horticultural knowledge and skills are needed in these areas:  plant identification, plant selection, plant installation, soil prep and soil amendments, fertilizing, pruning, IPM, irrigation systems, garden equipment maintenance and development of seasonal and special event horticultural displays.   Skills and experience are also needed in personnel and budget management and with computer software and computer irrigation controllers and equipment.  

Excellent written and public presentation skills are needed along with experience in planning and leading hands-on horticultural educational programs/workshops and garden tours.

Must be able to meet the physical demands of working outdoors as necessary or to direct staff and ability to work some evenings and weekends if required for special events.

Personal characteristics of the successful candidate include:  well-organized,  multi-tasker, problem solver, self-motivated with strong work ethic, detailed oriented, ability to motivate and lead by example and have an enthusiastic passion for plants, gardens and public horticulture and belief that gardens really make a difference in individual lives and in the quality of a city.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience

Benefits: Paid vacation and holidays; health, vision and dental coverage; retirement savings match and continuing education opportunities.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and three letters of reference to:  aelkins@myriadgardens.org; or send to Myriad Gardens Foundation, Personnel Dept., Oklahoma City, OK  73102.

Job will remain open until filled.

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