Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Job Title: Conservatory Specialist
Department: Horticulture, Full-Time
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
MYRIAD GARDENS & CRYSTAL BRIDGE TROPICAL CONSERVATORY:
Myriad Botanical Gardens is a beautiful and unique 17-acre botanical garden and urban park located in downtown Oklahoma City. In addition to outdoor gardens, the Gardens also feature a 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 $4 million and a staff of about 50 full and part-time employees.
The Crystal Bridge’s unique design has earned attention and praise in the architectural community. It is a 224 feet long, 70 feet diameter cylindrical conservatory spanning over a lake in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City.
Inside the Crystal Bridge 13,000 square feet of plant display, over 2,000 plants varieties thrive in two distinct climates: the Tropical Wet Zone at the south end and the Tropical Dry Zone at the north end. Crashing down from a height of 35 feet, the tropical waterfall on the Wet Mountain pushes 60-80 gallons of water over its edge per minute.
The garden 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.
DESCRIPTION OF THE JOB:
Performs duties associated with design, maintenance and care of conservatory plant displays and collections. As part of horticulture’s management team, takes part in setting the direction and focus for the Garden’s plant collections and displays. Responsible for the maintenance of the conservatories living plant collections; ensures the conservatory displays the maximum amount of plant diversity. Ensures the highest standards of quality for displays, plant health, plant database records and labels associated to the collections. Responsible for researching and keeping cultivation information associated with the conservatories collections. Provides budget information, coordinates work schedules, and leads projects. This position is expected to perform a supervisory role and work alongside the conservatory staff to maintain plant collections.
Leads daily work assignments. Coach and develop performance for success, create and maintain work schedules. Working beside and supervising 1 to 3 people.
Maintains the ideal conservatory growing environment; including light levels, humidity, soil nutrients, water quality and identifies and treats pests and diseases.
Designs and develops high quality plant displays, including season and special events, to educate visitors.
Ensures that all plants and displays are maintained to the highest quality.
Develops fertilizer application schedules and oversees plant and soil nutrients to promote plant health.
Assist Plant Records with necessary information for collection management.
Evaluates and develops plant collections.
Works with Director of Horticulture in developing and setting goals for conservatories’ living collections.
Develops and coordinates succession plans for the conservatories’ trees and shrub collections.
Manages an IPM program ensuring that plants are pest free.
Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed; adjusts work methods to reduce hazards and public interference.
Provides information on conservatory expenses for inclusion into divisional budget, ensures the conservatories run within approved budget.
Performs tours and presents, as needed.
Develops text for interpretative signage for the conservatory’s living collections.
Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors and managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.
Performs other duties as assigned.
B.S. degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or related field required.
Minimum of three years of practical, relevant work experience.
Strong knowledge of tropical and desert plants, plant materials (i.e., fertilizers, herbicides, etc.) and general landscape maintenance techniques and equipment.
Proven ability to lead and direct the work of others to complete general projects, including but not limited to volunteers is required.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding horticulture collection.
Scheduling flexibility that allows working weekends and holidays as needed.
SKILLS, LICENSES, & PHYSCAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to possess and maintain valid driver’s and a pesticide applicator’s license.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook).
Solid Internet research skills.
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. (i.e., load, unload and move gardening supplies, medium to heavy weight tools and equipment).
Must be able to work in high heat and humidity.
Requires standing, walking, bending, stooping and reaching for extended periods of time.
Ability to transport cumbersome potted plants and trays of varying weights.
May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., climb ladders, etc.).
Position: Exempt position that reports to Director of Horticulture
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision insurance, 401K matching
To apply: Please send a resume and three letters of recommendation to: email@example.com.
Or mail to: Myriad Gardens Foundation, 301 W. Reno, OKC, OK 73102