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Nursery Manager
Category: Manager

Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, MO

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013



Career Opportunity with One of the Top Botanical Gardens in the World

Nursery Manager


Missouri Botanical Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.


Overview of the Greenhouse Complex:

A part of Missouri Botanical Garden that the public rarely sees is the greenhouse complex, which includes a whole acre under glass! A series of 18 greenhouses are connected to the Head House. Staff and volunteers busily propagate new plants from seeds or cuttings, and pot and transplant other plants at workstations designed specifically for these tasks. The plants in each greenhouse have different environmental needs. Temperatures, humidity levels, and light levels vary greatly from greenhouse to greenhouse. In the stock house, cuttings are taken for spring and summer bedding plants used on the grounds. The aquatic nursery occupies half of a greenhouse. Water lilies and other aquatic plants housed here bloom magnificently in summer throughout the Garden's water features.


Summary of the position:

The Nursery Manager is responsible for managing the production of plants for outdoor and conservatories living collections and indoor floral displays at both onsite and offsite nurseries. Leads and sets the direction for the Nursery staff and volunteers. Manages allocated budget for plant propagation and nursery supplies, ensuring expenses stay within approved budget. Ensures that plant propagation and production processes stay to schedule and plants produced are of the highest quality. Makes sure that plants are accessioned, labeled and appropriately tracked through propagation and production. Works with horticulture supervisors to produce all required plants for the Garden. Maintains the appropriate growing environment and nursery equipment. Works collaboratively as part of the management team in horticulture to set and achieve goals for the living collection associated to the strategic plan and Mission of the Garden.


Qualifications and/or Experience:

•B.S. degree required, M.S. degree preferred in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or related field. An equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.

•Minimum of (5) five years of practical, relevant work experience.

•Minimum (3) years experience in personnel management including demonstrated abilities in staff support, coaching and development and conflict resolution.

•Thorough understanding of propagation skills, greenhouse propagation techniques, and greenhouse mechanical systems.

•Ability to possess and maintain valid driver’s and chauffeur’s licenses and a pesticide applicator’s license.


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