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Director of Horticulture
Category: Horticulture

Mt. Cuba Center
Hockessin, Delaware

Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013


Position Available

Director of Horticulture

General Description:

The Director of Horticulture is responsible for leading and overseeing all concept, design, project management, plant selection, planting, and maintenance of Mt. Cuba Center’s horticultural objectives.  The Director of Horticulture manages the horticultural areas with attention paid to sustainability to deliver the highest quality of visitor experience.  The Director of Horticulture works collaboratively with the other Directors to implement strategic planning priorities and insure support of the Founding Intention. The Director of Horticulture influences, leads and encourages staff with the goal of achieving excellence.


Major Duties, Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

  • Garden design, arboriculture, and support of natural land endeavors.
  • Greenhouse plant production.
  • Along with the Curator, develops and implements the Mt. Cuba Center Living Collection policy.
  • Develops and implements the integrated pest management program including policies and procedures.
  • Establishes and leads the implementation of the design intent in the garden areas with input from the fellow Directors. 
  • Plant selection, planting, and maintenance of planted areas.
  • Project management of horticulture initiatives.
  • External partnerships in horticulture.
  • Collaborates with the Curator on policy making and curatorial protocol.
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Education and Research in planning and implementing plant exploration.
  • Hires and supervises the staff of the Horticulture Department.
  • Directs all aspects of the planting and care of the garden, tree, and natural land areas.
  • Manages all garden, tree and Natural Lands projects including contractors and budgets.
  • Collaborates with universities, organizations and others to promote the Founding Intention of Mt. Cuba Center through horticultural initiatives.
  • Supports the educational endeavor through high-quality lectures, tours and presentations.
  • Is an ambassador for Mt. Cuba Center.

Qualifications, Skills and Other Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in horticulture or related plant science field preferred.
  • 6-10 years horticulture experience in a public garden or similar setting, in roles of progressively increasing management responsibility.
  • Broad horticultural knowledge, with special emphasis on native plants of the eastern United States.
  • Sophisticated understanding of principles of garden design.
  • Well-versed in basic principles of botanical science.
  • Knowledge of general principles of natural lands management.
  • Ability to conduct academic horticultural research in plant evaluations and introductions, greenhouse propagation, and conservation of natural lands.
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills.
  • Proficient public-speaking skills and ability to effectively serve as the public face of Mt. Cuba Center horticulture.
  • Demonstrated ability to express ideas clearly in writing and orally.
  • Consistently high demonstration of Mt. Cuba Center’s core values, including a demonstrated commitment to native plants and ecological conservation.
  • Proficient with computer programs and presentations.
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions is essential.
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends, holidays and special events as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license.


How to Apply: All interested parties should e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and list of 3 references (please include addresses and telephone numbers) to jobs@mtcubacenter.orgor mail to:  Human Resources, Mt. Cuba Center, Inc., 3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin, DE  19707.  Call Angela Martin at 302-239-8820for more information.

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