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Horticulture Education Manager
Category: Horticulture

Fellows Riverside Gardens
Youngstown, Ohio

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013

Fellows Riverside Gardens a 12 acre public garden located in Youngstown, Ohio, sited only half a mile from the city center, is an urban garden which attracts over 400,000 visitors annually to its gardens and buildings.  Operated by Mill Creek MetroParks, the county wide tax supported park district for Mahoning County, the Gardens are part of 4,500 acres in which the MetroParks provide passive and active recreation in Northeast Ohio.  Located between Cleveland and Pittsburgh (approximately 65 miles to either) the Gardens are only 7 miles from the Ohio Turnpike.  Mill Creek MetroParks started in 1891 is the oldest park district in the state of Ohio and contains many historic physical and architectural features.


Elizabeth Fellows, upon her death in 1958, bequeath financial support as well as land to create Fellows Riverside Gardens. Over the past 54 years the Gardens have developed into a strongly supported and well-loved asset of the greater Youngstown community which supports a population of over 450,000 residents in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.


Today, Fellows Riverside Gardens contains seasonal displays of spring bulbs, summer annuals and permanent plant collections.  Over 25 different garden areas are planted with perennials, woody plants and beautiful roses of all types.  The Davis Education and Visitor Center provides a place for visitors to learn about plants, relax in the Garden Café, see an art exhibit or purchase a gift.


Membership, development and promotion of the Gardens takes place through Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens, a 501(c) (3) organization which over the past 25 years has help transform Fellows Riverside Gardens into one of Ohio’s most recognized public garden.


HORTICULTURE EDUCATION MANAGER                                              

Fellows Riverside Gardens – Mill Creek MetroParks

Position Description


This salaried management position directs horticulture education at Fellows Riverside Gardens following the mission of the Gardens and MetroParks.  This position reports directly to the Horticulture Director and in his/her absence, the Assistant Horticulture Director. The Horticulture Education Manager interacts with all areas of operation at Fellows Riverside Gardens, plus serves as the education representative for

Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens. 


This exempt position is suitable for transitional duty.




- Develop, manage, implement and teach innovative horticulture education programs

  for all ages; including children, adults and special needs populations.

- Directs staff and volunteers associated with horticulture education; currently  

  3 part-time staff.

- Manages the purchasing of educational supplies including the writing of

  purchase orders and tracking of expenses according to established budgets.

- Record program attendance numbers; reacting to trends and public interests.

- Conduct education program assessments and evaluations.

- Oversee planning and presentation of horticulture science programs for school groups.

- Oversee on-site educational garden tours and visitation.

- Oversee training of volunteer docents for group tours and instructional activities.

- Oversee Gardens volunteer program.

- Serve as a resource to area educators.

- Prepare class descriptions for various print and online publications.

- Assist with development of interpretive signage.

- Oversee the Maxcine Antonucci Horticultures library operation.

- Plan and install passive plant related educational displays.

- Develop programming for the Family Garden along with general garden  

  maintenance and care.

- Assist with outside funding for programs.

- Coordinate and lead in the planning of education related special events.

- Incorporate educational components to all special events at the Gardens.

- Oversee with planning and implementation of gallery and museum exhibits.

- Other duties as assigned.



- Strong knowledge of horticulture, science and the natural world

- Previous supervisory experience

- Possess established organizational skills

- Ability to work on multiple projects and tasks simultaneously

- Positive public relations and customer service skills

- Committed to the purpose of Mill Creek MetroParks and Fellows Riverside Gardens

- Dedicated to the field of science education

- Ability to assist the public, in person and though technology, in a polite friendly manner

- Understanding of MetroParks policy, rules and procedures relevant to the job

- Comfortable speaking and writing effectively to diverse audiences

- Must possess ability to walk, traverse, or otherwise access all Fellows Riverside

  Gardens, under all types of conditions and weather for purposes of planning and

  conducting horticulture education activities.



- Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, education or related field.

- Minimum three years previous experience in education department of a public garden,

  science museum or related setting.

- Previous experience as certified classroom teacher or related experience.

- Previous supervisory experience.

- Proficiency with computer operation including Microsoft Office, social networking and

  library automation system.

- Past experience working in a non-profit setting.

- Must be physically able to perform tasks inherent to the position, including

  gardening outdoors.

- Must be available to work weekdays, evenings and weekends.

- Must possess and maintain a valid Ohio Driver’s License.

- Must be a least 21 years of age.


            The duties, responsibilities and methods listed are not set forth for the purpose of limiting the assignment of work.  They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.           The MetroParks expressly reserves the right to add to, detract from, modify or eliminate any of the above provisions in its sole discretion. 


To Apply

Forward resume and letter of intent to:    Keith Kaiser, Horticulture Director

Fellows Riverside Gardens

123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44509


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