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Garden Manager
Category: Manager

Michigan State University - Hidden Lake Gardens
Tipton, Michigan

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014


Michigan State University’s Hidden Lake Gardens is looking for a person with dynamic leadership and managerial skills to serve as its Manager.  Hidden Lake Gardens is located in Tipton, Michigan, 70 miles south of the MSU Campus. 

The Gardens consist of 755 acres that include a 120 acre arboretum, the Harper Dwarf and Rare Conifer collection, the Benedict Hosta Collection, a perennial garden, a bonsai collection, annual gardens, a conservatory and numerous trails and roadways to view all of the collections.

The manager directs the daily operations of the Garden, including developing and overseeing budgets, personnel, educational programs, outreach, fundraising activities, short- and long-term planning and vision. The successful manager must be a dynamic leader with a proven track record of strong management, communication, fundraising and administrative skills and experience with arboreta and botanical gardens. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Forecasts, develops and administers annual budgets, capital improvements, long range development of the Garden’s resources and long range financial stability.
  • Provides vision for Hidden Lake Gardens by assessing needs and interests; gathering information; meeting with staff and stakeholders; developing goals and objectives to meet this vision; and maintain standards for a botanical garden.
  • Plans and directs operations of the Gardens including collections, displays, grounds maintenance, facility maintenance, conservatory, gift shop, gate house, membership, equipment maintenance/replacement and special projects.
  • Oversees recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of staff, temporary employees and volunteers to create a positive culture and utilize the talents of the staff to construct a dynamic-effective organization.
  • Oversees educational programming which focuses on themes that are consistent with the vision of the gardens and user interest.
  • Collaborates with government, schools, other not-for profits, corporations and other organizations in the community to solidify partnerships that meet their needs and Hidden Lake Gardens’ mission and capabilities.
  • Represents and promotes the Gardens, locally, regionally and nationally, to share the Garden collections, programming, vision, and assess the needs and interests of the public.
  • Oversees public relations including garden membership activities, website, social media, and newsletters to promote and educate.
  • Directs and oversees philanthropic activities.
  • Oversees the record-keeping, propagation, and procurement of plant materials; surveys, evaluates, and manages natural environmental resources.
  • Oversees site improvement projects and inspects work of contracted labor relative to bid requirements.

Required Education/Experience/Skills
Four year degree program in horticulture, botany, forestry, parks and recreation, landscape architecture or other related field; two to five years of related work experience in public garden management and public relations, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Educational/Experience/Skills
Five to seven years’ experience in managing a complex public garden; demonstrated experience in securing gifts and donations; strong computer skills including knowledge of MS Office, BG Base (for collections recordkeeping), and Content Management System (CMS) for updating garden website.

Applications will be accepted through March 17, 2014.   Please visit reference posting #8124 to apply for this position.

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