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Horticulture Manager
Category: Horticulture

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Henrico, VA

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014

Horticulture Manager

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228

Job Description
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden comprises 82 total acres, with 35 acres under intense cultivation and a conservatory with over 10,500 sq. ft. of display area. Under the direction of the Director of Horticulture, the Horticulture Manager is responsible for managing grounds, gardens, conservatory displays, lakes and streams; related infrastructure and equipment; paid and unpaid horticulture staff; training programs for staff; outsourced services related to horticulture; assigned budget.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervision and Training
• With Director of Horticulture, interviews, assesses, screens and hires candidates for positions in Horticulture Department.
• Supervises, inspects, evaluates and counsels paid and unpaid horticulture staff.
• Supervises and manages contractors hired for outsourced services, including but not limited to greenhouse maintenance, turf, tree care, and irrigation.
• Trains staff to use technology, equipment, and procedures for increased efficiency of horticulture department (e.g. irrigation system and its related equipment and computer programs).

Curatorial Duties
• Assists the Director of Horticulture in the development and care of the Garden’s living plant collection.
• Maintains plant records data base and creates plant labels with staff and volunteer support.
• Implements horticulture goals based on Living Collections Policy and seasonal display goals.
• Ensures the quality, health, and high display standards of landscape displays.
• Manages the Garden’s Integrated Pest Management program.
• Researches and orders plants for garden and conservatory use.

Administrative Duties
• Administrative functions of the horticulture department, including but not limited to: time sheet management, ordering, record keeping and filing, tracking of purchase orders.
• Assists the Director of Horticulture in creating and tracking schedules for the installation, periodic maintenance, renovation, and repair of gardens and conservatory display.
• Participation in garden-wide events, exhibitions, and group-projects serving a leadership or supporting role as assigned.
• Use and preventive maintenance of equipment, tools, vehicles and irrigation systems.
• Assists Manager of Volunteers in administrative tasks associated with Volunteer Plant Sales: ordering, scheduling greenhouse activities, space allocation, etc.
• Operation of Sentinel irrigation software.

Other duties and responsibilities
• Willingly and cheerfully integrates work of department with the efforts of other departments (education, operations, volunteers, garden shop, facility rental, public relations, development and security)
• Manages horticultural construction, installation and renovation projects and related contractors.
• Complies with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of the job description.
• Performs duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multi-generational families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
• With supervisor, monitors and documents safety and risk management programs and training for assigned personnel.
• Works with an awareness of surroundings, and vigilant to any possible threat to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to their property. Ensures all concerns are reported promptly.
• Ensures all mishaps, injuries and incidents are reported immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor and the Executive Director.
• Ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
• Performs other duties as assigned and required by Director of Horticulture, other department Directors and Executive Director.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions:
• Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly.
• Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand and walk for extended periods of time.
• Must be able to work indoors in conservatory conditions and outdoors in all seasonal extremes.
Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

• Must be able to obtain a Virginia Pesticide Applicator’s License within the first four (4) months of employment.
• Time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
• Ability to communicate effectively.
• Comfortable interacting with garden visitors.
• Organizational Skills.

• Bachelors or Master’s degree in horticulture preferred
• Bachelors or Master’s degree in landscape maintenance / construction or related field might be considered based on experience
• A minimum of three years’ experience leading, teaching, and motivating staff is required
• A minimum of five years of experience in the field of horticulture, garden management, landscape design, or landscape maintenance is required
• Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered

Direct Manager:  Director of Horticulture  
Contact:   Grace Chapman (  

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