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Outdoor Display Foreman
Category: Horticulture

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Outdoor Display Foreman

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Esteemed as the Green Heart of Pittsburgh and one of the world’s greenest public gardens, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is empowered by its mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.

Phipps is seeking a full-time Outdoor Display Foreman to manage the daily details of specific outdoor gardens, assuring exceptional horticulture and immaculate maintenance at all times. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Planting, pruning, fertilizing, deadheading, cleanup, plant maintenance and soil management while incorporating best sustainable practices into daily routines. Effectively supervising staff, interns and volunteers in the overall maintenance of specific outdoor gardens.
  • Meeting deadlines of opening/closing dates for gardens, presenting the best image of gardens at all times; being aware of all events and needs for the gardens and impacts on the gardens.
  • Working with the Exhibit Coordinator and Director of Horticulture and Education to develop designs and plans for each upcoming season.
  • Putting a friendly Phipps face on horticulture by leading tours, giving talks, writing articles and responding to general garden inquiries from the public and the press.
  • Diagnosing problems that are physiologically based and/or stress related; anticipating what will occur under specific conditions (i.e., soil conditions, climate); identifying stresses and proactively implementing solutions.
  • Assisting in installation of shows as needed.

A bachelor's degree in horticulture or related field is required, as well as a minimum of five years’ work experience in a botanical garden. Must be able to acquire a Pennsylvania pesticide applicator license within six months of hire.

Qualified candidates should email a resume and cover letter to or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. No telephone calls, please.

For more information about Phipps, please visit our website:

Phipps Conservatory is an equal opportunity employer.

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