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Director, Horticulture/Resort Enhancement
Category: Manager

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013


Job Description:

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent DVC units; the magical, newly renovated, 969-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day- at-the-beach” fun.

We are seeking an inspirational leader to serve as Director of Horticulture & Resort Enhancement. The Disneyland Resort has more than 800 species of plants, native to 40 different countries, and each year plants more than 1 million annuals. The successful candidate will lead a team comprised of approximately 170 salaried and hourly Cast Members. Responsibilities include landscape design, installation, and maintenance as well as seasonal décor, windows display, along with props and sets. He/she will report to the Vice President, Facilities and Operations Services, Disneyland Resort.


  • Lead a culture of safety and ensures Horticulture and Resort Enhancement services, installations and designs are compliant with applicable regulations and Company guidelines.
  • Partner collaboratively with peer organizations and external vendors/contractors to design, install and maintain areas of responsibility.
  • Attract and retain world class talent through long range succession planning and development.
  • Lead and develop cast member teamwork & collaboration, growth & development and reward & recognition strategies.
  • Manage budgets, cost-control measures, customer/partner relations, and guest & cast safety programs.
  • Interface with Walt Disney Imagineering and other Walt Disney Parks and Resorts teams to leverage processes and share best practices, while developing effective relationships.
  • Partner with clients and customers to develop strategic plans, including planned-work and capital programs.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive and relevant leadership experience.
  • Proven knowledge of Horticulture methods and practices, and the ability to develop, design and implement artistic décor.
  • Exceptional leadership skills with ability to inspire others and create a culture of new and innovative ideas.
  • Proven collaboration skills and role model for internal partnerships and external relationship building.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multifaceted projects and large, complex landscaped areas.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills along with computer proficiency.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Structural Pest Control License, Pest Control Advisor and Certified Arborist

Preferred Education:

  • Master's Degree in Horticulture, Entomology or Agronomy

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Entomology or Agronomy or related field.

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