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Director of Gardens and Grounds
Category: Manager

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn, New York

Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Director of Gardens & Grounds, Brooklyn Botanic Garden


The Opportunity

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) seeks a dynamic and talented leader to serve as its Director of Gardens & Grounds, a new position at BBG.  Reporting directly to the Vice President of Horticulture and working closely with the parallel positions of Director of Conservatories & Horticultural Programs and the Director of Living Collections Management, the Director of Gardens & Grounds will: 1) establish and manage departmental policies and procedures; 2) develop inspection and environmental reports; 3) review projects, scopes of work and budget as required; and 4) manage BBG’s 50+ acres of outdoor plant collections, gardens and landscapes.  A primary responsibility is to lead the outdoor horticultural staff in developing and implementing initiatives, action plans, procedures and schedules to steward the Garden and its outdoor plant collections, and to inspire a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration and excellence.

A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in horticulture or related field is required with a minimum of 5 years horticultural experience, plus proven leadership and landscape supervisory abilities.  New York State pesticide certification or the ability to attain certification is required.  Additional desirable qualifications include an arboriculture certification, turf management, planting design experience, and living collections assessment abilities.

Compensation, including a benefit package, is highly competitive and will be based on experience.


About Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been one of America’s premier public gardens for more than a century. Few gardens have proven themselves to be such an integral part of their communities as BBG, which welcomes nearly 750,000 visitors through its gates every year to its 52-acres of gardens.

Plants are at the center of BBG’s mission. The Garden’s many important historic landscapes and collections include its award-winning Children’s Garden (the first of its kind in the world), Japanese Garden, Rock Garden, Fragrance Garden, Herb Garden and Rose Garden. Important living collections include lilacs, roses, and magnolias, one of the largest bonsai collections outside of Japan, native plants, orchids, and tree peonies. BBG annually hosts a cherry blossom festival which attracts the highest single-day attendance of any North American public garden.

BBG is currently engaged in the second-most intensive period of site refinement in its history, and has raised over $80 million in its current $100 million capital campaign. In addition to a new Visitor Center opened in spring 2012, several acres of new gardens are being funded through this campaign, including a new woodland garden, water garden, and an extension to its 100-year-old Native Flora Garden.


For more information, please contact:

Human Resources at Brooklyn Botanic Garden


Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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