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Director of Horticulture & Exhibits
Category: Horticulture

The Water Conservation Garden
El Cajon, CA

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013

POSITION TITLE:      Director of Horticulture & Exhibits

CLASSIFICATION:    Full-time equivalent (40 hours/week); exempt

COMPENSATION:     Salary commensurate to experience; includes health, retirement,
                                professional development

OPENING DATE:          9/9/13   

CLOSING DATE:          When filled


DUTIES:  Selected candidate will be responsible for landscapes, plant materials, and exhibits program of The Water Conservation Garden (WCG). As lead staff authority on The Garden’s horticulture and exhibit program, the position includes contact with the media, water district representatives and project contractors; serves as liaison in education program development; and may lead public tours of The Garden on occasion.


QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidate will hold a minimum of Associate’s degree in horticulture, landscape design, botany, or a related field; Bachelor’s degree preferred. Three years experience as a professional horticulturist; experience in a public garden or conservatory preferred. Minimum two years directly related supervisory experience. Demonstrated knowledge of plants native to Southwest United States, with particular emphasis on San Diego County. Valid California driver’s license required.




  • Extensive knowledge of plant identification including California native plants
  • Extensive knowledge of the characteristics, growth habits and proper cultivation of a wide selection of trees, flowering bulbs, ground cover, annuals, biennials and perennial plant materials
  • Knowledge of landscape design and management
  • Knowledge of irrigation system components and repairs
  • At ease with public speaking and media engagements, and working with volunteers
  • Ability to prepare and manage records of supplies and equipment, budgets and project status reports
  • Ability to direct an individual or group with a team-based work environment approach
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook) and plant database programs



  • Experience in a botanical garden, nature center, arboretum, conservatory, or similar organization with significant plant life interpretation program
  • Experience in landscape and exhibits design
  • Experience in adult education
  • Specialized knowledge of water-wise horticultural practices
  • General knowledge of water issues facing Southern California, specifically (but not exclusively) as they pertain to water use in landscaping in the region



Send resume and cover letter to the following:


Mail:      The Water Conservation Garden           

               ATTN: Executive Director

              12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West

               El Cajon, CA 92019



The applicant should clearly describe in his/her resume or application their work experience, education and/or training as it relates to the announced vacancy. No phone calls please.

  • Relocation expenses are not paid
  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires The Water Conservation Garden to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon reporting for work, an individual will be expected to present proper documentation establishing employability.
  • The Water Conservation Garden is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  The Garden does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital status, disability, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.



The Water Conservation Garden, a nonprofit organization founded in 1999, is a nearly 6-acre public botanical garden whose mission is to promote water conservation in the southern California landscape through programs and exhibits that educate and inspire the public. The Garden serves over 50,000 annually and offers educational tools via display gardens and a full program of tours, classes and events for children, adults and landscape professionals, both on-and off- site. In 2007, The Garden won the Rain Bird Corporation’s international award for leadership in water conservation; in 2009, Sunset Magazine listed The Garden as one of the “Top Ten Western Gardens.”

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