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Gardens Manager
Category: Manager

Royal Botanical Gardens
Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Gardens Manager

Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada and one of the largest in the world. With over 2,700 acres of cultivated gardens and nature preserves it is also one of the biggest urban nature sanctuaries and marshland restoration sites in North America. With its extraordinary land holdings, breathtaking landscapes, biodiversity, collections, facilities, educational and conservation programs, RBG is a top-rated regional tourist attraction and a global leader in its sector.    

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for gardens operations and will direct, engage, coach and ensure proper training of the gardening team:
  • Supports and promotes RBG’s mandate, mission, vision and organizational values.
  • Organizes, monitors, manages and executes horticultural plans and maintenance strategies for all garden areas including living collections, displays, seasonal exhibits, propagation and botanical research projects.
  • Establishes and maintains horticultural best practices for living collections and gardens and ensures that those standards are met.
  • Provides direction, training, support and motivation to horticultural staff, seasonal employees, students and volunteers. Sets objectives, monitors performance.
  • Actively works with head gardeners to plan and execute improvements/changes to landscape plantings and horticultural displays.
  • Coordinates heating, cooling and efficient operation of greenhouses, irrigation systems and maintenance of equipment with Senior Manager of Buildings and Physical Assets.
  • Coordinates and cooperates with Natural Lands staff on issues of common concern.
  • Accountable for planning, scheduling, budgeting, resource allocation and quality control of daily and weekly work activities.
  • Provides direction in cultivating, propagating, transplanting, fertilization, soil management and weed control.
  • Ensures the implementation of an integrated pest management program for plant viability in line with best practices and applicable legislation.
  • Manages and reviews matters of health and safety in regard to garden operations.
  • Maintains detailed records and work reports.
  • Ensures plant documentation data is tracked by staff and submitted to plant records.
  • Models adherence to all safety rules, policies and practices and promotes a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Performs other related duties, and contributes as a RBG staff member at events and activities as assigned.


  • Post-secondary diploma in Horticulture, botany, or plant biology from a recognized college or university.
  • 5 years management experience in professional horticulture, strong preference given to botanical garden experience. Knowledge of curatorial procedures and plant records is a plus.
  • Excellent leadership capabilities and experience in leading, directing and motivating staff.
  • Possess excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated ability with computers and the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization abilities.
  • Familiarity with a unionized work environment
  • Excellent working knowledge of botanical horticulture
  • Knowledge of proper horticultural practices, pest and disease identification and mitigation, landscape construction and in utilizing the equipment necessary to perform these tasks. 
  • Knowledge of all applicable safety legislation, rules, policies and procedures, including a working knowledge of applicable chemical and pesticide usage, control, and storage.
  • Driver’s Licence with an excellent driving record.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.

Qualified candidates please forward your resume to  preferably by January 22, 2014. 

RBG is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

We thank all applicants however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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