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Director of Horticulture and Facilities


Bookworm Gardens
1415 Campus Dr.
Sheboygan , WI 53081

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Bookworm Gardens
Bookworm Gardens is a vibrant and engaging destination for individuals, families, and school children in Wisconsin and beyond. Founded in 2005 and opened in 2010, this botanical garden based on children’s literature offers educational programs as well as free, unstructured experiences in a beautiful environment for the young and the young at heart.
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Director of Horticulture and Facilities Job Description
The Director of Horticulture and Facilities is responsible for directing daily operations of the gardens, grounds and buildings, remaining mindful of Bookworm’s mission: To enrich the mind, body and spirit of the young and young at heart through exploration in a garden environment based on children’s literature. He or she is accountable for timely and efficient maintenance of all landscape and building structures. The Director of Horticulture and Facilities must be able to physically perform garden labor and operation of equipment as well as be able to work in all weather conditions. The Director of Horticulture and Facilities reports to the Executive Director and is expected to provide updates to the Board of Directors. He or she must be an effective communicator and manager. He or she must also be a team player, willing to collaborate with other departments in pursuit of the overall mission of the Gardens.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Plan, organize and direct garden and greenhouse horticultural operations, including growing plants from seed, purchasing mulch, fertilizer, etc. Maintain accurate plant lists and garden plans.
• Train, manage, and supervise Garden and Facilities Department staff members
• Train and supervise volunteers for efficient productivity and successful garden maintenance, and provide them with a positive experience
• Perform, manage or supervise the following: hardscape installation, garden installation, snow removal, pest control, soil installation, amendment, planting and mulching, mowing, edging, weeding, pond maintenance, leaf removal and garden maintenance.
• Perform or supervise daily walkway cleaning and maintenance, ensuring the walkways and parking lot are safe and attractive
• Perform pruning, removal of dead wood and other tasks necessary in the maintenance of trees and shrubs
• Maintain irrigation system, ensuring that rust is removed from the water and all garden elements
• Maintain garden structures, benches, fencing, artwork, etc. This includes scraping, painting, sealing, tarping and moving items as needed
• Perform or supervise maintenance of garden buildings, including barn, maintenance shed, other outbuildings, piers and bridges
• Develop, manage and maintain a calendar for garden, hardscape and water feature maintenance
• Assure that all equipment is inventoried, accounted for, properly maintained and secured, making sure maintenance sheds are tidy at the end of the day
• Coordinate both group and individual volunteer work schedules and assignments, creating meaningful volunteer experiences
• Plan for, order, and install plants as needed
• Maintain and furnish botanical and horticultural information for internal and public use
• Maintain signage, replacing broken or missing signs
• Monitor disease and insect problems and treat appropriately
• Attend continuing education classes to further enhance garden skills
• Ensure the garden is safe for visitors at all times
• Develop a calendar for the repair and maintenance of the Administration Building.
• Maintain accurate records of the condition of equipment in the building, including restrooms, kitchen elements, geothermal system, etc.
• Assist in preparing the Main Building, Secret Garden, Barn, or Treehouse for meetings, parties, weddings, or other events including moving tables and chairs
• Create, maintain, and operate within a set budget, for both special projects and general operations
• Manage departmental payroll budget for hourly facilities and horticulture staff
• Collaboration with Administrative, Education, and Development Departments on various projects and in pursuit of the mission
• Work with Director of Education to implement educational programming within the garden, including: fieldtrips, daycamps, regular garden programming
• Perform, manage, and supervise installation of lighting throughout garden for Happily Haunted Gardens and other Special Events in collaboration with Special Event Coordinator
• Assist with special events as needed; requires occasional weekend hours
• Give information and tours of the garden for classes and the public
• Teach horticulture classes as directed by the Executive Director
• Assist or design additional areas for the garden as directed by the Executive Director
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The position requires the ability to stand, sit, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, weed, water, operate lawn mowers and golf carts, talk to large groups, and lift and carry weight up to 50lbs. It also requires work in all outdoor weather conditions.

Education and Experience 

Background and Experience
The Director of Horticulture and Facilities should have experience with gardening and landscape design. Landscape or horticulture degree; or at least 5 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

Application Instructions 

How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and references to
In your cover letter, please state why you are attracted to this position and how your strengths are aligned with the description and responsibilities of the Director of Horticulture and Facilities position and the mission and goals of Bookworm Gardens.
Kindly do not contact us by phone.
Bookworm Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Full Name 
Elizabeth Wieland