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Cheyenne Botanic Gardens-Horticulture and Operations Supervisor-Mon, 11/21/2022 - 10:38am

Horticulture and Operations Supervisor


Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
710 S Lions Park Drive
Cheyenne , WY 82001
United States
Wyoming US

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Job Description 

SUMMARY: The Horticulture and Operations Supervisor oversees the day-to-day horticulture and operations activities of the Botanic Gardens. This position is not totally supervisory in nature.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position works under the direction of the Botanic Gardens Manager. This job exercises direct supervision over subordinate paid staff, interns, and volunteers. Duties may include, if so directed, oversight of the Botanic Gardens in the Manager’s absence.

QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.


• Knowledge of general horticultural practices including: plant identification, propagation, soil science, plant health and nutrition, and pest identification and control methods.
• Knowledge of plant management, irrigation principles, and equipment and facility maintenance.
• Knowledge of the operations, maintenance, and repairs of greenhouse infrastructure.
• Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of a public garden.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of volunteer management.
• Knowledge of effective customer service practices.
• Knowledge of and ability to use technology that supports public garden operations.
• Knowledge of and experience in garden design practices.
• Ability to manage and coordinate garden functions and programs.
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationship with other city departments and staff, volunteers, committees, officials, and the general public.
• Knowledge of principles of budget management and business practices.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Ability to manage multiple assignments within established deadlines.
• Ability to prepare comprehensive horticultural presentations and represent ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to work both as part of a team and independently.
• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with complex situations where only limited standardization or precedence exists.
• Ability to maintain safe conditions for public, volunteers, and other staff members.
• Skill with computers and technology. Ability to learn new programs and their uses.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work in a variety of indoor and outdoor environmental conditions; cold, warm, humid, hot air may regularly occur; exposure to radiant energy and inclement weather; exposure to fertilizers, agricultural chemicals and pest control agents. Outdoor environments in different seasons. Much of the work is done in public areas with frequent interaction with visitors.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Essential and marginal duties require a high level of stamina and a good physical condition. Daily duties may include moderate lifting (up to 45 lbs.), carrying, walking, repeated bending, being on your feet for most of the day, working with garden tools, working outside during adverse conditions, operating mechanical equipment, operation of computers, the ability to distinguish colors and the ability to drive city vehicles safely.

Duties & Responsibilities 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all-inclusive.

• Directs activities of the horticulture team including full-time staff, part-time and seasonal staff, and volunteers. Works with employees to set goals based upon the mission and future goals of the Gardens, conducts evaluations, sets schedules, and assigns tasks as necessary. Mentors, encourages and holds staff accountable for performance. Ensure facility maintains high horticultural standards and practices. Ensures that any safety issues are noted and addressed in a timely manner.
• Holds direct responsibility for newly developed garden areas and areas that experience high levels of visitor traffic. Ensures that a minimum level of aesthetic quality is maintained in all garden and conservatory areas and that inputs are greatest in areas with the highest level of visitor traffic.
• Assists in the development of the overall future planning, annual budget, policies and procedures, and plant curation strategies to fulfill the vision and mission of the Gardens. Plans and executes redesign and renovation efforts for existing gardens and plant displays.
• Manages gardens and building maintenance projects and assists Botanic Gardens Manager with capital projects and annual exhibits. Manages multiple short and long-term projects simultaneously.
• Oversees the activities of contractors for garden and building maintenance projects, security services, snow removal services, and mowing and outdoor maintenance services as necessary. Works with City services on building and equipment maintenance needs.
• Oversees the planning and development of the interior and exterior horticulture exhibits and gardens for the Gardens.
• Provides oversight for plant production areas and ensures that space is used efficiently and that sanitation is maintained in production environments.
• Curates plant holdings by maintaining correct nomenclature, source data, and other records for plants.

Education and Experience 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture, botany, business, or non-profit management is required; OR 3-5 years related management experience; OR equivalent combination of education and experience. Public garden experience is essential. Experience in a leadership position in a public garden setting is preferred.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Wyoming Pesticide Applicator License will be required within (1) year of employment. Once obtained this license must be maintained in good standing while employed.

Full Name 
Scott Aker