The Manager of Horticulture Operation is a dynamic position within Crystal Bridges that manages all horticultural facets of the grounds and forest. This position will manage a horticulture staff to be their best in order to meet individual, departmental, and institutional goals. The Manager oversees the daily horticultural operations as well as performing various office responsibilities such as balancing budgets and completing performance evaluations. S/he will oversee the organization and education of the Avant Gardener Volunteer program, while working with horticulture staff on building the success of the program. This position seeks to train and educate existing and new team members to build their confidence and empower decision making in their individual roles. S/he will establish a high level of garden operational and maintenance standards, while also introducing and incorporating progressive garden management practices. The Manager will build and operate programs and partnerships that will utilize our knowledge and assets to stimulate the next generation of gardeners locally, regionally, and ultimately nationally.
Collaborates with department leadership to set and manage strategic objectives for the Trails & Grounds department.
Oversees the horticulture team in daily exterior campus operations, including proper garden maintenance scheduling and daily workflows. Follows all company policies and procedures related to the supervision and performance of direct reports.
Assesses the performance of the Trails & Grounds team and documents each members performance in the annual evaluations.
Manages the annual operating budget for department-relevant fields.
Develops curriculum and training sessions for the Avant Gardener Volunteer Program.
Collaborates with horticulture staff on the organizational, clerical, and operational duties of the Avant Gardener Volunteer Program.
Collaborates with Director of Trails & Grounds to manage outside contractors to service operational needs including (but not limited to): tree maintenance and prescribed fire.
Coordinate with City, County, and State officials as needed to ensure open communication regarding exterior campus activities.
Collaborates with Director of Trails & Grounds on the development of garden designs, garden-project budgets, and timelines of major garden project completion dates.
Researches and implements innovative field-related technologies.
Identifies, sources, and purchases grounds management equipment.
Sources and purchases plant material and garden-operating supplies.
Collaborates with the Director of Trails & Grounds on the recruitment, hiring, and leadership of a garden staff that delivers excellence in horticulture management, customer service, and museum stewardship.
Motivates, trains, and supervises garden staff and seasonal staff to adhere to high safety standards.
Collaborates with Director of Trails & Grounds to expand the presence of nature-based ideas throughout various museum departments.
Serves as a museum and grounds ambassador through public speaking engagements to garden clubs, schools/universities, nature societies, etc.; museum-related educational programs; and tour groups.
Collaborates with other institutions/museums/ gardens to create a dynamic internship/fellowship that will encourage the next generation of prospective Trails & Grounds team members.
Advanced degree and/or horticultural-related certifications; or at least three years of relevant work experience.
Demonstrated knowledge and practiced skill in a broad spectrum of horticultural disciplines and techniques including turf care, arboriculture, ornamental management, and plant propagation.
Proven ability to successfully manage people.
Excellent oral communication skills, with the ability to deliver concise, understandable presentations.
Ability to work through teams, especially in implementing quality improvement techniques.
Excellent organizational and planning skills.
Proficiency in the budgetary process and in financial management.
Proficiency in the use of personal computers and software, particularly Microsoft Office.
Positive and professional attitude with an emphasis on details.
Highest ethics as they relate to all aspects of business.
Enthusiasm about being a positive member of a team who maintains an expanding public garden at a major art museum.
At least three years experience working in a leadership/managerial role in public horticulture, estate-garden maintenance, and/or related field.
Must possess a valid drivers license and clean driving record.
Must possess or have the ability to procure an Arkansas pesticide/sprayer applicators license.
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Sitting or leaning while on post will not be permitted.
Physical demands: In the work environment described below, position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, standing, walking, bending, climbing, reaching, strenuous lifting/moving objects up to 50 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
Work Environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, construction site, and in communities served. Work environment may include exposure to potentially hazardous chemical solutions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Position may require some independent overnight travel. On 24-hour emergency call by telephone and/or cell phone required. Incumbent must meet a flexible work schedule including evenings, and weekends and available on-call for emergencies.