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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden-Senior Horticulture Manager-Mon, 06/13/2022 - 1:26pm

Senior Horticulture Manager


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Dallas , TX 75218
United States
Texas US

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Job Description 

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has been recognized as one of the most beautiful display gardens in America, and has 17 major gardens, and 29 smaller ones and 2 signature gardens throughout its 66 acres. These are A Tasteful Place, a fruit, herb and vegetable teaching garden and The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, an 8-acre outdoor science museum teaching life and earth science principles in an engaging way. As the number one rated visitor destination in Dallas by Trip Advisor, it is known for 5 seasonal color change outs, enabling the garden to have year round color. The garden has a budget of $22 million, average visitation of over a million guests a year and a membership base of over 45,000.

Responsible for directing daily operations of the gardens and grounds under the guidance of the Director of Horticulture. Accountable for timely and efficient landscape maintenance of the changeable displays and care of the garden. Oversee efficient productivity and timely completion of duties and staff. Physically perform garden labor, including operation of loud equipment and transport work materials/equipment as needed. Work in all weather conditions. Support the Director of Horticulture in designing and maintaining landscape planting bed maps, coordinating and scheduling plant product deliveries and special festival plant materials or products, and bidding and oversight of garden vendor work production (small landscape installation, minor repairs). Works with Director related to budgets, inventory, and expense controls. Contributes to team effort.

Dallas Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. Dallas Arboretum does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.

Duties & Responsibilities 


• Oversee general landscape maintenance and scheduling for the garden, including planting, mowing, weeding, spraying, irrigation, pruning, pest control, and all other tasks
• Develop, manage and maintain calendar for garden, hardscape, and water feature maintenance
• Develop Standard Operating Procedures for all garden and feature maintenance
• Directly supervise garden managers, landscape maintenance crew, volunteers, interns, etc. assigned to area for efficient productivity and successful garden maintenance.
• Develop accountability and expectations for all horticulture staff
• Create monthly schedule for large projects and transitions. Assist with weekly schedules for managers.
• Evaluate and effectively manage/schedule personnel; complete required personnel documentation in a timely manner. Train and develop staff in garden area to increase their knowledge of plant materials and landscape maintenance
• Responsible for purchasing and management of budget as directed.
• Assist with educational and research projects as required, example: horticultural demonstrations during special events
• Respond to informational requests by garden visitors as needed.
• Assure that seasonal color display and bulb planting is timely and efficiently conducted.
• Troubleshoot and provide support to Managers related to planting issues (acquisition and holding of product, distribution and daily display maintenance) and unexpected damage due to storms, droughts, etc..
• Provide technical assistance and training on plant diseases and assure that staff complies with appropriate chemical application safety standards
• Maintain chemical log and materials up to EPA standards.
• Work with the Director of Horticulture in conceptual design to final phase of garden bed/landscape layout via AutoCAD.
Oversee and manage the mapping, planning, tracking and ordering of all garden design transitions
o Maintain up to date bed measurements and calculations with most current garden changes using AutoCAD.
o Keep design spreadsheets updated with changes and substitutions.
• Manage efficient implementation of desired horticultural enhancements during festivals/events, i.e. topiaries, flower houses, etc.
• Oversee all sub-contractors for irrigation, fountains, pumps, stonework, arbor care, and others as needed by management.
• Act as Crew Chief for special projects such as Garden Revitalization projects and new landscape construction as needed.
• Assure compliance with applicable City water restrictions.
• Assist with greenhouse operations as needed.
• Oversee site information including inventory, bed dimensions, ‘as builts’, and site analysis
• Oversee all signage engraving, inventory and budget
• Aid in the design of all annual garden transitions and design development
• Create and maintain the numbers responsible for design, budget, quantity, tracking and scheduling of garden transitions
• Aid in creating bids, handling PO requests and preparing budget analysis
• Aid in the maintenance, scanning and organization of historic landscape plans

Education and Experience 

• 5 years supervisory landscape maintenance experience and 2 years landscape account management
• Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture or related field (may accept Associate’s degree and four years related experience.)
• Fluent in Microsoft Excel, and AutoCAD
• Preferred experience with Adobe Photoshop
• Proven record of landscape maintenance scheduling, coordination and implementation
• Knowledge of irrigation systems and other water feature equipment desirable
• Ability to manage a diverse group of employees to form a cohesive team and to delegate and organize work flow
• Ability to manage multiple tasks through use of effective organizational and time-management skills
• Ability to apply pesticides and chemicals with training provided; obtain and maintain Texas pesticide license
• Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends
• Maintain a valid Texas Driver’s License
• Lift of up to 30 pounds when necessary; repetitively bend/stoop, move across property and work in all weather conditions and follow approved safety guidelines

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden