The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) is seeking an energetic, experienced, and motivated landscape professional to fill its open Landscapes Manager position. This position is a full-time, exempt (salaried) position reporting directly to the Director of Programs.
The Landscapes Manager should have prior experience supervising and scheduling landscape maintenance and installation teams, with the ability to provide oversight and supervision of operations, adherence to contractual agreements, scopes of work, and assurance of quality delivery. A diverse team of DCH Landscape Stewards can include seasonal employees, interns, and volunteers. Additionally, the Landscapes Manager, with guidance from the Director of Programs, will also collaborate with the Education Manager regarding on-site, experiential learning opportunities for DCH’s Branches to Chances®: Return to Work Program.
• Implementation of day-to-day landscape operations, including installation, maintenance, and stewardship of sponsored and/or contracted Public Landscapes, DCH grounds & gardens.
• Direction, supervision and scheduling of landscape stewards with varying degrees of experience and knowledge, including interns, volunteers, seasonal employees, and graduates from the current or previous year's Branches to Chances® program.
• Lead activities for DCH’s grounds and gardens, plan the activities of grounds/garden volunteers, oversee the maintenance and development of gardens and indoor plants in collaboration with Director of Programs.
• Assistance to other DCH program staff in scheduling greening projects and maintenance needs throughout the year, logistical support for community forestry activities, and maintenance support of the E.D. Robinson Urban Farm and other garden program sites.
• Assist in coordinating facility operations as needed/requested, with activities such as parking lot maintenance, oversight of contracted snow removal, trash removal, integrated pest management, and setting up for events and facility rentals.
• Promote and enforce high standards of horticultural practice and professional conduct, attitude and appearance for all team members, and as a DCH representative while working in the community.
• Manage applicable sections of the budget to support overall budget projections for Greening Programs.
• Bachelor's or Associates’ level degree in Plant Science, Horticulture, Landscape Management and Construction, or related field (relevant professional experience can be submitted for consideration in lieu of education).
• Proven ability to successfully schedule and manage multiple landscape crews in the maintenance of multiple sites.
• Pest control operators’ license in Delaware or willingness to obtain within 30 days or at first available test.
• Ability to instruct and orient team members on the proper and safe use of landscape related equipment, including but not limited to: push-mowers, chain saws, hand-held power tools, and hand-held gardening equipment and work vehicles.
• Ability to instruct and enforce safe work practices in a variety of settings including public rights-of-way, roadsides, and public landscapes not owned by DCH.
• Current driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to operate all DCH vehicles.
• Good working knowledge of plant identification and proper horticultural practices.
• Ability to work outside in a variety of weather and landscape conditions.
• Ability to use Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
• Enthusiasm and interest in community landscape initiatives and urban landscape projects.
Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (please reference Landscapes Manager in email subject line)
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N. Dupont St.
Wilmington, DE 19806
For information about the Delaware Center for Horticulture’s mission, values and programs, please visit www.thedch.org.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position open until filled. No phone calls please.
DCH is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. DCH prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.
DCH’s policies apply to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. The Delaware Center for Horticulture makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.