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Friends of the High Line-Horticulture Manager-Thu, 11/07/2019 - 4:57pm

Horticulture Manager


Friends of the High Line
820 Washington Street
New York , NY 10014

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Job Description 

Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is programmed, maintained, and operated by the Friends of the High Line, in partnership with NYC’s Parks. We raise nearly 100% of the High Line’s annual budget.

Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line’s construction and create an endowment for its future operations.

Job Description

The horticulture manager is a full-time, exempt employee of the High Line and an integral part of the park operations team. Under the general supervision of the director of horticulture, the horticulture manager is the on-site point person for High Line horticulture staff. Working interactively with a team of gardeners, custodians, maintenance technicians, and High Line administrators, the horticulture manager’s responsibilities include all aspects of monitoring, caring for, and reporting on designated park zones, including diverse plantings, hardscape elements, and public use of the park.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Supervise, manage, and provide support to horticulture staff composed of: horticulture supervisors, full-time and seasonal gardeners, and horticulture interns

Communicate regularly with the director of horticulture on status of projects, providing information and feedback on all areas of High Line horticulture

Work closely with the director of horticulture and horticulture supervisors to create immediate and long-term departmental goals and manage implementation by the horticulture staff

Follow up on individual and group work projects, with attention to deadlines and seasonal priorities

Supervise, manage, and support all plant orders and implementation of planting

Supervise, manage, and support horticulture staff to maintain diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, and bulbs, with a focus on organic integrated pest management practices

Coordinate with third party vendors as needed; ensure the timely payment of vendor invoices

Oversee, supervise, and support the upkeep of current and accurate plant records (including photographs) and work logs for the horticulture department

Document all areas of logistics related to horticulture to assist in the creation of a management plan with clear five and ten year goals

Manage staff schedules and attendance and evaluate staff performance with the director of horticulture through performance reviews

Lead weekly meetings with horticulture supervisors and communicate information across horticulture team as necessary

Hire, orient, and train new horticulture supervisors

Execute departmental operating procedures: approve staff payroll, distribute staff uniforms, tools, and personal protective equipment

Deliver garden-based programming, such as public tours, to various stakeholders

Education and Experience 


Four or more years horticultural experience with in-depth knowledge of plant culture, maintenance, and identification

Managerial experience

Degree/certification in horticulture or a related field required

Valid New York State Class D drivers license, or ability to obtain one

Solid computer skills required: Microsoft and Google Office Suites

Able to operate electric equipment and power tools

Capacity to analyze, synthesize, visualize, and implement data to inform the development and execution of a department strategic plan

Must be a team player, willing to collaborate on all tasks required for maintaining the highest standards of landscape management and operations, programs, development,
communications, and any initiative to support the mission of the High Line

OSHA-30 certification or the ability to obtain certification

Demonstrated experience of professional work providing high quality visitor experience in a public institutional setting


Experience with online payroll systems

Ability to participate in a range of activities beyond the typical work day, including High Line events and programs, fundraising initiatives, tours, and stewardship and cultivation activities as needed

New York State Pesticide Applicator 3A license, or ability to obtain one


Able to perform heavy, physical labor in all weather conditions;

Able to walk, reach, stoop, kneel, crawl, and regularly lift and/or mover 50 lbs with proper tools.

Able to work alone or in groups, in all weather conditions

Able to work nights, holidays, and weekends as necessary


20 vacation days, 6 sick days, and 9 paid holidays
Paid primary and secondary caregiver leave
Medical, dental, and vision insurance
Supplemental short-term disability insurance and paid life insurance
Commuter benefits
Flexible spending accounts
Contribution in a 403(b) retirement plan
Discounted Citi Bike membership
Discount on High Line merchandise
Employee Assistance Program

Application Instructions 
Full Name 
Iliana Lantigua