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Gamble Garden-Garden Director-Wed, 11/18/2020 - 6:36pm

Garden Director


Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street Gamble Garden
Palo Alto , CA 94301
United States
California US

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Job Description 

The Garden Director is an experienced horticulturist, skilled leader and manager who thrives in a collaborative environment. The Garden Director leads the development of an inspirational, long-term strategic plan for the garden, directs garden operations, and collaborates with multiple committees to develop and implement horticultural education programs for adults and children. The Garden Director oversees the garden staff and helps to recruit volunteers to support this non-profit organization. Communication skills are essential for this position.

Duties & Responsibilities 

A. Garden Strategy, Design, and Maintenance
In consultation with the Board of Directors and expert advisors, provides vision and leadership in developing a long-term strategic plan for the garden
Designs and implements plans for the garden with an emphasis on
Defining, restoring, and maintaining historic sections of the garden
Revitalizing demonstration beds
Adapting the garden for a changing climate, such as by incorporating drought-tolerant plants and managing water use
Managing the control of disease, weeds, and insects using primarily sustainable organic methods
Serves as an ex-officio member of the Program Committee
Works closely with Garden staff and volunteers to develop and maintain the garden; takes a hands-on approach as appropriate
Coordinates seasonal plantings
Ensures the execution of general gardening activities such as pruning, deadheading, weeding, fertilizing, thinning, mowing, edging, pest control, irrigation/watering, installing plants, and the use and maintenance of garden tools and equipment.
Works with the Buildings and Grounds Chairman on maintenance and repair of the greenhouse, fences, and other garden structures

B. Education, Events, and Communication
Plays a leadership role in using the garden as a springboard for horticultural education opportunities
Supports the following committees:
Education Committee - to develop classes on gardening/horticulture
Children’s Events and Roots and Shoots Committees - to enhance Gamble's offerings for school-age children, with a focus on science and the environment
Flower Arranger Committee - to beautify the historic Gamble home
Tours Committee - to ensure volunteer docents and garden guides are knowledgeable about the garden & to lead tours on occasion
Supports Gamble Garden’s events in the garden: Second Saturday, Greens Sale and Spring Tour-related activities
Supports programs for high school students, such as summer internships and community service opportunities
Contributes to garden-related communications, including
Newsletter articles
Garden information and resources on the webpage
Resources for garden visitors, such as an online walking tour podcast
Provides the Executive Director with reports on garden-related activities for the Board of Directors
Represents as Gamble Garden to horticultural associations
Advocates for gardens and their importance in communities

C. Personnel Management
Works with the Executive Director to maintain a productive, satisfying and safe working environment for employees and volunteers
Oversees a small staff of garden employees and seasonal interns
Submits annual performance reviews of garden staff to the Executive Director
Recruits new staff and interns as needed
Holds horticultural staff meetings at regular intervals
Manages contractors working on garden-related projects
Oversees and enriches the volunteer program to recruit and retain volunteers

D. Financial Management and Fund Development
Proposes an annual budget, with input from the Garden Manager, for garden improvements, maintenance, special projects, educational programs, equipment and supplies, and plant sales
Follows Gamble Garden fiscal policies and manages the annual garden expenditures based on the budget approved by the Board of Directors
Assists the Executive Director with activities that provide financial support for the organization

Education and Experience 

Education: B.A. or B.S. degree in horticulture or related field.
Five or more years in garden management, maintenance, and operations, including experience training and supervising employees and garden volunteers, developing budgets and managing expenditures
Experience in teaching and writing about horticulture/landscaping/environmental topics
Skilled in the use of computers, including email, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
Experience in identifying pests and diseases and controlling problems using organic methods
Knowledge of propagation, stock, inventory and supply management
Ability to train and oversee others in the safe use of equipment
Valid driver’s license

Physical Requirements:
Works indoors and outdoors
Occasional exposure to chemicals, fumes, dust, water, insects
Ability to lift or push up to 25 lbs. frequently, and up to 50 lbs. occasionally
Position requires frequent walking, standing, climbing, kneeling, grasping and occasional squatting, bending, reaching, and repetitive hand and foot motion

Application Instructions 

Please send cover letter and resume to

Full Name 
Sarah Cornwell