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Huntsville Botanical Garden-Horticulture Manager-Tue, 05/11/2021 - 3:19pm

Horticulture Manager


Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Ave Huntsville Botanical Garden
Huntsville , AL 35805
United States
Alabama US

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Job Description 

Department: Horticulture

Supervisor: Director of Horticulture

Supervises: Lead Gardeners, Gardeners, Interns

FLSA Salary Classication: Full-time, Exempt

Availability: Ability to work a flexible schedule, occasional extended work hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

General Summary:

Implement horticultural practices that develop and maintain gardens, greenhouses, and grounds. This includes irrigation, runoff management, quality tree maintenance, shrubs, herbaceous layers, and turf, ensuring design intentions of themed gardens are maintained. Establish planting and maintenance priorities, plant, as well as overseeing quality control of contracted horticultural work. Oversee site-wide mowing and large-scale horticultural operations in addition to ground operations. Manage staff and volunteer leads involved with the display horticulture, lawn mowing, and large-scale horticultural care.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Essential Duties:

Collaborate closely with the Director of Plant Conservation and Curation to coordinate plant conservation initiatives, collections curation, and horticultural operations.

Plan, direct, schedule and implement horticultural practices that develop and maintain gardens, greenhouses and grounds. This includes irrigation, runoff management, quality tree maintenance, shrubs, herbaceous layers and turf, ensuring design intentions of themed gardens are maintained.

Collaborate with volunteer leads to direct and support horticultural practices in themed garden areas

Coordinate site logistics related to special events in the Garden ensuring lawns are maintained.

Oversee personnel involved with the care and maintenance of the horticultural displays. Serve as liaison to, set priorities with, and monitor the horticultural work performed by contractors.

Supervise Lead Gardeners, Gardeners; including recruitment and selection, scheduling and job assignments, coaching and performance feedback, recognition and staff development, and training in keeping with the Garden’s policies and procedures.

Ensure the documentation of changes to the perennial and woody plants on the Garden property per the Plant Records Workflow Manual.

Manage budget, ordering materials and plants

Other duties as assigned.

Management Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform in a leadership capacity in collaborating with Leadership and Management Team members on plant conservation initiatives, collections curation, and horticultural operation initiatives supporting the sustainability and mission of the Garden. Active participant in management team meetings, supervisory and training of seasonal staff, and initiative support. Regularly provides effective communication through defined channels.

Success Factors:

Exemplifies the Garden’s core values. Leadership and interpersonal skills, including thoughtful, excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to identify issues, and consider multiple solutions, with emphasis on collaborative decision making with the team and garden colleagues. High standards for planful visual garden display, interest in cultivated and native plants with a focus on the integration of sustainable practices. Enthusiastic learner: and have a strong attention to esthetics detail. Creative, innovative approach to garden development, interpretation, and use. Strong ability to thoughtfully communicate through visual plans and narrative. Facility with translating strategy and plans into budgets and narrative. Ability to organize and delegate work, create schedules, and problem solve. Decision-making skills and the ability to prioritize. Physical ability to routinely survey assigned gardens and landscapes.

Education and Experience 


Bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture or related field required, or commensurate extensive hands-on horticulture experience. 2+ years of previous experience in garden or landscape development and management required. Supervisory experience required. Experience in a public garden preferred. Excellent cultivated and native plant knowledge with demonstrated experience in their selection and use. Knowledge of basic plant culture and disease/insect pest diagnostics under local northern Alabama conditions required. Ability to identify major plant genera and species, while also possessing knowledge of names and characteristics of a wide range of cultivated, ornamental, and native plants. Practical experience with safely operating job-related equipment and tools, including their care and maintenance. Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability, and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, with emphasis on Word and spreadsheets.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: 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 job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 50 lbs.), a significant amount of walking over varied terrain, and traveling by vehicles. Some travel required. Sense of vision in the normal range with or without correction. Sense of touch and the ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment required.

Work Environment: Office environment and Garden grounds. Work is performed indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.

Equipment: General office equipment, two-way radio, Garden pick-up truck, van, utility vehicle, horticultural tools.

Application Instructions 

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Job descriptions are guidelines that attempt to characterize major duties and responsibilities of employees, and are subject to change as needs and programs change. At Huntsville Botanical Garden they are considered neither inclusive nor exclusive. It is expected that up to 20% of your duties may change annually.

Full Name 
Kyla Boardman