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Missouri Botanical Garden-Arid Plant Collections Supervisor-Fri, 09/03/2021 - 10:21am

Arid Plant Collections Supervisor


Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd
Saint Louis , MO 63110
United States
Missouri US

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Job Description 

Performs supervisory duties associated with design, maintenance, and care of arid plant displays and collections. Responsible for the conservatories' arid plant collections; ensures the conservatories display the maximum amount of arid plant diversity relevant to the Garden’s mission and actively works on using the collections for ex-situ conservation. Ensures the highest standards of quality for displays, plant health, plant database records, and labeling associated with the collections. Upholds a leadership role for Missouri Botanical Garden in arid plant collections among peer institutions. Leads the arid plant collations team in researching and keeping cultivation information associated with the collections.

Duties & Responsibilities 

- Develop a diverse and exceptional arid plant collection of the highest quality conforming to MBG’s collections policy.

- Maintains collections and displays in assigned conservatory and greenhouse space.

- Supervises a team of horticulturists and volunteers that develop and care for MBG’s arid plant collections, supervising daily work assignments. Coach and develop a performance for success, create and maintain work schedules, review and approve timesheets. Keeps accurate attendance records and completes annual performance evaluations and set goals.

- Maintains the ideal greenhouse and conservatory growing environment including but not limited to; appropriate light levels, humidity, soil media, soil nutrients, water quality, identifies, treats pests and diseases.

- Researches, creates, implements, and modifies cultivation techniques to ensure optimum health and display quality of each taxon in the collections.

- Ensures that all plant records associated with the arid plant collections are maintained to the highest standards according to MBG protocols and guidelines.

- Works collaboratively with and provides information to MBG nursery staff to increase success in propagation and requests re-propagation as needed to maintain the health of plant collections

- Participates in the field collecting nationally and internationally associated with the arid plant collections and where approved participates in capacity building activities in the field.

- Develop and maintain conservatory landscape displays that are aesthetically pleasing and informative for the Desert House, Linnean House, and Mediterranean House.

- Follow and be mindful of all appropriate legal and ethical processes when acquiring plants for the Garden; oblige with national and international permits and regulations including Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

- Provides information on expenses for inclusion into the divisional budget, ensures the conservatories run within approved budget; completes purchase orders, and assigns time and material costs to suitable accounts.

- Ensures that equipment and tools are maintained and submits maintenance requests to General Services larger items.

- Performs tours and presents, as needed; responsible for interacting with the media (TV, Radio, Newspaper).

- Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed; adjusts work methods to reduce hazards. Reports accidents and injuries immediately.

- Displays knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures.

- Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors and managers, volunteers, visitors, and employees.

- Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Varies, between (2-5) employees (Horticulturists and Gardeners) and over twenty (20) volunteers.

Education and Experience 


- Minimum of (5) five years of practical, relevant work experience.

- Minimum (3) years experience in personnel management including demonstrated abilities in staff support, coaching and development, and conflict resolution.

- Strong knowledge of and plantspersonship associated arid plants species.

- Arid Plant cultivation and maintenance techniques.

- Demonstrated experience in managing multiple landscaping operations.

- Working knowledge of safe operating procedures for various types of landscape maintenance equipment.

- Thorough understanding of different components and basic design requirements of automatic irrigation systems.

- Working knowledge of budget development/management and forecasting.

- Must possess and maintain valid driver’s license

- Must be able to secure pesticide applicators license.

- Proven ability to lead and direct the work of others to complete general projects

- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding horticulture collection.

- Scheduling flexibility that allows working weekends and holidays as needed.

- Knowledge of and adherence to all health and safety guidelines.

- The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.


- B.S. degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany, and/or related field required.

- M.S. degree preferred in Horticulture, Biology, Botany, and/or related field.

- An equivalent combination of skills, education, and experience may be considered.

Application Instructions 
Full Name 
Zubair Meo