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Norfolk Botanical Garden - Norfolk, VA-Curator of Woody Plants and Horticulture Manager-Wed, 07/03/2019 - 3:10pm

Curator of Woody Plants and Horticulture Manager


Norfolk Botanical Garden - Norfolk, VA
6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk
Norfolk , VA 23518

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Position Type: Fulltime employment; Exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA)

Description: Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) is recruiting a Woodies Curator and Horticulture Manager to lead a team of skilled horticulturists, assistants, and volunteers. This is a working supervisory position for the planning and installation of plants and in the maintenance of existing gardens to ensure pleasing, healthy, and environmentally sound displays. This position manages the Garden’s tree canopy, and its woody plant collections including NAPCC recognized Hydrangea, Camellia, and Crapemyrtle collections. The Woodies Curator and Horticulture Manager works closely with the Horticulture Management team, as well as all NBG staff to further NBG’s mission to immerse visitors in a world of beauty, lead through environmental action, and inspire through education and connection to nature.

Essential Functions: Has the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels, has a proven track record of leadership and has the experience and interpersonal skills to function effectively in a team environment. Hires, trains, supervises, coaches, and evaluates horticulture staff and manages their day-to-day work schedule. Works with and trains horticultural volunteers. Develops woody plant collections, hardy in USDA zone 8a, used for display, education, conservation, and research. Curates the collections through proper identification, documentation, evaluation, acquisition, installation, mapping, and labeling. Has the ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold, or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, and/or stoop. Has the ability to push, pull, and perform manual labor for the shift.

Reports to: Director of Horticulture

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. Health insurance (NBG pays 70% of individual premium), 403(b) retirement with up to 4% company match and professional development opportunities.

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBG to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Specific Job Responsibilities:

Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates horticulture staff to include Horticulturists, Asst. Horticulturists, and manages their day-to-day work schedule.
Supervise and/or coordinate all aspects of plant maintenance associated with plant displays including, but not limited to soils, weeds, pest and disease identification and control, plant selection, fertilization, deadheading, staking, planting, and dividing.
Manages and evaluates NBG’s tree canopy. Removes damaged, diseased, or hazardous trees, or coordinates with outside arborists for their removal.
Curates the plant collections through identification, acquisition, verification, inventory, and labeling. Participates and creates reports for the Plant Collections Committee. Makes suggestions for new plant additions. Selects and procures new germplasm for the Garden through purchase, collection in the wild, and exchange. Develops relationships and/or contacts with related positions at other public gardens and in the industry.
Manages NBG’s restricted-use equipment program.
Manages NBG’s major horticultural collections including (but not limited to) Camellias, Hydrangeas, Roses, Hollies, and Crapemyrtles. The Horticulture Manager is the NBG liaison with various associated plant societies and organizations.
Supervises the installation of new garden designs, renovations, and other projects.
Works hands-on in the Garden assisting staff in the completion of tasks, or to demonstrate (or train) best horticultural practices.
Working with the volunteer coordinator, schedules volunteers to assist staff as needed, and trains volunteers if needed.
Writes articles for the Garden’s publications, gives tours, teaches classes, participates in outreach events, and is a member of the Garden’s speakers’ bureau.
In coordination with the Director of Horticulture, assists with the development of the annual budget.
Assists with and provides staff for Garden-wide special events, and performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience 

Requires a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, botany, or closely related field and four years’ practical experience in horticulture. Requires a minimum of two years of supervisory experience and a proven record of team leadership. Requires well developed written and oral communication skills. Requires a strong understanding of plant taxonomy with emphasis on plant identification and nomenclature, and a solid background of professional horticulture. The individual should be independent, highly motivated, and a self-starter with the ability to view a landscape, assess its visual qualities, and make corrections or improvements where necessary. They should be an ISA certified arborist or has the ability to obtain certification within one year’s employment. Should have experience in the safe operation of various landscape equipment, and have the ability to train staff on the proper use of such equipment. Must have or obtain a Virginia Certified Applicators pesticide license within 3 months of hire. Must have a valid Driver’s License.

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