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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens-Urban Farm Horticulturist-Thu, 03/16/2023 - 5:04pm

Urban Farm Horticulturist


Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 S Miami Ave
Miami , FL 33129
United States
Florida US

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Job Description 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum in Miami, Florida ( The Urban Farm Horticulturist is a hands-on position that manages the daily care and ongoing restoration of Vizcaya’s historic landscapes and works with the Urban Farming Programs Manager to develop and manage Vizcaya’s urban farming program. The position is on the Engagement & Cultural Resources Team in the Horticulture & Sustainability Department and reports to the Horticulture Manager.

Vizcaya is owned by Miami-Dade County and is operated by the non-profit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc. Our mission is to preserve the estate’s cultural and environmental resources to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future. Our vision is to position Vizcaya as an enduring, inclusive and innovative place that inspires people to embrace the cultural vitality and environmental sustainability of the world around us.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Essential Functions
• Recommend, implement and monitor Integrated Pest Management procedures, which include compliance with applicable laws.
• Provide guidance toward edible plant collections and coordinate care and ongoing development of the edible gardens located throughout the property.
• Develop, implement, and record standard operating procedures for landscape management, such as the application of pesticides, herbicides, growth regulators, and liquid and granular fertilizers.
• Assist in development of urban farming operational and general management plans, and ensure their successful implementation.
• Supervise crews of volunteers as required.
• Collaborate with peers to develop urban farming learning programs.
• Provide urban farming centered training for Learning Program Facilitators and volunteers.
• Collaborate with Urban Farming Programs Manager to cultivate and manage community resources and village offerings.
• Operation of power equipment and heavy machinery.

General Responsibilities
• Achieve meaningful and timely actions that advance Vizcaya’s mission, vision and strategic plan.
• Help to sustain and grow Vizcaya’s revenues and participate in pursuing funding opportunities.
• Proactively promote communication, collaboration and customer service.
• Engage in internal committees as appropriate and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
• Create and manage your budget; understand and comply with Vizcaya’s policies and procedures.

This job description is not designed to be comprehensive; duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Education and Experience 

Position Requirements
• At least 2 years of work experience in edible gardening, public horticulture, or a closely related field.
• Associate degree in landscape maintenance, horticulture or closely related field.
• Knowledge of landscape Best Management Practices and Integrated Pest Management theories and practices.
• Knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn a wide variety of tropical and subtropical landscape plants, including how to grow edible plants in South Florida.
• The ability to ensure the safe application of fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides, and ability to acquire State of FL Pesticide Applicator license.
• Ability to safely operate powered hand tools and other equipment as required
• Demonstrated communications and project management skills.
• Positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, flexibility and commitment to collaboration, customer service, strategy and innovation.
• English fluency.

Factors Vizcaya Will Consider When Evaluating Applicants and Determining Compensation
• Additional relevant work experience, training, certification and education.
• Experience using heavy landscape equipment; operation and maintenance of power tools.
• Experience in living collections management, including accessions management.
• Experience with cultural uses of plants
• Composting and propagation experience
• Experience with edible gardening educational programming.
• Spanish, Haitian Creole and other language skills.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens offers competitive compensation with generous paid leave, retirement benefits, and robust medical and other insurance for full-time employees. Salary will be based on the selected candidate’s experience and skills. The anticipated compensation is approximately $53,700 for someone meeting the requirements of the position to approximately $59,000 for someone exceeding them.

Work Environment/Physical Demands
The majority of work is done outside in varying climatic conditions that include excessive heat and humidity. The position requires sitting, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling. The position requires the ability to stand for long periods of time and to safely traverse uneven surfaces. The position frequently lifts and/or moves up to 50 lbs. The position works with typical landscape maintenance equipment and materials. The position involves some interaction with the public, community members, partners, donors, vendors, contractors and other constituents. Vizcaya is a non-smoking environment.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work/Schedule
This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position. Periodic evening and weekend work is required.

Application Instructions 

To Apply
Please submit a resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in this position to: Please reference the position title in the subject line of your email.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is committed to equity and inclusion and is engaged in a strategic process to ensure that our staff, Board and volunteers reflect our community’s diversity. Vizcaya welcomes applicants from groups that are underrepresented in cultural organizations and seeks to recruit, develop and retain a diverse workforce.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an equal opportunity employer. Vizcaya respects people of all backgrounds and does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, familial status, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or other applicable legally protected characteristics protected by law.

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