Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Worcester County Horticultural Society, Boylston, USA
Job Description: Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s mission is to inspire the use and appreciation of horticulture to improve lives, enrich communities and strengthen commitment to the natural world. Our core values are learning, stewardship, sustainability, inclusivity, joy and excellence. Our vision is to grow our gardens and programs to connect with new audiences and deepen our relationship with those who know us. Our gardens will become a must-see destination drawing visitors from near and far. We will strive to become a collection of people and plants that can make a difference beyond our boundaries. We will work with others to develop and disseminate plant-based solutions to societal issues. Finally, we will lead some of those efforts to build a better world with plants and people.
The Director of Horticulture is responsible for:
• Managing all living collections, gardens, conservatories, growing spaces, woodlands and landscapes, and equipment.
• Managing garden infrastructure in coordination with the Facilities Manager.
• Serve as part of the leadership team for Winter Reimagined, the Society’s winter light show.
• Supervising a department of 8 paid horticulture staff, seasonal interns, a part time administrative assistant, and Garden volunteers.
• Training and development of the Horticulture staff.
• Coordinating outsourced services related to horticulture. • Determining annual budget needs, authorizing budget expenditures and managing the approved operating budget for the Horticulture Department.
• Coordinating the Spring Plant Sale.
• Integrating operations of Horticulture Department into the mission and goals of the Garden as a whole.
Leadership and Interpersonal Relations
• Serves on the Garden’s senior leadership team, participating in long range planning and the design of programs, garden and facilities expansion, renovations and new construction.
• Embraces the Garden’s commitment to excellence in guest services, willingly integrating work of the horticulture department with the efforts of all other departments.
• Works with Board of Trustees, assigned permanent and ad hoc committees and donors.
• Collaborates with Institutional Advancement Department to support fundraising and stewardship initiatives related to horticultural objectives • Collaborates with PR/Marketing to more broadly share the Garden’s accomplishments and aspirations. Makes presentations to media when requested; prepares horticulture staff to do the same.
Director of Horticulture
• Administers the Society’s Cary Award and other horticulture awards program.
• Pursues leadership opportunities in regional and national horticultural associations.
• Establishes professional and cordial relations with vendors, allied organizations, and individuals in the region and nationally.
Horticulture, Design and Display
• Responsible for review and implementation of Living Collections Policy, curation of the living collection, and management of the plant accession database.
• Provides the aesthetic vision and inspiration for horticultural displays. Oversees design and implementation of seasonal displays.
• Establishes horticulture standards and priorities, with an emphasis on sustainable and organic practices and methods without compromising plant health or quality of display.
• Coordinates activities in the growing houses and nursery to produce plants for the gardens, plant sale, and conservatory use.
• Implements elements of the current strategic plan related to horticulture, emphasizing plant collections of focus, collection certification, horticultural display, and garden accessibility for guests of diverse backgrounds • Coordinates care of the Davenport collection of apples; manages scion distribution program.
• Oversees horticultural maintenance, construction, installation and renovation as well as associated outsourced contractors.
• Provides horticultural content and review for Society’s publications and interpretative materials, including labels for plant collections.
Supervision and Training
• Trains, supervises, nurtures, encourages, assesses, and counsels horticulture staff.
• Fosters teamwork and mentors staff members by modeling best practices alongside them.
• Empowers staff by granting authority and autonomy whenever possible.
• Develops, implements, and monitors horticulture intern training programs with Coordinator of Volunteer and Intern Services.
• Screens , interviews, and hires candidates for positions in horticulture department.
• Provides training for docents and staff.
• Oversees proper inventory control measures.
• Oversees preventive maintenance cycles for structures, systems, equipment and vehicles in department in coordination with Facilities Maintenance Manager.
• Ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
• Performs other duties as assigned by CEO.
• Must be a well-organized, seasoned, successful and empathetic leader. Demonstrated knowledge of sustainable landscape and conservatory practices and hardy plant care appropriate to the region.
• Knowledge of greenhouse plant production techniques.
• Demonstrated ability with the design and installation of inspiring botanical displays.
• Demonstrated ability with landscape maintenance equipment.
• Must possess excellent communication skills • Demonstrated ability with computers, Microsoft software programs.
• Experience with plant records management software.
Education and Experience
• Bachelors or Master’s degree in horticulture preferred.
• A minimum of five years of experience leading, teaching and motivating staff.
• A minimum of seven years of experience in the field of horticulture, garden management or landscape maintenance/management.
• Training and experience in horticulture best practices, with an emphasis on sustainability.
• Experience with construction management; able to understand construction drawings and specifications, to oversee garden development.
• Thorough knowledge of pesticide regulations; holds a current pesticide applicators license or acquires one at the next exam offering.
• Other combination of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.
Physical Demands / Working Conditions:
• Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly and work outdoors in all seasonal extremes.
• Must be able to work with appropriate hand and power tools.
The Director of Horticulture position is salaried and exempt from overtime. The standard work schedule for this position is Monday-Friday. However, the schedule may be flexible to suit the needs of the organization and may at times involve weekend or evening hours. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, and the Director will be asked to assist with event management in outdoor roles.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Closing date: 5/15/2018