Lead Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum & Gardens
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Job Description Summary
The Lead Horticulturist will work under the guidance of the Director of Horticulture to run the daily activities of the Horticulture Department. This position will supervise and coordinate the staff, interns, and volunteers who are responsible for the care and maintenance of the Arboretum’s plant collections and gardens. They will also manage specific budgets, time reports, and performance evaluations as required.
The Lead Horticulturist will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and expertise in designing, planting, and maintaining a specific garden section in the Arboretum. Working closely with the Director of Horticulture, this position aides in the planning and execution of short-term and long-term goals for the department and is an active participant in the strategic planning process.
- Oversees the daily garden-related activities of the Horticulture Department staff, including the implementation of established departmental priorities and project management.
- Manages the care and maintenance of a specific Arboretum garden section with support from seasonal staff.
- Coordinates the schedules for regular staff, interns, and mower operators.
- Oversees weekly time reports, administration and disbursement of assigned budgets, and evaluation of staff performance as required.
- Works closely with the Director of Horticulture to map out and execute short and long-term departmental priorities to achieve efficient and satisfactory results.
- Participates in longer-term departmental strategic planning.
- Performs outreach activities including teaching classes in the Arboretum's Continuing Education Department.
- Participates in Special Events, occasional weekend duty assignments, and performs as Essential Staff for Snow Clearing Operations.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and 2 to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Strong knowledge of plant identification.
- Ability to operate garden machinery and perform physically demanding tasks as required.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills for working with diverse groups of people.
- Proven leadership and management skills for supervising staff and projects.
- A passion and enthusiasm for plants and nature plus a creative, aesthetic sense for garden design and display.
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