Manages installation and detailed maintenance of plant collections in the Learning Gardens, Lane Avenue Gardens, and Arboretum North including sourcing and purchasing materials, site preparation, and design. Participates in teaching the identification of temperate zone herbaceous and woody plant materials, managing designed landscapes, and diagnosing and treating plant problems; manages plant collection through garden inventories, labeling of plants, and updating accession records; coordinates Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens Plant Sale committee; works with vendors and places plant sale orders; receives, inventories, prices, labels, and stages plants; manages data base of herbaceous plant materials; propagates and grows annuals and tropicals for sale; coordinates and develops theme and educational displays at the sale; develops, coordinates, and delivers educational programs including tours, workshops, semester long courses for undergraduate students, volunteers, Master Gardeners and the general public; serves as liaison to integrate all garden sites into other programs and undergraduate courses in collaboration with faculty instructors and teaching assistants; serves as liaison with other units in the University that can integrate the gardens into teaching and research programs (e.g. General Biology Program, Landscape Architecture, Art Education, Medical School, etc.); participates in Chadwick Arboretum outreach events such as Open House, garden tours, plant sales, etc. Recruits, trains, mentors, supervises, and evaluates student employees; coordinates and supervises volunteer activities in the Learning Gardens and works with volunteers on Arboretum maintenance projects; provides tour guide training and garden maintenance mentoring to volunteers and student staff.


Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or an equivalent combination of education and experience; experienced management and leadership skills to effectively orchestrate daily and seasonal horticultural tasks in a public garden while effectively supervising students, internal staff, volunteers, and Master Gardeners; considerable expertise in temperate zone woody and herbaceous plants; experience supervising/managing student employees and volunteers; disease and pest diagnostic skills; experience with Microsoft Word and Excel; current ODA pesticide applicator’s license; current driver’s license; proven written and verbal skills; ability to lift 50 pounds; ability to work outdoors year round; experience operating large equipment such as mowers, bush hogs, tillers, loaders, chippers, and related equipment.

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