Curator of Horticulture

Zoo New England
Department of Human Resources One Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA 02121
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Essential Job Functions

Oversees, develops, and curates a living collection of plants to meet the needs of animal exhibits, display gardens, plant conservation priorities, and the overall landscapes of both Franklin Park and Stone Zoos. Exercises direct supervision of Horticulture Supervisor, Horticulturists, Landscapers, Interns and Volunteers, as assigned.

Job Requirements
Minimum Job Requirements
• College degree in horticulture or related science and/or a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in the field of Horticulture, Landscaping or Zoological Horticulture.
• Must have a minimum of 5 years supervisory experience.
• Must have a negative TB test.
• Must have experience with budget development and management.
• Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
• Ability to communicate clearly and professionally verbally and in writing.
• Knowledge and experience of the principals, practices, and techniques of horticulture in a Zoological setting.
• Knowledge of and experience with the materials and equipment used in horticulture.
• Ability to supervise. This includes: planning and assigning work, assessing employees capabilities and available resources, conducting evaluations, training and motivating employees, conducting corrective action as needed.
• Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of horticultural data,
• Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare general reports.
• Ability to communicate effectively and give oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
• Knowledge and experience of the safety practices and procedures followed in horticultural operations.
• Knowledge and experience with greenhouse operations.
• Knowledge and experience with plant propagation techniques.
• Knowledge and experience with the varieties and uses of ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers.
• Knowledge and experience with soils and the conditions needed to foster the growth of trees, shrubs and flowers.
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
• Must be able to work weekdays, weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed.
• Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
• Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
• Must be able to work under adverse conditions including adverse weather and heights.