Director of Grounds and Integrated Pest Management

Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk , VA 23518
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $50,000 To $55,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

Description: This is a full-time position that supervises and performs all aspects of grounds maintenance and landscaping.

Essential Functions: Substantial knowledge of principles, materials, and methods of grounds maintenance, turf management, equipment repair, workplace safety, landscaping, horticulture, storm water management, and Integrated Pest Management are required. Ability to plan, organize, supervise, and inspect the work of others and to establish priorities are required.

Essential Physical Functions: Has the ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, twist and/or stoop. Has the ability to push, pull and/or lift 50 pounds during working hours.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or an associate’s degree preferred with a concentration in horticulture or grounds management and a minimum four years’ experience in horticulture or grounds maintenance. Requires at least two years supervisory experience. Requires well developed written and oral communications skills.  Requires a strong understanding of turf science, Integrated Pest Management, irrigation technology, familiarity with the turf grasses of warm temperate regions, and a solid background of professional horticulture. The individual should be a highly motivated self-starter with the ability to view a landscape, assess its visual qualities, and make corrections or improvements where necessary.  Should have experience with Windows based programs, and have the ability to create and manage spread sheets. Must be organized and able to follow verbal and written instructions. Must have or obtain a Virginia Certified Commercial Applicators pesticide license within 3 months of hiring. Must have or obtain a valid Virginia driver’s license.

  • Health insurance including an HSA or copay option (NBG pays 70% of individual premium and 65% of dependent/family premium)
  • 403(b) retirement plan with discretionary 4% match
  • Company sponsored life-insurance coverage.
  • Group rates on voluntary benefits such as dental, supplemental medical expense insurance, vision, STD, accident.
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Staff discounts on programming, gift shop & café.
  • NBG logo wear for work provided.
  • EAP services for all employees.

Reports to: Director of Horticulture

Equal Employer Opportunity (EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBG to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Job Requirements
Specific Job Responsibilities:

Coordinates daily operations and special projects with the Director of Horticulture, Curators, Grounds and Horticulture staff.
Leads the hiring, evaluation, and coaching of Grounds staff, and identifies training and educational opportunities for staff improvement.
Supervises the maintenance of the Garden’s turf areas through sod installation, seeding, mowing, trimming, edging, blowing, fertilizing, irrigation, herbicide application, and pest control.
Manages the Garden’s IPM program to include scouting for insects and diseases, treating and/or advising treatment, maintaining pesticide inventory, keeping all application records, and keeping abreast of all state regulations.
Supervises the maintenance, upgrades, and installation of irrigation systems and wells, drainage systems, and water feature care. Is the Garden’s lead when dealing with outside well and irrigation contractors.
Supervises the safe utilization, care, usage training, and maintenance of the Grounds Dept.’s tools and machinery, including key pieces of the Garden’s restricted use equipment.
Supervises the maintenance and vegetation control of the Garden’s lakes, streams, and ponds.
Supervises road and parking lot clearing to include leaf, debris, standing water, and snow removal.
Assists with landscape bed preparation and installation.
Assists with tree removal and disposal.
Assists with the Garden’s dump area management and compost facility.
Assists with the development of the annual budget.
Participates in Garden-wide events as needed, and performs other duties as assigned.