Director of Horticulture

Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr
Tulsa, OK 74127
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $60,000 To $65,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is looking for a dynamic Director of Horticulture to lead a team of committed Curators and Horticulturists. The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of plants and their care. We are looking for a positive, enthusiastic person to communicate their passion to all. As a non-profit organization we work together to promote the beauty of plants and nature while building and sustaining an exceptional botanical garden. We are passionate about educating guests, rooting ourselves in the community and using our creative minds and skills to further the growth of the Garden.

The Director of Horticulture will be responsible for all horticultural activities, planning and development at the Garden. This will be a key leadership role therefore proven leadership skills, horticulture knowledge and initiative will be required.

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including: health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, Paid time off, Paid holidays and Garden membership.

About the Garden:

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is an all-season oasis blooming in the Osage Hills 8 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa. The Tulsa Botanic Garden is a 501© (3) non-profit organization with a mission to promote the beauty and importance of plants and nature to create a more sustainable and harmonious world.

The Garden is a dynamic and growing public garden that is home to an evolving collection of plants, art and architecture. As a place for inspiration, reflection and discovery, the Garden is fortunate to have the work of local and national designers and artists complementing our plant collections.

The master plan calls for developing approximately 60 acres of the 170-acre site into gardens and facilities concentrated around a seven-acre lake and Lakeside Promenade, a .5-mile trail around the lake. Currently there are 4 developed gardens with an Arboretum under construction. Contrasting with these gardens are the remaining 110 acres in the western reaches of our site which will be managed to conserve the native flora and fauna of Cross Timbers forest and Tall Grass prairie which is home to the Garden’s 1-mile Cross Timbers hiking trail.

Job Duty Highlights:

  • ·       Work with CEO to continue the enactment of a unique and compelling vision for horticulture at Tulsa Botanic Garden while adhering the design intents of each garden space
  • ·       Develop, maintain and oversee annual budget of Tulsa Botanic Garden’s horticulture program, including the approval of all expenditures
  • ·       Conduct regular site walks, set and prioritize goals and tasks and organize activities within each garden space
  • ·       Lead educational garden tours and/or classes and workshops, serve as an ambassador for Tulsa Botanic Garden, including public appearances


Job Requirements
• Minimum of 3-5 years experience in Horticulture leadership
• Minimum of 2-3 years experience in management and leadership
• Microsoft and Windows proficiency
• Strong plant skills and knowledge including industry trends
• Ability to handle landscape maintenance equipment
• Proven initiative and passion for work
• Motivated and Organized
• Confident decision making
• Valid Driver’s License
• Valid Oklahoma Pesticide Applicators License

The position will at times be a seated, indoor office position with intermitted standing and walking. At other times this position will be an active, outdoor position that will include repetitive bending, stooping and squatting with occasional climbing, kneeling or crawling. General duties of the position will require manual dexterity such as grabbing, twisting and digging as well as the ability to handle small seeds and manipulate and operate hand tools. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will have exposure to outside weather conditions and uneven, unpaved terrain. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but could be very loud depending on the task (appropriate PPE should be properly worn during the tasks). The employee will be asked to lift and move 50+ pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.