Manager of Gardens and Grounds

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens 3550 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29414
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
No Travel

Job Description

Manager of Gardens and Grounds

Job Description

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, located in historic Charleston, SC. is South Carolina's most visited plantation. The gardens at Magnolia Plantation are of such beauty and variety that they have brought tourists from around the world to view them since they were open to the public in the early 1870s. However, many parts of the gardens are much older, some sections more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. Additionally, Magnolia is the last large scale Romantic Gardens left in the United States. We are searching for the perfect Manager of Gardens and Grounds to join our team. The Manager of Gardens and Grounds provides leadership oversight and management of all aspects of horticultural production and display. This position ensures landscapes and plant collections are designed, maintained, and developed to the highest levels. Most importantly, leads a team including full-time, part-time staff and volunteers in a workplace with a strong emphasis on superior guest experience.

Duties & Responsibilities

- Oversees the Grounds Department including hiring, training, and scheduling of planters and grounds keepers. Manages employees’ schedules, reviews timecards, and time off requests.
-Develops a comprehensive horticultural strategy and organizational philosophy that incorporates best practices and reflects Magnolia Plantation’s unique history and horticultural heritage.
-Establishes and implements aesthetic and horticultural standards to maintain, upgrade, and enhance the gardens and cultivated spaces.
-Lead design, development, and installation of horticulture components of new projects and spaces.
-Collaborate with others in , leading, managing and deploying team members and volunteers to support the Magnolia Plantation horticulture program.
-Serve as a public educator and an ambassador for Magnolia Plantation.
Annual planning, budgeting, assessment, and staff management.
-Establish weekly work and project priorities for the Horticulture and Grounds Department and draft daily work schedules, schedule projects, obtain or propagate necessary plants, organize and order supplies, make work arrangements with other divisions using project timetables, equipment, personnel, and supplies availability.
-Develop and execute an Invasive Plant/Weed Management program.
-Oversees, develops, and executes horticultural integrated pest management program.
-Monitor employees’ adherence to horticulture and grounds department policies such as standard operating procedures on all equipment. Ascertain safety, emergency, and personnel policies are followed to ensure safety of personnel, guests, and animals and to establish an efficient safe operation and effective job performance.
-Oversee and actively participate in development of departmental budget.
-Reads appropriate publications and other sources for ideas and to keep current in the field. Actively participate in workshops, seminars, and activities aimed at improving job knowledge.
-Ensure workplace productivity through clear, relevant, and timely exchanges of verbal and non-verbal communication in all employee activities.
-Build constructive working relationships characterized by cooperation, respect, and teamwork to achieve goals.

Education and Experience
- B.S. degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany, and/or related field required. An equivalent combination of skills, education, and experience may be considered.
-3-5 years of progressive management responsibility, including proven skills relating to leadership and program development.
-3-5 years of verifiable work experience in a public or botanical garden or park in a horticulturist or managing role mandatory.
Computer Skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook). Solid Internet research skills. Ability to use e-mail. Language Skills: Ability to communicate effectively in English (verbal and written). Ability to read and understand pesticide labels.
Mathematical Skills: Requires ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; calculate percentages and decimals.
Reasoning Ability: Requires ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Ability to possess and maintain valid SC driver’s license and a SC pesticide applicator’s license.

What Magnolia Plantation Offers

-Compensation based on experience and/or qualifications.
-Investment in your personal growth through individual direction, training, and learning opportunities.
-A benefits package that includes paid holidays, PTO, Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, and 401k with 4% company match,
Compensation and Benefits
-This is a full-time, exempt position.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is an At Will employer and all employees are subject to employment eligibility and background security checks.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Requirements
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

-Strong program and staff management experience; ability to engage and build trust with team members, strict adherence to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
-Background in public horticulture either in a park or public garden setting.
-Ability to work in all weather conditions and perform activity related to the planting and care of plants, trees, and gardens.
- Ensures the highest level of excellence in landscape design, maintenance, and plant care
-Supervises staff to conducts turf care duties such as, but not limited to: mowing, edging, line-trimming, seeding, sod installation, aeration, renovation, blowing debris from paths and beds, the application of fertilizers and pesticides
- Proven ability to lead and direct the work of others to complete general projects.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working near the general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding horticulture collection.
-Ability to teach others through hands-on methods.
-Ability to work in a fast-paced, change oriented environment-Willingness to take calculated risks to establish long-term change in organizational direction.
-Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
-Ability to use technology including creation of spreadsheets and utilization of Galaxy and specialty software programs.
- Extensive knowledge of native plants and trees as well as knowledge on invasive species.
- Ability to create specific planting, watering, and flower and tree maintenance schedules based on grow schedules, seasonality, and climate.
-Maintain pesticide and fertilization logs, listing rate applied (where, when, how, whom) and amount applied to meet regulation.
-A thorough knowledge of general horticultural principles, plant identification, pest management, landscape design, and the ability to operate all equipment within the department is essential.
-Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings as necessary.
-A large percentage of duties are performed outdoors in various weather conditions, ranging from rain, wind, cool to cold weather, and extreme heat and humidity. It is possible the employee will be exposed to dust and harsh chemicals that if not handled properly may present a health hazard. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
-While performing the duties of this job, the employee will spend time walking, standing, bending, crouching, reaching with hands and arms; stooping, kneeling, talking, hearing, and using their hands to push and pull. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and peripheral vision, depth perception.