Plant Trials Manager


Landenberg, PA 19350
United States

Industry
Horticulture
Application Closing Date
12/31/2020
Manages Others
Yes
Experience Required
Yes
Degree Required
Yes
Pay
From $50,000 To $60,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Employee
Work Schedule
Full-Time
Travel
Some Travel

Job Description
The Plant Trials Manager will be responsible for the management of new products, trial and demonstration gardens, and the Gardens Department staff.  They will perform various operational and supervisory functions to ensure the effective operation of the Gardens Department at North Creek Nurseries by ensuring that prescribed schedules, policies, and procedures are followed. 
 
 Job Activities / Duties:
  • Design, install and maintain display, trial, and demonstration gardens at both growing locations
  • Accession, maintain, evaluate trial plants and plant collections
  • Maintain open lines of communication with plant suppliers, universities, botanic gardens, and arboreta
  • Manage and maintain positive relationships with the new product network of breeders, genetics companies, and plant finders
  • Manage Gardens Department staff (including interns) in executing day-to-day tasks
  • Interface with Sales, Marketing, and Operations to assure successful launch of new product introductions
  • Administrate the royalty process (quarterly, semi-annually, and annually), both incoming and outgoing
  • Work with Marketing Manager to develop and manage Gardens Department plant budget
  • Represent North Creek’s new product offerings via webinars, lectures, sales meetings to customers, and workshops
  • Perform additional duties as required
Job Requirements
Job Knowledge/Skills:
• Extensive gardening, garden design, and native plant knowledge, with emphasis on ecology
• Knowledge of perennial plant propagation helpful
• Ability to direct others in the completion of tasks
• Strong computer skills—proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is required; experience with working in Adobe Creative Cloud platforms helpful
• Experience and comfort with public speaking and creative writing
• Ability to work in all weather conditions at tasks that are sometimes physically demanding

Job Success Factors:
• Strong time management and organizational skills are essential
• Effective listening and communication skills; can organize thoughts well and express them in a clear manner
• Invest the time and effort to do a good job; take pride in accomplishments
• Exercise initiative; is a team player; has a positive “can-do / will do” outlook
• Keep supervisor appropriately informed
• Ability to work weekends or after hours when required
• Maintain a clean working area (“starts clean, works clean, finishes clean”)
• Work in a safe manner, reporting any unsafe conditions or safety incidents
• Follow and sustain LEAN practices in day-to-day tasks
• Follow Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC) practices in day-to-day tasks and strive for continual improvement of our facility practices and internal procedures
Company
North Creek Nurseries, Inc.
Kathy McGinty
388 North Creek Road
Landenberg PA 19350
United States
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