Senior Horticultural Garden Supervisor

Plant Delights Nursery, Inc.
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $38,000 To $44,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

Work with Garden Manager to supervise team of gardeners, interns, and volunteers; develop strategies and increase work efficiency; accomplish garden maintenance and curatorial projects at Juniper Level Botanic Garden.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Train and lead garden crews of part-time staff, volunteers and interns to perform garden tasks (planting, raking, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilizing, lawn maintenance, plant removal and other duties as assigned)
  • Provide feedback to Garden Manager about garden needs and work progress
  • Continually scout for problem areas in the gardens regarding weeds, dieback, pest pressure, pruning, stressed/declining plants, and irrigation needs
  • Work with Garden Manager in planting, transplanting and watering to establish plants in the garden
  • Maintain good visitation conditions (clear/safe pathways and garden aesthetics)
  • Issue tools to garden staff and ensure their return to storage at day's end
  • Take inventory of tools and supplies (garden tools, mulch, amendments etc.) and work with Garden Manager to order as needed
  • Comprehend present and future needs to plan for efficiency in ordering of materials and assigning tasks
  • Apply chemical/biological controls as prescribed by the Garden Plant Health Specialist in the display garden
  • Turf Maintenance
    • Work with Garden Manager to apply appropriate fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals as needed
    • Monitor turf for pest/disease pressure
    • Monitor turf for overly dry/wet areas and work with Garden Manager to make corrections as needed
    • May assist in installation, repair and maintenance of irrigation systems
    • Work with Garden Manager to coordinate application of new grass seed each year
    • Coordinate annual turf maintenance with Garden Manager
  • Work with garden team during seasonal Open Gardens Days (8 weekends per year)
  • Other duties, as assigned
Job Requirements
Formal education in a plant science/horticulture-related field and/or extensive experience in horticulture is highly preferred. Applicants with the following will be strongly considered:
• Valid NC Pesticide Applicators License (or ability to obtain one)
• Supervisory experience
• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
• Strong communication skills
• Self-motivation