Senior Horticulture Manager

Charleston, SC 29414
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $60,000 To $72,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Senior Horticulture Manager
Job Description

The Senior Horticulture Manager provides leadership oversight and management of all aspects of horticultural display, maintenance, and production to ensure historic landscapes and plant collections are designed, maintained, and developed to the highest levels. This manager leads a workforce to include full-time, part-time, seasonal staff and volunteers in a workplace with a strong emphasis on superior guest experience.

Duties & Responsibilities

- Oversees and supervises the Grounds Department including:  hiring, training, and scheduling of groundskeepers and plant installers. Manages employees’ schedules, reviews timecards, and time off requests in Time and Attendance software.
-Implements a comprehensive horticultural strategy and organizational philosophy to incorporate best practices and reflect Magnolia Plantation’s legacy as the nation’s oldest romantic garden and continues to develop its internationally recognized horticultural excellence.
-Implement professional 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 managing and deploying team members and volunteers to support the Magnolia Plantation horticulture program.
 -Serve, in limited capacity, as a public educator and an ambassador for Magnolia Plantation.
-Establish daily, weekly, and seasonal work and project priorities for the Horticulture and Grounds Department. Draft daily work schedules, obtain or propagate necessary plants, organize and order supplies, coordinate with other divisions using project timetables, equipment, personnel, and supplies availability using informal team discussions, and Horticulture and Grounds Department staff meetings.
-Develop and execute an Invasive Plant/Weed Management and, integrated pest management program.
-Monitor employees’ adherence to Horticulture and Grounds Department policies such as standard operating procedures relative to equipment, safety, emergency, and personnel policies to ensure safety and to establish an efficient and effective operation.
-Oversee and actively participate in development of departmental budget.
-Continue to self-educate 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.
*This job description is not a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Activities, duties, and responsibilities may change at any time with or without prior notice.

What Magnolia Plantation Offers

-The opportunity to manage Magnolia’s gardens is a rare one. As one of the nation’s most visited public and historic gardens, Magnolia is a prestigious site, on the National Register of Historic Places and has long had a reputation for horticultural excellence.
-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.
-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 excellence in planting and care of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and turfgrass.
-Ability to supervise staff to conduct 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.
-Valid SC Driver’s License and ability to drive Gators, trucks, and trailers.
- Ability to direct the work of self and others to complete general projects.
- Communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working near the general public, in a safe and friendly manner.
-Ability to teach others through hands-on methods.
-Ability to work in a fast-paced, change oriented environment
-Ability to work a regular workweek, as well as some evenings, weekends, and holidays as required by season or circumstance.
-Ability to use technology, including creation of spreadsheets and utilization of Galaxy and specialty software programs.
- Extensive knowledge of trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, natives.
- 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.
- Knowledge of general horticultural principles, plant identification, pest management, landscape design, and the ability to operate all equipment – including small excavators and earth movers within the department is essential.
-Most 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.

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 to communicate with Garden staff to answer questions and service their needs. 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.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Kathy Zellner
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens 3550 Ashley River Rd
Charleston SC 29414
United States