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.