Springs Preserve Garden Supervisor

EMD Consulting Group
333 S Valley View Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $74,000 To $103,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

Springs Preserve is seeking a Gardens Supervisor to develop the Preserve and its gardens and exhibits to achieve public gardens standards and recognition. The successful candidate will present a balanced mix of managerial, horticultural, environmental education and curatorial experience.

Springs Preserve consists of 180 acres dedicated to nature walks and displays, and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District. The Gardens at Springs Preserve is a 3-acre desert botanical garden located within the broader Preserve. Designed to teach water conservation through water-efficient landscaping, the Preserve offers free tours, classes, demonstrations and expert advice. The signature Mojave Cactus and Succulent Collection is a nationally accredited, comprehensive display of Mojave Desert cactus and succulents. The collection is accredited by the Plant Collections Network of the American Public Gardens Association.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Gardens Supervisor is responsible for curation, educational programming, grounds management and horticulture of the entire 180 acres, including the 3-acre botanical garden and 110 acres of natural areas. The position oversees a budget of ~$1M and a staff of eight full-time horticulturalists and four seasonal workers. The Supervisor will oversee Garden educational and interpretive programs. He or she is responsible for managing the botanical gardens but the overall grounds at Springs Preserve. The Gardens Supervisor acts as the senior curator, maintaining and administering records and databases of the archeological, biological and botanical collections.

Job Requirements
Required Qualifications:

An established career with management experience, preferably in public gardens, parks, conservation organizations or similar public organizations.

A four-year degree in a related field, such as museum studies, ecology, horticulture, or plant biology. Master's degree in a related field is preferred as well as four years of supervisory experience.

Desired Qualifications:

o An understanding of the best practices for effective staff supervision, budget management, working with volunteers, garden design, and database management.

o The skills to coordinate the work of a team of professionals.

o The ability to set and adjust priorities, solve complex problems, and develop and execute sound plans to achieve strategic goals.

o A strong horticulture and design background, with knowledge of desert plants and ecosystems preferred, especially those of the Mojave Desert.

o Experience envisioning, planning and executing excellent educational programming, through teaching, writing and speaking, particularly regarding environmental conservation as well as gardening and horticulture.

o Knowledge of the principles and practices of collections management, registration and database management and general curatorial methods.

o Excellent organizational and written and verbal communication skills.

o Experience with the culture and natural resources of Southern Nevada or other southwest regions is desirable.

To submit an application or for more information, please contact:

Karen Sikkenga
Partner, EMD Consulting Group, LLC
(734) 972-6591

Applications should include a letter of interest, a complete resume, and 3-5 professional references.

Applications must be submitted electronically; please include “Springs Preserve” as part of the subject line.

Springs Preserve recognizes the power of a diverse community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.