Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 18-Sep-2014 to 29-Oct-2014 (CST)
  • Horticulture (012)
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time, Regular


Performs supervisory duties associated with design, maintenance and care of conservatory plant displays and collections.  Supervises a team of 5-10 horticulturists and 20+ volunteers.  As part of horticulture's management team, takes part in setting the direction and focus for the Garden's plant collections and displays.  Responsible for the conservatories living plant collections; ensures the conservatories display the maximum amount of plant diversity relevant to the Garden's mission and actively works on conservation projects associated to plant collections.  Ensures the highest standards of quality for displays, plant health, plant database records and labels associated to the collections.  Upholds a leadership role for MissouriBotanical Garden in conservatories horticulture among peer institutions.  Leads the conservatories team in researching and keeping cultivation information associated with the conservatories collections.   Supervises the conservatories staff in the development, design, installation, care, and record keeping for collections of woody, tropical, herbaceous and annual plant material.  Provides information budgets, coordinates work schedules and supervises projects. This position is expected perform a supervisory role and work alongside the conservatories team to maintain plant collections.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Supervises a team of horticulturists and volunteers, supervising daily work assignments. Coach and develop performance for success, create and maintain work schedules, review and approve time sheets.  Keeps accurate attendance records and completes annual performance evaluations and set goals.
  • Maintains the ideal conservatory growing environment; including light levels, humidity, soil nutrients, water quality and identifies and treats pests and diseases. Ensures that greenhouse equipment is functioning and if needed completes maintenance requests for repairs.
  • Designs and develops high quality plant displays to educate visitors.
  • Ensures that all plants and displays are maintained to the highest quality.
  • Develops fertilizer application schedules and oversees plant and soil nutrients to promote plant health.
  • Ensures that all plant records associated to the conservatories' living collections are maintained to the highest standards.
  • Evaluates plant collections for conservation projects and develops collections to support plant conservation.
  • Works with the Garden's Living Collections Manager and Vice President of Horticulture in developing and setting goals for conservatories' living collections.
  • Develops and coordinates succession plans for the conservatories' trees and shrub collections.
  • Manages an IPM pest control program ensuring that plants are pest free.
  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed; adjusts work methods to reduce hazards.  Reports accidents and injuries immediately.
  • Provides information on conservatory expenses for inclusion into divisional budget, ensures the conservatories run within approved budget; completes purchase orders and assigns time and material costs to suitable accounts.
  • Performs tours and presents, as needed; responsible for interacting with the media (TV, Radio, Newspaper).
  • Develops text for interpretative signage for the conservatories' living collections.
  • Displays knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures.
  • Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors and managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Varies, between (5-10) employees (Horticulturists and Gardeners) and over twenty (20) volunteers.


  • Minimum of (5) five years of practical, relevant work experience.
  • Minimum (3) years experience in personnel management including demonstrated abilities in staff support, coaching and development and conflict resolution.
  • Strong knowledge of plants, plant materials (i.e., fertilizers, herbicides, etc.) and general landscape maintenance techniques and equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple landscaping operations.
  • Working knowledge of safe operation procedures for various types of landscape maintenance equipment.
  • Thorough understanding of different components and basic design requirements of automatic irrigation systems.
  • Working knowledge of budget development/management and forecasting.
  • Ability to read and understand construction blueprints.
  • Must possess and maintain valid driver's license and chauffeur's license.
  • Must be able to secure pesticide applicators license.
  • Proven ability to lead and direct the work of others to complete general projects, including but not limited to volunteers is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding horticulture collection.
  • Scheduling flexibility that allows working weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.


  • B.S. degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or related field required.
  • M.S. degree preferred in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or related field.
  • An equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.

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 in order to answer questions and service their needs. 

 Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

  • Ability to possess and maintain valid driver's and chauffeur's licenses and a pesticide applicator's license.
  • Other related certifications are a plus.

Physical Demands: 

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 60 lbs. (i.e., load, unload and move gardening supplies, medium to heavy weight tools and equipment).
  • Must be able to work in high heat and humidity.
  • Requires standing, walking, bending, stooping and reaching for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to transport cumbersome potted plants and trays of varying weights.
  • Ability to safely navigate narrow greenhouse aisles.
  • Ability to wear Garden-issued Personal Protective Equipment.
  • May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., climb ladders, etc.).
  • Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).

Work Environment: 

  • Ability to work indoors in all weather conditions (i.e., humid conditions, temperatures over 100°F as well as temperatures below 0°F, in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions as needed).
  • 80% or more of the workday is standing on feet while watering or maintaining plants.
  • Wet conditions much of the time as watering is frequent.
  • Comfortable working in immediate proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering general questions regarding the Garden's operations, events, facilities, etc.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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