Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 31-Jul-2017 to 30-Sep-2017 (CST)
  • Horticulture (012)
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time, Regular


Performs supervisory and technical work related to maintaining and designing / developing landscapes and plant collections. Ensure landscapes and plant collections are maintained at the highest levels; requests plants for addition to the Gardens living collections and seasonal displays. Maintains and develops plant collections in accordance with Garden policies to support conservation, research, education and display. Maintains excellent plant records associated to living collections.  Supervises all horticulture maintenance operations for assigned Garden areas; develops work schedules and quality standards; participates in developing budgets and managing expenses. Collaborates with management and other employees on garden development and/or seasonal displays, plant selection acquisition, production, and planting; manages a team of 7-12 employees and 20+ volunteers. 

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Manages a team of horticulturists (i.e., supervise daily work assignments, coach/develop performance for success, create/maintain work schedule, review/approve timesheets, maintain accurate attendance records, complete annual performance evaluations and goal setting sessions with assigned staff, handle all disciplinary actions, etc.)
  • Ensures the highest level of excellence in landscape maintenance
  • Designs new displays and incorporates, plant diversity into existing displays
  • Requests species for addition to the living collections and ensure direct reports are also requesting species additions
  • Researches and develops cultivation techniques and modifies growing environment to support optimal plant health
  • Requests re-propagation to ensure health of plants as necessary
  • If required participates in national and international travel / expeditions for plant collecting and horticulture capacity building
  • Acquires and shares plant material in accordance with the Gardens policies and guidelines
  • Completes purchase orders, submits for approval and then orders materials, supplies and tools
  • Conducts minor and regular maintenance tasks on tools and equipment and submits maintenance request to General Services for large takes
  • Keeps tools and equipment storage areas clean and tidy and perform regular inventories of tools and equipment
  • Plan and schedule seasonal landscape and plant maintenance tasks and ensure necessary supplies are on hand to complete a task prior to starting
  • Time plant removals and landscape improvements to ensure that we have plant material on-hand to replace plants being removed
  • Evaluates landscapes on a three-month basis and provides feedback to horticulturists and ensures any necessary improvements are made
  • Holds regular team meetings with horticulture staff and communicates necessary direction and information
  • Actively supports development of the landscape and plant collections by providing ideas and recommendation to the Senior Manager Horticulture
  • Utilizes existing and develops new contacts to aid in living collections development and implementing new techniques to enhance landscape
  • Coordinate with Plant Records staff as necessary to maintain plant records
  • Supervises horticulturists in conducting inventories as necessary of plant collections
  • Ensures horticulture staff are recording plant records to the highest levels using the Garden's Living Collections Management System; conducts plant records on and ongoing basis and in a timely manor
  • Takes part in teaching and supervising students from the MBG College of Horticulture
  • Reviews all display designs prior requesting final approval from Senior Manager and VP Horticulture and Living Collections
  • Ensures that gardens are maintained in accordance with garden descriptions, policies and guidelines (i.e., seasonal landscape design adherence, planning, installation, maintenance of landscape gardens and plant recording).
  • Assists in preparation of division budget and continually reviews work to look for area of efficiency and cost savings.
  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed (i.e., inform employees of safety rules and safe working practices and routinely monitor to enforce them. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards.
  • Reports accidents and injuries immediately using established processes
  • Performs tours and gives presentations as required. Interacts with media as needed.
  • Participates in identifying funding opportunities and writes assigned grants
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures and systems
  • 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/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.
  • Maintains the highest level of expertise
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Varies, but generally between (7-12) employees (Horticulturists and Gardeners) and over twenty (20) volunteers.


  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Inspires respect and trust; Accepts feedback from others; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Displays passion and optimism; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision.
  • Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement, as appropriate; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Delegation - Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings, as required.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively, using correct spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to additional work hours when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.


  • 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 applicator's license.
  • Proven ability to lead and direct the work of others to complete general projects, including but not limited to staff and 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.
  • Possess a good understanding of living collections and curatorial practices
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 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 80 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-- 80% or more of the workday is standing on feet.
  • 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 100F as well as temperatures below 0F, 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.
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