Director of Horticulture

Chapel Hill
Mar 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Type: Permanent Staff

Department: NC Botanical Garden - 525000

Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty

Vacancy ID: NF0002422

Position Summary: PRIMARY PURPOSE OF ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: The North Carolina Botanical Garden furthers the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service through its mission: To inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature. The North Carolina Botanical Garden has been a leader in native plant conservation and education in the southeastern United States for more than 50 years. PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION: Provide public garden experiences that inspire visitors to enjoy, understand, appreciate, and use native plants. Offer leadership and ensure high standards in safety, design, planning, and management of the living collections, growing operation, and other horticultural related activities of the Garden.

Application Deadline: 03/31/2017

Education Requirements: Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required; however, relevant undergraduate degree (Horticulture, Botany, Ecology, Environmental Education, Landscape Architecture), or related field and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. Ph.D. degree preferred.

Qualification and Experience: At least five years professional experience in public horticulture, landscape architecture or a related field and two years experience with project and personnel management. Demonstrated knowledge of native plant horticulture, garden design, landscape maintenance, nursery production, integrated pest management and plant care with emphasis on the flora of the Southeastern U.S. Demonstrated organizational, management, and leadership skills, experience supervising staff and volunteers, energy and creativity, ability to write for and present information to varying audiences, and commitment to and passion for the mission of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. A hands-on leader, actively working in daily horticultural tasks with a strong work ethic and a willingness to work flexible hours including nights and weekends and in adverse weather conditions. Ability to collaborate with others, attention to detail, excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, funding proposals and procedural guides. Experience with MS Office and other database programs associated with collections management (plant records). Demonstrated ability to teach, lecture to the public, and lead workshops with high effectiveness. Pesticide Applicators License or Certificate (or ability to obtain), valid North Carolina Driver License. Ability to safely move and lift up to 50 pounds.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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