Duties: The Morris Arboretum enjoys the rare distinction of being one of less than 20 U.S. arboreta and botanical gardens that has met the rigorous accreditation standards of the American Alliance of Museums. Furthermore, the Morris Arboretum is on the National Register of Historic Places and is proud of its designation as The Official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Arboretum's actively curated collection of trees and plants numbers over 12,000. In addition, the Arboretum boasts a nationally recognized herbarium of over 40,000 specimens. As a key member of the Morris Arboretum Botany team, this position will contribute to the mission of this world class organization.
This is a professional level horticulturist and garden management position which is responsible for all garden-related tasks in their designated Section of the Arboretum. As Section Leader, the incumbent is the primary advocate for Arboretum garden areas under assignment and plays an active role in its physical development, staffing, and budget allocations. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining specified standards of presentation that meet established institutional priorities. This position is required to become familiar with the plant collections, history and other pertinent characteristics of the section and be able to communicate that information to others in oral and written forms. The incumbent must be able to perform physically demanding tasks. Additionally, as Section Leader this position recruits, trains and supervises interns and seasonal workers plus coordinates the horticulture volunteers. The successful candidate is also expected to represent Morris Arboretum, including interacting with donors and professional societies.
Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree in horticulture or a related plant science field plus 2 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Demonstrated ability to supervise staff/volunteers. Ability to undertake the physical requirements of this role, including frequent lifting 25 lb. or more (occasional lifting up to 40lb). Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proven coaching & teaching skills. Previous writing experience highly desirable. A valid PA driver's license & experience operating gasoline powered machinery are required. The final candidate will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicators license within the introductory period.
Reference Number: 60-28448
Salary Grade: 024
Employment Type: Non-Exempt
Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Job Family: 2-Buildings/Grounds/Maintenance/Service/Security