Manager of Horticulture and Grounds-Marietta
Ability to operate and train all types of landscape equipment, necessary to perform all aspects of landscape job duties. Will be required to work during peak seasons, including inclement weather and when Foreperson is out in field with crew.
Manage and train assigned tasks as safely and effectively as possible. Knowledge of all plants, shrubs, trees, flowers and turf care in landscapes. Knowledge of best practices for pruning, spraying, planting etc. Cultural requirements of plants and trees. Will supervise staff of 8-10 persons on a daily basis including Full-time, Students and Temporary contract Staff.
- Manages all aspects of and maintains responsibility for all grounds and landscape employees and concerns at the Marietta campus. Manages landscape maintenance, snow removal, ice removal, including the management of the University’s dedicated areas such as green spaces, benches, gardens, etc.
- Directs and Encourages department supervisors/forepersons with all aspects of grounds maintenance. Coordinates services with customers and service providers.
- Develops and implements training programs to include safety training, general landscaping education and sustainable landscape programs and initiatives.
- Responsible for policy and procedure protocols, emergency response for all weather conditions and natural disasters such as; snow, ice, wind, rain, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other events that might alter normal operating conditions on campus.
- Develops procedures and processes to continually improve service and quality. Performs 24/7 call in duties.
- Makes recommendations on the hiring/termination of departmental staff and evaluates performance.
- Oversees and exercises control over numerous University budgets pertaining to grounds.
- Arranges for contractual services with needed.
- Develops specifications, plans and cost estimates to bid out and oversee contracted work from out sourced vendors.
- Serves as technical manager on matters related to inspection, material selection, estimating labor analysis, work programming, contractor recommendations, including mulching, pine straw,turf chemical applications, irrigation repair and tree contracted work.
- Promotes public relations with the University community and serves as Project Manager on internal and external University projects.
- Serves as the University’s coordinator and technical advisor on all issues concerning landscape design, installation and maintenance as well as land use issues at the University.
- Interfaces with the planning office on issues relating to land use, new construction, site work and landscape issues.
- Assists the Campus Planning and Project Management division with management and coordination of landscape projects.
- Reviews construction plans and specifications for all University projects as to landscape design, public safety issues, traffic and pedestrian patterns as well as maintenance concerns to insure planning, aesthetic and operational criteria.
- Consults with Project Managers, Deans, Directors, Department Heads and public officials and outside governing agencies in matters relating to grounds and landscape management, land use issues and construction projects.
- Serves on various committees, provides liaison and consultation on issues relating to: landscape design and installations, public safety issues, traffic and pedestrian patterns, site development and other related issues.
- Reports to and works in conjunction with Landscape Director Multiple- campuses
Associates degree in Horticulture or related field plus 3 years relevant experience or 7 years relevant/related work experience in
landscape maintenance, snow and ice management and horticulture and grounds staff supervision or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Strong plant identification, plant pests, spraying methods, pruning methods, growth habits of trees, shrubs, flowers and turf care.
- Must be able to effectively operate all landscape equipment IE: Skid Steer, Tractor, Leaf Trucks, Mowers, Blower, Sweeper etc. Must have knowledge with managing irrigation systems, programing clocks, irrigation trouble shooting, repair and installation.
- Strong management background with heavy emphasis on communication, organization and motivational skills.
- The ability to speak/read the English language fluently.
- Georgia Driver's License
- Georgia Pesticide applicators permit and ISA certified Arborist.