Horticulture Supervisor, Wallace Garden


Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 12:00am



Superior, AZ
United States

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Job Description:

BTA seeks an experienced horticulturist and manager for its newest garden, The Wallace Desert Garden, 13 acres of desert plants from around the world. The Horticulture Supervisor is responsible for the training, supervision, and continual development of assigned Wallace Garden staff. He or she supports and supervises plant collection care under the primary
direction of the Director of Horticulture.

The Wallace Horticulture Supervisor:

  • Directs and assigns garden staff with specific tasks and participates in the more difficult and/or complex tasks or projects; ensures that tasks are completed in an efficient manner
  • Builds positive employee relations by coaching, counseling, mentoring, motivating, and resolving conflict; participates in interim and annual performance reviews of assigned staff
  • Trains employees in horticultural techniques as needed, such as transplanting and weeding, and pruning, etc.
  • Reviews employees'; work to ascertain quality and quantity of work performed
  • Meets regularly with Director of Horticulture for work assignments to plan and coordinate projects determining necessary personnel or discussion of garden concerns
  • Performs regular inspections throughout the garden; routine inspections may identify insect/disease problems, weed control needs, irrigation issues, etc.
  • Monitors overall operation of irrigation systems in the Wallace Garden; adjusts irrigation schedules as needed
  • Organizes and manages the Wallace Garden nursery
  • Ensures staff’s proper use and maintenance of tools, equipment, and materials; performs minor maintenance of power equipment, tools, and irrigation
  • Coordinates and oversees special team projects
  • Assists in propagation; starting seedlings, watering, spraying and propagating plant material when needed
  • Occasional overall supervision of the Horticulture Department in the absence of the Director of Horticulture

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture or related field.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in professional horticulture is required;
  • experience managing staff greatly desired.
  • Holds or is willing to obtain an Arizona Pesticide Applicators License
  • Willing to receive Baseline Advanced Training Certificate within a year.
  • Teaching skills highly desirable.
  • A valid driver’s license is required; experience operating machinery preferred.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, work outside in all weather, walk, stand, and stoop for long periods.
  • Must be able to work weekends.


How to Apply:

BTA is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, send cover letter and resume to Lynne.Nemeth@btarboretum.org.

See https://btarboretum.org/careers/