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Manager/Director of Horticulture
Category: Manager

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Summit, NJ

Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Manager/Director of Horticulture 

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is the only public garden and one of the largest green spaces in the City of Summit. It is a non-profit conservancy dedicated to preserving a 13.5-acre historic estate and gardens and to promoting environmental and horticultural education for children and adults. The Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey Historic Registers and receives approximately 60,000 visitors each year. 
The Manager/Director of Horticulture is a hands-on position requiring a strong combination of horticultural expertise and administrative skills. With a small staff, this position requires that the Manager/Director works side-by-side in the gardens with other horticulture staff and volunteers. Together with our longstanding Lead Horticulturist, the Manager/ Director is responsible for the implementation of institution-wide horticultural goals and objectives, established in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees. 
SPECIFIC DUTIES include but are not limited to: 
1.  Horticulture / Grounds Management 
a.  Oversee maintenance, improvement, and repair of the grounds, historic gardens, 
propagation facilities, workspaces, and equipment. 
b.  Perform horticultural maintenance tasks such as planting, pruning, weeding, mulching, 
edging, and watering. 
c.  Oversee and perform winter snow and ice removal. 
d.  Liaise with Facilities Manager to make facilities-related improvements on the grounds 
and to ensure that emergent problems are addressed promptly and safely. 
e.  Design and plant annual and perennial garden displays and select woody plants for 
addition to RRA’s collection in collaboration with the Lead Horticulturist. 
f.  Bid out and secure annual contracts for lawn and leaf maintenance, tree pruning, plant 
health care, irrigation maintenance, and other services as necessary. Serve as an 
organizational point of contact for grounds contractors, and supervise all contract work 
on the grounds. 
g.  Work with staff, board, contracted professionals, and others, to plan for and implement 
capital projects related to RRA grounds and gardens (ex. disaster response and recovery, 
landscape improvement and renovation, grounds master planning). 
h.  Maintain cleanliness of all public spaces as well as work spaces, including weekly 
removal of trash and recycling. 
2. Personnel Management / Recruitment 
a. Recruit, oversee, and set work priorities for Lead Horticulturist, seasonal gardeners, 
volunteers, and interns in collaboration with the Lead Horticulturist.  
b. Develop individual and group volunteer opportunities, in collaboration with RRA’s Lead 
Horticulturist, Director of Education, and Environmental Educator. Create a positive 
work environment where Grounds employees, interns, and volunteers feel supported and 
3. Administrative / Operational Support (with the Executive Director’s input) 
a. Work with existing annual Grounds budget and track all related expenses. 
b. Set departmental priorities on both a day-to-day and mid-term basis in collaboration with 
the Lead Horticulturist. 
c. Assist the Development Department in preparing grant proposals for horticultural 
projects using the existing budget as a guideline. 
d. Represent RRA in meetings and interactions with current and potential donors, partners, 
and other stakeholders. This is of particular importance in collaborating with the City of 
Summit, a major partner of RRA. 
e. Assist in the planning and execution of RRA special events. 
f. Assist in tracking bi-annual metrics. 
4. Adult Education 
a. Work with existing annual Adult Education budget and track all related expenses. 
b. Plan adult workshops and courses (approx 6-8/ per yr). 
c. Teach adult courses (shared responsibility with Lead Horticulturist). 
d. Lead group tours of the Arboretum on an as-requested basis. 
e. Generate registration flyers and ensure that eblasts and website are updated with current 
horticulture information. 
f. Collections Management / Curation (dependent upon experience and time) 
g. Maintain collections information in BG-Base, RRA’s electronic plant collections data 
platform. Accession and catalog of incoming woody plant material, update accession 
records, work with BG-Base staff to maintain and troubleshoot software. 
h. Generate accession and display labels for plant specimens in RRA collection. 
i. Ensure that plant acquisitions align with organizational mission, educational priorities, 
and aesthetic goals. 
  • Minimum of BS/BA from an accredited institution is required (advanced degree preferred) 
  • with a focus in Horticulture, Plant Science, Landscape Architecture, Natural Resources 
  • Management, Forestry, or other related field, or equivalent on-the-job experience. 
  • Minimum of 4 years experience working in a public garden in a supervisory capacity. 
  • New Jersey Pesticide Operator’s License, or ability to acquire same within 6 months of hire 
  • (if permanent position is offered). 
  •  Excellent communication skills (writing and public speaking). Experience with social media 
  • a plus. 
  • Ability to take initiative and set priorities. 
  • Must be able to safely operate tools, vehicles, and specialized equipment. 
  • The Manager/Director of Horticulture must be willing and able to perform duties of related 
  • departments as directed, and be available for “stand-by” work on a predetermined basis or in 
  • response to emergency. 
  • Work schedule is Tuesday through Saturday until June 30. Wednesday through Sunday from 
  • July 1 through October 31. Adjusted off-season. 
  • Salary is commensurate with experience and in line with the Arboretum’s operating budget. 
  • Benefit package includes: 3 weeks vacation; employee health insurance plan (paid by RRA 
  • up to $500 monthly); paid holidays (per City of Summit schedule); 2 paid personal days; 5 
  • paid sick days. 
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to

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