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Assistant Director, Horticulture & Grounds
Category: Horticulture

Salisbury University
Salisbury, Maryland

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Assistant Director, Horticulture & Grounds

Salisbury University


Salisbury University is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director, Horticulture & Grounds.

Primary Job Duties: Provide direction, supervision, and leadership to ensure work is planned and prioritized, to assure campus exterior spaces are attractive, functional, safe, and conducive to teaching, learning and attracting prospective students. Operations include: lawn, tree, and shrubbery maintenance campus-wide; landscape design and installation; managing staff; refuse removal; recycling; operation of computerized irrigation control system; interior plantscape design, installation and maintenance; greenhouse production operations; athletic field preparations and maintenance; snow removal; supporting campus activities; computerized plant records; and grounds equipment maintenance. This position also has the authority to act in the absence of the Director of Physical Plant to manage the day to day operations of the division.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany, Agronomy, or a related field. 5-7 years of related professional experience is required. Supervisory experience in a small to medium Grounds/Horticulture operation is required. Experience in an educational facility, landscape design, and establishing campus/site standards is preferred.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Must be detail oriented and have excellent interpersonal, customer service, organization, planning, prioritization and problem solving skills. Must be able to follow through, manage time, good oral & written communication skills. Also, must be flexible and possess the ability to successfully handle multiple tasks/project simultaneously and work well under pressure, independently and in a team-oriented environment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Knowledge and ability as an arborist/horticulturist to maintain the collections of an arboretum, skilled in the selection, purchase, cultivation, planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, forbs, grasses, turf, and the identification/treatment of plant diseases. Knowledge of advanced environmentally sustainable grounds maintenance practices is preferred.

This is a full-time exempt State position with full benefits package and the position is considered essential personnel during emergency situations. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Applications will be accepted via Salisbury University's Online Employment Application System. Please visit our website to apply online. See the FAQs of the Online Employment Application System for more information and instructions.

To be considered an applicant, you must apply online and submit all of the following: A cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of at least three (3) professional references. All documents that you wish to provide must be attached to your application in the Online Employment Application System. Please do not send any documents via E-mail.


Applications received by July 31, 2014 will be given first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.


Salisbury University (SU) has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and equal employment opportunities to all qualified people. To that end, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to: Humberto Aristizabal, Director of Fair Practices & EEO/AA, Title IX Coordinator, 131 Holloway Hall; Tel. (410)548-350


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