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Morris County Park Commission-Superintendent of Horticulture-Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:43

Superintendent of Horticulture


Morris County Park Commission
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
300 Mendham Rd PO Box 1295
Morristown , NJ 07962-1295

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Job Description 

The Morris County Park Commission, the largest county park system in NJ based on acreage (18,000+) is committed to excellence in providing for a growing and diverse system of regional parks, recreation facilities, trails, historic sites, arboreta and open spaces of county, state and even national significance that: connects people with the natural environment; offers outstanding visitor experiences; manages its resources to balance recreation, education, conservation and historic preservation; and enhances the quality of life for current and future generations.

The Park Commission is currently seeking a Superintendent of Horticulture. Responsibilities include fulfilling supervisory and operational duties for the development and implementation of creative and current professional horticultural and arboricultural principles and practices. The Superintendent of Horticulture is responsible for both in‐house and contracted Horticultural and Park Maintenance programs and projects for facilities and grounds of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook (Historic Garden). Individuals in this position assist in management and operation of the Park Commission’s horticultural facilities, coordinating these functions with other Divisions to achieve common goals.

Duties & Responsibilities 

•coordinates and supervises the horticultural and park maintenance functions,
projects and staff at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and the Willowwood/Bamboo Brook/Kay
facilities; maintaining the highest degree of horticultural standards, while ensuring
adherence to established Commission policies, procedures, and safety guidelines.

• In consultation with the Manager of Horticulture, makes operational decisions as to the
scheduling and scope of work to be performed in order to meet operating standards and
long‐term developmental goals.

• Evaluates the results of projects and operations within the horticultural unit.

• Inspects work of all subordinates, including full time, part time, seasonal staff interns and
volunteers, in all aspects of facility management, including installation, maintenance and
care of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, lawn and turf areas, fields, and meadows, natural
areas, as well as buildings and structures.

• Solicits, schedules, and coordinates work of contractors for facility, horticultural,
arboricultural and maintenance projects, including but not limited to, tree pruning and
removal, lawn care, fertilization, weed control, pest management, turf mowing, and meadow
and field mowing.

• Plans, implements, and monitors turf management practices, procedures, and management
programs including contracted services to maintain high quality and aesthetically pleasing
turf grass in horticultural facilities especially focused on high use and visually important

• Prepares specifications for purchasing of contracted goods and services, including but not
limited to, turf mowing, agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, grass seed, maintenance
equipment, uniforms; reviews bid results, places orders, and monitors contractor
performance as required.

• Monitors and coordinates the unit’s integrated pest management programs.

• Monitors and assures that the Plant Records Management Program as described in the
Commission Plant Accession Policy is successfully implemented.

• Monitors and assures successful plant propagation functions and assignments.

• Develops, plans, and coordinates progressive Horticultural Intern and Volunteer Programs.

• In conjunction with the Natural Resources Management staff coordinates Park Commission
natural resources management programs in areas such as, Emerald Ash Borer suppression, invasive vegetation management, wildlife management programs and meadow management at horticultural facilities.

• Coordinates with the Horticultural Education Staff for the successful implementation of
Horticultural Education programs and projects including, Community Gardens, educational classes, workshops, plant sales, plant shows, tours and other educational activities for professionals, adults, and children. Participates in Horticultural Education programming and including leading tours as required.

• Assists with preparation of operating and Capital expenditure budgets for the Horticultural unit; assists with the preparation of specifications and contract documents for equipment, plants and materials related to the operation of the horticultural unit; prepares reports and inventories as required; and prepares cost estimates as required.

• Monitors the servicing and repair of maintenance equipment and vehicles.

• Trains staff and supervises the proper use of pesticides, fertilizers, equipment, materials and

• Assists in identifying staffing needs in the Horticultural Maintenance unit, participates in the
selection and training of staff.

• Conducts performance appraisal of employees in the unit, documenting issues and
disciplining staff when necessary.

• Maintains an attendance record to adequately perform all the essential functions of the

Education and Experience 

• Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or a related field from an accredited college or university
or a demonstrated ability to perform the job based on work experience.

• Minimum five years of experience at a botanical garden or arboretum, horticultural trade or
institutional program dealing primarily with horticulture or a related field.

• Demonstrable competency in identification of a wide range of plant material and botanical

• Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize work and coordinate multiple activities and projects at
the same time.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, validated Certified Pesticide Applicator

• Possession of Driver’s License valid in the State of New Jersey.

• Proven ability to effectively manage, supervise and provide direction to subordinates by
transmitting written and oral directions.

• Ability to read construction and planting plans and to write and interpret specifications.

• Ability to properly execute and supervise tree, shrub and herbaceous plantings as well as
turf seeding and sodding procedures.

• Ability to deal with the public in formal and informal situations.

• Demonstrated ability and knowledge of maintenance practices and procedures related to
ornamental plants and turf.

• Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable

Application Instructions 

Applicants must pass written and field horticultural competency test to be eligible for this position.

Salary: $75,726.00 plus Benefits.

Applicants must visit for full job description and additional information regarding the Park Commission. Download the employment application and submit with cover letter and resume to

No phone calls please.

The Morris County Park Commission is an equal opportunity employer.
Deadline: until filled.

Full Name 
Charles Zafonte