Under the direct supervision of the San Antonio Botanical Garden Executive Director, the Horticulturist will serve as one of four Horticulturists throughout the Garden. As a working supervisor, this position, specifically, will be coordinating and managing a crew of gardeners responsible for the planting and maintenance assigned areas. Knowledge of native southern/South Texas plants is helpful, but expertise in maintenance for display and educational purposes in public gardens is especially desired. The Horticulturist will work closely with the Horticultural and Programs teams, as well as with Garden Volunteers, in coordinating displays in high traffic/high usage areas where the display is also a primary educational medium. This position will require excellent communication and teamwork outside of traditional areas, and a sincere appreciation for the importance of plant-based experiences for children, families, adults, and seniors who visit. The position is expected to work a Sunday-Thursday schedule.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Specifically, the Horticulturist will have responsibility for the following activities:
• Management and supervision of staff, volunteers and vendors to meet the standards of horticultural excellence set for the Gardens in assigned area
• Interact in a professional manner to provide appropriate customer service to visitors, volunteers and staff
• Design, installation and maintenance of horticultural displays
• Demonstrate proper application of horticultural practices including fertilizing, pruning, weed control, and integrated pest management
• Provide appropriate horticultural training to staff and volunteers
• Identify volunteer needs to assist staff with assigned projects
• Maintain accurate records and create comprehensive reports
• Create appropriate watering schedules for regional plants that meet local water restriction guidelines
• Monitor irrigation systems and perform general maintenance and minor repairs as needed
• Assist with monitoring budget in specific area of responsibility
• May help promote the garden through media; such as press releases, eblasts, Facebook/Instagram posts, and radio or television interviews
Job descriptions are guidelines that attempt to characterize major duties and responsibilities of employees, and are subject to change as needs and programs change. At the San Antonio Botanical Garden Society, Inc., they are considered neither inclusive nor exclusive.
Status and Scope
The Horticulturist will primarily manage the design, installation, care and presentation of permanent and temporary horticultural displays in assigned areas to meet or exceed the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s standards for horticulture excellence. Provides assistance to the management team of the Botanical Garden in the horticultural and programming operations of the Garden by acting as a team leader in responsible areas; troubleshooting garden problems and prioritizing tasks; evaluating plants for future display feasibility; monitoring, diagnosing and treating insect, disease, physiological and cultural conditions; and effectively training and supervising volunteers, interns and staff. Works closely with the Horticultural and Programs staff, as well as other Garden staff, volunteers, and visitors.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, botany, floriculture, arboriculture, land management, biology, or related field
Experience: At least 1 year experience in supervisory position or 2-4 years relevant experience in the industry
License/Certifications: Texas pesticide applicators license, or ability to obtain within 90 days of employment
Must possess or be able to obtain, within thirty days of employment, a valid class "C" Texas driver's license. NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of horticulture, botany, floriculture, arboriculture, or closely related fields
• Ability to perform horticultural practices and skills
• Ability to work with staff, volunteers, vendors and the general public
• Computer efficiency (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
• Written and verbal communication skills
• Eye and appreciation for detail
• Ability to work closely with Program and other staff to plan and implement programs and events for specialized audiences such as children’s groups, families, adults, and seniors in addition to general visitation.
• Experience working with volunteers and the ability to train and serve as a team leader for volunteers is preferred.
• Initiative and follow through as well as the ability to multi-task, set priorities, and maintain a positive attitude at times of increased workload are crucial.
• Good organizational skills are required, with strong attention to details in all tasks.
• Successful candidates will also have the ability to work productively and positively in a team oriented environment and to provide quality customer service in a professional manner. Flexibility to work occasional long hours including weekend and evenings is needed.
The Horticulturist may occasionally be privy to confidential information, and must ensure that information is dealt with in the strictest of confidence and discretion.
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, climb a ladder, bend, kneel, and squat. Position requires stamina for leading groups on walks through the grounds on uneven surfaces and occasional extended days for special events.
Position requires the ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive and professional manner while providing excellent customer service and managing staff and volunteers.
1. Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
2. Work is most frequently performed outdoors, but may be performed in an office setting, greenhouses, maintenance facilities or grounds of the Botanical Garden.
3. Expected to perform under minimum supervision and act independently within the scope of normal duties and responsibilities. Difficult or unique situations are referred to the supervisor.
4. Work will be performed in areas with frequent high levels of visitation, requiring excellent customer service and professionalism at all times while balancing the need for productivity.
5. On occasion, required to work extended hours as well as be on-call on a rotating schedule
6. Minimal travel may be required.
Computer/printer and related software (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), fax, office telephone. Including, but not limited to: hand tools, weed eater, blower, hedger, rototiller, chainsaw, bobcat, truck and trailer, etc.
Please send your resume and reference to Bob Brackman at John.Brackman@SanAntonio.gov or to the address below:
San Antonio Botanical Garden, attn.: Bob Brackman
555 Funston Place
San Antonio, TX78209