Lockerly Arboretum Horticulture Director Job Announcement

Lockerly Arboretum Horticulture Director Job Posting

Lockerly Arboretum, a nonprofit arboretum located in Milledgeville, Georgia, is accepting applications for a permanent, full-time Horticulture Director. The arboretum includes 50 acres of gardens and wooded areas surrounding a mansion built in 1852. Lockerly also owns a 200 acre outdoor education facility in a neighboring county, which is used primarily by the Lockerly Education Department.

General Nature of Work

This job is a permanent, full-time position. The Horticulture Director is responsible for long and short term planning for the Arboretum and Outdoor Education Center grounds. The Horticulture Director ensures that the gardens are in good condition for daytime visitors in addition to weddings, meetings, and special events. The Horticulture Director hires and supervises grounds crew staff. This position also requires working with, and leading, student and adult volunteers. Lockerly’s Horticulture Director receives a health insurance subsidy, retirement benefits, and vacation benefits. The salary range is $41,000-43,000.

The successful candidate should have a minimum of five years of experience that includes supervisory duties of grounds crew and volunteers in a public garden/park, or similar horticulture organization. A four year degree in horticulture or related field is required. The successful candidate must pass a drug screen and background check.

Examples of Work:

Responsible for developing a Grounds Maintenance Plan that describes priority areas, goals and outcomes, and steps to reach those goals. This plan will be used for budgetary purposes as well as scheduling maintenance work.

Lead the Arboretum Plant Collection Team. This includes creating a schedule for team members, and being available to answer questions and assist as needed.

Maintains and updates the Arboretum’s plant collection data base and records.

Serves as the Arboretum Staff leader for Lockerly Dirt Diggers, student volunteers, and community volunteers. Horticulture Director will develop educational demonstrations, presentations, or lead discussions as appropriate with volunteer groups. This person will identify areas where volunteers should work at any given time, and provide instructions/information about the work that needs to be done.

Develop an annual budget that encompasses all areas in the Arboretum, grounds crew, plant and tree materials, and equipment.

Hire and supervise grounds crew staff members. All grounds crew staff must pass a background check and drug screening.

Inspect trees and plantings for damage, disease, bug infestations, and potential risks to property and anyone on the grounds

Maintain equipment used for grounds maintenance or have equipment repaired as needed.

Assist Executive Director and volunteers with annual plant sale or other garden sale activities.

Develops educational presentations as needed to share with volunteers, civic and garden clubs, and visitors to the Arboretum.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Position is open until filled.