Director of Horticulture

Bok Tower Gardens Foundations
Lake Wales, FL

Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark celebrating its 90th anniversary, is looking to fill the position of Director of Horticulture with a dynamic team oriented candidate.  This Olmsted designed meditative garden and wildlife sanctuary was created as a public garden surrounded by high pine forest and agricultural lands in the heart of Central Florida. The Director manages a department of 23 staff in horticulture, conservation, nursery operations and plant records in the care and maintenance of over 700 acres including: historic gardens, estate house and garden; newly built edible garden, ecosystem gardens, and nature play garden; preserve lands and agricultural lands; support nursery and greenhouses. Natural areas are managed with prescribed fire and restoration projects to enhance gopher tortoise and associated species habitat. A member garden of the Center for Plant Conservation since 1986, the Gardens is in a critical region with over 48 rare plant endemics. This is an exceptional opportunity for candidates with a background in design, science, historic preservation, and natural areas management.

 

The Director of Horticulture is responsible for the direction and management of:  

·         Gardens and grounds, natural areas, nursery operations, mechanical shop, irrigation, water bodies, hardscape, arboriculture work, integrated pest management.

·         23 full-time employees and over 50 volunteers

·         Training, development, and performance evaluation of paid and unpaid staff

·         Development and management of a $1.5M horticultural operating budget. 

·         Contractors and outsourced horticulture related services  

·         Integration of Horticulture department into operations, mission, goals, and objectives of entire Garden

 

Position Description

Leadership

·         Serve on Gardens’ leadership team; participates in strategic planning, the design and implementation of programs and projects

·         Work together with Board of Directors and its committees, Gardens donors, volunteers, Gardens members, and community at large to represent the horticulture and conservation programs

·         Collaborate with Philanthropy to support fundraising and stewardship initiatives related to horticultural objectives, and with Marketing to share the Gardens’ accomplishments and aspirations

·         Pursue leadership development and professional advancement locally and nationally

·         Provide vision and embrace the mission and culture of the Gardens as it relates to all aspects of our operations

·         Create departmental annual plans in line with institutional key strategic priorities

 

 

Management

·         Direct, manage, and work with a department of 23 staff and 50+ volunteers in garden maintenance, nursery production, plant records, conservation, irrigation and mechanical maintenance.  

·         Establish annual budget, authorize budget expenditures, manage assigned budgets, and provide periodic reports to Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer

·         Direct Horticulture Management Team in establishing projects and priorities; formulate, design, plan and oversee the project progress and budget

·         Establishes and implements aesthetic and horticultural standards to maintain and enhance the gardens and grounds using best practices.

·          Research and understand history and design of the Gardens, maintain records and files of grounds and horticulture related activities.

·         With Horticulture Management Team interview, train, mentor, and discipline staff and volunteers.

 

Qualifications

·         Master Degree in Plant Science field and/or minimum of seven years’ experience in horticulture and arboriculture practices and management is required.

·         Knowledge of native plants and ecosystems

·         Understand garden design, color theory, horticultural practices, landscape maintenance, public garden operations and function

·         Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, including effective presentation, negotiation, and problems solving skills

·         Self-starter, creative, persuasive, and goal oriented

·         Organized and detail oriented

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department and across departments

·         Ability to work independently and lead team members effectively

·         Ability to work with and supervise a diverse staff and volunteer group; ability to collaborate across departments and provide leadership and support as required on special events

·         Ability to work a flexible schedule and under deadline pressure

·         Ability to work outdoors in all seasonal extremes and able to lift 50 pounds

 

Bok Tower Gardens offers a highly competitive salary and excellent benefit package.

Interested candidates may submit resumes and letters of interest by accessing our careers website: https://boktowergardens.applicantpool.com/jobs/ This position will remain open until filled.

 

Bok Tower Gardens (BTG) is a Drug-Free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Vets/Disabled. We base all aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.