Botanical Gardens Manager
Company: NOVA Parks
Posted on: September 23, 2022
The BOTANICAL GARDENS MANAGER is responsible for planning,
developing, coordinating, and executing an operational management
plan for Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Work is performed under the
general direction of the Park Operations Superintendent with
considerable latitude for independent judgment and action. The
Botanical Gardens Manager will supervise staff which includes the
Garden Horticultural staff, the Atrium Facility Manager, Recreation
Program Manager, Park Maintenance Supervisor, Visitor Services
Specialist, as well as, part-time staff, and volunteers. Annual
performance goals will be set for the Botanical Gardens
Hiring Salary Range: $64,735.99 - $77,940.27
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (with illustrative examples of work)
Oversee the development and implementation of the Gardens
- Emphasize the mission of the garden, balancing the direction of
the garden and its activities related to preservation and
- Design and oversee the implementation of major plant displays
and maintenance plans of plant, tree, and shrub collections in the
different areas of the garden.
- Continue to formulate and expand the vision for both native and
regionally diverse plant collections ensuring the garden's appeal
to broad audiences.
- Showcase and educate the public on the significance and
relevance of the garden's collections.
- Oversee the management of plant records.
- Manage plant propagation.
- Plan, direct, and control the work of employees in the
operation and maintenance of public garden facilities, grounds, and
- Determine workload, assign priorities, schedule employees, and
- Maintain attendance records, approve leave, and authorize
payment of wages.
- Develop and implement training programs for employees.
- Analyze and resolve employee work problems through application
and interpretation of Personnel Policies.
- Develop and evaluate employee performance against established
goals and standards.
- Ensure adherence to fair and equitable employment
- Interview and hire applicants for part-time employment; assist
Director of Operations and Park Operations Superintendents with
interview and selection of applicants for full-time
- Promote high levels of work performance and employee
- Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers.
Manage facility operations:
- Monitor garden operation to ensure customer
- Inspect facilities for adherence to NOVA Parks'
- Monitor the Atrium, Visitor Center, Summer Camps and Programs,
and other revenue-producing operations (to include programs and
special events) to ensure compliance with business standards and
- Manage and continue to enhance the annual Winter Walk of Lights
- Develop and implement curricula and guidelines for interpretive
tours, programs, and exhibits.
- Operate facilities and fill in at all positions as
- Ensure compliance to federal, state, and local regulatory
standards including safety and health issues.
- Ensure security of garden facilities and assets.
Manage facility and grounds maintenance:
- Inspect garden facilities, equipment, and grounds for hazards
and for adherence to NOVA Parks' standards.
- Develop and implement preventive maintenance programs for the
Atrium, Visitor Center, Winter Walk of Lights, and other garden
facilities and grounds.
- Identify maintenance problems and hazards, implement corrective
- Operate various types of maintenance equipment as needed and
perform related work including manual labor.
Develop and manage budget:
- Recommend operations, maintenance, and development items for
budget; implement operating budget.
- Interpret and apply NOVA Parks' policies and procedures to meet
personnel, budget, property management, and general service needs
of the garden.
- Monitor operating budget, resale inventories, and revenue
projections to ensure sound fiscal management.
- Authorize procurement of required items and/or services.
Establish and maintain positive public relations program:
- Develop and foster a positive public image for the garden and
- Coordinate with Marketing and Communications Office on
marketing and promotion of programs and facilities (the Atrium,
Camps and Programs, Winter Walk of Lights).
- Provide information to the public and special interest groups
through presentations and other means through accurate, courteous,
and diplomatic communications.
- Maintain effective relationships with groups such as vendors,
local law enforcement, and special user groups.
- Encourage visitor comments; investigate and respond to
- Maintain donation and giving program for the Gardens.
Perform administrative duties:
- Develop short- and long-term goals and recommend operating
objectives, strategies, and implementation plans.
- Investigate accidents, thefts, vandalism, and other violations
and file appropriate reports in a timely manner.
- Prepare and maintain various business, personnel, and
administrative reports and records.
- Initiate and monitor standard user permits; assist with the
development of special contractual agreements.
- Maintain thorough and accurate records of repairs, preventive
maintenance, and servicing through web-based maintenance
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS (minimum)
Education: Any combination of education, experience, and training
equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or
university with a bachelor's degree in horticulture, botany,
biology, plant sciences, or closely related field.
Physical: Non-manual and manual work with strength and dexterity
necessary to perform all required tasks, including lifting,
stooping, bending and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions
in office and outdoor settings; will perform heavy manual labor in
all weather conditions, lift items at or greater than 80 pounds,
climb ladders, use tools, and operate equipment.
Experience: Four years of progressively, practical experience
managing the daily operations of a public garden, public park
facility, conservation work or any equivalent combination of
education, training, or experience which provides:
- Considerable knowledge of principles, methods, and practices
involved in public garden management.
- Considerable knowledge and experience in personnel management,
including recruitment, training, goal setting, evaluation, and
coordination of volunteers.
- Ability to develop comprehensive operating procedures and
performance standards and to evaluate programs and employees
against such standards.
- Considerable ability to review and analyze expenditures and
revenues in determining appropriate budgets.
- Considerable ability to identify and isolate problems, and to
initiate appropriate actions.
- Considerable ability to deal effectively with the public and
special interest groups, and to provide a strong, positive public
relations program; with considerable ability to interpret and
explain NOVA Parks policies, rules, and procedures to employees and
to the public.
- Considerable ability to communicate clearly and effectively
with ability to prepare written correspondence and present accurate
- Considerable knowledge of the materials, equipment, and
procedures involved with garden maintenance.
- Ability to maintain knowledge of current trends and
developments in public garden, and events (wedding and special
- Working knowledge of personal computers and various software
- Certification or the ability to obtain certification in the
safe application of pesticides.
- Certification or ability to obtain certification in CPR and
first aid and other licenses as required.
- Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain drivers'
license with safe driving record.
- Availability for off-duty phone calls and/or ability to report
to work in emergency situations when off duty.
- Availability to work rotating schedules, additional hours
during peak operating times including weekends.
- Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of
Duties and responsibilities are designed to be the essential
elements of the job. They do not preclude the performance of
related, or even unrelated, jobs which may be necessary to properly
and efficiently complete all work assignments. NOVA Parks reserves
the right to amend job specifications to meet current needs.
Benefits: This position is a benefit eligible position. Benefits
include medical and dental insurance, life insurance, long-term
disability, retirement plan, and more.
Testing: The Botanical Gardens Manager position is classified as a
safety sensitive position. Candidates for full-time, safety
sensitive positions must submit to a pre-employment drug screening
and achieve a negative result as a condition of employment.
It is the policy of NOVA Parks to prohibit discrimination on the
basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran
status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the
recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with
disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the
Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-352-5900 for
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