Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a full-time Conservatory Supervisor to safely supervise the maintenance, documentation, and improvement of the interior horticulture collections, paid experience gardens, and seasonal displays. The Conservatory Supervisor will also supervise horticultural and seasonal staff to efficiently complete seasonal maintenance programs and to support Conservatory exhibits and events. The ideal candidate will support departmental and facility goals, mission, and values with a strong emphasis on customer service.
- Plays a key role in coordinating activities within the horticulture department and with other departments, contractors, and clients as needed.
- Coordinates weekly and daily operations and activities of the Conservatory Horticulture team
- Supervises, develops, provides guidance/coaching and trains employees, volunteers, and interns, including scheduling and assignments
- Develops and administers maintenance programs, including irrigation, fertilization, pest, and disease control, pruning, cleaning, planting, weeding, mulching, and seasonal rotations
- Monitors, reports, and treats pests, diseases, disorders, and environmental concerns within Integrated Pest Management program
- Monitors Argus biome climate control system for the facility operations with Engineering Department
- Assists the Horticulture Operations Manager in planning of installation, maintenance and removal of seasonal flower displays and exhibits
- Conducts inventory and maintains appropriate levels of supplies
- Interacts with the public, volunteers, employees, and peer institutions by answering questions, developing fact sheets, and leading tours and workshops
- Researches, develops, and disseminates plant knowledge, identification, and cultural care
- Follows state and federal laws that address the use of equipment and the application, storage, and disposal of pesticides
- Ensures proper use and care of equipment
- Works with outside contractors when necessary
- High School Diploma/GED Equivalent
- Minimum 1 year supervisory or leadership experience, which includes operation of tools and equipment, plant maintenance, plant identification, pest and disease control and care of tropical, woody, herbaceous ornamentals as well as seasonal color displays.
- Obtain and maintain valid Ohio Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License within 3 months of employment
- Valid Ohio driver’s license
- Knowledge of basic software programs (Word, Excel, Windows and PowerPoint)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent written, verbal, and practical skills
- Ability to effectively lead a team of employees, motivate others, and communicate effectively with internal and external clients
- Ability to handle multiple projects, problem solve, and delegate duties
- Ability to work within given budgets and support revenue goals
- Ability to frequently lift, carry, or otherwise move materials weighing up to 50lbs
- Ability to frequently lift and operate ladders to ascend plant canopy for maintenance
- Ability to operate and maintain tools and machinery such as pruners, saws, mowers, snow plows, etc.
- Works indoors/outdoors year-round under a variety of conditions, including hot/cold temperatures, high humidity, and wet weather.
Application Instructions: Apply by December 1, 2017.