Supervisor, Gardens and Horticulture
Hagley Museum and Library seeks a Supervisor, Gardens and Horticulture to join its Preservation, Buildings and Grounds department.
Major Responsibilities: Provide ongoing horticultural maintenance of Hagley's historic landscape, primarily as it pertains to the specialized care of its various garden areas. Work with and serve as direct supervisor of full-time staff involved with garden projects including daily supervision of work activities in historical garden areas and greenhouse. Assist in research for planning and design of historical gardens. Work with Director, Preservation, Buildings and Grounds in developing and implementing landscape policies and programs.
- Provide daily management of operations in historic garden areas, greenhouse, cutting gardens, and interior plant collection displays. Work and provide immediate supervision for greenhouse, garden, and other horticultural activities and personnel including assisting in recruitment, training, and evaluation of staff as well as supervising volunteer flower arrangers.
- Provide general maintenance of grounds and basic care of flowers and plants including: mow lawn; trim grass and hedges; water lawns, trees and flowers; rake, weed, and edge lawns; grade and prepare base for laying sod and seed; prune and cultivate shrubbery and flowers. May apply pesticides and herbicides as deemed appropriate. May be assigned to concentrate work activities in specific area of property.
- Under the review of the Director, Preservation, Buildings and Grounds, help establish short and long-term project schedules designed to implement approved landscape programs and policies. Participate in the development and design of landscape projects, including the drafting of planting plans.
- Assist Director and Supervisor, Grounds and Arboriculture with general administrative and operations concerns for horticultural operations and historical landscape preservation including: ensure historical accuracy through primary research, establish project priorities; determine staffing needs; monitor budgets; procure plants, equipment and supplies; produce annual planting reports as needed; develop and maintain GIS database; recruit and evaluate staff,
- Work with Supervisor, Grounds and Arboriculture on other aspects of department operations including general labor projects, emergency clean-up operation, operations (including snow removal; remove leaves, sticks, and other debris from grounds; clean sidewalks, parking lots, gutters and catch basins), and Special Events activities (these tasks might require weekend work).
- Supervise property-wide outdoor decorating, including staff working on Fall and Christmas displays, in particular, Craft Fair, Hayrides, and Christmas.
- Participate in occasional educational or public relations outreach programs; must be able to give presentations to the general public.
- Ensure safe procedures and practices for all Gardens and Grounds Department operations.
Requirements: Requires experience in the following areas: greenhouse operations, plant care and maintenance, and staff supervision. B.A./B.S. or equivalent formal training in horticulture required. Knowledge of bud grafting, pruning, plant physiology, and pomology. Ability to communicate knowledge orally and in written form. Must be able to sustain moderate to heavy physical exertion with full range of body motion for extended periods of time, including lifting up to 50 lbs. Requires stamina to perform landscape activities for extended periods in all weather conditions. Requires excellent supervisory, oral/written communications, and interpersonal skills. Valid driver's license. Must possess or be able to obtain Delaware Commercial Pesticide Applicator's license. Background in historic landscape preservation, garden design and/or knowledge of period flower arrangements preferred.
Resume and cover letter should be sent to:
Yvonne Dalton, Director, Personnel Support Services
Hagley Museum and Library
P.O. Box 3630
Wilmington, DE 19807
This position will remain open until filled.