Director of Horticulture

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Start Date: 8/9/2022  Compensation: DOE

Position Title: Director of Horticulture
Department: Horticulture
Reports to: Vice President for Horticulture
FSLA Status: Exempt
Position Description:
The director of Horticulture oversees the daily operations of the Horticulture department, ensuring excellent care of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s living collections, both indoors and outdoors. In collaboration with the vice president for Horticulture, the director develops a long-term vision for Horticulture for BBG’s 52 acres and conservatories. In addition, the director is responsible for strategic planning, design and implementation, and the overall maintenance of the Garden’s collection.


• Establish and implement high aesthetic and horticultural standards and best practice standards of garden care and maintenance, and directs organic and integrated pest management strategies to ensure health of the Garden’s collection.
• Develop and recommend policies and guidelines to protect, enhance, and preserve the Garden’s living collection.
• Manage the Horticulture department staff comprising 28 union employees including forepersons, gardeners, assistant gardeners, and seasonal staff; recruit and onboard staff; oversee evaluation and payroll approval.
• Provide mentorship and oversee training and professional development of the staff. Oversee recruitment and garden placements for horticultural interns.
• Ensure compliance with Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA); manage staff and operations in alignment with BBG’s contract.
• Plan the safety training program/training for the Horticulture department; ensure practices are OSHA-compliant.
• Initiate strategic improvements to horticultural operations; stay up to date on industry best practice, implement where needed.
• Oversee the department’s fleet and equipment including gas- and electric-powered vehicles, machinery (i.e., ride-on mowers, tractors, and heavy equipment) and small power tools; responsible for ongoing assessments and maintenance, organization, upgrades and replacements.
• Coordinate with Capital Projects and Facilities; provide a horticultural perspective and input where appropriate, provide in-field follow-up and feedback and ensure spaces are managed after completion.
• Represent Horticulture in interdepartmental projects and events; collaborate with BBG directors around public programming, donor/fundraising events, venue rental, and educational activities.
• Liaise with operational teams at BBG including Facilities, Security, Visitor Services, Interpretation, Education, and Development around interdepartmental projects and issues.
• Responsible for Horticulture’s inclement weather/emergency response; communicate with operational departments, coordinate activities, communicate with staff, and ensure safety of the collection, wherever possible.
• In collaboration with the VP of Horticulture plan, direct, and administer the Horticulture department’s $300,000 annual budget.
• Develop and maintain relationships with the Garden’s horticulture vendors; select vendors, manage relationships, and approve invoices for payment.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the vice president.


• 10 years’ or more experience in public horticulture or another horticultural institution
• Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience
• Strong knowledge of horticulture, collection care and management, pest management
• Excellent supervisory skills
• Commitment to interdepartmental collaboration and building relationships with BBG staff across the institution
• Demonstrated ability to find creative solutions to problems, analyze situations, and implement actions in a timely manner; excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
• Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to effectively communicate to staff, BBG senior staff and directors, and other Garden stakeholders
• Ability to walk, reach, and crawl; ability to lift 50 pounds of equipment
• Ability to work nights and weekends upon request
• Experience working in a union environment highly preferred
• OSHA certification, or the ability/willingness to be OSHA certified, highly preferred
• Pesticide Applicator’s License highly desired

Additional Information

How to Apply: Applications submitted without a résumé and cover letter will not be considered.

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