Director of the Greenbelt Native Plant Center
NYC Parks is an award-winning city agency that builds and cares for public spaces for New Yorkers to connect, play and enjoy. These public spaces, encompassing over 5,000 properties and 14% of the city’s land and coastline, include beaches and boardwalks, recreation centers, historic houses, parks and playgrounds, green infrastructure and natural areas.
The mission of the Division of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources (FHNR) is to protect, restore, expand and manage New York City’s natural spaces and green infrastructure to maximize their benefits and promote their value within and outside of the urban ecosystem. The Greenbelt Native Plant Center (GNPC) is the
Division’s native plant nursery and regional seed bank. Programs provide live plants, develop bulk seed and bank genetically appropriate seed to meet city and agency needs.
NYC Parks offers a competitive benefits package, including pension, excellent health plans, generous vacation/sick days and a work-life balance. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.nyc.gov/parks.
- With wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, and responsibility for management and operations of the GNPC, oversee the Nursery Manager, Plant Production Manager, Deputy Director and all plant production activities and operations of the 12-acre site and its programmatic areas. Oversee planning and coordination of all satellite native plant production facilities for FHNR. Report to and receive direction and guidance from Chief of the Division of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources.
- Oversee operation of the GNPC office, including supervision of office staff on issues relating to personnel, timekeeping, and purchasing and receiving. Oversee bookkeeping and reporting related to nursery plant and seed production, contracts, and budgets. Plan annual budgets and purchases.
- Prepare and oversee external contracts, for example to increase seed production or grow native plants as consolidated orders.
- Oversee goal setting, work plans, project & program management and reporting, fielding of new requests for collaboration and services, and integration of these with other FHNR natural resource programs and operations through coordination with other FHNR senior staff.
- Develop and execute communication and development goals for GNPC, including identifying and applying for grants, providing nursery tours, participating in field visits, speaking at public forums, and conferences.
- Oversee communications with the NYC Parks Staten Island Borough Office and with Citywide Services to manage emergency and on-going repairs and improvements.
- Identify, develop scope of work for, and report on staffing and resource needs, including capital new needs related to physical plant.
- Direct science and education-related mission of GNPC, including volunteers, interns, and educational partnerships.
- Lead FHNR native plant services and optimization planning for all plant production facilities (including seed production sites and FHNR Citywide Nursery) to evaluate and eventually implement plans for increased effectiveness in meeting restoration and biodiversity missions.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS (Administrative Horticulturist – Job Id 473869)
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with major study in horticulture, arboriculture or landscape architecture and four years of full-time, paid experience in horticultural work of which two (2) years must have been in a supervisory, administrative, consultative, managerial or executive capacity; or
- A satisfactory equivalent. However, all candidates must have at least a high school diploma or evidence of having passed an examination for a high school equivalency diploma and one year of supervisory, administrative, consultative, managerial or executive experience as described above.
- A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization or:
- A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time experience in the appropriate field of specialization, including one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
- Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative, or research capacity as described in “2” above.
Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required within 90 days of hire for all other candidates.
- Demonstrated expertise managing a plant nursery, contracts, physical plant, facilities maintenance and operations, and technical staff.
- Demonstrated expertise in native plant production, conservation, use in ecological restoration applications and seed banking.
- A master’s degree from an accredited university with specialization in environmental sciences, plant ecology, horticulture or a related subject.
- Strong knowledge of agency structure and divisions and/or government operations.
- Excellent writing, supervisory, administrative and interpersonal skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
- Valid New York State driver license.
Work Location: Greenbelt Native Plant Center, Staten Island
Apply by: 10/22/21
For external applicants, please apply through www.nyc.gov/careers
- 1) Go to www.nyc.gov/careers/search
- 2) Search for Job IDs#: 473869 or 473884
For details about NYC Parks: www.nyc.gov/parks
References will be required upon request.
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