Field Supervisor

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Horticultural Society of New York (the Hort) is seeking an energetic and dedicated Field Supervisor to help with its garden contracts. Projects are primarily sourced from supportive and affordable housing, health service providers, drug rehabilitation facilities, city schools, public libraries, and other organizations as well as private and public garden spaces. This position will carry out garden maintenance and projects in a timely and professional manner and will help oversee a work crew consisting of assistant gardeners and participants in our transitional workforce program (individuals who are looking to develop skills and experience as gardeners); and communicate progress on landscape projects to management. This position requires one to work independently and manage multiple projects at once.

The mission of the Horticultural Society of New York is to sustain the vital connection between people and plants. Our social service and public programs education and inspire, growing a broad community that values horticulture for the many benefits it brings to our environment, our neighborhoods, and our lives.

For over two decades, The Hort has provided low-cost landscape and garden design, remediation, construction, and maintenance services for under-resourced organizations and groups. These projects increase food access, improve air and water quality, and enhance the overall quality of life for low-income and disadvantaged families. The Hort helps to create green spaces that improve the health, well-being and enjoyment of the constituents. Our professional horticulturists, horticultural therapists, and gardeners work with our transitional workers and local residents to create ornamental gardens, urban farms, communal gardens, green roofs, rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems for communities in underserved areas.

Responsibilities/Duties

Supervising of Horticulture Staff (assistant gardeners and transitional workforce participants)

  • provide hands-on training and professional development skills for participants
  • monitor progress of participants and report to supervisors

Operations

  • When necessary, Lead/coordinate a field crew performing horticultural maintenance and installations
  • Troubleshoot logistical challenges and general conflicts as they arise
  • Driving vehicle to site

Vehicle care

  • Organization of vehicle to make sure team is prepared for jobsite
  • Responsible for taking care of inventory of tools, supplies, and uniforms
  • Make sure to coordinate with the Account Managers to inform them when tools and supplies are needed
  • Survey condition of sites
  • document status of job site
  • communicate improvements needed or issues
  • Take photos of all sites to document progress and for social media or promotion use

Administrative/Contract Help

  • Receipts, timesheets, and other relevant paperwork as necessary
  • Fill out daily info sheet to keep track of site data
  • Create/update site maps

Qualifications/Requirements

Horticulturist/gardener with 2 or more years of hands-on experience designing, building, and maintaining urban green spaces, gardens, and urban farms

  • Interest in working with participants in internship program to enhance their well-being through active or passive involvement in plant and plant-related activities
  • Knowledge of green infrastructure design and implementation
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License
  • Excellent communications skills, including ability to take initiative and perform follow-up
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects at once

The Hort is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. It is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law.

Additional Information

To be considered please email a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and references to jobs@thehort.org with ‘Field Supervisor’ in the subject line.

Contact Information

The Horticultural Society of New York
Contact Name: Lauren Keane-Farrell
Email: jobs@thehort.org