Garden Manager/Educator

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The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY, is a program of the Westchester Community College Foundation and an affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas. The Native Plant Center maintains demonstration gardens and educates the public about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants. The Center is seeking a part-time Garden Manager/Educator to oversee its gardens and plant-related needs and to provide educational outreach about native plants. This position reports to and is under the supervision of the Director of The Native Plant Center.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Manage the demonstration gardens, including overseeing contracted maintenance crew, performing gardening chores, and maintaining records of garden inventory and tools
  • Supervise, coordinate, and manage volunteer workdays
  • Interface with advisory committee members
  • Assist in teaching about native plants, including researching and writing educational signage, conducting garden tours, giving presentations, guiding students in trial bed/other research, contributing to Instagram posts, coordinating plant-of-the-year vote, helping with conferences and Go Native U program
  • Provide community outreach
  • Manage new gardening projects
  • Help with the organization and execution of annual plant sale
  • Attend relevant meetings
  • Assist the Director with other projects/events as needed

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of native plants and sustainable gardening practices
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience in horticulture or related field
  • Experience in managing horticulture staff, contractors, volunteers
  • Enthusiasm for teaching others about native plants
  • Experience with project management and ability to complete projects in a timely manner
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain records
  • Team player who can collaborate with wide range of people
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Adherence to deadlines
  • Ability to perform strenuous tasks in a variety of conditions and weather, and lift or move heavy objects
  • Flexibility to work varied schedules, including evenings and weekends as require
  • Dependable, hard-working, passionate, positive, self-starter
  • Experience in Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Valid driver’s license required

Additional Information

This is a part-time position, with more hours worked in-season vs. off-season; salary is commensurate with experience.
Application Instructions: You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of hire. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter along with a resume.

The Foundation will provide equal opportunity in all of its employment practices to all persons without unlawful
discrimination on the basis of political affiliation, age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, genetic information, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record,
membership in any reserve component of the armed forces, or use or non-use of lawful products off College premises during nonworking hours, or any other
status protected by applicable state or federal law.

About WCC Foundation
Created in 1969, the Westchester Community College Foundation advances the College’s pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, has a singular mission: to support Westchester Community College.

About Westchester Community College
Westchester Community College, now celebrating its 75th anniversary, is a non-residential suburban institution 30 miles north of New York City. WCC is committed to helping its diverse student population receive a college education.

Contact Information

The Native Plant Center/Westchester Community College Foundation
Contact Name: Carol Capobianco
Email: wcc.nativeplant@sunywcc.edu