Horticulture Supervisor

Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is programmed, maintained, and operated by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with NYC Parks. We raise nearly 100% of the High Line’s annual budget.

Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line’s construction and create an endowment for its future operations.

Job description

The horticulture supervisor is one of three full-time, year-round employees of Friends of the High Line and an integral part of Friends of the High Line’s Park Operations team. Under the general supervision of Friends of the High Line’s director of horticulture and the vice president of operations, the horticulture supervisor is the on-site point person for the High Line horticulture staff. Working interactively with a team of gardeners, the horticulture supervisor’s responsibilities include all aspects of monitoring, caring for, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the High Line’s unique landscape and gardens. Additionally, this position takes a proactive approach to department and organization-wide matters. Through mentoring and role modeling, the horticulture supervisor also provides leadership to fellow colleagues and is an ambassador of Friends of the High Line.


  • Oversee tasks and projects of gardeners, horticulture interns, and volunteers
  • Communicate regularly with the director of horticulture and vice president of operations on status of projects, providing information and feedback on all areas of High Line horticulture
  • Work closely with director of horticulture to create immediate and long-term departmental goals and oversee implementation by the Friends of the High Line horticulture staff
  • Follow up on individual and group projects, with attention to deadlines and seasonal priorities
  • Responsible for all plant orders and implementation of planting
  • Oversee maintenance of diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, and bulbs; scout for pests and diseases and monitor overall soil conditions, making adjustments as needed
  • Promote consistency in best practices and horticulture management techniques
  • Assess existing landscape challenges and work with horticulture staff, designers, consultants and the director of horticulture to formulate appropriate responses and implement changes as necessary
  • Facilitate documentation of logistics with the horticulture manager to inform the creation of a management plan with clear five and ten year goals for the gardens
  • Actively promote and contribute to the High Line’s sustainability initiatives in landscape and park management
  • Work with the director of horticulture, gardeners, horticulture manager, and the Communications and Programming departments to develop, organize, and implement horticulture programs, publications, and tours
  • Initiate and assist in hiring, training, and orientation of seasonal staff, department interns, and volunteers
  • Provide expertise and vision for horticulture team
  • Lead morning meetings with horticulture team to create daily work plans
  • Contribute items to weekly horticulture meeting agenda
  • Participate in a range of activities beyond the typical work day, including High Line events and programs, fundraising initiatives, tours, and stewardship and cultivation activities as needed
  • Coordinate with third party vendors as needed
  • Participate in ice and snow removal
  • Train new staff and ensure that all materials and equipment are used properly and safely by the Horticulture team

Required qualifications

  • Four or more years of experience or three years of experience with a degree or certificate in horticulture
  • Expertise in the seasonal and long-term care for diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, and bulbs
  • Sustainable horticulture practices, organic landscape management
  • Willing to collaborate on any and all tasks required for maintaining the highest standards of garden and overall plant management
  • Park management must be a team-player, maintaining a positive engagement with the public and colleagues
  • Computer-literate; basic use of MS Office and Google Suite
  • Supervisory experience

Preferred qualifications

  • Degree/certification in horticulture or related field
  • Previous supervisory experience and people management skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of composting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience operating automated irrigation systems
  • Possession of or ability to obtain NYC Pesticide License
  • Valid NY State driver’s license

Required abilities

  • Ability to walk, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and regularly lift and/or move 45 lbs with proper tools
  • Ability to operate electric equipment and power tools
  • Ability to successfully complete and abide by fall arrest system training
  • Able to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Can work outdoors in all weather conditions, sometimes for extended periods of time

To apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to thehighline.workable.com. No phone calls please. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.

Friends of the High Line is a proud equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, familial or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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