Landscape Manager

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Start Date: 1/1/2022  Compensation: $65,000 - $85,000

The Garrison seeks applicants for a full-time position of Landscape Manager to be directly responsible for the management of a 97-acre multi-use landscape. Pending local approvals, this property will serve as a home of a non-profit theater company (HVSF), co-located with a for-profit hospitality business (The Garrison), which provides a thriving wedding and restaurant business. This is primarily a hands-on working position, while also serving in a management and oversight role for outside contractors and vendors. This person will be part of a small and efficient team, working collaboratively to find solutions that meet the needs of the overlapping uses of the property. This full-time position will report directly to the General Manager of The Garrison.

In the near-term, the Landscape Manager will guide the implementation of the site’s master plan as created by Nelson Byrd Woltz, ensuring the transformation of the property from a high-input, high-maintenance golf course into a low-input, sustainably maintained open-space and theater venue, while keeping intact the restaurant and wedding venue and maintaining the landscaping needs of the hospitality business.

To that end, the Landscape Manager will help create, implement, and execute an operational strategy, focusing on the phasing, installation, and management of varied landscape types, including lawn, garden, meadow, woodland, and wetland, as well as working the agricultural and floricultural plots, overseeing contractors, managing the landscaping budget, all while taking into consideration the contemporaneous construction of multiple structures and their support systems.

Following and alongside the implementation of the Master Plan, the Landscape Manager is responsible for the day-to-day landscaping needs of the site with both his/her own hands-on labor as well as necessary oversight of contractors, advancing best practices and the highest standard of sustainability in service of the site’s overall operations.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Ensure that the continuing development of NBW’s Master Plan optimizes efficiency in future landscape management and irrigation needs, and that these will be feasible within the known resources of the organization.
  • Until the NBW plan and new garden designs are ready to implement, develop with the GM a near-term landscape and management plan by zone with budget, including anticipated projects to convert from golf course turf. This will include an assessment of sources and costs of labor, and any in-house equipment and equipment storage needs.
  • With the GM and a consulting irrigation expert, develop estimated irrigation needs by zone and a preliminary idea of a new system layout.
  • Maintain a hand-on approach to doing the work required to maintain the gardens and landscape, relying on outside contractors only to the extent that exceeds the capability of in-house resources.
  • Direct and support outside vendors in the maintenance of roads, paths, patios, terraces, lawns, gardens, meadows, woodlands and wetlands.
  • Develop, maintain, and monitor department budgets, contracts, and other administrative documents.
  • Keep current with best practices for sustainable and climate-resilient landscapes, including Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  • Develop a broad familiarity with the living landscape.
  • Understand the diversity of local wildlife to ensure optimum care and cultivation of flora and fauna
  • Maintain accurate records and standard operating procedure for the landscaping department.
  • Support the creation of compelling signage in support of new landscape interpretation.
  • Support public programs (e.g. garden walks and talks), special events or demonstrations as needed
  • Act as an ambassador for the property, answering questions for visitors about landscape, design, and general information.
  • Provide information for publications, profiles, and printed material regarding landscape.
  • Serve as a collaborative and productive member of a high-functioning team supporting both all needs of the property and the vision for the future.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • At least 5-7 years of progressive leadership in the management and maintenance of landscapes.
  • Previous project management and direct supervisory experience.
  • Proven track record in moving projects from conception and design to implementation and evaluation.
  • Verifiable reputation for excellence in landscape work, including proven practical experience in the cyclical maintenance of living landscapes.
  • An understanding of Integrated Pest Management practices, and proven track record in implementation of an IPM program.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a desire to collaborate and communicate openly.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize multiple time-sensitive projects
  • Keen interest in working at a dynamic multi-use site.
  • Ability to lead programs for staff, volunteers and guests.
  • Regular on-site hours are required. Due to the nature of the responsibilities, evening and weekend work is sometimes required, and at times may be on an emergency basis.
  • Fluency in English; ability to communicate clearly and provide direction to staff and vendors.

Additional Information

Contact Information

The Garrison
Email: hr@thegarrison.com