Managing Horticulturist, Medieval Art & The Cloisters

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About the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new
ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

The Managing Horticulturist, in consultation with the Curatorial staff and Senior Administrator, is responsible for the overall mission, leadership, and maintenance of the internationally recognized gardens and grounds of The Met Cloisters. This unique job focuses on hands-on gardening along with design, research, communication, and supervisory abilities. Priorities are set with the above mentioned staff.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Design, maintain, and manage gardens, grounds, and seasonal displays to exacting standards using historically and environmentally appropriate techniques.
  • Research, develop, expand, and interpret the historic medieval plant collection.
  • Create and provide interpretation of the Gardens to a variety of audiences through Gardens programs, lectures, media/press interviews, brochures, digital and other formats.
  • Manage daily operations, including hiring, training, and supervising 2 full-time hourly staff members, volunteers, and interns.
  • Manage on-site propagation greenhouse and off-site greenhouse facility.
  • Employ environmentally sound management of pests and diseases, oversee plant health, inspection, care and pruning of historic trees with consulting arborist. Oversee aerial tree work and grounds pruning with outside contractor.
  • Participate in preparation of and actively manage annual operating budget in conjunction with Senior Administrator.
  • Submit purchasing requisitions, process receipts and invoices, approve purchasing card transactions, and other related Workday transactions.
  • Manage staff timekeeping and approve timecards in Workday.
  • Provide material to the Museum’s garden lecturers through liaison in Education office, vet potential new lecturers.
  • Develop electronic plant database, oversee maintenance of plant records, digital image collections, Gardens library and archives.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Proven horticultural skills and commitment to historic gardens and techniques essential.
  • Experience leading and managing gardens operations, supervising staff and carrying out a variety of functions, preferably in a museum or other non-profit environment or equivalent.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and set priorities in keeping with the overall goals of the Museum, and work on deadline for scheduled Museum programs and events.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills required, and must be highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Must be adaptable, self-motivated, and an energetic team player who works effectively with all levels of staff and outside contractors.
  • Must possess physical ability to perform duties in all weather conditions.
    Knowledge and Education:
  • Requires degree in horticulture/related field combined with practical garden management and design experience.
  • Driver’s license required.
  • Prior experience working in museum setting or comparable environment is preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Workday, Photoshop, digital photography, familiarity with databases.

Additional Information

​Apply at Careers@metmuseum.org

Contact Information

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Email: Careers@metmuseum.org
Phone: 2126502285