Key Job Elements:
- Oversee the daily tasks and growing of all crops produced in the Estate production greenhouse, propagation greenhouse, and upper cold frames.
- Oversee the cutting garden harvest on Sunday mornings.
- Work closely with the Horticulturist to identify IPM issues and implement solutions including application of pesticides and biologicals as determined.
- Follow growing schedules as determining by Horticulturist.
- Maintain a record keeping system to accurately record crop quantities, timing, successes, and failures.
- Make recommendations on maximizing production space in greenhouse and cold frames.
- Implement a regular fertilizer and nutrient regime suited to the variety of crops grown in greenhouse and gardens.
- Identify and implement a regular maintenance and sanitation program for the greenhouse, cold frames, and outdoor pot pile.
- Develop and present educational programs for volunteers and visitors including tours, workshops, and lectures on subjects related to greenhouse growing.
- Assist in cutting garden planting, maintenance, and harvesting and assist in planting and maintenance of seasonal displays.
- Assist other colleagues with large projects and installations throughout the campus as requested.
- Attend and participate in greenhouse growing workshops, lectures, and other growing related education opportunities.
- Respond to priority two emergency statuses during storms that require grounds to be cleared of debris or snow.
- Safely use power equipment (tractors, blowers, etc) and hand tools commonly used in the garden and greenhouse.
- Uses expertise to develop and give tours, presentations, and workshops to various Hillwood stakeholders.
- Oversee Sunday horticulture staff and volunteers and coordinate with other Hillwood staff to accomplish daily tasks required to prepare the museum for visitors.
- Coordinate, manage, and train volunteers with varying skill levels to accomplish greenhouse and garden duties.
- Provides frequent safety briefings to all volunteers, ensuring that they can safely operate required equipment and hand tools.
- Maintains a work environment in line with Hillwood’s standards for teamwork, engagement, and respect.
- Reports to the Horticulturist & Volunteer Manager
- Interacts with various levels of Staff, Visitors, Members, and Volunteers.
- This position is considered essential staff and reports during adverse conditions.
- 5-7 years’ experience in similar roles.
- Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, direct, and coordinate activities of volunteers and staff to meet the crop production needs.
- Knowledge of pests and diseases found in greenhouses and grounds.
Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and inspire a team to perform at or above department standards.
- Polished writing and speaking ability and strong interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated time management skills and detail-orientation.
- Access and employ job related computer software (i.e. Microsoft Office, Office 365) at an effective proficiency level.
- Follow oral and written instructions; maintain cooperative working relationships; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population.
- Highly organized with demonstrated time management skills and including multi-tasking.
- Ability to meet ongoing deadlines.
- Works independently with moderate supervision, interacting effectively with and quickly gaining the respect and support of museum staff.
- Possess and exhibit excellent customer service and human interaction skills.
- Effectively communicate in English both written and orally.
The physical requirements and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job or may be encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with a disability to perform the essential functions to the extent the Company may do so without undue hardship. The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual who with or without reasonable accommodation can perform the essential functions of the position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to follow and give oral and written instructions; stand, walk, and/or sit for extended periods of time with limited breaks; use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arm, and reach above shoulder height. The employee is regularly required to climb or balance, squat, kneel, and crouch. The employee is occasionally required to detect smells and lift, drag and/or move up to 50 pounds unassisted. The employee is required to visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. Special vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is required to move about their work area, between buildings and the campus grounds, ascend and descend stairs and steep terrain. While performing the duties of this job the employee is subject outdoor weather conditions and temperatures which at times can be extreme. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and general does not require the use of hearing protection equipment.