Updated January 2024

Horticulture Manager | Full-time with benefits
$56,451.20 – $87,526.40 Annually

The Horticulture Manager serves as the horticultural expert, team leader, and creator for the 50-acre botanical experience at Harry P. Leu Gardens. The Horticulture Manager reports to the Executive Director and leads a team of a dozen staff, outside services contractors, and volunteers to achieve excellence in public horticultural management for the Gardens.  Working with the Executive Director and other departments, this position participates in guiding the strategic goals of the Gardens horticulture displays and master site planning for visitor experiences, events, and programs; provides management of and empowers horticulture staff and department budget, supplies, and reports; implements horticultural standards, best and sustainable practices of public garden care; works with internal and external community partners; ensures the safety and security of staff and public through training and certifications to handle horticultural materials (i.e., fertilizer and chemicals).

Preferred candidates should have a passion for horticultural and landscape design, maintenance, and care; knowledge of botany, plant production, greenhouse management, conservation, and landscape design, equipment, supplies and techniques.  Applicants should be collaborative, organized, and experienced managing large scale horticultural and landscaping projects, sites, staff, and contractors; possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; have the ability to work with irrigation systems and water management, carry out horticultural designs and installations, public gardens best practices, policies, and procedures; have the ability and passion to work with wide variety of audiences from multicultural and social backgrounds, problem solve, and work on their own and with a team to accomplish tasks.

This position’s schedule is 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with night and weekend work for special events and programs.

Requirements – Bachelor’s Degree required in horticultural field, garden management, or related field with 3 years of experience in a similar role with progressive supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.  Possess valid pesticide certification or acquires one at the next available testing date is preferred.

Event Staff | Up to 20-30 hours per week

This position is critical to success of our events and programs at the Welcome Center and around the Gardens.  Event Staff helps prepare and breakdown for wedding rehearsals, weddings, receptions, business meetings and banquets; ensures our rental venues and special events are clean, safe, and secure for visitor use.  Employees assigned to this classification perform a variety of tasks requiring knowledge of the Gardens and City policies, and involves the use of independent judgment and initiative.  Knowledge and operation of media/computer equipment is required.   The ability to communicate verbally and to work without constant supervision once duties are assigned is necessary.

This position’s schedule varies with hours between 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. with night and weekend work for special events and programs.

Requirements – Ability to read, write, and follow instructions. Two (2) years general maintenance experience required, or an equivalent combination of related education, training, and experience. A valid Florida Driver’s License is required.