Bok Tower Gardens
  • 28-Jan-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Horticulture
  • $48,000 - $55,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

• Health insurance • Dental insurance • Vision insurance • 403B Retirement plan • Paid time off


This position supervises and provides day-to-day active leadership to horticultural staff, volunteers, seasonal employees, and horticultural interns, and maintains BTG's plant collection, irrigation, and pond system.


  • Responsible for the supervision and continual development of assigned staff. Building positive employee relations by coaching, counseling, mentoring, motivating, resolving conflict, praising, etc.; participates in interim and annual performance reviews of assigned staff
  • Meets regularly with Director of Horticulture for work assignments to plan and coordinate projects determining necessary personnel or discussion of garden concerns; assigns garden supervisors with specific tasks and should participate in the more difficult and/or complex tasks or projects
  • Performs regular inspections throughout the gardens; routine inspections may identify insect/disease problems, weed control needs, etc.; reports major problems or concerns to Director of Horticulture
  • Responsible for the staff's proper use and maintenance of tools, equipment, and materials; performs minor maintenance of power equipment, tools, and irrigation; Responsible for the gardening staff's safety performance
  • Responsible for maintaining required knowledge of established garden plants and understanding the cultural requirements to maintain their growth and cultivation
  • Lead horticultural tours as needed, assist with educational programming and special events
  • Coordinate and oversees subcontracted projects; Supervise special team projects
  • Assist in the greenhouse; starting seedling, watering, spraying and propagating plant material when needed. Perform turf and lawn maintenance, weed and water as needed
  • Occasional overall supervision of the Horticulture Department in the absence of the Director of Horticulture


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, fellow supervisors, direct supervisors, volunteers, and co-workers
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team effectively
  • Ability to work with and supervise a diverse staff and volunteer group
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and mathematical skills for research, recordkeeping, and problem-solving; ability to read design schematics
  • Ability to understand and interpret instructions; ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate maintenance and horticultural needs and personnel needs in a courteous and effective manner
  • Ability to plan, assign, supervise, and evaluate the work of subordinates and/or volunteers
  • Knowledge of garden plants and desire to learn central Florida horticulture and the aesthetic ethic of the Gardens
  • Ability to fulfill the Garden's plant collection and plant records policies
  • Ability to perform and support horticultural practices that facilitate plant health through understanding soil nutrition, sustainable gardening and Integrated Pest Management
  • Ability to visualize and conceptualize garden detail and aesthetics applying best garden practices for plant health and keep a commitment to excellence.


  • Associates or bachelor's degree in horticulture, botany, or natural sciences
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of hands-on experience in public gardens
  • Minimum 2-3 plus years supervisory experience with landscape or garden staff preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of plant culture, Best Management Practices, plant identification and design preferred
  • Previous experience in garden or grounds maintenance with the ability to operate various types of hand and power operated tools and equipment utilized in all phases of horticulture work
  • Previous experience and knowledge of irrigation systems and maintenance
  • Proficiency with PC Access program, mapping with GPS Trimble Unit, and Arcview 8.0.; Knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
  • Current Florida Commercial Pesticide Applicator's License with ornamental and turf category or ability to obtain within 90 days of hire


  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical work outside in the Florida weather year-round, sometimes under unfavorable weather conditions and exposure to insects
  • Continual or prolonged periods of time bending, stooping, reaching, crouching, kneeling, crawling, digging, and lifting at least 60 pounds
  • Occasional weekend and/or holiday work required to meet departmental deadlines or to provide staff support for BTG special events
  • Most possess and maintain a valid driver's license
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