University of Delaware University of Delaware, Newark, DE, United States
Oct 13, 2017Full time
Horticulture ManagerThe University of DelawareNewark, Delaware Under the direction of the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG) Director, the Horticulture Manager will assist with activities for various projects within the Agricultural Experiment Station/UDBG, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. These duties will primarily include: Serve as horticultural maintenance manager for UDBG, management of the UDBG nursery production program, management of new and existing natural resource areas, student intern program manager, coordination with researchers to implement statistically valid variety trials for horticulture, entomology, wildlife and other research programs.MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:• Annually develop a landscape maintenance plan and budget for the management of the woody, herbaceous and turf plant collections throughout the UDBG. This includes pest control of all planting, nutrient management, and pruning of all woody specimens for aesthetics and safety. in addition to detailed record keeping throughout the year.• Annually develop and implement a plan for enhancement and maintenance of ecological gardens throughout the UDBG to improve habitat and environmental protection for use in research and experiential learning.• Coordinate with local experts and professionals for management of noxious and invasive plant and animal species in our ecological gardens. This will include maintaining all necessary certifications for pesticide applications and nuisance animal control.• Oversee all aspects of nursery production, including development of a purchasing and production budget for UDBG plant sales. This will, but may not be limited to: annual development of detailed plant production schedules, purchasing inventory for sale, monitoring availability of unique inventory in nurseries throughout the US, management, fiscal management, utilizing social media, and post-sale handling of inventory.• Establish contacts with producers nationwide to annually implement cultivar evaluation trials, including growing entries, trial layout, data collection and analysis, report preparation, and electronic posting of results on the UDBG website.• Establish and maintain relationships with local nurseries to monitor crop availability to maintain a unique inventory for potential inclusion in plant sales. • Coordinate with local producers/experts for progressive production techniques.• Hiring, management and training of student interns, part-time and seasonal employees. Management of student internships must include experiential learning reinforcing classroom princeples, field trips to other regional public gardens and interactions with interns from other regional institutions. Training shall be reflective of current and progressive maintenance techniques and include safety training on all equipment.• Coordinate with UDBG Volunteer coordinator to identify activities for volunteers to assist in the maintenance of the garden and nursery areas.• Develop and enhance new programming within the College as deemed necessary to meet experiential learning demand centered on horticulture, design, and wildlife. This involves extensive planning for curriculum, guest lecture engagements, and oversite of additional seasonal internships.• Must coordinate with faculty/extension personnel for research, outreach and experiential learning opportunities.• Coordinate with Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners for outreach opportunities and College faculty for experiential learning in conjunction with curriculum. This may include guest lecturing and public speaking engagements.• Coordinate with development professionals to optimize fundraising efforts and work across various departments within the College for grant writing opportunities.• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.QUALIFICATIONS:• Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or other related field and three years of directly related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.• Knowledge of plant physiology and growth, pest identification and control, soil and soilless media management and modification, and nutrient management.• Pesticide applicators license.• Extensive knowledge of large and small scale nursery production with concentration on, IPM, propagation, and progressive production techniques to include sustainable irrigation systems, and nutrient management.• Knowledge of pesticide management applications and necessary certifications.• Ability to safely operate machinery and various equipment used for crop production and landscape maintenance.• Proficiency in use of Microsoft applications; ability to modify web site, and ability to generate reports in a timely fashion.• Ability to understand, follow and enforce safety procedures.• Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:• Position is physically demanding and job tasks require work to be done outdoors, in wet, dry, hot, cold, and potentially dusty environmental conditions.• Position may require the ability to use personal protective breathing equipment based on working conditions.For a complete list of requirements and job duties and to apply online, please visit the UDJOBS website at www.udel.edu/udjobs Job ID 105043Equal Employment Opportunity The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html. Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.