Mt. Cuba Center inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants, and works to conserve native flora through community engagement, collaborative efforts, and independent research. Comprising 1,083 acres, Mt. Cuba Center features formal estate gardens, exquisite, naturalistic woodland gardens, and over 1,000 acres of natural lands managed to promote diverse habitats for plants and wildlife. Through our programs, we foster appreciation of native plants and catalyze that energy to motivate a community of conservation. We are committed to building a collaborative, inclusive work environment, and are perennially named one of Delaware’s Best Workplaces.
The Gardens Manager is responsible for developing, managing, and leading the Horticulturist team in caring for the gardens of Mt. Cuba Center to a remarkable standard. This individual collaborates with the Director of Horticulture in the development and execution of strategic initiatives pertaining to the gardens.
Manage the Quality and Care of the Gardens
– Oversee the execution of the gardens management plan and monitor the care and health of the living plant collections by performing a variety of horticultural maintenance activities
-Manage garden renovations and planting projects, including design assistance, plant sourcing, purchasing, coordinating deliveries, scheduling, coordinating staffing, and overseeing contractors
– Assist the Director of Horticulture in sighting available and desired plant material in gardens
– Support the Living Collections Policy by maintaining plant record documentation
Lead Guest and Organizational Programs
-Provide knowledge and guidance to support guest and organizational initiatives related to profession
– Lead, guide, and train employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work
– Recruit, lead, motivate and develop employees who can successfully collaborate with all internal and external constituencies to help achieve the core objectives, inclusive of making all staffing action decisions
Program & Project Administration
– Lead the planning and execution of department initiatives and budget in alignment with Mt. Cuba Center’s mission and goals, including effective policy and procedural development
– Work cooperatively with the management team on adopting and implementing organization-wide systems, and help guide and execute the strategic goals of the institution to support Mt. Cuba Center’s mission
– Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field and 5 years’ experience in a public garden setting with a minimum of 3 years in a managerial capacity.
– Strong horticultural knowledge
– Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, small and large engine equipment and vehicles
– Ability to organize, manage and motivate employees, contractors and others
– Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
– Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time and effectively function without close supervision
– Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
– Requires moderate physical work; frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds
This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, and outstanding professional development opportunities.
Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.