Plans, coordinates, implements, administers, and evaluates a comprehensive system of horticultural, turf care, grounds and custodial maintenance at the Zoo. Plans, staffs, trains, and monitors for optimum efficiency, cost effectiveness, safety, and improved sustainable practices. Enhances services by provide an engaging attractive park for Zoo visitors.
• Plans, directs and coordinates the activities of the Horticulture Division staff to ensure the Zoo is in the best possible condition for the public and staff.
• Develops work plans, including priorities, to assure maximum utilization of personnel and equipment.
• Effectively communicates and instills teamwork with employees through staff meetings, written communications and training.
• Interviews, hires, trains, reviews, and as necessary, disciplines staff.
• Inspects Zoo gardens regularly for work planning and prioritization. Consults with staff for input.
• Directs and coordinates accessioning, design, establishment and maintenance of new, and existing, annual/perennial, turf, indoor/outdoor ornamental tree, shrub, and perennial plant collections.
• Oversees Greenhouse and Rainforest plant care and growing programs.
• Takes lead role in Zoo Browse operations.
• Evaluates employees and initiates steps to improve levels of efficiency and quality.
• Assists employees in career plan development, identifies and designates training sessions as needed.
• Schedules use of equipment by service maintenance staff and establishes procedures and practices for inspection, maintenance, and repair of equipment assigned to Horticulture Division.
• Trains personnel in techniques, procedures and policies of park operation and maintenance to assure a safe and efficient work environment.
• Participates in long-term and short-term planning within the Zoo, and district wide.
• Collaborates with appropriate supervisors in preparation of the budget and budget administration. Directs purchases of materials and services in accordance with District Guidelines and policies in a manner that assures effective use of financial resources.
• Assumes the “Manager on Duty” role for Facility Operations Division on weekends and as assigned. When serving in this capacity, supervises staff in all areas of Facility Operations and acts as the point person for all management decision making on weekends.
• Oversees weekend Zoo event setups, maintenance, and tear downs.
• Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other professionals and the public concerning Zoo activities, programs, projects, and other related Zoo business.
• Supports, and as needed, leads the Zoo’s snow removal program.
• Assists with recycling, compost, and other sustainability-related programs.
• Coordinates staff participation in local, national and international plant conservation projects.
• Oversees the plant quarantine and rescue program with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department.
• Keeps Director of Facilities Operations informed of critical information.
• Carries out duties and responsibilities in safe and efficient manner to maintain a safe work environment and surrounding area. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action as capable and promptly notifying supervisor.
• Updates and enhances own knowledge by involvement in continuing education for professional growth, i.e., attends relevant conferences, seminars, in-service trainings and certification programs.
• Performs related duties as apparent or assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in horticulture, landscape construction or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Minimum of five (5) years of related experience required. Minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience required.
• Must have a good driving record (less than six (6) active points on driving records at the application stage of the hiring process) and possess a valid Ohio driver’s license.
• Applied knowledge of methods and techniques of park and recreation management, horticulture, grounds maintenance and human relations.
• Managerial level knowledge of the safe and proper operation and maintenance of typical grounds, custodial, and specialized equipment.
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
• Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
• Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations. Experience with management of unionized workforce preferred.
• Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
• Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
• Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.
• Must be non-smoker/tobacco user.
Your cover letter must clearly explain how your skills and experience align with the above job qualifications.
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