Director of Horticulture
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, known as a leader in organic horticulture, seeks an individual with a passion for applying those skills in an urban park setting, as our next Director of Horticulture. As Director of Horticulture, this individual will lead the Horticulture department in shaping the The Greenway Horticultural vision going forward. Through this work, the Director plays an important role in helping to shape the Conservancy as it incorporates new stakeholders and initiatives while running ongoing programming. The Director will embrace the organization’s commitment to transparency, excellence and innovation while shaping the continued growth of the department and organization as a whole.
The Rose Kennedy Greenway
The Rose Kennedy Greenway’s evolving 17 acres of lawn and plantings provide perpetual opportunities to shape the park’s horticultural experience. Over the past 12 years, The Greenway Horticulture department has employed an ecological, 100% organic, ground-up, soils-based approach to plant healthcare. Plant healthcare decisions are based on annual soil testing and we brew and apply organic compost tea to all lawns and plant areas. The park irrigation system is managed sustainably, responding to fluctuations in soil, climate and plant conditions. Horticulture maintenance practices such as intentionally delayed fall cutbacks and lighter than usual Spring cleanups, allows for a food source and habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators and wildlife while providing seasonal interest. By employing these innovative techniques and others, such as a pollinator ribbon, bee hives, wildflower meadow and native plantings, The Greenway Horticulture department has created and will continue to promote a healthy, functioning ecosystem. It has been the Horticulture department’s ongoing aspiration to manage and maintain The Greenway horticulture to a botanical garden standard. To help achieve this, the Horticulture department manages a robust volunteer program embracing corporate and private volunteer groups on a weekly basis.
This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, young organization and contribute to the operation of a premier and respected public space. The Greenway Conservancy is committed to providing a public park environment that is welcoming to racially, culturally, and economically diverse residents and visitors. You can read more about our mission, vision, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our website.
- Provide mature leadership for the Horticulture staff and in representing the Horticulture Department during leadership team meetings, with outside consultants and when interacting with our Board of Directors
- Envision and provide long-term planning to address areas of The Greenway ripe for revitalization through redesign and replanting or as an additive approach
- Work with the leadership team in setting organizational goals on an annual basis
- Set departmental goals and work with the Horticulture Foreperson in setting individual goals for the Horticulture staff on an annual basis
- Prepare and manage the Horticulture Department budget
- Collaborate and coordinate with all other departments to collectively support achieving organizational goals
- Lead the Horticulture team in its ongoing efforts in 100% organic plant care, Zone Gardening, maintaining the irrigation system, rodent and animal control, volunteering, etc.
- Hire, manage and mentor approximately six year-round staff plus seasonal and intern staff members
Skills and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required, preferably in the field of Horticulture, Plant Science, Environmental Studies or Landscape Architecture
- Minimum of 7 years experience in horticulture
- Minimum of 5 years experience as a supervisor
- Demonstrated knowledge of ecological/organic landcare practices, preferably in the management of an urban public park or garden
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Possess experience and skill in:
- working productively and professionally with a wide range of individuals (e.g., designers, artists, engineers, contractors, community organizations, volunteers, public agencies)
- multi-tasking and prioritization
- working both collaboratively and independently
- planning, project management and budgeting
- relationship building
- Display an ability to read and comprehend design and construction plans and specifications
- Ability to anticipate issues, develop solutions, and manage resolution
- Must be results-driven, collaborative, detail-oriented, positive and calm under pressure
- Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license in good standing
- Familiarity with Boston and the Rose Kennedy Greenway is a plus
- The work hours of the Horticulture Department are generally Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 3:30pm, but flexibility is required
- An effective balance will be required of the individual to perform indoor admin functions with hands on responsibilities in the parks
- Must be able to work outside in all types of weather, kneel or stand for periods of time, and be able to lift 50 pounds
Please email one-page cover letter, resume and 3 references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with job title in the subject line. Each file name should begin with the applicant’s last name.
- No phone calls, please.
About The Greenway and the Greenway Conservancy (www.rosekennedygreenway.org)
The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore.
The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The Conservancy has won numerous awards, including for our organic landscape care and park programming. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by a range of private sources.
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression (including transgender) or any other characteristic protected by law.