Horticulture Foreperson

Position:  Horticulture Foreperson

Status:  Full-time, Exempt

Reports to:  Director of Horticulture

 

Summary

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 Horticulture Foreperson. The Foreperson will support the Horticulture department in shaping The Greenway Horticultural vision going forward. Through their work, the Foreperson will enhance the Conservancy’s goal of incorporating new stakeholders and initiatives while collaborating on  ongoing programming. The Foreperson will embrace the organization’s commitment to transparency, excellence and innovation while contributing to the continued growth of the department and organization as a whole

The Rose Kennedy Greenway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway’s evolving 10 acres of lawn and plantings provide ongoing opportunities to shape the park’s horticultural experience.  Over the past 12 years, The Greenway Horticulture department has employed an ecological, 100% organic soils-based approach to plant healthcare. Plant healthcare decisions are based on annual soil testing. 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, allow for a food source and habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators and wildlife while providing seasonal interest. By employing these innovative techniques and other elements, 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 is 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.

The Foreperson collaborates closely with the Director of Horticulture and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Horticulture staff as well as the horticultural care of The Greenway.     

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, young organization and contribute to the operation of a premier and respected public urban park. 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.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with hiring, training, mentoring and overseeing approximately four full-time staff, three seasonal staff, and two or more interns
  • Manage the Horticulture staff’s day to day activities implementing the Greenway’s Horticultural care
  • Oversee the Horticulture Field Manager in their implementation of the Greenway Conservancy Volunteer Program
  • Oversee the Ecological Plant Health Care Horticulturist and program to ensure the proper implementation of the Ecological/Organic management plan
  • Oversee the Irrigation Horticulturist to ensure the Greenway’s irrigation systems are functioning properly and working in a sustainable manner
  • Assist the Director of Horticulture in the development and achievement of departmental annual individual goals and priorities
  • Coordinate and oversee Horticulture work completed by contractors
  • Ensure safety for all in the park as it relates to horticultural work being performed. Ensure that tools and equipment are properly maintained and staff are trained on the safe use of them
  • Collaborate and coordinate with all other departments

Skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in horticulture 
  • Experience as a supervisor preferred
  • AOLCP, MCH and/or current MA Pesticide Applicator license is a plus
  • Experience working in an urban public park or garden is a plus and experience working with volunteers is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ecological/organic landcare practices, preferably in the management of an urban public park or garden, including:
    • An understanding of the local park ecology to promote a healthy, functioning ecosystem
    • Experience managing turf organically
    • Ability to Identify pest and disease issues and knowledge of how to respond with best ecological/organic healthcare practices
    • Ability to understand and interpret soil test results to develop and implement a yearly ecological/organic management plan
  • Experience working with ArcGIS a plus
  • Ability to read and understand planting plans, irrigation plans, specifications and related design/construction drawings is strongly preferred
  • Understand sound water saving techniques and best practices for a commercial irrigation system. Having a working knowledge of and experience in irrigation repair is a plus.
  • Superior demonstrated skills in:
    • Verbal and written communication
    • Working productively and professionally with a wide range of people (e.g., the public, staff, designers, contractors, community organizations, public agencies)
    • Multi-tasking and prioritization
    • Working both collaboratively and independently 
  • Results-oriented, detail-oriented, positive, 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

Logistics

  • 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 park
  • Must be able to work outside in all types of weather, kneel or stand for periods of time, and lift 50 pounds

Application process

  • Please email one-page cover letter, resume and 3 references to: jobs@rosekennedygreenway.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.