Native Horticulture Supervisor

Native Horticulture Supervisor

Job Summary: The Horticulture Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the year-round care and maintenance of the Park’s landscaped areas and native plantings at the direction of the Landscape Manager. This includes proactively managing the native horticulture areas, landscaping beds, and supporting overall park maintenance efforts. Through oversight and strong collaboration across all departments, the Native Horticulture Supervisor will be responsible for all aspects of team member oversight; monitoring, caring for, and reporting on designated park zones, including diverse plantings, irrigation systems; and ensuring a positive and safe public experience in the Park. Base Schedule: Monday-Friday 6:30am- 3:00pm, may adjust based on seasons

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Work collaboratively and creatively with operations leadership in a team-first environment.
  • Supervise, direct and train staff, seasonal workers, interns, and volunteers (individuals and groups) in executing horticultural tasks.
  • Monitor, care for, and report on designated park zones, hardscape elements, including a wide range of native landscaped areas including rain gardens, bioswales, green walls, and pollinator beds.
  • Increase distribution and diversity of native landscaped areas within high visibility areas of the park.
  • Coordinate and monitor irrigation of plantings, especially during time of establishment and drought;
  • Work collaboratively to develop and maintain native plantings within the landscaped areas of the Park.
  • Coordinate with Development team to pursue grant writing opportunities to help expand funding capacity for native landscapes.
  • Oversee and perform seasonal landscape work including planting, pruning, weeding, dividing and transplanting, leaf removal, seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, lawn renovations, mulching, etc.
  • Ensure appropriate inventory and care of equipment, supplies, uniforms, and materials for daily horticulture operations.
  • Operate small and large equipment including utility vehicles, trucks, tractors, backpack blowers, string strimmer, edger, and others as needed.
  • Communicate park operations information; assist in developing a proactive, data-driven horticulture management plan to ensure the proper long- and short-term care of the Park’s living assets.
  • Document, report, and catalog plant-related information and inventory.
  • Proactively scout for and treat pests and disease.    
  • Interact with Park patrons in a professional manner and ensure team members are trained accordingly – providing accurate and pertinent information regarding the MPC and the Park.
  • Enforce MPC rules, safety policies and procedures and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Minimum Requirements:

  • Five or more years supervisory experience in public horticulture, native plant establishment, conservation, invasive species management, public parks, or related field required.
  • Degree in Horticulture, Plant Science, Environmental Science, or related field required.
  • Strong plant ID skills of native and invasive species in the Houston area.
  • Experience with park management, safety practices, supervisory and management techniques.
  • Computer skills and ability to work with Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with asset management software a plus, must be comfortable learning new software.
  • Strong communication skills; highly motivated; ability to work independently but also collaboratively.
  • Ability to work a varied schedule including weekends, holidays, and evenings
  • Texas Pesticide Applicator License required or secured within the first four months of employment
  • Licensed irrigator; or ability to obtain within the first 6 months
  • Ability to communicate in English and Spanish preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License; CDL a plus
  • Knowledge of Memorial Park a plus

Abilities Required:

  • Ability to perform heavy, physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work a varied schedule with overtime including weekends, holidays, and evenings
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Sufficient strength and manual dexterity to operate power equipment
  • Ability to stand, crouch, and climb to use ladders and perform various types of manual labor
  • Willing and able to work outdoors all year round

Safety Requirements: Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

Compensation: Initial compensation range from $40-50k, based on experience. This is an exempt position.  Benefits include full medical, dental and vision benefits, generous paid time off, short-term and long-term disability, continuing education allowance and 401k retirement plan.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter along with two references to careers@memorialparkconservancy.org.