Holden Forests & Gardens seeks a Vice-President of Horticulture.

We are seeking an experienced, highly dedicated individual to assume the role of Vice President of Horticulture. The Vice President will manage the staff at both the Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum campuses, and provide vision for the development of our gardens and plant displays. Primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to maintaining and further developing our signature campus collections (gardens, grounds, and glasshouses) to reflect the high standards expected for regional and national recognition, collaborating with staff across both campuses to create and implement annual and long-term collections plans, and continued use of sustainable horticulture practices. The Vice President is expected to represent Holden Forests & Gardens at local and national meetings, lead tours, and serve as a spokesperson to diverse public and professional audiences regarding horticulture activities. The Vice President of Horticulture will report directly to the Chief Program Officer for Science, Conservation and Horticulture and manages a staff of 18 including full and part-time positions as well as seasonal and volunteer support.

This position is a close partner to Collections Management and Research staff to ensure that gardens and display areas are managed following the institution’s plant collections policy and our interest in the preservation and conservation of plants and trees for education, research, and public enjoyment. The Vice President will also work closely with the Education & Guest Services and other departments to ensure that all programs, exhibitions, and events highlight horticultural excellence through creative and inspiring display. 

Holden Forests & Gardens is one of Northeast Ohio’s largest and most important cultural and environmental institutions. It comprises two campuses, the urban Cleveland Botanical Garden campus in Cleveland’s University Circle and the rural Holden Arboretum campus in Kirtland, and is the 12th largest public garden in the US. The Cleveland Botanical Garden campus is a 10-acre urban environment that includes extensive outdoor plant displays and two indoor glasshouses which feature examples of forest and desert biomes (www.cbgarden.orgOpens a New Window.). The Holden Arboretum campus comprises 3500 acres in a suburban setting, and includes 500 acres of plant collections, gardens and displays and over 3000 acres of natural areas. (http://www.holdenarb.org/Opens a New Window.).

Interested applicants should have a Master’s degree in public horticulture, landscape horticulture, or a related field. The successful candidate will also have a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience in horticulture, landscaping and garden maintenance.

Salary Range: $87,000 - $110,000
Job Classification: Full-time, salary

To apply: We will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2019. Applicants should apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=db704977-d8c5-4be2-a36a-23f4002eddc0&jobId=48224&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001.

Please upload as one document a 1) curriculum vitae 2) a cover letter describing your experience and qualification and 3) and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Questions concerning the position should be forwarded to David Burke, Chief Program Officer for Science, Horticulture and Conservation ([email protected] a New Window.).

Holden Forests &Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: December 18, 2018
Deadline: January 15, 2019