Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Job Summary:

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is seeking a highly motivated and results-oriented candidate to join the Conservation & Research team focusing on collections curation, propagation, and management.  The successful candidate will manage all facilities and horticulture operations at the nearly 7-acre conservation nursery in Gainesville, GA. This site incorporates 7 acres of mixed natural, nursery, shade, and hoop house collections. The individual needs to be detail oriented, maintain excellent records, possess management experience, and have 5 to 7 years of experience managing all aspects of plant nursery operation.


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Job Duties

Key Responsibilities: Manage all facilities and horticultural activities at the Conservation Safeguarding Nursery (CSN) Manage conservation horticulture staff, interns, and volunteers at the CSN Plan and implement daily Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to collections Carry out daily horticulture operations including watering, weeding, fertilizing, repotting, and maintaining plant collections. Drive the development, implementation, and updating of curatorial plans for conservation collections at the CSN. Ensure that BRAHAMS database is updated on current plant inventories, experiments, spray/fertilizer applications, and distribution of plant materials Document standard operating procedures for germination and horticultural production of rare and threatened species Provide training and guidance to other members of staff, interns, and volunteers. Manage and assist in the implementation of conservation projects, including managing staff assigned to the CSN and ensuring experimental protocols are implemented correctly. Develop and manage seed increase plot program for select species Develop and adherence to a yearly and project based working nursery budget Working with suppliers and contractors to meet nursery needs and repairs

Job Qualifications

Qualifications: Minimum 5-years experience managing nursery facilities and plant collections, preferably in a botanical garden Minimum 3 years of staff management experience Master’s Degree (preferred) or B.S. in Horticulture, Botany, Ecology, or closely related science. Highly organized with the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with a high attention to detail and adherence to production and research protocols Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and understanding of curating and managing conservation collections at a botanical garden. High level critical thinking, analytic and proactive problem-solving skills Strong ability to document experiments and troubleshoot protocols Demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment Demonstrated ability to coordinated groups/teams of partners, staff, and volunteers Demonstrated ability to provide training and support to a wide variety of audiences Georgia Pesticide applicators license required (or willing to get within first 3 months) Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. Physical Demands: Requires significant physical activity: significant amount of walking over varied terrain, bending,  lifting, and carrying up to 50 lb. Use of chemicals is necessary. Some travel required. Ability to drive. Work Environment:  Work is performed indoors and outdoors, in a variety of challenging weather conditions. Driving between Midtown Atlanta and Gainesville, GA required. The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.


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