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Horticulture Coordinator

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village is seeking a Horticulture Coordinator to lead, manage and grow the museum’s historical horticulture program, including day-to-day planning and oversight of the museum’s Countryside Gardens, Center Village Gardens, Herb Garden, and expansive trail system.

The Horticulture Coordinator reports to the Director of Interpretation, and works closely with the Agriculture and Household programs.

Job Duties

Lead the Village’s horticulture program, including day-to-day management of paid staff, volunteers fellows, and interns; oversight of the historic flower, vegetable and herb gardens and nature trails located throughout the Village; and administration of the Village’s seed packaging program.
Develop and execute a 3-year plan for innovating and expanding the Village’s horticulture program; in collaboration with garden leads, plan, organize, communicate and measure yearly goals for the horticulture program and its interplay with other museum departments.
Bring the museum’s Horticulture program to life through teaching, facilitation, interpretation and/or performance skills.
Serve as an active ambassador and advocate for the Village’s Horticulture program both within the Village and externally.
Work with the Horticulture staff to manage the overall logistics of the horticultural program and its defined goals; craft and clarify daily and seasonal directives internally and interdepartmentally to guide the garden team, and ensure garden tasks are completed satisfactorily and in a timely manner with consideration to restrictions on staffing, budget and time.
Work directly with the Education Department to plan, develop, and implement immersive educational programs for Old Sturbridge Academy.
Day-to-day responsibilities including recruiting, training, managing and evaluating employees; planning, assigning, directing and observing work, directing work; conducting performance appraisals; and participating in staff calibration session.
Develop innovative garden-related programming to draw new visitors to the museum while evaluating, supporting and/or scaling existing programs with garden topics and activities.
Lead, organize and/or participate in horticulture-related special events and other programs; communicate special event details to all gardeners and evaluates the successes of events; and work with Marketing Department to promote horticulture-related programs.

Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree (B.A) in Horticulture or equivalent from four-year college.
3 to 5 years hands-on horticulture experience.
One year or more experience working with the public in a museum, botanical garden, educational institution or historical society.
Proven ability to identify and manage horticultural issues including insects and plant disease, and general garden upkeep and maintenance. Specific knowledge relating to the historical background of plants, their uses, and the history of gardens is desirable but can also be attained through Village garden experience.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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