Position Detail

Greenhouse Supervisor (#680)

Hiring Range:
$22.00 – $24.00 Hourly
Date Posted:
05/30/2018
Type/Department:
Staff in Botanic Garden
Search Status:
Search Is Open - Accepting Applications
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General Summary:  This position performs all duties associated with the day to day maintenance and care of the Talcott Greenhouse and the permanent and temporary living collections housed there; participates in the development of the collection; and participates in Botanic Garden events, functions, programs and planning.

Preferred Education/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science or a closely-related field and 5 years related professional experience in the care and maintenance of a diverse indoor collection of plants.
  • Must possess and maintain a Massachusetts pesticide applicator’s license
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs.  The ability to walk, kneel, bend, stand for extended periods, stoop, sit, crouch, drive vehicles, and climb ladders and stairs.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a wide range of climate and weather conditions
  • Possess a working knowledge of plant nomenclature
  • Familiarity with plant records databases (such as BG-Base, Iris BG, BRAHMS) is very desirable.
  • Develop and maintain an active interest in and knowledge of the history, mission, and role of the Botanic Garden on campus and beyond.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team that includes staff, students, and interns.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
  • Willingness to lead tours, conduct workshops and actively participate in Botanic Garden events, educational, and outreach programs.
  • A passion for working in a public garden setting and a genuine interest to continually learn and develop as a horticulturist.

Work Schedule: This position is full-time, 37.5 hours per week and generally Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00.  Weekend duty is assigned on a rotational basis with other Botanic Garden staff.  Weekend hours worked will not constitute hours beyond the typical 37.5 hour week.  Emergency situations and participation in special events may require work beyond this schedule.  Weekly hours in excess of 37.5 must be pre-approved by supervisor or in response to an emergency situation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform duties associated with all aspects of caring for and maintaining the Talcott Greenhouse’s diverse living collections including but not limited to:
    • Watering
    • Potting, repotting and transplanting
    • Pruning & training
    • Managing nutritional needs
    • Monitoring for and identifying insect, animal, disease, weed and abiotic problems and implementing appropriate measures for control, as needed.
    • Propagating plants by various sexual and asexual means for the purposes of maintaining and further developing the living collection; providing for academic program and faculty needs; and producing plants for BG and/or MHC events.
    • Coordinating with faculty and students use of greenhouse space for bona fide research/experimental purposes
    • Researching and implementing best practices, methods, and technologies for effective management of the collection and the facilities.  
  • Perform duties associated with maintaining the Talcott Greenhouse infrastructure including but not limited to:
    • Application and removal of shading material
    • Performing basic repairs/adjustments and routine maintenance including resetting slipped panes, greasing vent arms and gears, cleaning gutters, etc.
    • Maintain safe, clean, accessible and sanitary work spaces and growing spaces.
    • Monitoring for, identifying and reporting to Facilities Management routine maintenance or acute needs relevant to the maintenance of woodwork, glass, benches, painted surfaces, mechanical systems, etc.
  • Plant records and curation
    • Maintain accurate labels and records for Talcott Greenhouse collection.
    • Assist in the development of the Talcott Greenhouse living collections in adherence with the living collections policy.
  • Programs, events and visitor support:
  • Annual Spring Flower Show
    • Actively participate in all aspects of planning, designing, constructing, setting up, maintaining and breaking down of Show
  • Lead tours for special interest groups, as needed or requested.
  • Engage with visitors in a professional & helpful way to enhance their experience, perception and appreciation of the Talcott Greenhouse, the Botanic Garden overall and Mount Holyoke College.
  • Professional Development
    • Attend professional meetings, workshops, and seminars as relevant to core responsibilities of job.
    • Maintain certification as a licensed Massachusetts pesticide applicator.
    • Maintain awareness of current research, practices and equipment relevant to care, and maintenance of the living collection as well as the greenhouse structure.
    • Develop and maintain cooperative professional relationships with public garden and green industry colleagues.
  • Student Workers
    • Responsible for the selection and hiring of MHC student workers for Talcott Greenhouse.
    • Train, coordinate scheduling of and direct activities of student workers in Talcott Greenhouse
  • Work Environment
    • Fully engage with staff, interns and volunteers and, through effective communication and professional behavior, help to maintain a positive, respectful and progressive work environment.
    • Maintain an active and engaged interest in all BG activities and programs.
    • Develop a thorough understanding of MHCBG’s history and mission, and how its collections, programs and activities support its mission and the BG’s relevance to the greater MHC community and beyond.
  • Coordinate assembling and delivering (as needed) plants for academic program needs and special MHC events.
  • Other job duties as assigned

Job descriptions are guidelines that attempt to characterize major duties and responsibilities of employees.   These duties are subject to change as needs and programs change.  At MHCBG they are not considered either inclusive or exclusive.  It is anticipated that up to 20% of your job responsibilities may change annually.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.