Title: Landscape Manager
Reports to: Deputy Director for Horticulture and Urban Agriculture
Date Modified: 7/26/18
The position of Landscape Manager will provide effective day to day landscape, personnel, and grounds management, which will include oversight of power equipment, supplies, fertilizers, and chemicals. Daily duties include management of staff applying fertilizer and chemical treatment regimens, ornamental plant care, landscape planning, management, and implementation. The Landscape Manager will also assist in long range planning of horticulture operations including nursery and greenhouse facility operations. The Landscape Manager works in tandem with the Horticulture Manager and reports directly to the Deputy Director for Horticulture and Urban Agriculture.
The Landscape Manager supervises up to 4 Gardeners.
The Landscape Manager will ensure effective daily landscape operations management to include:
• Develop and implement Integrated Pest Management procedures
• Develop and implement standard operating procedures for landscape and turf management
• Irrigation installation, repair and maintenance
• Management of tool, fertilizer, and chemical inventories and scheduling and recording of applications in coordination with Horticulture Manager.
• Ensure garden cleanliness
• Safety Management and supervision
• Management and motivation of subordinate employees
• Daily operation of power equipment and heavy machinery such as skid steers and boom lifts and oversight of cyclical maintenance
• State of FL Pesticide Applicators License and FNGLA Best Management Practices certificate, or the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire, or as exam schedule allows
• Coordinate and manage volunteer crews
• Coordinate cross-departmental projects and initiatives
• Acts as the representative of the Deputy Director of Horticulture at meetings, in planning workshops and other events if Horticulture Manager is not present
Competency or position requirements
The Landscape Manager position requires technical knowledge and experience in turf, garden, and grounds maintenance practices including irrigation systems management, landscape equipment operation, and applied knowledge of Best Management Practices (BMP) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) guidelines. Employee will be required to participate in hands-on landscape activities in addition to supervision of subordinate staff and pesticide applicators, ensuring the safe and effective application of insecticides and pesticides. This position will require collaboration with occasional contracted crews of various landscape disciplines over a wide and varied area. State of Florida Public Applicator’s license is required for this position in addition to the ability to recognize pests and diseases of ornamental plants and turf. Knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn tropical and subtropical landscape plants is required. Candidates must possess a working knowledge of plant identification methods. Knowledge of gasoline powered landscape equipment and irrigation design / installation / maintenance is required. Demonstrated nursery management experience is desired but not required.
Work Environment/Physical Demands
Employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, and crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 lbs. will be able to carry up to 40 lbs. and work outside in varying climatic conditions that include excessive heat and humidity, and must be able to stand for long periods of time and safely traverse uneven surfaces, and must be able to perform general office and management duties, including the ability to efficiently operate Microsoft Office products. The ability to work with and provide basic maintenance services to typical landscape maintenance equipment (small tractor, mowers, tillers, string-trimmers, pruning/cutting equipment, hand tools) is essential. Daily duties will require visitor interaction on a regular basis, and a standard code of conduct will be required.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Position is full time, generally Monday through Friday from 7-3:30. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required upon request.
Occasional local and regional travel may be required.
JOB REQUIREMENTS (EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATION)
Education and Experience
A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Landscape Maintenance, Horticulture, or closely related field with five years’ experience in landscape and grounds management with one year’s supervisory experience is required. A Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years’ supervisory experience is preferred.
Must either possess or have the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire a FL Driver’s license, and obtaining a CDL / Class B license may be required. Ability to obtain Florida Public Applicator’s pesticide license within 6 months of hire is required. Best Practices Management certifications and Florida Nursery & Landscape Growers Association Certified Horticulturist program completion will be required as training opportunities become available.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.