Supervisor: Director of Operations Classification: Salaried /Exempt
Employment Status: Full Time/Permanent Date Updated: 2-06-08
Summary: This position is responsible for acquiring, propagating and caring for
greenhouse and nursery crops for the plant sale and general use in the garden. The
greenhouse manager also organizes and oversees plant sales on the grounds and
assists with general horticultural work as needed.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Orders plant material for use on the grounds of the garden and for retail at TBG.
Propagates and grows perennials and annuals for use in the plant sales and on the
grounds; includes disease and insect control both in the greenhouse and nursery
areas. Woody plant propagation and growth will be involved to a lesser degree.
Plans and executes major plant sales to support garden operations; includes
working well with volunteers and staff in the planning and implementation process.
Responsible for care, maintenance and disease/insect control for plants in
greenhouse, quarantine and nursery areas. It is critical that the grower produce high
quality plants for sale and use on the grounds. Assuring weekend care of the
greenhouse, nursery and quarantine areas is required.
Maintains Greenhouse systems including computerized climate control system.
Orders, grows and helps install the annual plantings on the garden grounds
including containers and baskets.
Coordinates the production and distribution of Oak Openings Native plants.
Serve as primary contact to Agricultural Research Service/USDA for four
greenhouse bays rented for research purposes.
Represent TBG to Maumee Valley Growers, a regional greenhouse consortium.
Makes suggestions for and help implement improvements in the facilities,
procedures and services regarding propagation, maintenance and retail operations.
Supervises and works alongside greenhouse and horticulture volunteers.
Works major garden events including Plant Sale and Crosby Festival of the Arts.
Assists at special events as needed.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Volunteers, part time and seasonal gardeners, and the
full-time horticulturists engaged in propagation or care for the plant collection .
Position requires a degree in horticulture or related field, two years relevant
experience, including the identification and maintenance of a variety of plant
Excellent and effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to
work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
General maintenance and repair skills.
Must obtain and maintain an Ohio public operator’s license for greenhouse chemical
application upon hiring.
Must possess a valid driver's license.
Familiarity with computerized greenhouse control systems such as Argus preferred.
Excellent knowledge of Greenhouse Production (production schedules, insect,
fungus and disease control.
Proven growing abilities, utilization of drip irrigation systems, cost control practices,
and knowledge of retail operations for plant sales.
Demonstrated ability to research and secure new plant introductions as well as all-
time public favorites for the plant sales.
Good knowledge of irrigation systems including installation and repair.
Ability to order, grow, and oversee the installation of annuals and annual displays.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in planting, fertilizing, applying chemicals,
weeding, watering, pruning, and caring for plant materials, including disease and
insect identification and treatment.
Good knowledge of work hazards and safety rules and procedures.
Proven ability to use and care for equipment and tools.
Skill in organizing resources, establishing priorities and managing multiple tasks
Passion for excellence in programs and services.
Understanding and appreciation of the goals, objectives, and operations of Toledo
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
Ability to use computers, printers, word processing, and spreadsheet software,
varied office equipment.
Work Environment: The individual will work inside and outside with others.
Employee will work both indoors and out. May be exposed to hazardous chemicals,
but will be provided approved PPE and instruction to ensure their safety and safety of
other staff and visitors. Moderate lifting and bending is required for this position. Work
includes some evening and some weekend duties.
How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume to: Philip Page, Director of Operations,
Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43615-2803. For more
information call 419.936.2971. Fax: 419.936.2987.