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Positions Currently Available:

Job Title: Garden Manager
Status: Exempt, Full-time (periodic weekend or evening service), Salaried, Year-Round
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Ross, Ca 94957
Date: February 1, 2018

The Garden Manager is responsible for preserving and maintaining the historic landscape of the Marin Art & Garden Center for the enjoyment and education of the public. The Garden Manager will assure that MAGC provides a welcoming environment and a smoothly functioning site for a variety of users. With the garden team, s/he will nurture a garden that celebrates the legacy of its founders and the passion of local gardeners, with heritage trees, gracious seating areas, and a changing palette of plants suitable for Marin County gardens.

This position is responsible for all horticulture operations for the garden and grounds of MAGC. This position is also responsible for the direct and daily supervision of all garden department personnel. The Garden Manager assumes a high level of responsibility and is a key member of the MAGC management team. With an emphasis on achieving the highest standards of horticulture and display, this is a multi-faceted position where organization, supervision, communication and leadership are all present, with a proven proficiency in horticulture, sustainable practices, and safety.

The Garden Manager will participate in site-wide planning and program development, contributing ideas and information for educational and interpretive initiatives. S/he will work with a range of individual volunteers and affiliated groups who provide volunteer services to MAGC and will participate in recruitment and training of new volunteers. The Garden Manager will also work with consultants retained by MAGC to support improvements on the grounds in accordance with the MAGC Master Plan.



Plan, schedule, coordinate and delegate horticulture work activities and priorities for all garden areas, with the goal of creating and sustaining a consistent garden style and high level of year-round interest on the grounds, that is also sensitive to the historic context.

  • Under the general direction of the Executive Director and with input from the Board of Trustees and Planning Committee, implement the overall vision for the garden and grounds department that enhances the visitor experience through the historic gardens and landscape.
  • Support overall plant health and soil nutrition strategies for all gardens, including sustainable practices and integrated pest management.
  • Be a “hands-on” leader and actively working in daily horticultural tasks in garden areas.
  • Create seasonal displays, select and procure plant materials and establish planting schedule.
  • Manage perennial displays, shrub and tree specimens with attention to planning for replacement as needed.
  • Establish and implement overall quality standards to be maintained throughout the garden department.
  • Be responsible for the storage, handling and record keeping of the integrated pest management program.
  • Manage MAGC’s tree program to ensure preservation of trees and public safety.
  • Manage community service, volunteer, and intern projects.
  • Support and facilitate the development of expanded programs in the areas of horticulture and education.
  • Participate in professional organizations in the horticulture community.
  • Enforce safety standards regarding the use of equipment and pest management for the garden staff and
  • Initiate collections management system to document current plant collections and provide for replacement
    and expansion.
  • Conduct tours and give presentations both onsite and in other venues.
  • Assure overall cleanliness and neatness of the grounds, particularly in advance of events.

Personnel and Budget

  • Participate in the development of the garden and grounds department through hiring and management of
    garden personnel;
  • Conduct performance reviews for garden personnel, as well as training and counseling;
  • Evaluate regularly the effectiveness of contracted services for landscape maintenance;
  • Participate in the development and management of the annual budget for areas of responsibility;
  • Partner with others in the administration of safety programs, accident prevention, emergency
    communication and documentation of training;
  • Purchase and control inventory of garden department tools, power equipment, supplies, services, vehicles,
    etc. as funded by the approved budget.

Leadership and General

  • As a member of the management team, support and facilitate the development of expanded programs in the
    areas of horticulture and education and participate in the development of organizational plans.
  • Become an acknowledged leader in the regional horticultural professional community.
  • Provide support and facilitate staffing and special arrangements for special events, rentals, and programs;
  • Partner with Facilities Department on structural repairs and improvements in the garden, as well as all
    equipment repairs;
  • Maintain clear and effective documentation, communication, record keeping and scheduling with electronic
    hardware and software provided;
  • Lead group projects and teach volunteer classes;
  • Maintain flexibility and perform other duties as assigned to respond to the needs of the organization.
  • Attendance and punctuality are essential to work and all work-related functions.

This position has direct and daily supervisory responsibilities for 2-3 part-time employees, landscape and irrigation
services, and volunteers, including community service and corporate groups.

An individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed above and any additional responsibilities as directed as
well as satisfy the educational and skill requirements listed below:

Education and/or Experience

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, Botany, Natural Sciences or a related field; or equivalent educational


  • Minimum of at least 5 years working in a botanical garden, large nursery, formal estate garden, or similar
  • Minimum of 2 years of hands-on supervisory experience of 5 or more employees;
  • Experience at a manager level in a team-based multi-disciplinary organization;
  • Experience with budget development and management;
  • Experience in strategic planning re horticulture collection interpretation and display;
  • Proven experience in working closely with staff and volunteers on a variety of tasks;
  • Strong plant knowledge and understanding of history and preservation;
  • Proficiency with collections management systems such as IRIS BG desirable.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrate excellent interpretation, horticulture display, preservation and restoration and project
    management skills;
  • Utilize knowledge of professional standards and industry best practices;
  • Demonstrate exceptional attention to detail and take a very “hands on” approach to tasks;
  • Be task flexible with strong interpersonal skills and work as part of a team-oriented environment;
  • Ability to interact positively with trustees, donors, staff and volunteers;;
  • Comfortable speaking in public in front of audiences, and strong, effective verbal and written communication
  • Work independently, take initiative to identify site needs and opportunities, and demonstrate wise decisionmaking
    within the bounds of the area of responsibility and authority;
  • Take direction, multi-task, and work effectively in a team environment.

Supervisory and Management Knowledge and Responsibilities:

  • Safely use and teach use of power tools and landscape equipment;
  • Effectively teach/coach how to clean and store equipment;
  • Properly use and teach use of protective gear;
  • Demonstrate some mechanical knowledge and repairs;
  • Label, record and teach gas usage, fertilizer and pesticide use, planting information, propagation data entry,
    temperatures, irrigation schedules, area schedules, etc.;
  • Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure
  • Plan weekly and seasonally for what needs to be done on the grounds and assign tasks and projects;
  • Demonstrate computer skills to support communications, budget management, research, and collections data


Current driver’s license for use of company owned vehicles and automobile insurance for personally owned car used in
the course of business.


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job including:

  • Stand, walk across uneven terrain, climb ladders (extensive use of orchard and extension ladders up to 16’ and
    scaffolding up to 25’) and stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, handle, lift, carry, push and bend
  • Possess strength sufficient to exert force up to 60 lbs. occasionally and/or up to 35 lbs. frequently, and/or up to 20
    lbs. constantly to lift, carry, push and pull or otherwise move objects;
  • Perform repetitive motions up to 50% of time using tools, equipment and a keyboard & mouse;
  • Able to drive vehicles and large garden equipment.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but there are occasional (2-3x a day) when the noise level
requires the use of protective gear to shield ears. Due to the use of garden equipment and possible airborne debris, the
use of protective eye gear is required when appropriate.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter explaining why you are an appropriate candidate for this position and a resume to Please no phone calls.

  • Compensation: Compensation based on skills and experience. 403b plan. PTO plus paid National holidays.
  • Principals only. Recruiters please do not contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity: The Marin Art and Garden Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider
    qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender,
    gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status,
    or protected veteran status.