Greenhouse and Gardens Manager

Pennsylvania, United States
23 Oct 2018
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23 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.

The department of Biology in Penn Arts & Sciences operates a greenhouse, gardens, and growth chambers to support teaching and research endeavors of Penn faculty and students. James G. Kaskey Memorial Park includes the BioPond and is open to the public year round; enjoyed by Penn faculty, staff, students and community members. It provides a green respite in the midst of an urban setting. Local classrooms also benefit from visiting the gardens for learning opportunities.
Currently the department has a position open for an experienced Garden and Greenhouse Manager who will be responsible for the oversight and effective operations of the greenhouse, gardens, and growth chambers of the Biology department. The Manager will be responsible for ensuring that all systems are functioning efficiently, troubleshooting, and engaging appropriate resources for the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of all facilities. The Manager will also contribute to long-term planning for the gardens, research projects, and outreach.
The manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the garden and greenhouses including planning plantings, overseeing the care of trees, weeding, pruning, pest management, pond care, and general upkeep. In support of the projects and activities of the garden, the Manager supervises two full time staff and hires seasonal workers on an as-needed basis. The manager is expected to share the hands-on responsibility for all areas and be able to assess the needs of the facilities, troubleshoot a variety of problems, and engage appropriate professionals as needed.

BA/BS in horticulture, greenhouse management, or closely related field with 3-5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required, preferably in a research setting. Experience managing gardens and/or greenhouses strongly preferred. Strong troubleshooting and organizational skills required. Must have the ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty, and staff. Previous experience directly supervising employees required. Must have experience managing resources. Strong diplomatic communication skills a must. Must have or obtain and keep current pesticide application certification. Must be able to operate a small tractor.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.