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Director/Curator of Horticulture

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA Req #1
Friday, January 25, 2019
San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

Our organization’s vision - we will lead the fight against extinction.

Help us to make a difference for wildlife and begin your adventure with a career at the San Diego Zoo. Join the dedicated crew who are passionate about what they do and strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.

Location: Horticulture Department / San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
 
Duration – Year round with benefits

Positions available – 1

Exempt  position - Salary is commensurate with experience


Current Union employees considering a Non-Union position are advised to familiarize themselves with all the differences including Health Benefits and Pension. See HR for details.

Requirements include:

This position requires strong leadership experience in team building and long range planning, as well as botanical collection management and landscape management. An essential strength is the ability to work effectively with others as both a planning team leader and team participant. Excellent written and verbal skills are crucial. Applicants must have supervisory and project management skills, and a thorough knowledge of horticulture, landscape cost estimating and maintenance requirements, irrigation systems well and pump operations and potable/non-potable water systems and related safety regulations. Also required is the ability to read and interpret architectural plans, evaluate proposals, prepare bid requests, write project specifications, prepare job requisitions, and understand union labor contracts.
 

In addition, an individual in this position must be conversant with word processing and spreadsheet software as well as botanical collection management systems.Desirable experience includes the following: coursework in horticulture, landscape design and landscape maintenance or a related field; Bachelor's degree in business Horticulture, Botany, or equivalent. One essential function for this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global vehicle.

If you are offered employment, you will be asked to authorize SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV’s Employer Pull Notice Program. Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving an acceptable driving report for you. In addition, your continued employment in the position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving report from you. You may obtain a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a Human Resources Representative.

Additional Considerations:  San Diego Zoo Global asks that all employees conform to a strict dress code and grooming policy. Tattoos may not be visible or must be appropriately covered while on duty. Jewelry may be worn if it does not detract from a well-groomed look or create a safety hazard. No facial or tongue piercing. (Posted 1/21/19)
 
 

Application Deadline: February 21, 2019

**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**

THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY. SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director/Curator of Horticulture will perform all job assignments with a positive attitude that supports San Diego Zoo Global’s mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature and leading the fight against extinction. The Director/Curator of Horticulture is responsible for developing and maintaining the botanical collections, exhibits and landscapes at a location. This position reports to the Safari Park Director of Park Operations.


This position requires strong leadership experience in team building and long range planning, as well as botanical collection management and landscape management. An essential strength is the ability to work effectively with others as both a planning team leader and team participant. Excellent written and verbal skills are crucial.
 

Applicants must have supervisory and project management skills, and a thorough knowledge of horticulture, landscape cost estimating and maintenance requirements, irrigation systems well and pump operations and potable/non-potable water systems and related safety regulations.  Also required is the ability to read and interpret architectural plans, evaluate proposals, prepare bid requests, write project specifications, prepare job requisitions, and understand union labor contracts. In addition, an individual in this position must be conversant with word processing and spreadsheet software as well as botanical collection management systems.
 

Desirable experience includes the following: coursework in horticulture, landscape design and landscape maintenance or a related field; Bachelor's degree in business Horticulture, Botany, or equivalent.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS


• Represents the organization nationally and internationally about botanical conservation and regulatory issues

• Develops and implements long-range and short-term plans

• Develops related policies

• Develops, administers, and monitors assigned budgets

• Manages assigned staff

• Acts as a mentor

• Researches and directs acquisition of new plant materials

• Works closely with the Chief Life Sciences Officer, Director of Collections, ICR-Plant Conservation and the CPC

• Ensures best practice record keeping

• Directs the development of appropriate maps and documentation

• Adheres to all SDZ Global and department policies and practices      

• Exemplifies the highest standard of work ethics and leadership

• Practices the GRRREAT Customer Service


REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
 

• Develops and implements long-range and short-term plans for botanical collections, animal exhibits, botanical gardens, browse (at the zoo), and facility landscaping at assigned location

• Works at director level, managing assigned staff in designing, implementing, and maintaining botanical collections, exhibits and landscapes

• Acts as a mentor to develop excellent leadership traits and high morale within the staff

• Supports San Diego Zoo Global’s ‘Rules of Engagement

• Prepares and makes presentations

• Conducts special tours of botanical collections

• Prepares and coordinates grant proposals

• Oversees plant interpretation and botanical writing

• Oversees botanical conservation and research projects

• Oversees botanical collection recordkeeping

• Oversees browse program needs for the organization (Zoo)

• Oversees recruitment

• Coordinates interdepartmental operations and related budgets as necessary

• Determines reporting needs and oversees preparation of reports

• Handles complex problems and complaints


ANCILLARY FUNCTIONS 

Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


QUALIFICATIONS

Examples of representative qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture, Botany, or a related field or equivalent specialized training; advanced degree preferred, supervisory experience in botanical gardens or related operations; domestic and international travel is desirable; valid California driver license.

Knowledge of:

  • Exhibit design and installation construction
  • Common and exotic plant material
  • Botanical conservation and research
  • Botanical garden administration, exhibits, plant-animal interaction, plant identification, landscape design, plant propagation, irrigation systems, turf management, and fertilization
  • Fumigants, herbicides, pesticides, and integrated pest management

Ability to:

  • Lead a diverse workforce and maintain high morale
  • Communicate effectively (verbal and written)
  • Inspect grounds to assure proper maintenance and appearance
  • Develop, administer and monitor budgets
  • Prepare and make presentations
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, and database systems
  • Work effectively with others in a diverse environment

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Office environment; exposure to outdoors in varying weather conditions; chemicals, animals, and noise; harsh field conditions, dust, and allergens.
 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Lift moderate weight approximately 25-35 pounds typical of an office environment; fieldwork lift or manipulate heavier items 35-40 pounds; frequent walking, standing, and bending; domestic and international travel required.
 

All New Hires are subject to passing a drug screen and some employment is contingent upon passing pre-placement testing.

Are you ready to start your adventure and put your Passion for Wildlife to work?


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  • 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA