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Juniper Level Botanic Garden Manager

Juniper Level Botanic Garden has one of the most diverse collections of unusual and rare plants in the world. As a private 28-acre botanic garden and plant research facility, we focus on ex-situ plant conservation, plant exploration, breeding, and propagation. We have an open position at JLBG for the Garden Manager as part of a fast-paced team. We are looking for a responsible, curious, flexible person with a keen passion for plant knowledge and management talent to join our team.

We are a family-owned company with a mission to support research, education, and the exploration of plants through the sales of unique perennial plants. We offer a casual dress code, a diverse staff, and a friendly working environment.

Benefits: We offer an extensive benefits plan that includes health, dental & vision insurance, life insurance, and a simple IRA plan. We also have paid public holidays, paid time off, and vacation days.

Job Description

The Garden Manager is a working supervisor position. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with the Director of JLBG to manage the collections, maintenance, staffing, personnel, communication, and outreach of JLBG.

Job Responsibilities:

Garden Maintenance

  • Manages all aspects of plant husbandry and living collection aesthetics including trimming, thinning, deadheading, weeding, and mulching in collaboration with the garden director.
  • Manages the maintenance of the path systems and general housekeeping within the garden area.
  • Manages irrigation for optimal growth and plant health - water use is coordinated with the needs of the nursery (in coordination with the nursery manager, facilities manager and the garden visitation and events schedule).
  • Manages the garden soil condition and fertility (soil tests and organic amendment applications or modifications are made as needed).
  • Coordinates seed and spore collection for the JLBG collection for use in production and for distribution.
  • Works cooperatively with the plant records/taxonomist to ensure all garden plants are properly labeled.
  • Scouts consistently to detect pests and other garden issues.

Installations/Planting/Moving

  • Manages the installation of plants as directed.
  • Assists with recording and labeling of all newly installed plants as needed.
  • Ensures that all newly planted accessions are properly irrigated.
  • Relocates garden plants as directed.
  • Coordinates with garden director when plants need to be moved due to declining health or visibility.
  • Scouts/surveys for plants that may need to be relocated due to adjacent growth and communicates this to the garden director.
  • Manages the collection of plant materials from the garden as needed by the nursery or research when appropriate.

Staffing/Personnel

  • Manges the curator of the seed collection and garden curator positions.

  • Collaborates with the garden director to recruit, coordinate, and supervise JLBG garden staff.

  • Collaborates with the garden director to recruit, coordinate, and supervise JLBG garden interns in collaboration with the nursery manager.

  • Collaborates with the garden director to recruit, coordinate, and supervise the JLBG volunteers.

  • Records and reports the JLBG volunteer hours worked.

  • Coordinates JLBG volunteers for open nursery/garden needs.

Communication

  • Along with the garden director, serves as the point of contact for all garden issues.
  • Promptly answers customer/customer service plant questions.
  • Maintains clear, concise communication with the nursery and research managers to meet the plant needs of these departments.
  • Maintains clear, concise communication with the JLBG volunteers.
  • Communicates with appropriate staff in a timely manner.
  • Ideally enjoys writing and public speaking.

Organization

  • Updates the garden director regularly on garden issues.
  • Works collaboratively with the garden director to prioritize the garden needs, weed management program, and schedules.
  • Maintains the divisional work lists up to date.
  • Maintains records with information on plant health, test results and other pertinent information in the JLBG database.

Outreach

  • Coordinates visitor and tour schedules and communicates with appropriate staff to ensure successful, educational, and enjoyable visits for groups.
  • Conducts garden tours as needed.
  • Instructs classes and presents lectures.
  • Represents the JLBG at outside events as directed.
  • Post on JLBG/PDN social media.
  • Organizes or assists in organizing events at JLBG in collaboration with other units.

Other duties as needed

Qualifications

Formal education in a plant science/horticulture-related field and/or extensive experience in horticulture, particularly public garden management is preferred. Applicants with the following qualifications will be strongly considered:

  • Valid NC pesticide applicators license (or ability to obtain one)
  • Valid NC drivers license
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivated

Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm, some Saturday mornings to oversee volunteer crew, and eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year.

Employee Classification: Salary Permanent Full Time
Compensation: Begins at $48,000 - $52,000 per year, commensurate with education and experience.
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Send cover letter and resume with a detailed description of work history and 3 professional references to jobs@plantdelights.com


Administrative Manager

We are seeking an administrative manager to run the sales and administrative logistics in an indoor/outdoor casual environment. 

Our organization is driven by Tony Avent, founder of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden. We are one corporate entity with two names but a singular focus--ex-situ plant conservation, plant exploration, breeding, and making plants available via propagation through online retail sales worldwide. We are home to one of the world’s most extensive plant collections, which are propagated and offered mail order to customers worldwide.

We are seeking someone who desires to guide a passionate team of proven professionals in pursuit of a lofty and altruistic conservation vision.  We are currently raising funds for a long-term operational endowment. Once the endowment fund is realized, NC State University will assume ownership responsibility. 

We need a nurturing manager who can maintain and improve our e-commerce operation, develop and maintain talent, maintain and improve customer and vendor relationships, and maintain and improve efficient systems of operation in a highly expeditious and complex environment with multiple areas of operation including the following. 

Our ideal candidate will have great scope and vision to address concerns with meticulous detail on both the micro and macro level.

Job Description

General Administration

  • Manage business sales and growth 
  • Manage garden membership program
  • Manage and develop procedures, protocols, and efficient adherence to such
  • Manage and monitor administrative finances
  • Manage on-site event planning and visitation
  • Coordinate overall goals with other managers

E-Commerce Management

  • Manage Customer Service Staff and Operating Systems
  • Manage Shipping/Stocking Staff and Operating Systems
  • Manage IT/Web development Staff and Operating Systems
  • Manage Marketing Staff

Manage HR/Bookkeeping Department

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum three years business management and e-commerce experience
  • Experience and strong understanding of human resources and accounting
  • Strong business acumen tempered by emotional intelligence

Employee Classification: Salary Permanent Full Time
Compensation: $54,000 - $60,000 starting, based upon experience
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Please send a letter of intent and a resume with a detailed description of work history. jobs@PlantDelights.com


Nursery Purchasing Specialist

We are Plant Delights Nursery/Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a perennial plant nursery established in Raleigh in 1986, offering unique, rare, well grown, and properly named perennials to passionate gardeners around the world. Despite being best known as a nursery, we actually exist for our work as a private 28-acre botanical garden and plant research facility focusing on ex-situ plant conservation, plant exploration, breeding, and making plants available via propagation. We are a family-owned company with a mission to support research, education and the exploration of plants through the sales of unique perennial plants. 

Our nursery and garden provide an opportunity to work indoors and outdoors year-round, so we have a casual dress code, a diverse staff, and a friendly working environment.

Benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance options
  • Simple IRA with company matching funds up to 3%
  • Paid public holidays
  • PTO and Vacation days

Job Description

The ideal candidate must have the abilities to perform the following duties:

Crop Production and Scheduling

  • Monitor MoreSense current year sales reports (catalog + on-line (olc) codes) weekly to determine both immediate and future production needs.
  • Monitor future year catalog coding reports monthly in MoreSense and schedule purchases and on-site production needs appropriately.
  • Create nursery worklist by adding quantities and dates needed to MoreSense based on above sales and catalog coding reports
  • Go over nursery worklist daily in MoreSense to assure that all to do items have been checked for accuracy.
  • Monitor nursery worklist to ensure that target production dates in MoreSense are being met. If not, notify the nursery manager immediately. This also requires regular communication with nursery grower and nursery production supervisor when information is not in MoreSense
  • Ensure that plants are produced in the proper and most economical method per MoreSense
  • Send dig list to garden curator, field production supervisor, and garden manager at least 2 weeks prior to month needed for in house production digs for nursery propagation.
  • Visually check crops before adding to nursery worklist. Check with production supervisor regarding timing if needed.
  • Schedule check items reports in MoreSense to monitor crop status as needed.
  • Run check items report weekly.
  • Monthly seed refrigerator inventory and ghse 1 seed pot inventory check to ensure appropriate quantities are available for production needs.

Plant Ordering

  • Source and order plants via purchase orders for needed quantities, from proper vendors and during needed time windows according to MoreSense database.
  • Create purchase orders for all plants/seed ordered.
  • Follow through with incoming plants/seed (ship dates, quantities and sizes, pricing) and confirmations
  • Monitor crop costs/size availability changes, and notify nursery manager of any significant vendor increases
  • Supply all needed permits for foreign orders (Small Seed Permit, Plant Import Permit, CITES permit, Restricted Plant Permit)
  • Ensure that all import permits are renewed on-time.
  • Coordinate with inventory control  specialist as needed to ensure accuracy before ordering plants.

Plant Receiving

  • Receive incoming orders and distribute plants to proper nursery location.
  • Notify grower & IPM specialist (or nursery manager) as soon as new plants arrive and are staged, so they can be checked for quality, moisture, trueness to type, and for pests.
  • Monitor purchase orders weekly to ensure on-time deliveries. Notify nursery manager of any availability changes.
  • Coordinate with accounting department when plants are received/approved and are ready for payment by promptly submitting all receiving paperwork.
  • Assure cost data (plant cost, shipping cost, production cost) for each plant ordered is promptly entered in MoreSense database.
  • Update POs based on vendor availability feedback.
  • Run outstanding PO report weekly to ensure no overdue shipments and close and/or cancel POs asap.
  • Coordinate and follow-up on vendor claims as needed (for damaged, diseased, or viral plants and incorrect quantities or plants) Supply photographs and coordinate with nursery manager to receive credit or replacements.

Qualifications

This is a detail-oriented position that requires:

  • The ability to work well with others
  • Good communication with staff and vendors
  • Good organizational and task prioritization skills
  • Good record keeping and problem-solving skills
  • Good knowledge of botanical taxonomy
  • A solid understanding of containerized plant culture.

A degree in botany/horticulture or a related field preferred. Previous experience in nursery purchasing or inventory management is also preferred.

Employee Classification: Hourly Permanent Full Time
Compensation: $17-$19/hour, depending upon experience
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Send cover letter & resume with a detailed description of work history along with 3 professional references jobs@plantdelights.com


Looking for something else? Excited about what we do? Become a volunteer!

Learn more about our volunteer program.

Employee Classification: Volunteer Part Time
Compensation: Exercise, fresh air, and the occasional free plant
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Email for more information: volunteer@jlbg.org