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Conservatories Supervisor - Missouri Botanical Garden

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Conservatories Supervisor at Missouri Botanical Garden Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.


A Career Opportunity with One of the Top Botanical Gardens in the World

Missouri Botanical Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis.  The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

The Conservatories includes the Climatron, the Shoenberg Temperate House and the Historic Linnean House.
The Climatron, a stunning conservatory has become a symbolic image of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The geodesic domed structure was inspired by the futuristic design of R. Buckminster Fuller. Covering over a half-acre, the Climatron houses some 1,400 species of plants in a natural, tropical setting.
The Shoenberg Temperate House, a dramatic greenhouse that complements the Climatron, flanking the domed structure to the north. The spacious conservatory displays plants unique to the temperate regions of the world. Many of these regions are characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, moist winters.
The Historic Linnean House was built in 1882 to over winter palms, tree ferns and citrus trees; this brick conservatory is the oldest continuously operating display greenhouse in the United States. Camellias, fragrant olive and colorful companion plants have been featured here since the 1930s.

Summary of the position:
The Conservation Supervisor performs supervisory duties associated with design, maintenance and care of conservatory plant displays and collections.  Supervises a team of 5-10 horticulturists and 20+ volunteers.  As part of horticulture’s management team, takes part in setting the direction and focus for the Garden’s plant collections and displays.  Responsible for the conservatories living plant collections; ensures the conservatories display the maximum amount of plant diversity relevant to the Garden’s mission and actively works on conservation projects associated to plant collections.  Ensures the highest standards of quality for displays, plant health, plant database records and labels associated to the collections.  Upholds a leadership role for Missouri Botanical Garden in conservatories horticulture among peer institutions.  Leads the conservatories team in researching and keeping cultivation information associated with the conservatories collections.   Supervi!
 ses the conservatories staff in the development, design, installation, care, and record keeping for collections of woody, tropical, herbaceous and annual plant material.  Provides information budgets, coordinates work schedules and supervises projects. This position is expected perform a supervisory role and work alongside the conservatories team to maintain plant collections.

Qualifications and/or Experience:
•B.S. degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or related field required.
•M.S. degree preferred in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or relat field.
•Minimum of (5) five years of practical, relevant work experience.
•Minimum (3) years experience in personnel management including demonstrated abilities in staff support, coaching and development and conflict resolution.
•Strong knowledge of plants, plant materials (i.e., fertilizers, herbicides, etc.) and general landscape maintenance techniques and equipment.
•Ability to possess and maintain valid driver’s and chauffeur’s licenses and a pesticide applicator’s license.

For more information please visit our website or contact the Recruiter Link to comprehensive posting and job application:
Missouri Botanical Garden Website:
Contact: Tracy Breckenridge

Closing Date: 02/10/2012

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