Posted May 22, 2021 – Director of Horticulture (F/T)
Posted May 13, 2021 – Youth and Family Education Specialist (P/T)
Director of Horticulture (F/T)
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Horticulture will support TBG’s mission and vision by curating and maintaining TBG’s living collections, gardens and landscapes to high professional standards. S/he will lead a team of horticultural professionals, seasonal gardeners and volunteers responsible for the curation, design and maintenance of 4.5 acres of cultivated lands surrounding a vibrant visitor centre. The Capital Expansion project will also require the Director to liaise with a multi-disciplinary team of design consultants to ensure that the expanded garden serves TBG’s mission, vision, strategic and practical needs. The Director will collaborate with other senior TBG staff on strategic decisions as well as day-to-day operations.
Duties & Responsibilities
• Oversee all horticultural activities and projects at TBG: hire, train and supervise full-time and seasonal gardeners, plant documentation staff, interns and volunteers to effectively maintain TBG’s cultivated gardens, natural areas, treescape, water features and exterior hardscape to the highest aesthetic and horticultural standards
• Devise effective work schedules and supervise timekeeping to prioritize appropriate coverage and attention given to all garden areas and seasonality of operations
• Foster teamwork and mentor staff, interns and volunteers as appropriate; oversee outside/outsourced contractors as needed
• Ensure a safe and respectful work environment for staff, interns, volunteers and visitors, adhering to Ontario Occupational Health and Safety regulations
• Manage TBG’s living collections through approved curatorial policies and practices and plant documentation software that will allow staff, visitors, other botanical gardens and outside researchers to access horticultural and conservation data/information at TBG
• Staff participant and support to TBG’s Mission Committee. Support the Committee and Committee Chair with setting agendas, taking minutes, schedule meetings, and determining annual work plans
• Work with Finance to report on the department’s activities monthly and progress against budget. Periodically provide a full update on department activities, as well as upcoming priorities. Information will be shared with Finance, the CEO, and the Mission Committee, and periodically shared with the TBG Board of Directors. Work with Finance to create and submit periodic revised forecasts for Horticulture
• Develop performance objectives and conduct annual performance reviews of reporting staff
• Liaise with HR on the recruitment of full- and part-time staff, volunteers and interns
• Lead project to update plant documentation to reflect current status in the Garden as well as transition all plant documentation from BGBase to IrisBG
• Support Retail in planning and overseeing ongoing plant sales throughout the season, while implementing cost-effective ways to propagate and obtain plants for use at TBG. Support Retail in reviewing and ensuring retail social media reflects correct horticulture names and is present correctly from a horticulture
• Design and install temporary horticultural displays in support of events and other activities
• Collaborate with senior staff and liaise with detail design consultants to assist in the design and implementation of the approved “Master Plan and Management Plan” garden expansion
• Collaborate with senior staff to find creative and effective ways to inspire and educate staff, members, volunteers and visitors
• Plan and oversee the annual Horticulture departmental budget and any capital project budgets. Present and edit plans with Finance for approval by the Chief Executive Officer.
• Aligned with our TBG strategic plan and our expansion project, develop and periodically update the strategic plan for Horticulture with strategic priorities over the next 2-5 years.
• Plan and develop accurate interpretive signage for the Garden and work collaboratively with Education on interpretive planning
• Align horticultural maintenance and procurement practices to the American Public Gardens Association “Public Gardens Sustainability Index” and TBG environmental policies
Promotion and Outreach
• In an effort to support the Education department, establish and cultivate professional connections in the public garden and broader horticulture communities to ensure TBG identifies relevant and exciting speakers for its programs, significant and appropriate plants for its collections and up-to-date information for its visitors
• Serve as TBG’s public face of horticulture to media, industry, professional organizations, garden and plant societies, TBG members, volunteers and donors
• On behalf of TBG, make presentations of an informative and educational nature to groups at education events, garden tours, speaking engagements, media interviews and professional conferences
• Consult with and assist the Marketing and Communications department on the creation of newsletter content, collateral materials and website content regarding horticulture when required
• Help to cultivate TBG’s members, volunteers and donors through numerous year-round, community-building outreach programs and special events
• Participate in TBG’s donor identification, cultivation and stewardship efforts
Education and Professional Qualifications
• Bachelor and/or Master’s degree in horticulture, botany, landscape design or garden management, or a related relevant area of study
• A minimum of 5 years of experience in a horticultural management/supervisory role at a public or private garden
• A minimum of 7 years of experience in horticultural design and maintenance
• Familiarity with plant records databases; BGBASE or IrisBG
• Must have a thorough understanding of horticultural and landscape maintenance practices, curatorial practices and the educational purpose of botanical gardens
• Must have excellent plant identification skills and a good understanding of plant taxonomy
• Prior experience implementing new garden designs or garden master plans would be an asset
• Must be comfortable with technology tools, including working in Windows PC computer environments, and using Microsoft and Google programs and applications; an ability to efficiently collaborate with other staff via electronic means is essential
• Must be physically fit to carry out occasional hands-on garden and event-related tasks and work outdoors in challenging weather conditions – must be comfortable and willing to spend the majority of time working directly in the Garden and be hands-on where it pertains to planting and maintenance
• Must be able to safely handle power equipment and hand tools
• A valid driver’s license is required; occasional irregular work hours will be required
Personality and Attributes
• Good interpersonal and communication skills, and enthusiasm in sharing horticultural knowledge both one-on-one and through public speaking, are all essential for the position
• Excellent interpersonal relationship and strong collaboration skills with all key stakeholders which include staff, members, donors and volunteers
• Attention to detail, responsive and adherent to deadlines; excellent time management, organization and planning skills
• Strong sense of accountability, commitment towards measuring outcomes and ability to work in a results-oriented culture
• Demonstrated initiative and autonomy
• Demonstrated ability to think strategically and manage competing priorities
• Maintains and communicates a positive attitude, exercising diplomacy, confidentiality and good judgment
Please send your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in this role to:
Youth and Family Education Specialist (P/T)
Scope of Position
- Reporting to the Director of Education, the Youth and Family Education Specialist will assist the Director of Education and Adult Education Supervisor in the development of a strategic plan for education as whole at TBG, including developing an education mandate, determining audience, approach, program models, opportunities, and program voice.
- This role is a 3 day/week contract until Dec 31, 2021, with options to extend and/or convert to permanent part-time and possibly permanent full-time.
- Conduct a thorough assessment and SWOT analysis of TBG’s current school programs, identifying opportunities for growth and development, and making recommendations for new content, revisions to existing programs, and delivery models.
- Based on analysis above, develop an innovative new education program (K-8) for TBG. This may include brand new program offerings and/or updates to existing programs for TBG’s school programs. This includes, researching and writing new content, assessing relevant topics areas, and connecting them to the Ontario curriculum; making recommendations for priority grades to launch this fall; and project planning an ongoing rolling relaunch of the full program for throughout the 2021/22 school year. Programs will need to be developed with a hybrid approach, allowing us to present online programs as needed, and evolve back into in-person programs as restrictions lift.
- Develop online asynchronous content as part of a project to create and build develop TBG Learning Management System
- Support the development of a school programs advisory panel, in support of the development of school programs.
- Identify and develop new program opportunities for family programs – online and in-person, as well as support current family program initiatives.
- Lead all school programs, live online, recorded, and/or in-person.
- Moderate online family programs through Zoom including navigating technical issues, as well as support any in-person family programs.
- Develop evaluation tools and methods for both family programs and school programs
- Collaborate with Adult Education Supervisor on the development of the technical aspects of delivering online education programs, as well as building TBG’s LMS.
- Support the Grant Writer in any grant work initiated in response to family or school programs
- Along with Adult Education Supervisor, and funding dependent, research and explore long-term opportunities for creating ongoing and permanent online education offerings at TBG – feasibility studies, identifying ops, tech requirements, LMS, instructors, recommendations, etc.
- Other duties as required in support of school and family programs, including, but not limited to, outreach, marketing, researching audience growth opportunities, internships, partnerships, etc.
- Some weekend and evening work will be required.
- Undergraduate degree in education, or equivalent such as environmental studies, outdoor education and early childhood education
- 5 years’ experience as a formal or non-formal educator, within a school or public facing non-profit organization (such as a botanical garden, museum, nature centre or outdoor education program), designing, developing, and facilitating outcomes and inquiry-based lessons and programs that support Ministry of Education elementary school curriculum
- Experience designing, developing, and facilitating non-formal programs for school groups, children and families
- Innovative, creative, out-of-the-box thinker
- Experience producing and editing video-based content/programs is an asset
- Experience using an LMS and developing content for an LMS is also an asset
- Strong critical thinking skills – able to assess gaps in programs and identify opportunities
- Committed to building environmental awareness and supporting TBG’s mission – connecting people to plants
- Passionate about nature, the environment and outdoors
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal relationships and strong collaboration skills with all key stakeholders which include staff, members, volunteers, public and partners
- Attention to detail, responsive and adherent to deadlines. Excellent time management, organization and planning skills
- Strong sense of accountability, commitment towards measuring outcomes and ability to work in a results-oriented culture
- Demonstrated initiative and autonomy
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and manage competing priorities
- Maintains and communicates a positive attitude, exercising diplomacy, confidentiality and good judgment
Application for Consideration
Please send your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in this role to:
Committed to employment equity, Toronto Botanical Garden encourages applications from Indigenous people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.
Thank you for your interest in the Toronto Botanical Garden.
The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) will play an important role in the 21st century with a goal of serving over one million visitors a year. Like all botanical gardens, TBG is a public institution best positioned to provide education, knowledge and understanding of the world of plants and their importance to thriving healthy ecosystem for all other life forms on earth. TBG has embarked on an exciting landmark expansion project to achieve world-class excellence in education, conservation, research and horticultural displays across an expanded 35-acre footprint adjacent to one of Toronto’s most extensive urban ravine system.
Toronto Botanical Garden is a registered charitable organization, governed by a Board of Directors.