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Garden Director Position Available
by Job Opportunity
June 16, 2008

The Garden Director will report to the Property Manager and oversee and manage the three acre botanical gardens which are located at one of their shopping centres in Metro Vancouver. The Garden Director will maintain the facility as a high quality asset of the shopping centre and a prominent feature in the community.

Responsibilities include:

Budget Control

> Prepare yearly budget figures for all plant related activities of the shopping centre

> Monitor inventory, place orders and code equipment and materials Garden Management

> Coordinate and schedule all garden tasks, including:

-design of new landscape installations

-purchasing and/or planning and growing of high quality plants for garden display

-planning and scheduling of major repairs regarding irrigation, roof and brickwork

Management of local college Agreement

> Liaise with teaching staff regarding policies, schedule of activities and training procedures

> Organize materials, equipment and tasks for training and work sessions

> Teach, monitor and grade practical skills of the students annually

Staff Management

> Supervision of two full-time Garden staff and temporary summer students from May to September (including hiring, termination, processing timesheets, supervising training)

> Supervise college practicum students from October to April on a rotating basis

Liaison with Contractors

> Coordinate with contractors for structural, electrical and plumbing repairs and installations & signage

> Review quotes, monitor job quality and consequent plant damage, and holdbacks for incomplete work & perform minor repairs as required

Garden Tasks

> Perform specialized functions such as Asian pruning, design of patio planters, mulching, propagation, weekend watering, etc. & assist during major projects and staff shortage

Christmas Lighting

Public Relations


> Other duties as required from time-to-time by the Property Manager that are within the scope of knowledge required for the Garden Director


> 5 years experience in a similar role, in a fast-paced environment an asset

> High school diploma supplemented with horticultural education and certification plus ongoing educational upgrading

> Horticulturist and Landscape Design an asset

> Relationship Skills – Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to develop and sustain cooperative working relationships with customers and employees of all levels; able to work with a variety of personalities; team player; pleasant and professional; strong customer service skills

> Organization/Multi-task Skills – Ability to allocate one’s time effectively, work under pressure and manage tight deadlines; ability to handle multiple demands and competing priorities, and adapt to new ideas and constant changes; detail oriented and accurate

> Computer Skills – Basic to intermediate skills in Excel and Word, good typing skills (50 wpm), knowledge of JD Edwards an asset

If this position feels like an ideal fit for you, please direct your cover letter and resume to

***Due to the high volume of resumes received, only applicants with specific experience requested by our client will be contacted. Thank you in advance for your understanding***

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