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19 Aug 2022

Full-Time Juniper Level Botanic Garden Manager

Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens – Posted by PDNsauls Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

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.

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 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 from the JLBG collection for use in production and for distribution.

*Works cooperatively with the Plant Records/Taxonomist Specialist to ensure all garden plants are properly labeled.




*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.

*Surveys for plants that may need to be re-located 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.




*Collaborates with the Garden Director to recruit, coordinate, train, 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.




*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.




*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.




*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


  • *A successful candidate should be flexible and able to assume duties as needed due to staff shortages or unexpected and evolving issues.


  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Company-Matching Simple IRA
  • Paid Public Holidays
  • PTO and Vacation days


Formal education in a plant science/horticulture-related field and/or extensive past 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)
  • 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 $44,000 – $48,000 per year, commensurate with education and experience.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume with a detailed description of work history along with 3 professional references to

Job Categories: Management. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Horticulture/Agriculture.

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