Grounds Manager

TITLE:                        Grounds Manager

DEPARTMENT:       Horticulture

STATUS:                     Full-time

REPORTS TO:          Director of Horticulture

Position Summary

The Grounds Manager is the backbone of the horticulture department, the person who ensures that projects on the grounds are brought to fruition. Motivated, organized, and working in close collaboration with the Director of Horticulture, the Grounds Manager oversees all grounds care and maintenance activities related to the living plant collection and associated personnel. Additional responsibilities include maintaining irrigation systems and other infrastructure associated with the living collections. This position trains and supervises a grounds staff of horticulturalists as well as interns and volunteers. The Grounds Managerworks with multiple departments and managers to ensure that projects, events, exhibits and maintenance of the Garden are coordinated effectively.

Essential Functions

  • Provides daily management and supervision of all grounds staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Provides training and guidance in setting priorities for grounds staff.
  • Prepares annual performance evaluations of supervised staff.
  • Schedules and coordinates departmental work activities in close collaboration with the Director of Horticulture and other RSABG staff (e.g., Plant Records Specialist, Nursery Manager) as necessary.
  • Establishes and maintains a usable and well-communicated schedule for all phases of each project.
  • Humanely traps and humanely terminates garden pests as necessary or as directed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • In accordance with the Garden’s curatorial and records program, communicates new plantings and removals efficiently and clearly to the Plant Records Specialist.
  • Oversees departmental sustainable landscape practices.
  • Oversees inventory and maintenance of departmental supplies, tools and equipment; orders replacement supplies and materials as needed.
  • Coordinates and provides site supervision of any outside contractors.
  • Represents the Garden’s interests in interactions with sales representatives, businesses, and public agencies.
  • Schedules and implements required training programs for grounds staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Communicates with appropriate Garden staff in scheduling any grounds work that may have potential impact on scheduled education and public events.
  • Safely and effectively operates power equipment (trenchers, tillers, string trimmer, blowers, etc.) and provides operator servicing (filling and checking oil, gas, water, etc.) for same.
  • Submits maintenance requests for equipment malfunctions, breakdowns and repairs in a timely manner.

Education, Experience and Skills Required

  • All candidates must have experience in California native plant horticulture. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or a related field and/or must have a demonstrated strong interest and ability in California native plant horticulture.
  • Significant experience supervising a professional gardening staff is essential.
  • Knowledge of and experience with irrigation systems, their installation, operation, and repair is highly desirable.

Must possess:

  • Excellent management, supervisory, communication and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated skills in horticultural practices.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • The ability to work with staff and volunteers of diverse backgrounds and experience.
  • The ability to match and delegate appropriate tasks to appropriate staff, interns and volunteers based on their skills and strengths.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use and safely operate manual and power gardening tools.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and in teams.
  • A valid California Driver’s License.
  • A California Red Cross First Aid Certificate.
  • QAL (or willingness to acquire such authorization) highly desirable.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish highly desirable.

Physical Demands

This is an outdoor, physically-oriented and demanding position which requires:

  • Ability to walk, kneel, bend, stoop, sit, crouch and drive vehicles.
  • Ability to move equipment to various locations within the Garden.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather.
  • Ability to operate powered heavy equipment.
  • Ability to grasp, clutch and carry tools and plants.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 pounds. 

RSABG offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

Qualified candidates please email, fax or mail resume and letter of interest to:

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Attention: Human Resources

1500 N College Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Fax: (909) 626-3489


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden acknowledges that equal opportunity for all persons is a fundamental human value. Each employee will be considered on the basis of individual ability and merit, without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, or marital status.