Horticulture Training Manager

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Job Summary:
The Horticulture Training Manager is responsible for designing, developing and delivering effective horticultural training programs for both internal (staff and volunteer) and external (other park groups and professionals) audiences. Training programs must be firmly based on the Conservancy’s “best management practices” in horticulture while being consistent with the overall goals of the Conservancy and meeting or exceeding industry standards. The Manager will have oversight over the development of all curricula and supporting materials and will provide horticulture training using a variety of methods including classroom, field and tailgate training sessions. The Manager will work cross-departmentally to coordinate and provide tours and training for volunteers and outside organizations. This position is housed in the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, the educational arm of the Conservancy, and its Center for Urban Park Management, but works closely with the Operations Department and Park-based field staff. The Manager will also work closely with the staff of the Institute and Center to ensure that all horticultural training programs are consistent with the Institute’s educational approach and are well integrated into the broader offerings of the Center.

Job Description:

Summary of Essential Job Functions

§  Identify and analyze training needs to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs and individual courses for both internal and external audiences

§  Collaborate with Operations Department on formal and informal methods to assess and develop the horticultural talents and skills of Conservancy staff

§  Work with management to identify training needs and develop appropriate strategy for horticultural training programs , including through field observation

§  Develop and organize all horticulture training manuals, visual aids, multimedia content, presentations and other educational materials  within the repository

§  Develop, coordinate and implement cross-departmental training program:

    • Collaborate with the Volunteer Department to train volunteers
    • Provide tours and other educational programs
    • Partner with Human Resources to ensure program curriculum meets Conservancy training criteria and data is captured in HR database
    • Work closely with the Director of Environmental Health & Safety regarding the safe operation of power equipment and to ensure that training material is compliant with all health & safety requirements

§  Work with staff on turf and tree identification as needed

§  Assume additional responsibilities as needed


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and/or equivalent work experience
  • 5+ years training, horticulture, or related field experience
  • Experience with maintenance and operation of landscape and horticulture equipment
  • A strong comprehension of tree and shrub punning; a basic understanding of agronomy and soil science; working knowledge of perennials, bulbs and annual plant material.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Sound organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Basic computing skills, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Within one year of hire, employee must possess a NYS Pesticide 3a license and ISA Arborist Certification.  Both must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Program development and evaluation a plus
  • Familiarity with online learning approaches a plus
  • Familiarity with NYC park system a plus


Abilities Required

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Working knowledge of turf, tree shrub care
  • Ability to demonstrate practical training skills
  • Ability to identify training needs and develop appropriate curriculum/programs
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage contracts and contractors as needed
  • Ability to perform heavy, physical labor as needed in all weather conditions

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Safety Requirements

Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed