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Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and community that is free of all forms of discrimination. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont brings people of all ages and backgrounds together as a community to celebrate and nurture our native flora and fauna. The organization embraces inclusion by inviting everyone to participate in the Garden whether they be visitors, supporters, volunteers, or staff, to further our goal of being a place that promotes human and environmental well-being. In nature and in society, diversity matters—we welcome and celebrate it! For more information, visit https://piedmontgarden.org.

We’re hiring a Landscape Manager!

The Landscape Manager will lead BGP’s horticultural direction by serving as the professional in maintaining the existing grounds as they evolve into the vision of the future Garden. The Landscape Manager will lead our volunteers by working collaboratively to achieve the mission of BGP and play an influential role in the success of the Garden. The position will report to and collaborate closely with the Executive Director (ED) on a variety of strategic initiatives that address the evolving needs of the landscape.

This is a temporary, part-time (approximately 12 hours/week) job with the potential to grow to a full-time staff position.  Work will be done outside varying climatic conditions that include excessive heat and humidity. The position requires sitting, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling and the ability to stand for long periods of time and to safely traverse uneven surfaces. The position frequently lifts and/or moves up to 50 lbs.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the oversight and upkeep of the Garden including maintenance, landscape contractor, volunteer, and community group coordination.
  • Assist the ED in preparing and administrating the horticulture department budget to include budget monitoring and strategic planning.
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator and Education Coordinator to manage and lead the volunteer, community service, and student groups.
  • Ability to ensure the safe application of fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides and safely operate powered hand tools and other equipment as required.
  • Foster creativity, growth, and new ideas, to maintain relevancy and learning opportunities to enhance the knowledge and skills of the stewards as part of their volunteer experience.
  • Occasionally lead garden tours and assist with special events and projects that support the Garden’s mission and development.

Education and Experience

  • Associate degree in landscape maintenance, horticulture or closely related field. In place of a degree, considerations are made with relevant field experience, certificate programs, internships, and volunteer experience.
  • At least 2 years of work experience in landscape maintenance, horticulture, public horticulture, or a closely related field
  • Proven ability to lead and mentor volunteers to achieve their highest potential
  • Broad hands-on knowledge of Landscape Best Management Practices and Integrated Pest Management theories and practices. Plant identification skills and knowledge of botanical nomenclature
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google suites
  • Demonstrated written and oral skills, comfort with public speaking, project management skills, ability to calculate figures and amounts, application of basic geometry,
  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Compensation

We offer a competitive salary of $20/hour+, depending on your experience.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Jill Trischman-Marks at info@piedmontgarden.org to discuss this opportunity to be a part of something extraordinary. Applicants will receive a response after February 25, 2024.

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont brings people of all ages and backgrounds together as a community to celebrate and nurture our native flora and fauna.  The organization embraces inclusion by inviting everyone to participate in the Garden whether they be visitors, supporters, volunteers, or staff, to further our goal of being a place that promotes human and environmental well-being. In nature and in society, diversity matters—we welcome and celebrate it! For more information, visit https://piedmontgarden.org

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and community that is free of all forms of discrimination.

Jill Trischman-Marks

Jill Trischman-Marks

Executive Director

Jill is a landscape architect with almost 30 years of experience in the Central Virginia area. After several years on the Garden’s Board of Directors, Jill retired her private practice and became the Executive Director and chief cheerleader for the Botanical Garden. She is actively working to make the Garden site more welcoming and accessible now and inviting public input into the features and programming of the future Garden to ensure it is the best it can be to serve the entire community.

Jill holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Projects she has worked on include the five original gardens at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, the Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Charlottesville, and the Poplar Forest entrance road and trails in Forest Virginia.

Contact Jill: j.trischman.marks@piedmontgarden.org

Whitney Zhang

Whitney Zhang

Executive Assistant

Whitney grew up in the Midwest tending potted plant gardens in the summer, but exploring the woods behind her house in all seasons. She loves wildlife, their natural habitats, and constant learning, including taking a found skull from the woods to her local zoo to learn its origin at seven years old (a red fox). A nonprofit professional in public libraries since 2015, Whitney worked in the Bay area before moving to Charlottesville, where she promptly fell in love with the local environment, community, and wildlife. Whitney once again lives among the trees and affectionately watches over her neighborhood’s band of “hoofigans” (deer.) Whitney began work at the Botanical Garden in late 2021 and enjoys bringing her experience in education, research, and outreach to the organization.

Contact Whitney: w.zhang@piedmontgarden.org

Bruce Gatling-Austin

Bruce Gatling-Austin

Educational Coordinator

Bruce is a former classroom teacher with a special affinity for fostering connections. In his work at the Ivy Creek Foundation and the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Bruce created and led programs to connect children to nature.  At Ivy Creek, he established training programs to educate volunteer guides to continue these interactive programs. Bruce’s interest in discovering more ways to connect with visitors inspired him to become a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer for the National Association of Interpretation as well as a Toastmaster.  Bruce’s innate passion for learning and the environment makes him a natural connector of young minds and the wonders that nature has to offer.

Contact Bruce: programs@piedmontgarden.org

Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson

Director of Advancement

Jay is a native Virginian and an Albemarle County resident since 1987. He was a classroom music teacher and choral director in his first career, then transitioned to development in 2000. He spent 12 years at the University of Virginia, 2 at James Madison University, and finished his career after 6 years at Washington & Lee. He retired in 2020 and comes out of retirement to serve the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont on an interim basis.

Jay has a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University and a Master of Education from the University of Virginia. He spends his spare time hiking, bicycling, reading, and volunteering as a classical music host on WTJU.

Contact Jay: j.jackson@piedmontgarden.org

Shannon Higginbotham

Shannon Higginbotham

Director of Annual Giving and Communications

Shannon relocated from Wisconsin to Virginia in 2005. Since that time, she has worked in service to the local community through volunteering, running youth programs, and teaching in the greater Charlottesville area. For the last 9 years, her focus has been supporting local non-profits with their fundraising efforts as a volunteer, community board member, and fundraising professional. With a love for the outdoors and the beautiful landscape that the Blue Ridge Mountains provide, Shannon enjoys walking and hiking in the area, practicing yoga, and teaching dance in her spare time.

Contact Shannon: s.higginbotham@piedmontgarden.org

Cathy Boyd

Cathy Boyd

Donor Relations Manager

Cathy holds a Master of Education in Environment-Based Learning from Mary Baldwin University and a Master of Teaching and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. She has 25 years of experience and volunteer engagement in churches, non-profits, and schools. A native of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area, Cathy is thrilled to work on a project that brings all members of the community together in a place of beauty and inspiration, right in the heart of her hometown. She loves the high learning curve that comes with being an advanced-beginner gardener.

Contact Cathy: c.boyd@piedmontgarden.org