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Posted: 10/01/2009

Employer
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Grounds

Located in Georgetowns Historic District, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, a National Historic Landmark, is a house museum distinguished for its neoclassical architecture, decorative arts collection, and five-and-a-half acre garden. Built in 1816, it was home to Martha Custis Peter, granddaughter of Martha Washington. It housed six generations of the Peter family over the course of 180 years. Now, open to the public, the historic home is one of our nations hidden gems.


Position
Director of Gardens and Grounds
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Washington, DC
Details
 

Reports to: Executive Director

Classification: Full-time

Budget Responsibility: Garden/grounds budget

Supervisory Scope: Grounds staff and garden volunteers

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To advance the mission of Tudor Place by researching and preserving the cultural landscape.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Provide oversight of routine maintenance of all landscaped areas to include pest and disease control for all ornamental shrubs, trees, flowerbeds, and lawn areas.

2. Design and implement the seasonal change of color in the gardens coordinating perennials, annuals, and bulbs to create a visually pleasing environment for museum/garden visitors, year round.

3. Oversee conservation/maintenance of landscape features such as walkways, sidewalks, curbs, statues, and fountains.

4. Develop annual maintenance plans and budget to meet operational and capital needs of the department.

5. Maintain inventory of tools, maintenance equipment, and supplies required to service the landscape.

6. Locate, negotiate with, and oversee the work of independent contractors with regard to maintenance and repair.

7. Monitor the health of trees and plants to ensure safety of visitors.

8. Monitor safety procedures for gardeners.

9. Monitor plant and soil health and removal of invasive plants.

10. Maintain working files.

11. Collaborate with Director of Education on programs relating to garden.

12. Assist in providing special garden exhibits and sales items for the Museum Shop and special events.

13. Supervise garden volunteers.

14. Perform other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

1. Bachelors degree or equivalent in horticulture and grounds management.

2. Three years, or equivalent experience relating to landscape management (preferably cultural landscapes).

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

1. Understanding of the requirements for the maintenance and preservation of an historic landscape.

2. Knowledge of plant materials and propagation.

3. Ability to develop and monitor budgets.

4. Supervisory skills.

5. License to spray pesticides.

6. Familiarity with volunteer organizations.

7. Ability to work in a team environment.

8. Computer literacy.

9. Ability to develop management plans.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
To apply please send a resume and cover letter to info@tudorplace.org or to: Employment Search Tudor Place Historic House and Garden 1644 31st Street, NW Washington, DC 20007

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