Head Gardener

Department: Horticulture

Reports to: Director of Horticulture 

Classification: Salary, Full-time, Regular

Job Overview: Kingwood Center Garden’s Head Gardener promotes positive transformative guest experiences, overseeing the daily fostering of outdoor horticultural displays. The Head Gardener leads the installation and fostering of seasonal horticulture displays.  This position provides routine supervision of the full-time and seasonal gardening staff and volunteers while collaborating with other Horticulture team members. The Head Gardener applies standard, as well as specialized horticultural practices including, but not limited to landscape/garden design, organic and permaculture practices, IPM, use of irrigation systems, weeding, pruning, planting, and watering. The Head Gardener provides experience, expertise, and professionalism, as a teacher and coach to staff and garden guest alike.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participates in the design, and plays a leading role in the implementation of seasonal displays and shows 
  • Collaborates with the team of Director of Horticulture, Gardeners, Assistant Gardeners, seasonal gardeners, and volunteers, fostering outdoor garden spaces toward design intent maturity, in accordance with Kingwood’s aesthetic standards  
  • Collaborates with other Kingwood Center staff to install temporary exhibits 
  • Contributes to department annual budget planning 
  • Leads a proactive approach to IPM including scouting, identifying, and generating ecologically sound management solutions  
  • Coordinates, with input from other horticulture staff, the plant record and plant labeling processes throughout Kingwood 
  • Engages in public speaking, workshops, and demonstrations as needed 
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Monday through Friday schedule with some evenings and weekends required 
  • Ohio Pesticide License or ability to obtain one within 6 months of hire 
  • Must be able to communicate clearly with staff and the public 
  • Must be able to balance office workload with supervision in the garden. 
  • Must be able to work outside in extreme weather conditions year-round. 
  • Must be physically fit, able to occasionally lift to 50 lbs. 
  • Ability to collaborate with persons of all ages, diverse backgrounds, skills, and abilities including staff, guests, and volunteers 
  • Working understanding of Microsoft Office, including Access, Outlook preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture required 
  • Three years minimum in a supervisory role leading staff to meet to exceed their potential, preferably in a public garden, estate garden, or landscaping 
  • Formal training/minimum 3 years field experience in landscape design, permaculture or advanced soil health preferred 
  • Prior experience working in a public garden preferred 
  • Experience supervising volunteers preferred 

 Send resume and cover letter to humanresources@kingwoodcenter.org