Green Spring Gardens Park Manager

Fairfax County Government

Green Spring,  Virginia

Manages the Park Authority's countywide horticulture program including the operations of a public garden, Green Spring Gardens, other satellite horticulture parks, the Fairfax County Farmers Markets, Green Spring Master Gardener program and garden plot program.

The manager is responsible for the financial success of the site and its programs. Prepares reports for revenue and expense budgets; develops a budget request for Friends of Green Spring (FROGS); serves as primary contact for fund raising activities and developing plans for the capital improvement program for the park. Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates full and part-time park personnel, including direction to staff for the effective management of the volunteer and intern programs. Assures compliance with federal, state and/or local financial, security, safety standards that ultimately result in maintaining standards for appropriate accreditation and certification, (Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), and American Alliance of Museums (AAM)). Supervises the planning, protection, development and maintenance of horticultural, historic and natural resources, as well as building and grounds maintenance and safety. Maintains resource documentation, such as plant records and labeling and natural and historic resources inventories. Builds and maintains local, regional and national partnerships and relationships to advance and promote the mission, goals and projects of Green Spring Gardens, associated sites and the Park Authority and engage the community by providing direction for the development of programs, activities and services of the countywide horticulture program to serve a highly supportive audience. Maintaining high quality customer service through visitor services is a hallmark of Green Spring Gardens.

Seeking candidates who have the ability to develop and implement short and long-term goals, annual operations plans, program plans, horticultural and other park resource management plans, and plans for the countywide horticulture program.

Illustrative Duties:

  • Directs and coordinates the implementation of conservation or horticultural policies and procedures;
  • Develops long- and short- term goals, operating objectives, strategies and implementation plans;
  • Makes recommendations to the division manager or branch manager regarding long-range plans;
  • Coordinates research studies and the preparation of technical reports;
  • Provides technical expertise to agency and county regarding key issues related to parklands and natural resources;
  • Contributes to the development of Park Authority and county-wide strategic plans related to natural or horticultural resources;
  • Maintains liaison with other key park officials, other agencies, citizens' organizations,
  • and the public on issues of environmental concern pertaining to parklands and natural resources;
  • Develops and submits an annual operating budget and monitors revenue/expenditure performance levels;
  • Directs staff operations and training.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of nature conservation theory and philosophy;
  • Extensive knowledge of conservation program management practices;
  • Ability to plan and direct comprehensive conservation programs and activities;
  • Ability to analyze programs and procedures and evaluate their performance against established objectives;
  • Ability to plan, direct and manage the work of subordinate staff;
  • Ability to evaluate employees performance against comprehensive performance standards;
  • Ability to develop and implement effective management practices;
  • Ability to prepare and adhere to a budget;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with public officials, staff and the general public.

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in horticulture, natural or life sciences, natural history, park management, public gardens management, education, or a closely related field; plus five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of conservation management, environmental education, park programming, or a closely related field.

Must be able to obtain the following license/certifications within the first three months of employment:
Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
Possession of a valid CPR and First Aid certification.
Possession of a valid AED certification.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background investigation, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Previous public garden, historic site and/or natural resource site management experience. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with applying the methods, principles, techniques, and practices necessary to document a site with horticultural natural and cultural resources. Demonstrated ability to use effective leadership skills related to interpersonal relations and team building, and to establish positive relationships with mangers, peers, subordinates, customers and stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement master plans, interpretive plans, operations plants. Demonstrated ability to set and maintain multiple program priorities while having the flexibility to adapt to change, collaborate and negotiate with diverse stakeholders. Experience managing revenue generating programs and facilities. Comprehensive understanding of budget development and management, and experience with budget development and management. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Any National Association for Interpretation certification is desirable

Ability to walk over varied terrain such as park trails and grounds and work outdoors at times during inclement weather. Duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

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