Horticulturist, Arboretum/Horticultural Services

University of Maryland

College Park , Maryland

Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
Position coordinates and executes maintenance of high profile grounds and associated landscapes as assigned, including management of woody ornamentals, annuals, perennials, turf, irrigation, hardscapes and site furnishings. Additionally the position managers a staff staff of Groundskeepers, Groundskeeper Leads, and Landscape Technicians to perform grounds maintenance and landscaping duties as noted above.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or with an equivalent combination of education and/or experience required.


  • With Bachelor’s degree, an additional 6 years of relevant work experience in comprehensive landscape management.
  • With Associates degree, an additional 8 years of relevant work experience in comprehensive landscape management.
  • With no degree, 10 years of relevant work experience in comprehensive landscape management.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a lead or supervisory capacity related to the direction of crews, contractors, or overall site management.


  • Strong supervisory and communication skills with the ability to coordinate with Facilities Management (FM) employees and contractors to complete assigned projects to a specified standard.
  • Thorough knowledge of tree maintenance, landscape maintenance, equipment use, maintenance and field repair, plant cultural requirements, disease and insect identification and control.
  • Ability to work with and maintain effective relationships with others, including customers.
  • Knowledge and understanding of plant usage, soils and maintenance.
  • Ability to manage employee and contractor performance and the ability to make independent decisions quickly.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and have the ability to use a computer for assigned duties (to include email, correspondence, reports, etc.)


  • Degree in Ornamental Horticulture, Forestry, Plant Science or a related field.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) is preferred.
  • Use and understanding of GIS plant inventory systems is preferred.