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North Carolina Botanical Garden seeks Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager

January 20, 2022

Position Title                                                                                                                                        NC-Botanical-Garden

Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager. North Carolina Botanical Garden
Position Summary  
The Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager works within the NCBG education department under the supervision of the Director of Education. The Program Manager is charged with providing both 1) education about therapeutic horticulture and 2) direct service therapeutic horticulture services to participants with special needs with the support of interns and volunteers seeking this experiential learning opportunity. This professional position is also charged with managing the program for sustainability, including supporting program fundraising, fee-for-service opportunities, and grant development, and communicating about the program through outreach and scholarly opportunities.
The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) has been a leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education in the southeastern United States for more than 50 years. As part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we further the University's tripartite teaching, research, and public service mission through our own mission to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature. As a garden focused on conserving the biodiversity of southeastern native plants, we recognize that just as biodiversity is critical to a healthy ecosystem, diversity in people and perspectives makes our organization and community stronger. NCBG is committed to creating an environment in our gardens and natural areas where everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone feels safe and welcome. NCBG is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, teaching, research, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
Therapeutic Horticulture is the purposeful use of plants and gardening to support health and wellness. At NCBG, we have offered this unique service to individuals and groups since 1978, ranging from people with mental illness, memory impairment, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, and physical limitations, and children with special needs. The mission of the NCBG Therapeutic Horticulture Program is to extend the practice of therapeutic horticulture into health, allied health, and related professions through training, education, and experiential learning opportunities.
The ideal candidate will have
  • a minimum of three years of experience in the development and implementation of a therapeutic horticulture program, or other related field experience
  • a working knowledge of therapeutic horticulture benefits, techniques, programming, methods, and management
  • a working knowledge of horticultural practices, including plants, propagation, soils, etc.
  • and experience engaging diverse audiences in education or outreach programs. They will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, possess excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills, and be highly organized with a thorough and detail-oriented work style, with strong time and task management skills.

The ideal candidate will also be able to demonstrate success in working both independently and as a member of a team and building effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and program participants.
Other details, preferred qualifications, and application instructions are provided in the full description at this link:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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