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Horticulture Curator

Como Park Zoo And Conservatory
Saint Paul, United States Posted: June 04, 2024

 The City of Saint Paul is seeking a leader to provide managerial and administrative duties involving planning, organizing, directing the horticulture operation and a safe and enjoyable visitor experience at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Zoo.

Here's what you can expect:
  • Serve as the senior manager for the collection of plants and is part of the overall Como Management team. 
  • Lead the team by inspiring others to work towards a shared vision, challenging self, and others to look for innovative ways to foster collaboration, trust, and team building to improve the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.  
  • Lead the curation and management of display gardens and Campus landscape. This includes the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, greenhouses, Japanese garden, growing ranges, production facilities, outdoor gardens, Campus landscape, and zoo gardens and exhibits.    
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
  • For over one hundred years, Como Park has played a vital role in meeting the recreational needs of residents of Saint Paul and surrounding communities.
  • The original vision was to create an outdoor haven for the area’s urban population and provide a wide variety of free or reasonably priced recreational activities, services, and educational opportunities for all park visitors.
  • Today Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department.
  • The zoo features seals and sea lions, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals, and a world class polar bear exhibit.
  • Find out more here about the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory here.
  • For more information and essential functions, see our Horticulture Curator Job Description. 
Experience Required
  • Position Requirements A Bachelor's degree in horticulture, floriculture, or a related field, and six years of experience in the propagation, planting, culture, arrangement, and exhibition of a wide variety of ornamental flowers and plants.
  • Three years of the experience must have involved managing public gardens, such as a conservatory, botanical, landscape arboretum, or zoological gardens.
The experience must meet the following requirements:
  • Progressively responsible experience supervising a team Involvement in budget development Must have a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License (written tests part A and E) within six months of the date of appointment.
  • A combination of education and experience to equal 10 years or more can be used to qualify for the position.
  • $92,684.80-$119,017.60

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