Arboretum Director

Hiring Organization: Winona State University
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Winona, MN
Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

POSITION: Arboretum Director APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled
Review of applications begins immediately

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Probationary SALARY: Commensurate With Experience

1. Provide overall planning, supervision, student educational opportunities and staff training regarding the
use of environmentally sustainable landscape and hard-scape (i.e., walkways, parking lots, etc.) practices
on the campus. Maintaining sustainable landscapes includes items such as appropriate use of soil
amendments, limited agro-chemical applications, selection of disease resistant and drought-tolerant plant
species, and strategic cultivation and management of all species of flora (native and non-native trees,
shrubs, forbs, and turf). Maintaining sustainable hard-scapes involves items such as limited use of
harmful snow and ice-removal chemicals, and consideration of alternative permeable surfacing materials.
Regular in-service training of professional and student grounds staff, with the assistance of the WSU
Land Steward, will be essential to meeting these responsibilities.
2. Provide leadership and management of landscape services staff, budget, equipment and other resources.
This involves tasks such as hiring, providing in-service training, evaluating, supervising, disciplining,
dismissing, recognizing, scheduling, and coordinating landscape services staff consistent with the needs
of the campus and of pertinent collective bargaining agreements. Making recommendations and
managing the landscape services budget, equipment needs, contracted services and other resources are
also included among the duties of this position.
3. Coordinate landscape services staff and resources with the WSU Land Steward, academic programs,
faculty and students to provide educational and public outreach programs to on-campus and community
groups. Examples include, in-service training to professional and student grounds staff; facilitation of
student and faculty research projects, service-learning projects, internships, and independent study
projects utilizing the grounds as a “living laboratory;” coordinating resources for educational signage on all
campus flora; providing educational tree and garden tours for campus and community groups; and
developing educational activities as part of the annual campus Arbor Day event.
4. Work collaboratively with campus offices and groups (e.g., administration, Facilities Services staff,
campus Land Steward, Arboretum and Land Stewardship Committee, students and faculty) to provide
leadership with developing the campus and allied properties as a regional landscape arboretum. This
includes, but is not limited to, representing the vision and needs of landscape services to administration,
and participating regularly with the Land Steward and Arboretum and Land Stewardship Committee, to
develop a written strategic plan (vision, mission and goals) for the campus arboretum, emphasizing public
education, enjoyment and scientific study.
Note: This position requires some weekend, evening assignments and irregular work hours as needed to provide
planning, supervision and direct service needed in support of the programs and services associated with the
University arboretum. Additionally, the ability to engage in light physical labor as an arboretum services provider,
while overseeing all aspects of the planning, management and educational programs offered through the campus
arboretum is required.

Minimum Qualification(s):
1. Bachelor’s degree in forestry, urban forestry, botany, plant ecology, ornamental horticulture, landscape
architect or related field
2. 4 years of experience in facilities and or program management including landscape development, project
management, giving public presentations, working independently, meeting deadlines and basic
horticulture practices.
Notice of Vacancy
Arboretum Director

Preferred Qualification(s):
1. Knowledge, skill, ability and experience with the development, supervision and management of a small to
medium sized landscape arboretum (including both landscapes and hard-scapes) or equivalent (e.g.,
knowledge and experience with personnel management, planning, budgeting, reading blueprints,
materials acquisition and handling, estimating, contracting, implementing, evaluating, etc. are necessary).
2. Knowledge of modern and advanced environmentally sustainable grounds maintenance practices for
native and non-native species of trees, shrubs, forbs, ornamental grasses and turf.
3. Knowledge and ability to develop and maintain the campus forest and special tree collections.
4. Advanced skills in the selection, purchase, cultivation, planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, forbs,
grasses and turf, and the identification and treatment of plant diseases.
5. Knowledge of arboriculture and horticultural sciences.
6. Ability to demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for leadership, and for campus and
community outreach education programs.
7. Knowledge of common computer technology and software necessary to produce electronic
communications, spreadsheet analyses, and power-point presentations. Develop expertise with more
specialized software (e.g., i-Tree, Tree-Keeper) to support campus tree inventories.
8. Ability to design detailed plans for the landscaping of buildings and development of new and existing
grounds, including the relocation of drives, parking areas, and plantings to improve utility and beauty.
9. Ability to provide in-service training to professional and student landscape services staff; collaborate to
support student capstone research, independent studies, internships, and service-learning projects; make
educational presentations to students, co-curricular campus organizations, classes and community
groups, both independently and in collaboration with the WSU faculty Land Steward.
10. Ability to assist with the development of topographical maps of the facility’s flora, and subsoil maps of
campus utilities in collaboration with facilities planning services.
11. Ability to develop material and cost estimates for proposed landscape and hard-scape (e.g., walkways,
parking lots) projects.
12. Ability to maintain favorable public relations with on and off-campus constituencies.
13. Ability to function collaboratively and facilitate a team environment among all campus constituencies,
including professional grounds staff personnel.

The applicant should demonstrate a knowledge of and interest in diverse cultures and populations.

WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY: The mission of Winona State University is to enhance the intellectual, social,
cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve. We offer undergraduate programs based
on the traditions and values of the arts and sciences and an array of graduate and professional programs that are
especially responsive to the needs of the Upper Midwest. We prepare our graduates to serve generously, lead
responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, their lives and their
communities. A community of learners improving our world!


APPLICATION INFORMATION: Please submit the following materials in addition to the online application: 1) A
cover letter addressing how you meet the responsibilities and qualifications in the order listed above; 2) Resume;
3) Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate); and 4) a list of at least 3 references, with addresses and telephone
numbers. *Persons writing letters of reference should be advised of Minnesota's open record law which can
make such letters available to applicants upon request.


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A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
An equal opportunity educator and employer.
Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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