Related Partners Director of Horticulture, Hudson Yards in New York, New York
The Director of Horticulture will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and review of all planting at Hudson Yards East including plant material, soils, and irrigation associated with the The Plaza, Tower C East and West Plazas, and streetscape planting. In coordination with the landscape contractor (Steven Dubner Landscaping), the Director of Horticulture will be expected to take a leadership role in the establishment of planting following installation. In coordination with Nelson Byrd Woltz, the Director of Horticulture will also be responsible for developing a management approach to maintain the plantings, including building any initial horticulture staff/contractors and developing protocols for ongoing maintenance and care. The Director of Horticulture will work closely with the design team to implement and reinforce the design principles that have informed the plantings. The plantings are to be maintained sustainably, in a first-class condition, commensurate with the high design standards of the park itself. “Plantings” refer to all planted material including trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs.
The Director of Horticulture will be an employee of the Related Companies and will report directly to Related Operations/Management.
Primary tasks include:
Plant Installation: If the timeline allows, work with the landscape contractor (Steven Dubner Landscaping) and Nelson Byrd Woltz to oversee the installation of the planting during construction starting in Spring 2018 and finishing in Fall 2019.
Develop Management Plan: Establish the Horticulture protocol's goals, priorities, and management strategy in preparation for opening of the Plaza in 2019, including hiring of any initial horticultural staff and development of contract documents for bidding to outside maintenance contractors. Following opening of the Plaza, establish the project’s horticultural goals for subsequent seasons and years; develop and manage an annual budget based on those goals. Participate in senior staff meetings to establish goals and priorities for Related; coordinate horticultural operations with Operations/Management other departments as required; share information with the horticulture staff gained at meetings outside and inside the organization.
Horticulture Design: The Director of Horticulture is responsible for managing the diverse group of plants, including trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, and bulbs. Maintain detailed project record of designed plantings and related systems and all subsequent drawings and updates following initial plant installation. The Director of Horticulture must be able to handle all aspects of the plantings thoroughly and manage them using sustainable methods. Communicate updates and plans through the appropriate channels. As issues arise, work with design team, consultants, and horticultural staff to formulate appropriate responses and implement changes as necessary.4. Manage Horticulture Operations: Coordinate long- and short-range horticultural operations, including management of all horticultural staff/contracted staff and regular personal observations and analyses of all planting. Provide the skilled leadership for the site’s horticultural work. Oversee outside landscape maintenance contractors to ensure plantings are maintained at the highest level and to ensure contract compliance. Direct the hiring of contracted staff and provide clear and concise performance evaluations for all contract services. Terminate contract services who are not performing up to standards.
Soil Management: Establish management plans for ongoing soil testing per project specifications and in coordination with Nelson Byrd Woltz and appropriate consultants. Oversee outside soil testing and soil maintenance contractors to ensure soil is maintained to the levels as specified. Direct the hiring of contracted staff. Provide clear and concise performance evaluations for all contract services. Terminate contract services who are not performing up to standards.
Arboreal Management: Establish management plan for ongoing tree analysis, pruning/correction, and treatment per specifications and in coordination with Nelson Byrd Woltz and appropriate consultants. Oversee outside arborist maintenance contractors to ensure irrigation system is maintained at the highest level and to ensure contract compliance. Direct the hiring of contracted staff. Provide clear and concise performance evaluations for all contract services. Terminate contract services who are not performing up to standards.
Soil Cooling System Management: Have a working understanding soil cooling mechanical system and parameters associated with activation and shut-down. Coordinate with Operations/Maintenance team to ensure proper use of system in relation to weather forecast.
Irrigation System Management: Have a full understanding of working irrigation system. In coordination with Operations/Maintenance team, adjust irrigation controls for specific zones as required over time to promote the viability of all planting. Oversee outside irrigation maintenance contractors to ensure irrigation system is maintained at the highest level and to ensure contract compliance. Direct the hiring of contracted staff. Provide clear and concise performance evaluations for all contract services. Terminate contract services who are not performing up to standards.
Sustainable Best Practices: Actively promote and develop environmentally friendly and sustainable management practices, consistent with the overall goals of the organization; research best practices in this area, including evaluating the work of other local and national businesses and institutions. Promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles when possible.
Resource Management: Ensure that all vehicles, tools, materials, equipment and other resources are appropriate for the site and used safely, effectively, and efficiently. Coordinate storage of equipment and other resources as required with Operations/Management team.
Snow/Ice: In coordination with the Operations team, develop plan for snow and ice removal, on an emergency and non-emergency basis during weekdays and weekends. Ensure that sustainable practices are implemented that limit the use of de-icing salts that may harm plant and soil viability.
Contract Management: Craft requests for proposals, write specifications for contracts and supervise all horticultural contractors working on site. Ensure that plans and written specifications are fulfilled and work is conducted in a safe manner. Manage outside contracts as necessary. Supervise contracts and ensure that work is completed in a timely manner.
Safety: The Director of Horticulture is responsible for the effective, efficient, and safe operation of contractors as they maintain the highly specialized plantings. The Director of Horticulture is equally responsible for the public's safety as related to plantings and horticultural maintenance.
Additional Responsibilities: Performs other duties as required in the scope of the job as designated by Related senior staff.
This position requires a minimum of six years of horticultural experience with a minimum of four years in a hands-on, supervisory capacity; must have excellent leadership, communication (both verbal and written in English), interpersonal, organizational, project management, development, technical and analytical skills; must be capable of working additional hours, under pressure and independently as necessary as well as handling a diverse range of responsibilities; must work as a team player maintaining positive work relations with contractors and Related staff; must have a knowledge of operations for all tools, vehicles, and equipment required for use by contractors; must be able to interact with all levels of management and staff; must have good computer skills (Microsoft Word/Excel preferred). A valid NYS pesticide applicators license and U.S. driver's license is required. A B.A./B.S. degree in horticulture or related field preferred.
Related Is An Equal Opportunity Employer
Related Companies is a global real estate and lifestyle company defined by innovation and the most prominent privately-owned real estate firm in the United States. Formed over 40 years ago, Related is a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance, marketing and sales. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi and London, and boasts a team of approximately 4,000 professionals. With over $60 billion in assets owned or under development including the 28-acre Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side, The Grand and Related Santa Clara in California and The 78 in Chicago. Related was recently named to Fast Company Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. For more information about Related, please visit www.related.com.
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