December 12, 2015

Nursery Manager
Native Here Nursery, East Bay Chapter, California Native Plant Society
101 Golf Course Drive, Berkeley, CA 94708

Background: Native Here Nursery (NHN) is a project of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EBCNPS). EBCNPS is a chapter of CNPS, a non-profit 501(c3) organization. Founded in 1994, NHN is dedicated to growing plants propagated from materials collected in Alameda and Contra Costa counties for restoration and gardening projects. NHN is a premier nursery in the area devoted to local native flora. Conservation and restoration are at the heart of Native Here’s mission. NHN also contributes to the broader community education mission of EBCNPS through a variety of programs.

Chief Responsibilities of the Nursery Manager

• Oversees all nursery operations, any additional staff and all volunteers.
• Represents NHN in both internal and external communications.
• NHN depends on experienced and talented volunteers to carry out its mission. The manager recruits, trains and supervises volunteers in order to carry out as many of the following duties as practical and appropriate.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities of the Nursery Manager with the Assistance of Volunteers:

• Provide excellent customer service in line with EBCNPS mission
• Produce plants for retail customers and restoration efforts
• Maintain healthy plants and nursery infrastructure
• Plan and organize annual plant sales and events
• Secure all permits and agreements for operating the nursery and collecting activities
• Oversee nursery’s finances, including bill payment, preparation of financial statements, and handling income.
• Maintain nursery’s outreach, including Facebook, Meet-up, and other publicity
• Nurture relationships with the East Bay Regional Park District, State Parks, and others
• Communicate with chapter board and membership through both oral and written channels
• Contribute to broader goals of EBCNPS through outreach, communication, special events and development of new programs.

 
Skills and qualifications
Required:

• Passionate about local native plants
• Self-motivated and able to work independently to complete tasks and meet deadlines
• Enjoy working with people and plants
• Skilled in interpersonal relationships and listening skills
• Good with written communication
• Computer skills for word processing, database, and spreadsheets
Physically able to work outdoors in all seasons, with uneven terrain. Able to lift and move plants and nursery tools

Desirable:

• Experienced in managing and coordinating volunteers
• Degree in a related field of study or two years’ work experience in the field
• Experienced in seeking contracts for restoration activities

Compensation and Benefits:

This is an hourly staff position, averaging 20 hours per week. The rate of pay is $16-$20 per hour, based on qualifications and experience. Workers’ Compensation Insurance and a benefits package including health care are provided. Start date is as early as February 1, 2016, depending on candidate availability.

Reports to:

President, EBCNPS

To Apply:

Send by e-mail attachment in pdf format the following three items:

1. Cover letter

2. Resume

3. Contact information for three professional references.

Send to spduckle@uci.edu.

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until filled.

The California Native Plant Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.