Sculpture Garden Assistant Manager

JOB SUMMARY: The Sculpture Garden Assistant Manager is responsible for assisting the Sculpture Garden Manager with the day to day operation and maintenance of the ‘Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, including grounds, facilities, and sculptures.  The Assistant Manager would be available to weekends, events and other hours as assigned by the Sculpture Garden Manager.


  • Involvement in the planning and implementation of horticultural maintenance to include trees, shrubs, groundcover, mulching, weeding and use of herbicides/chemicals.
  • Recruitment and management of volunteers to include community organizations, non-profit groups, corporate groups, student groups, individuals and out of town visitors.
  • Planning and monitoring of facilities maintenance to include information booth, restrooms, tool shed, trash receptacles and pathways.
  • Assisting with the management and monitoring of subcontractors to include lawn service, tree services, and facility repair work as needed.
  • Coordination with the Sculpture Garden Manager regarding contractors, donors and museum staff with regards to landscape preparations for new sculpture additions to the Garden.
  • Work closely with Special Event Coordinator, third party planners and subcontractors with regards to Special Events in the Garden.
  • Working with Curatorial On-going maintenance of the sculptures to include removal of dirt, bird droppings, etc. and coordination with conservator.
  • Performs daily inspection of garden for wind/weather damage to sculpture and trees and paths and report of such to supervisor and correcting.
  • Assist the Sculpture Garden Manager on purchase order procedures for materials/supplies and subcontractor work for the operation of the garden with approval of supervisor.
  • Creates and maintains sculpture garden maintenance protocol
  • Assist with horticulture and wildlife guide


  • Assistance with the implementation of Hurricane Protection Plan.
  • Assistance in management of the Wellness Programs.


  • Developing skill appropriate tasks for volunteers and monitoring safety.
  • Keeping track of volunteer hours for Volunteer Coordinator


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university plus experience in the horticultural field.


  • Program management, volunteer management and community organization skills.
  • Ability to work closely with NOMA staff as needed.
  • Attention to detail in overall assessment of the garden processes


  • Job requires significant physical activity.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Weeding, watering, pruning, general garden work.
  • Use of power tools: weed eater, blower and hedge trimmer.


  • General outdoor conditions.

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