The Greening of Detroit is looking for a Full Time Tree Nursery Manager


  • DATE OF POSTING:               February 16, 2018
  • APPLICATIONS DUE:            March 2, 2018
  • POSITION:                               Project Manager / Nursery Operations Manager
  • JOB TYPE:                               Full Time
  • LOCATION:                              Detroit, MI USA
  • START DATE:                         March 2018
  • SALARY:                                  Commensurate with experience
  • CONTACT:                              Sue Hudnut,



Organizational Description:  The Greening of Detroit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working with residents, block clubs, community development corporations, schools, faith-based organizations and businesses to grow a greener Detroit through planting and educational programs, workforce development, environmental leadership, advocacy and by building community capacity. Since 1989, we have worked to reforest the City of Detroit. We currently plant and distribute approximately 2,000 trees annually, within Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. We also work closely with the City of Detroit’s General Services, Parks and Recreation, and Planning Departments

We are looking for a Nursery Manager to lead the launch and operations for Meyers Nursery, located in Detroit’s Rouge Park.

Work Environment:  The Nursery Manager will be based out of The Greening of Detroit’s office, and will conduct supervision of programs and staff in the field, on a regular basis.

Required Education, Experience, Skills: 

The ideal candidate for the position of Nursery Manager will hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursery Management, Forestry, Horticulture, Environmental Science or related field, and minimum 2 years work experience in plant nursery operations. Non-degreed candidates with 4 years’ experience in the wholesale nursery industry are encouraged to apply.

Progress and achievement are critically important at The Greening of Detroit, with the successful candidate dedicated to creating a solid foundation for sustainable tree production within Detroit’s restored Nursery. Candidates must have proven experience in nursery planting and operation practices, tree identification/specification, and managing crews. Goal setting, progress tracking, creating transparent production plans, and reporting is key to this role. Please include any tracking software you are experienced with, including Microsoft Excel.

Candidates must also have the knowledge or willingness to learn how to safely operate a manual transmission vehicle, skid steer, chainsaw, brush hog and lawn maintenance equipment. Must have ability to lift or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift/move up to 75 pounds.

All candidates must have a valid Driver’s license and be able to obtain a valid Chauffeurs’ License before starting their first day of work. Ideal candidates will be MIOSHA certified and be a Certified Pesticide Applicator, or be willing to acquire certification. Please include relevant certifications.

Candidates must display professionalism, positive attitude, independent judgment and decision-making ability, self-motivation, capacity to follow verbal and written direction, and a team mentality. Candidates must possess the ability to work with diverse groups of people and weather conditions, have excellent communication and organizational skills, and a genuine appreciation for improving quality of life for Detroit and its residents is a must. Previous work with volunteers and community groups is desirable.

Role and Responsibilities:

The role of the Nursery Manager is to not only lead operations at Meyers Nursery, but also serve as a vital, experienced team member who can effectively manage and report on related internal projects, knowledge share across programs, and train their team.

As a successful candidate, your passion for woody plants is matched by your business acumen, and ability to work well within a structured team.  

Core Responsibilities:

Nursery Development + Management

  • In coordination with The Director of Green Infrastructure, Develop and Implement the Meyers Nursery Planting Program with the goal of producing a significant amount of community planting stock.
  • Manage Meyers Nursery operations, including: logistics, acquisition and inventory of plant materials and nursery supplies, nursery crew members, and maintenance of site.
  • Direct and supervise the production team, always working towards the goal of achieving the best possible results with the most efficient use of labor.
  • Supervise and direct all horticultural functions related to inventory on the nursery; to include watering, pruning, weeding, fertilization, irrigation, disease and pest control, and monitoring of general plant health.
  • Research, recommend and implement  improved and more efficient methods of operation.
  • Research, recommend and implement improved methods and strategies for irrigation, fertility, and overall plant performance.
  • Develop installation and maintenance training standards and processes for nursery operation, harvesting, and out planting.
  • Collaborate with Community Forester to report success rates and lessons learned in growing and harvesting tree stock for out planting in Detroit.
  • Cross train with Workforce programming to achieve the highest quality finished product possible.
  • Coordinate with Community Forester on future neighborhood nursery out-planting events.
  • Provide instruction for community facing, education programming as needed.
  • Additional tasks, as directed by the Director of Green Infrastructure.

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