Assistant Native Plant Nursery Supervisor

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, 1150 Carroll Ave., San Francisco, CA
Up to $48,000/year DOE, plus benefits
Nov 29, 2018
Dec 29, 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Join our vibrant and dynamic team! LEJ is looking for a talented plant propagator and crew supervisor to work with our Urban Greening Team to grow up to 70,000 native plants for habitat restoration in public parks in San Francisco. Pursuing environmental justice here in Southeast San Francisco that has historically seen the highest rates of pollution with the least amount green open space, we both restore habitat for wildlife and people to enjoy, while lifting up our local youth.

Our Assistant Nursery Supervisor will mentor and supervise our Young Adult EcoApprentices, teaching them valuable, transferable jobs skills in the growing habitat restoration and horticulture industries, offering pathways that might otherwise be closed to youth in our community.

1. Assistant EcoApprentice Supervision – 40%

  • Work with Nursery Manager to Supervise crew in daily tasks and completion of daily goals.
    • Propagation and Plant Care: Work with Nursery Manager to supervise young adult EcoApprentices and/or volunteers to ensure the efficient and safe completion of the day’s Nursery production and plant care goals at both nursery locations.
    • Operations and Maintenance: Work with Nursery Manager and Operations Support Technician to supervise young adult EcoApprentices and volunteers to ensure the efficient and safe completion of operational goals around Candlestick Point Site A Facilities.
    • Restoration Sites: Work with Nursery Manager to supervise young adult EcoApprentices and/or volunteers at offsite restoration sites to ensure the efficient and safe completion of the day’s goals, while maintaining staff morale.
    • Volunteer Programs: Work with EcoApprentices to support their leadership of volunteer programs, especially the first and third Saturday drop in Nursery Volunteer Programs. Activities include, propagation, restoration and O&M tasks
    • Site A Expansion: Work with Nursery Manager and Operations Support Technician on tasks related to Candlestick Point Native Plant Nursery expansion and buildout of community gardens and native plant demonstration gardens, including planning and preparation as well as physical site buildout.
  • Work with UG Team to ensure that specified daily/weekly/seasonal data is tracked and recorded in an appropriate format. Monitor EcoApprentice data collection and proper entry. This includes:
    • Plant/People Database
    • Project Hours Log
    • Field Data Sheets (propagule collection forms, field work day forms)
    • Timesheets
    • Plant and Seed inventory
  • Hold primary responsibility for the training of new young adult EcoApprentices in Nursery Propagation and Plant Care skills and data capture and entry.
  • Work with Operations support technician to ensure EcoApprentices are fully trained on site O&M for Treasure Island and Candlestick nurseries

1.1 Propagation and Plant Care, Candlestick Native Plant Nursery and Treasure Island Nursery – 40%

  • Supervise EcoApprentices and volunteers on propagation activities for up to 70,000 plants for the winter 2019/2020 planting season for multiple contracts. Grow an average of 150 species per year, largely from seed.
  • Supervise and train EcoApprentices on all propagation methods, including seed treatments, sowing, cuttings, division, transplanting, etc.
  • Work with Nursery Manager on the planning of production timelines to reach desired plant stock numbers by contracted due dates.
  • Supervise EcoApprentices propagation in accordance with production schedules and goals provided by Nursery Manager.
  • Check in with Nursery Manager daily to monitor propagation progress and revise weekly and daily production activities as needed.
  • Make sure that propagule collection goals provided by Nursery manager are met.
  • Supervise and train EcoApprentices on the identification and responsible wildland collection of propagules
  • Supervise and train EcoApprentices on maintaining the health of Nursery plants using Integrated Pest Management best practices.
  • Work with Nursery Manager to improve existing IPM protocol and systems and schedule IPM protocol into routine work activities carried out by the UG team.
  • Maintain current phytopthora BMPs and suggest improvements where feasible. Model the correct BMPs to EcoApprentices and volunteers and ensure that everyone is adhering to these BMPs.
  • Build upon Phytopthora monitoring systems in place to ensure regular testing is carried out. Identify areas for improvement to this system, work with Nursery manager to implement improvements.
  • Ensure that plant stock inventory changes are kept up-to-date.
  • Assist in the maintenance and installation of irrigation systems on both sites. Create maintenance protocol for irrigation systems.

2. Young Adult EcoApprentice Program Development and Session Planning ~ 20%

  • Work with UG team leadership to draft, review, edit and update Nursery, Restoration and O&M Eco Apprentice training manuals, protocols and curricula, as needed.
  • Work with UG team leadership and Programs Team on setting the EcoApprentice session calendar prior to each session, which includes:
    • practical trainings on plant propagation and Nursery maintenance,
    • in-depth LEJ background, mission, history and vision,
    • evaluations,
    • programming support
    • collaboration with the youth Eco Apprentice program
  • Work with UG team leadership on tracking and evaluating EcoApprentice progress through pre, mid and post assessments of each EcoApprentice. Improve record keeping and data sharing of evaluation and progress results with LEJ Development team.
  • Work with the Nursery Manager to Conduct exit surveys for all graduating EcoApprentice’s to elicit feedback on the program from them. Improve the current system to include mid-session feedback.
  • Work with Nursery Manager to create a framework for UG Team leadership response and adaptability to EcoApprentice needs and feedback, from both mid and end session program evaluations.
  • Work with UG team leadership and Programs team on EcoApprentice session planning before each session start date. This includes:
    • reflecting on previous session, brainstorming improvements and putting them into place (for example, mid-session program evaluations and responsiveness)
    • calendaring the session activities (see above)
    • coordination necessary across LEJ departments towards the successful implementation of the program
  • Work with Urban Greening team to build new and improve existing systems and protocols for Urban Greening team operations, plant care, data maintenance, etc.

3. Programs and organization support – 20%

  • Work with Programs team, when needed, for support and leadership in offsite community programs, especially EcoAdventure programming.
  • Work with Programs Team providing support and leadership as necessary for community programs in the Nursery, including educational programs, corporate work days, special events, and the youth EcoApprentice program.
  • Provide on-land support for EcoAdventure school programming
  • Provide leadership and support for our standing Nursery drop-in volunteer days. Support EcoApprentices in their leadership of these programs.
  • Participate and support general needs of organization as needed


  • Mission driven: shares enthusiasm in educating and inspiring others about conservation, public parklands, habitat restoration, and the mission of the Native Plant Nursery and Literacy for Environmental Justice.
  • Interpersonal skills: considers and responds appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful, and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations
  • Leadership: exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; willing to adjust plans in order to fit needs of group that is being led; can provide leadership to those from diverse backgrounds
  • External Communication: speaks clearly and effectively, is thoughtful, persuasive; writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs. Is comfortable speaking in group settings.
  • Internal Communication: active listener; communicates needs and boundaries clearly and respectfully; values in-person check-ins and information sharing; is non-defensive and solution oriented in conflict
  • Teamwork: pitches in and contributes to achieving group goals; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; balances team and individual responsibilities.
  • Flexibility: Willingness to adjust to changing timeframes and expectations in a fast paced environment. Willingness to try new approaches, explore new possibilities. Is able to support the team when needed.
  • Dependability: completes tasks on time; takes responsibility for own actions, whether successful or not; can be relied-upon.
  • Judgment: exhibits sound and accurate judgment; can clearly explain reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Productivity: effective when working independently with little or no supervision. Completes work in timely manner; strives to increase productivity; works quickly.
  • Quality: demonstrates attention to detail, accuracy and thoroughness.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, biology, ecology, botany, natural resource management, or equivalent.
  • Minimum 2 years experience propagating California Native plants.
  • Expertise in effective propagation techniques and after-care regimes for up to 200 California Native Plant species.
  • Ability to troubleshoot irrigation systems, install and repair irrigation.
  • Knowledge of Nursery pests and diseases and knowledge of cultural methods for their controls. Understanding of Integrated Pest Management.
  • Minimum one year of experience in volunteer engagement.
  • Minimum one year of experience supervising staff, volunteers and/or interns
  • Minimum one season of experience in propagule collection of multiple species. Understanding and keen awareness of plant phenology.
  • Expertise in botany and plant morphology. Field-based knowledge of local native flora.
  • Proficient in computer programs including Microsoft Office, Google Applications, and database systems. Familiar with GIS technologies.
  • Valid CA Driver’s License, clean driving record, and ability to drive large vehicles. Must be approved for coverage by LEJ’s insurance carrier.
  • Spanish language proficiency a plus

Physical Requirements and Work Environments

  • Work is performed in outdoor/indoor settings.
  • Work is primarily performed standing or walking.
  • Work requires squatting and kneeling.
  • Regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment for up to 8 hours per day.
  • Frequently lifts, carries, and positions objects weighing up to 35 pounds.
  • Often works outside in inclement weather.
  • Regularly drives large vehicles (no special license required).
  • Tuesday through Saturday workweek required.

Terms – Full-Time $41,600 – $47,840/yr. DOE. Benefits package includes paid sick leave, paid vacation, and a reimbursable health benefits account through the City and County of San Francisco City Option Program.

Please email your resume and cover letter to: Ildiko Polony, Nursery Manager, Literacy for Environmental Justice,
Please, no phone calls about this position.
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