Community Nursery Manager

San Jose, California
Wages/salaries are negotiable based on skill sets and years of relevant experience.
Oct 23, 2020
Nov 22, 2020
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

Our City Forest is an urban forestry non-profit serving communities throughout Santa Clara County since 1994. It operates a two-acre Community Nursery and Training Center which provides suitable, climate-appropriate species for planting across Silicon Valley. The nursery offers 350 species of drought-tolerant trees and plants, cultivated by a team of full-time AmeriCorps service members, with the help of 2,500 volunteers annually. 


The Community Nursery Manager trains, supports and manages a team of service members and oversees all facets of the nursery facility, including:  cultivation operations,  inventory management, marketing, public open hours, revenue tracking, wholesale nursery vendor communications, purchases of bare root stock and small container stock, community education programming, plant sale events, volunteer events, technical assistance and facility maintenance and development.   


Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee all nursery operations including propagation/greenhouse operations, tree cultivation, maintenance, pruning, fresh and recycled water systems upkeep and expansion, hand-watering, demonstration gardens and landscaping on site according to best arboricultural practices and Best Nursery Management Practices.
  • Provide ongoing training, management, supervision, and evaluation of 7 to 10 AmeriCorps service members annually.
  • Develop annual nursery operations work plan to effectively execute and delegate nursery tasks.
  • Perform daily scouting routes to prevent crop issues and enhance nursery work plan
  • Train AmeriCorps members and volunteers to assist residents with city permits and specifications and provide species recommendations and design assistance.
  • Maintain annual nursery budget, track receipts, expenses and invoices, and submit requests for all nursery purchases, including purchasing tree stock
  • Develop and maintain professional relations with wholesale customers, city partners, and other local agencies.
  • Oversee plant sales, fundraisers, nursery events, workshops and trainings.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state and federally mandated nursery regulations including OSHA standards, pesticide use standards, and labor law compliance.
  • Promote the nursery’s volunteer program to support nursery operations and growth.
  • Implement effective strategies to recruit ongoing nursery volunteers with technical skills.
  • Oversee and direct secondary team tasks that support general program operations.
  • Coordinate with OCF staff to recruit AmeriCorps members and develop and implement an orientation and training plan for new members.
  • Provide ongoing oversight of service member activities to ensure compliance with AmeriCorps policies and regulations including uniform dress code and professionalism standards; as well as manage timesheet and performance reviews.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of 2 years greenhouse, nursery, or horticulture experience
  • Minimum of 2 years people and program management experience
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize assignments under pressure and delegate effectively
  • Demonstrated experience in routine greenhouse procedures
  • Demonstrated experience with irrigation systems
  • Pass National Service Background Check, including Live Scan and fingerprint check
  • Possess a valid CA driver’s license
  • Ability to work full-time, 40 hours per week. Tuesday - Saturday, with willingness to work weekends and holidays if necessary
  • Certified Arborist certification desirable


Terms and Salary

Compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include combined vacation/sick leave, medical, dental and vision insurance. Work schedule is Tuesday - Saturday, 40 hours per week. 


Application Process

-Please send resumé with cover letter to Rhonda Berry at

-Cover letter shall include minimum annual salary requirement and 3 work-related references.

-Interviews will commence as applications of qualified applicants are received.

-Position shall be filled as soon as possible.


Our City Forest provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Our City Forest complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. The policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team!