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Landscape Manager, Boston Region

Classification: Full-time (forty hours per week)

Location: Lyman Estate, Waltham, Mass.

Description: The Boston Region Landscape Manager is a working manager responsible for maintaining and preserving the historic landscapes of Historic New England’s Boston regional properties. The primary focus is on the Lyman Estate, Codman Estate, and Gropius House with subsidiary care responsibilities for the remaining properties in the region.

Develops cyclical short-term and long-term maintenance schedules. Ensures the care of plants and landscapes through mowing, pruning, watering, tree care, weeding, leaf removal, trash pickup, snow removal, etc. The Landscape Manager will personally perform these tasks and supervise seasonal workers, volunteers, and/or supervise contracted companies. Operates heavy equipment and standard landscape equipment. Maintains all equipment and trucks. Develops project plans per Historic New England standards, gathers estimates, and coordinates landscape work by contractors. Supervises and/or performs heavy landscape construction and maintenance projects, all with sensitivity for historic landscape components and respect for all cultural landscape features. Documents work through photographs and written reports.

Prepares annual budgets for landscape-related projects, tracks monthly and annual spending. Purchases all plant materials and supplies for team. Researches and recommends equipment purchases. Develops landscape maintenance manuals and best practice documents. HR duties include hiring and evaluation of full-time and seasonal staff. Recruits and organizes volunteers. Communicates with government agencies regarding issues at Historic New England landscapes. Serves as liaison to tenant farmers at Historic New England’s Boston Region properties and enforces lease terms. Ensures all work is performed in a safe manner and maintains M.S.D.S. booklets for team.

Monitors landscapes for hazards to the public, vandalism, security issues, and parking issues.

Works with events, festivals, and functions staff to support their needs while maintaining the historical integrity of outdoor spaces. Responds to security alarms and building or landscape emergencies.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent education plus a minimum of six years of horticultural job-related experience or a bachelor’s degree and two years job-related experience. Computer skills including working knowledge of word processing; the use of email, internet research, spreadsheets, and digital photography are required. Ability to interact and communicate orally and in writing is essential. The candidate must be a self-starter, able to work independently and as part of a team. Requires problem-solving skills and ability to effectively plan and implement work processes to complete tasks according to schedule. The position is full-time (forty hours per week) and will be based at the Lyman Estate, Waltham Mass. Valid driver’s license is required.
This position regularly requires talking, hearing, smelling, walking, bending/stooping, crawling/kneeling, carrying, reaching, pushing/pulling, and lifting. The employee is required to lift up to eighty pounds. The employee must apply manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination requiring extremely high degrees of precision and accuracy in the operation of manually controlled equipment. The employee in this position is exposed to weather extremes, loud noise, chemicals (such as poisons, flammables, or corrosives), and work near moving mechanical parts. The visual demands of the position require regularly reviewing non-written material for analytical purposes (e.g., maps, blueprints, photographs, collections.)
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee is required to meet and work under while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions/primary responsibilities of the position. 
Applications: Please send resume and cover letter to

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Historic New England offers generous and comprehensive vacation, holiday, and health and wellness benefit packages.

Landscape Manager, Boston Region