Job Opportunities

Introduction to the Sherman Library & Gardens 

The mission of the Sherman Library & Gardens is to provide the public an oasis of inspiration, education and appreciation of regional history, horticulture and the arts. It comprises a renowned botanic garden, historical research library specializing in the history of the Pacific Southwest and collection of California Impressionist art. It is located in Corona Del Mar, Orange County, CA on a 2.2 acre site. The Sherman is embarking on a new phase of development which includes the establishment of a new Education Department and is looking for an Educator to work with the Education Director to develop and deliver programs for a variety of communities. 


Job Opportunity: Horticulture Director

Full-time, occasional nights and weekends required

Position Description:

The Horticulture Director is a fundamental part of the leadership team.  Directly responsible for management of the living collections, the horticulture staff and a key leader in education and arts initiatives. The Director is responsible for the planning, design, procurement, implementation, and oversight of all garden spaces.  The Director and horticulture staff is also responsible for the set up and take down of many in house events. Key to this position is the ability to work in a creative environment across departments with exceptional organizational and motivational skills.  The Director works to actively support the organizations mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities through strong public and volunteer engagement.

Areas of Responsibility/Essential Duties:

The successful candidate will be able to perform each of the essential duties and go above and beyond in pursuit of perfection.

  • Establish a close working relationship with the executive director in pursuit of the long term objectives to achieve horticultural excellence and advance the initiatives of the organization.
  • Lead a creative and collaborative horticulture team allowing for artistic and creative expression to create a visually stunning and horticulturally rich experience for guests and members.
  • Responsible for hiring, building, developing, and motivating horticulture staff performance.
  • Appropriately delegate responsibility and accountability to staff while fostering a hard working creative and passionate team.
  • Oversees the maintenance team in conjunction with the venue manager.
  • Design, conceptualize, direct, and manage all horticultural activities, including four season horticultural design, plant cultivation and protection, turf and tree care, orchid greenhouse and conservatory practices.
  • Create and direct the development and installation of all horticulture or garden related exhibitions, events, and activities to attract new and diverse audiences.
  • Collaborate with horticulturalists and education department on content for interpretive horticultural and exhibition related materials, signage, programs and classes.
  • Collaborate with the executive chef to ensure there is a true garden to table experience for diners at our in house restaurant Cultivar.
  • Advance the professionalism of the horticulture department by creating a living collections policy, accession policy and deaccession policy.
  • Serve as a resource for and champion of the master plan fundraising and implementation.
  • Professionally represent the organization within the community and through professional organizations.
  • Serve as part of a cross departmental team of leaders that works together to deliver a superior guest experience.
  • Have a passion for horticulture and a superior work ethic.

Scope of Job Description

It is understood that this job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by the Horticulture Director within this job, but this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

Education and Experience

Above all the right candidate will be a passionate, motivated, accomplished professional who can inspire others in a way that will result in inspiring an appreciation of history, horticulture and the arts.

  • Minimum of an associate’s degree in horticulture, garden management, design or related degree plus five years of professional experience in a related position.
  • Attention to detail and exemplary organizational skills.
  • Strong leadership skills to delegate, manage and prioritize activities.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills adaptable to a range of audiences.
  • Ability to work independently, make decisions and solve complex problems.
  • Proficiency in a range of Microsoft office suite and Google software applications.
  • Ability to obtain a valid California driver’s license.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Application Instructions

Qualified candidate should submit a cover letter, resume and any supporting materials such as a portfolio, project photos, artistic endeavors, articles, or letters of reference.

Scott LaFleur, Executive Director
[email protected] 

Job Opportunity: Gardener

Part Time:  20-30 hours a week

Flexibility to work varied schedules including Saturdays and Sundays and overtime, if required

The Gardener, under direct supervision of the Horticulture Manager, will be working throughout the garden and be responsible for the maintenance of the Gardens’ turf areas, tree and shrub collections, planting beds, walkways, associated buildings and will perform other related garden work and general maintenance as required.  He/she will need to perform routine maintenance on all equipment and tools. The Gardener should have basic irrigation system knowledge and be able to perform routine repairs.  The ideal candidate is a self-starter, team player who is motivated and able to manage time effectively. He/she should have an interest in plants and horticulture and be looking to increase their knowledge. A friendly, polite and service oriented demeanor is required for professional interactions with Garden guests.

Garden Maintenance Responsibilities:
Maintain garden areas, plant, weed, groom, water, etc.
Maintain lawn areas, pathways and fountains.
Maintain equipment and tools.
Monitor and fix irrigation systems.
Water and groom landscaped areas.
Trim hedges, shrubs, trees.
Event set up and break down.

Skill Required:
Must be a “self-starter”.
Must be a team player.
Able to follow written and oral instructions and communicate well.
Able to observe and remember details.
Able to meet garden project completion schedules on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Able to work well individually, with other staff members and volunteers.
Skill in using various types of tools.
Ability to follow safety procedures, rules and regulations.
Must be able to lift, push, pull or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Must be able to bend, twist or reach
Must be able to climb ladders
Must show interest in horticulture with a desire to learn
Have a friendly, polite, service oriented demeanor and interact with the public when appropriate

Education/Work Experience Requirements:
Horticulture background preferred
CA Driver’s License required
Proof of US citizenship

To apply please send resume to:
Scott LaFleur, Executive Director
[email protected]

Job Opportunity: Independent Instructors

We would like to hear from experienced instructors who are interested in teaching occasional classes for a variety of ages; weekly after-school programs for children or short camps.  Our program includes the practice and appreciation of art, history, dance, music, gardening, nature/environment, culinary/nutrition, literature, crafts and wellness.  When possible, we like to make links between the content of the classes and our garden environment or collections.  Classes can take place outdoors or indoors.  

Please apply with short  descriptions of specific class ideas and a one page resume including references to:

Catherine Dickinson 
Education Director
[email protected]