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Director of Landscape Services & Mizzou Botanic Gardens

University of Missouri - Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 2, 2023

Job Details

Hiring Department

Landscape Services

Job Description

The University of Missouri–Columbia (MU) is searching for its next Director of Landscape Services and Mizzou Botanic Garden. This key Campus Facilities leader will manage Mizzou’s 1000+ acres of lawns, landscaping, urban forest, and Botanic Garden with 18 named gardens. Landscape Services also leads the preparation and response for snow and ice removal activities during winter months in collaboration with Facility Operations and other campus units. The department’s team consists of 35-40 groundskeepers, gardeners, and managers, along with an arborist, landscape designer, and equipment mechanic who provide year-round grounds services to the main campus and other facilities around the area. Frontline services staff are union-eligible. Annual budget allocation and recharge revenues total approximately $3 million. This director is the face of Mizzou’s beautiful campus grounds and gardens and interacts with faculty, staff, students, senior leaders, researchers, contractors, and the public on related matters.

About Mizzou
Established in 1839, MU is the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Located in the center of the state in the city of Columbia, it is a land-grant university hosting over 31,000 students and nearly 3,000 faculty and researchers. Mizzou is the flagship of the University of Missouri system, which includes 4 universities and MU Health Care, an on-campus teaching hospital with healthcare services distributed throughout the region. MU is a major research institution and one of 71 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). MU’s nuclear research reactor (MURR) is the highest-powered university research reactor in the U.S., producing cancer-fighting therapies for use worldwide. The university operates its own on-campus district energy and utility system that provides power and other utilities to all campus facilities, University Hospital, and a second on-site hospital operated by the U.S. Veterans Administration. Mizzou Athletics is a member of the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Essential Functions
• Plan, organize, direct, and review the operational and personnel activities of the Landscape Services department.
• Guide the preparation and review of all landscape architectural designs and related site plans for the campus, whether created by in-house designers or by outside architectural consultants.
• Develop and manage a Landscape Maintenance Plan to guide desired service levels, aligning APPA standards with university expectations.
• Develop and manage a Landscape Master Plan to guide the future development of grounds and gardens.
• Provide guidance to the Friends of the Mizzou Botanic Garden Advisory Board in their educational and philanthropic activities.
• Develop and manage budgets for Landscape Services Mizzou Botanic Garden operations.
• Direct and oversee landscape construction projects.
• Negotiate and manage service agreements with recharge units and campus partners.
• Work with procurement to manage agreements with contractors and other outside service providers for various grounds, maintenance, landscaping, and snow removal services as needed.
• Direct campus snow and ice preparation and removal operations to maintain a safe campus environment.

Must possess a valid driver’s license which will allow the legal operation of a motor vehicle in the State of Missouri is required.


7:30 AM- 4:00 PM

Monday through Friday

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and at least 6 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
• 10+ years of experience leading landscape operations in a large, complex enterprise. Previous leadership experience in a public college, university, PK-12 school system, or another institutional environment is a plus.
• Turf Management, Horticulture, or other landscaping-related credentials are a plus.
• Experience with public or non-profit sector administration.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Applies knowledge of key functional drivers that maximize performance
• Possesses good interpersonal and problem-solving skills
• Demonstrates good communication and presentation skills
• Possesses broad knowledge of turf, gardens, and urban forest management best practices
• Develops and utilizes meaningful performance metrics
• Proven record of excellence in leadership and customer service
• Champions safety practices and procedures
• Pursues data-based decisions and outcomes

Anticipated Hiring Range

Salary Range: $90,000-$140,000 annually

Grade: GGS 013

University Title: Director I CSM Operations

Internal candidate can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit .




The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one — it's a major land-grant institution and Missouri's largest public research university.

Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou has a reputation of excellence in teaching and research, and is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities. MU offers more than 280 degree programs — including more than 75 online degree options — and is designated as comprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Mizzou is recognized nationally and receives top rankings for its programs in many areas, including journalismdispute resolutionfamily and community medicinecampus writing program and Freshman Interest Groups. As one of only six public universities in the country with medicineveterinary medicine and law all on one campus, MU provides Missouri with an educated work force of doctors, veterinarians and lawyers.

At Mizzou, we know how to make an impact—and our work reaches far beyond our campus. When you become part of our community, you’ll be part of our collective effort to teach, to learn and to drive change that results in better lives and brighter futures for the world.

Mizzou Tigers are lifelong learners, and that includes our faculty and staff members. All employees have the opportunity to pursue personal and professional growth and acquire new skills for their own benefit and the benefit of the university.

Our university seeks to support the whole employee, and that includes a competitive compensation and benefits package, support that will help you find work/life balance, a focus on career planning and plenty of opportunities to find and be recognized for your success.

We support an engaged and energized university community through competitive medical, dental and vision insurance as well as diverse programs to support whole-person wellness.

Mizzou empowers employees to make a lasting financial plan with retirement plan options, some of which are accessible to all faculty and staff, no matter their eligibility for other benefits.

Mizzou is a world-renowned educational and research institution, and our first-rate faculty, staff and students are part of something big. If you’re looking for a vibrant community that offers endless opportunities to grow and make a difference throughout our state, the nation and the world, our university may be the place for you. 

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