Arboretum Supervisor

Arboretum Supervisor


Haywood Community College
185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721
Phone: 828-627-2821

Job Location

Haywood Community College, 185 Freedlander Dr., Clyde, NC  28721


Expected hiring range $50,000.00 - $54,000.00, per year dependent on experience, education and credentials


Full comprehensive benefit package. HCC participates in the NC State Health and TSERS pension plans.

Job Category

  • Service/Maintenance

Application Period

Opens: Monday, July 25, 2022
Closes: Friday, August 5, 2022

Target Start Date

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Expected Work Hours

Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm with occasional variance

Reports to

Associate Director of Campus Development

Employment Type

Full-time staff; exempt

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent.  Three years of experience in a related field with increasing responsibility.  Demonstrated experience supervising others. Have a valid NC Pesticide Applicator’s License or obtain one within a year from hiring date. Must have a valid driver’s license; ability to operate tractor and other heavy equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

Proven work experience as an Arborist.  Arborist related certification such as ISA Certified Arborist or NC Certified Plant Professional. Three years of experience in a supervisory capacity, Associates Degree in Horticulture, Arboriculture, Forestry, Landscape Architecture or closely related field. 

Position Description

Primary Purpose

The Arboretum Supervisor shall supervise the daily operations of the Arboretum department. Position will oversee preservation, care and ongoing maintenance of the arboretum grounds of Haywood Community College.  Arboretum is over 110 acres with a wide array of tree, plant and shrub species. Care and preservation are achieved by Arboretum staff, collaboration with Natural Resources program faculty and students, and outside contractors.


Essential Job Duties


  • Be a consistent positive figurehead for the team, encouraging and supporting the direction of campus development. 
  • Direct and participate in active preservation and maintenance of 110+ acres of designated arboretum. 
  • Supervise departmental team members, providing direction, assistance, professional development and overall leadership.
  • Maintain an effective work team proud of its contributions to the success of the college.
  • Position the team and individual members for recognition and continued professional development. 
  • Represent the interests of the team within the context of the college as a whole. 
  • Collaborate with Natural Resources faculty and students. 
  • Responsible for employee reviews (annual and probationary); time-sheet approval; and approval of all leave including compensatory leave.
  • Ensure that records, accountability, and performance adhere to college policies and procedures, NCCCS directives, NC State Administrative Code, and other relevant guidelines. 
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ensure consistent, open communication, professional ethics, planning, budgeting, and evaluation of projects and performance.
  • Coordinate volunteer labor for grounds keeping projects.
  • Perform preventative maintenance with a time sensitive and monitored schedule. 


Facilities Duties

  • Mowing, weed eating and trimming of assigned areas.  Operate a variety of power-driven equipment.  Assist with replanting of lawns, spreading mulch and spraying herbicide when necessary. 
  • Removal of grass clippings, sticks and limbs on roads, sidewalks and lawns, assist with leaf removal.
  • Assist with landscaping projects on campus and satellite locations.
  • Work with Associate Director and Director of Campus Development to continually update and care for the health of the HCC Arboretum plants, trees and shrubs.
  • Participate and delegate the completion of moving furniture, helping with event setups, work order and routine preventative maintenance tasks. 
  • Ensure that all tools and equipment are kept in working order.
  • Pick up litter across campus daily. Empty outside trash cans twice weekly and replaces liners.
  • Assist with snow removal from sidewalks, steps, stairs, and building entrances. Spread chat and salt on roads and sidewalks as needed. Place caution signs on sidewalks and steps where needed.
  • Manage on-call after hours scheduling in the event of urgent condition needs.
  • At the direction of the Director or Associate Director of Campus Development, lead larger arboretum work assignments that fall outside general work order parameters.
  • During winter months, may handle minor facilities maintenance tickets/requests as directed. 
  • Routine housekeeping functions of arboretum facility and greenhouse to include sweeping, maintenance, etc. 
  • Assist with maintenance of equipment, to include oil and filter changes, washing off of mowers and mower decks as needed, and grease mowers when needed.
  • Manage grounds related projects as assigned by Associate Director. 
  • Operate college-owned vehicles.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Additional Responsibilities

Knowledge of

  • Principles and practices of customer service 
  • Knowledge of cultural requirements of landscape plants common to the WNC region
  • Knowledge in the area of plant health care including: diagnosis of diseases and insects which cause damage to common trees and plants in WNC and the treatment and management of identified issues.
  • Knowledge of general plant maintenance (watering, deadheading, pruning, and rogueing)
  • Knowledge and experience with proper arboriculture techniques (Tree ID, Tree risk assessment, Pruning, Tree Planting, Tree Removal, Cabling/Bracing, Tree Climbing)
  • Knowledge of soils and fertilization regimes for common landscape plants of WNC
  • Preparation of planting beds
  • Ability to demonstrate proper mowing and mulching techniques in urban landscapes 
  • Training in chainsaw safety and operation
  • Landscape equipment maintenance experience (mowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, tractors, hedge trimmers, and lawn edgers)
  • Hardscaping (stone and timber)
  • Landscape design (flower beds, woody plants, baskets and pots)
  • A passion for the care and management of plants and trees in an urban landscape.
  • Principles and practices of work safety 
  • Understanding basic safety principals


Implement HCC Core Values

  • Strive to improve self and department through continuous learning and team work
  • Create a student-centered environment 
  • Work toward operational excellence; continuous improvement of processes
  • Interact with co-workers and perform tasks with the highest level of integrity
  • Work cooperatively with faculty, staff, students, and the community
  • Promote and support HCC’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Promote and support coworkers in a positive manner.


How to Apply

The following is necessary for consideration:

  • Official Haywood Community College employment application online found at our jobs page: Please call Beverly Balliot with any questions or if you are unable to complete the online application for any reason.
  • The application must be complete for consideration - do not reference resume. A resume is suggested but does not take the place of any questions or details that you need to provide in order to be qualified for the position.  Unofficial transcripts must be included for the application process. Most unofficial transcripts can be downloaded from college/university websites. Official transcripts of all secondary education must be submitted to Human Resources within 10 days of any offer of employment. 
  • References may not be a current HCC employee. Candidates must provide three professional references with email addresses.  At least one reference must be a current or previous supervisor.  
  • College screening committee is responsible for application review, interviews, and recommends the candidate to HR. Upon completion of the hire process in HR, President approval is required in the hire of a candidate. 
  • HCC is a tobacco free campus

Haywood Community College provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or status as a covered veteran in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Upon request, the College will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities so that they may be able to perform the essential functions of their job unless doing so would result in an undue burden for the College.

Haywood Community College (HCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission to foster an environment that meets the educational needs of the communities it serves, promotes student success in higher education and in the workplace, and facilitates economic development. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. The college campus, a designated arboretum, boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state with an iconic mill pond, a productive greenhouse, dahlia gardens, an orchard garden and a rhododendron garden.                    

Job Post Contact

185 Freedlander Dr

Clyde, NC 28721