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The International Peace Garden was founded in 1932 by a group of visionaries aiming to establish a place dedicated to the ideals of peace and friendship between nations. Located near the geographic center of North America, the International Peace Garden sits on the Manitoba/North Dakota border and commemorates the long-standing peace between the United States and Canada. Today, the Peace Garden grounds span more than 2,400 acres including forests, trails, lakes, manicured gardens, conservatories, campgrounds, and more.

To apply for a position below, please send a resume and cover letter to lori@peacegarden.com

Buildings Manager

The Buildings Manager duties include developing, supervising and executing the International Peace Garden buildings maintenance strategy in collaboration with the administrative office.

  • Report to the CEO the overall strategy, budget and annual plans for buildings maintenance, including staff housing, in coordination with the strategic plan.
  • Develop and supervise the buildings department hiring plan, employee interviews, and orientations.
  • Coordinate an on-call schedule for buildings emergencies.
  • Monitor and maintain all aspects of the IPG Water Treatment Plant and sewage systems and keep certifications up to date.
  • Ensure that all codes are met in relation to buildings, water treatment, air quality, and sewage.
  • Monitor inventory of and make recommendations for the purchase of buildings maintenance supplies, tools, and equipment.
  • Monitor and maintain records of service and/or repair of all equipment and appliances.
  • Develop and execute a plan of preventive maintenance of all IPG buildings.
  • Provide project oversight to all infrastructure improvements at IPG.
  • Develop and supervise a plan for locking, unlocking and overall security of buildings, including weekends.
  • Monitor and manage the collection of garbage and litter in and around buildings.
  • Prepare all buildings for all seasons, including off-season events.
  • Report state fleet incidents and requests immediately to the administrative assistant.
  • Work closely with the grounds manager on projects and duties that intersect.
  • Assist grounds manager in maintaining utilities in campgrounds.
  • Snow removal assistance.

Salary and benefits based on education and experience. Compensation for health insurance will be provided. Housing may be available if candidate is interested.

Horticulturist – Display Gardens

The Display Garden Horticulturist is responsible for the development and execution of the short and long-term Display Garden plans and strategies as set out by the Director of Horticulture and guided by International Peace Garden principles and best practices.

The Display Gardens are spread out over a 20-acre space that contains an extensive collection of annual flower beds, tree stands and perennial beds in a formalized setting that straddles the US/Canada border.

  • Develop and maintain the Display Gardens to the highest horticultural and public standards.

  • Take the lead on Display Gardens related projects.

  • Develop and oversee the hiring plan for Display Gardens staff. (Includes interviews, training, orientation, and scheduling.)

  • Assign, supervise and facilitate daily tasks for seasonal staff and Assistant Horticulturists.

  • Cultivate a positive work environment.

  • Enforce the rules and regulations of the IPG.

  • Attend administrative meetings, training, and promotional events as required.

  • Keep daily logs of relevant/requested activities.

  • Devise and operate under an annual budget for the Display Gardens. Coordinate with the greater IPG Horticulture budget as set out by the Director of Horticulture.

  • Design and plan yearly flower displays that reflect the themes set out by the IPG administration.

  • Maintain trees, shrubs and perennial beds in the Display Gardens.

  • Operate and instruct staff on safe and efficient use of maintenance equipment such as hedgers, weed-whips and mowers.

  • Apply necessary herbicides/pesticides in a safe and responsible manner, consistent with the IPM guidelines provided by the Director of Horticulture.

  • Manage and update the Display Gardens equipment and irrigation inventory as needed.

  • Take inventory of and map all plants in the Display Gardens.

  • Give public tours of the Display Gardens when requested.

  • Coordinate the creation and placement of interpretation and signage in the Display Gardens with the Director of Horticulture and Director of Marketing and Events.

  • Coordinate irrigation scheduling with other Horticulture and Grounds staff as needed.

Timing: March – October, with the possibility of extended time

Salary and benefits would be based on education and experience. Compensation for health insurance will be provided. Housing may be available, if candidate is interested, and additional housing is planned for construction in 2020 and 2021.

Horticulturist – Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden Horticulturist is responsible for the development and execution of the short and long-term Sunken Garden plans and strategies as set out by the Director of Horticulture and guided by International Peace Garden principles and best practices.

Located in a natural depression, The Sunken Garden is a 5-acre fenced-in formal garden that specializes in trees, shrubs, and perennials that are cold hardy to USDA zones 2 and 3.

  • Develop and maintain the Sunken Garden to the highest horticultural and public standards.
  • Take the lead on Sunken Garden related projects.
  • Develop and oversee the hiring plan for Sunken Garden staff. (Includes interviews, training, orientation, and scheduling.)
  • Assign, supervise and facilitate daily tasks for seasonal staff.
  • Cultivate a positive work environment.
  • Enforce the rules and regulations of the IPG.
  • Attend administrative meetings, training, and promotional events.
  • Keep daily logs of relevant/requested activities.
  • Devise and operate under an annual budget for the Sunken Garden. Coordinate with the greater IPG Horticulture budget as set out by the Director of Horticulture.
  • Plan the Edible Garden and coordinate the use of produce with the Café.
  • Operate and instruct staff on safe and efficient use of maintenance equipment such as hedgers, weed-whips and mowers.
  • Apply necessary herbicides/pesticides in a safe and responsible manner, consistent with the IPM guidelines provided by the Director of Horticulture.
  • Manage and update the Sunken Garden equipment and irrigation inventory as needed.
  • Oversee garbage and recycling collection in the Sunken Garden from Mondays to Fridays.
  • Manage (mow, spray and irrigate) turf areas in the Sunken Garden in collaboration with the Grounds Manager.
  • Maintain horticultural tools and equipment.
  • Manage the health and appearance of the water and water plants in the Sunken Garden pond and fountains. (Algae control, color treatment)
  • Control weeds on all hard surfaces of the Sunken Garden (excluding the patio north of the Conservatory which is maintained by the Grounds Manager).
  • Coordinate with Grounds Manager on any issues relating to hardscapes and water features.
  • Take inventory of and map all plants in the Sunken Garden.
  • Give public tours of the Sunken Garden when requested.
  • Coordinate the creation and placement of interpretation and signage in the Sunken Garden with the Director of Horticulture and Director of Marketing and Events.
  • Coordinate irrigation scheduling with the Display Gardens Horticulturist.

Timing: April – November, with the possibility of extended time

Salary and benefits would be based on education and experience. Compensation for health insurance will be provided. Housing may be available, if candidate is interested, and additional housing is planned for construction in 2020 and 2021.

Campground host

We are seeking a seasonal Campground Host to perform the duties below. Our ideal candidate will be a self-starter with a can-do attitude, customer service experience, and great attention to detail.

  • Taking reservations in person/online and maintaining updated reservation logs with gate staff, reservation page on the website, and campsites in a timely matter.
  • Ensuring payment is collected from late night arrivals and other campground guests.
  • Enforcing check-in and check-out times.
  • Maintaining an attractive campground, campsites, and facilities after check-out including: troubleshooting issues, identifying needed repairs and coordinating their maintenance, stocking/cleaning facilities.
  • Maintain excellent visitor relations within International Peace Garden standards including: knowledge of surrounding area, points of interest, activities, and selling firewood.
  • Monitoring campground activity and reporting issues.
  • Monitoring weather patterns and notifying guests of incoming weather and locations of storm shelter.
  • Assisting International Peace Garden staff with events and other duties as needed.

Timing: June – August

Compensation: Free camping, annual membership, & discount at the on-site cafe

Your Support Matters

For 86 years the Peace Garden has been a symbol of peace and cooperation and a jewel on the prairie. The vision of a few men to create a special place and the 50,000 who gathered for its dedication in 1932 should not be forgotten by any of us. In an ever-changing world, we can not forget the importance of peace and conservation.

The International Peace Garden is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Your gift is used to promote the Gardens as a vital regional asset while providing valuable educational programs and special events for the community.

Your generosity helps preserve this invaluable venue for generations.

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