Job Description - Nursery/Perennial Manager Mohnton

Title: Nursery/Perennial Manager
Department: Nursery/Perennial
Reports to: Store Manager
Classification: Full Time, Year Round

Location: Mohnton Retail Store

TO APPLY: Please download our application and return your completed form via one of two methods listed below.

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  • Print and return to the courtesy counter at our Mohnton Store


The Nursery Manager is responsible for the direction of all aspects of the Nursery/Perennial Departments, ensuring its continuance as a successful part of the Esbenshade’s Greenhouses. They are expected to offer our customers polite, prompt, energetic, enthusiastic and courteous service with a smile. The manager must have the ability to be patient when confronted with a challenge, and to continually seek out knowledge of all shrubs, trees and related products. A strong background in woody ornamentals and perennials is expected. This person must have good work and personal ethics and will be responsible for overseeing department employees.


  • Directly supervises all nursery/perennial associates.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Customer service is first and foremost. This means approaching every customer with a smile and pleasant attitude, offering assistance as needed, answering questions politely, following up later if you don’t know the answer at first), and doing all you can to provide Esbenshade’s customers with a positive, successful shopping experience so that they will want to return.
  • Excellent communication skills with customers in order to suggest tie-in sales.
  • Taking responsibility and providing leadership for day-to-day operations within your department.
  • Responsible for general clean up and maintenance of nursery yard and water garden display areas.
  • Maintain a clean and safe nursery environment, carefully monitor any trip hazards.
  • Responsible for managing inventory, sales, labor and expenses to maintain a profitable department.
  • Responsible for managing hard goods inventory such as mulch, stones & supplies.
  • Ensure good communication with customers, employees, vendors and management.
  • Responsible for completing purchase orders and other paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for monitoring inventory levels for re-ordering by communicating with the buyers.
  • Must be flexible with your scheduling to accommodate customer service for the work week.
  • Keep informed of weekly sales items. Keep cashiers updated on all in-store and advertised specials within your department and provide them with the appropriate information to keep checkout lines running smoothly.
  • Ability to open and close store when scheduled.
  • Knowledge of our Customer Loyalty Card Program.
  • Commitment to attend employee meetings and training.
  • Responsible for training, managing and scheduling department employees.
  • Willingness to learn to operate forklift, bobcat and any other necessary equipment.
  • Willingness to provide cross coverage in other departments as needed.
  • Position includes mulch and nursery deliveries, heavy lifting, loading and unloading of trees, shrubs, perennials and hard goods for customers and vendors.
  • Provide attractive and creative displays with proper signage and information for customers, including seasonal rotation of flowering plants.
  • It is mandatory that all employees obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their activities.
  • Ensure that all plants receive proper care – watering, fertilizing, pest management, etc…
  • Oversee the fresh greens and Christmas tree sales
  • All other duties assigned by upper management personnel.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of (or ability to attain knowledge of) fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and other chemicals and methods of pest control.
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions or suggestions for customers.
  • Ability to move and setup displays, pot up nursery stock, maintain nursery.
  • Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.
  • Basic knowledge of woody ornamentals and perennials is required.
  • High level of initiative and desire for excellence.

Education & Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Good knowledge or background in nursery stock, water gardening and perennials.
  • Experience in nursery and landscaping.
  • Experience with retail sales.
  • Management experience helpful.

Time Requirements:

  • Willingness to work evenings (one to three per week), Saturdays and holidays.
  • Willingness to work overtime as needed during busy spring season.

Physical requirements:

  • Must be able to lift heavy objects. (Up to 75 lbs. pounds).
  • Must be able to be on your feet for long periods of time. (10 to 12 hours).
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions including; heat, cold, rain, snow and high humidity.