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Plant Trials Manager



About Us

North Creek is a wholesale propagation nursery that grows perennials, grasses, and ferns, with a large selection of North American natives. We are committed to offering the highest quality starter plants in the industry. But quality plants are only part of the equation. North Creek is devoted to being the number one source for perennial, grass, and fern plugs by providing exceptional customer service, real-time availability, on-time delivery, the newest varieties plus time tested favorites and sustainable growing practices.

Position Summary

The Plant Trials Manager will be responsible for the management of new products, trial and demonstration gardens, and the Gardens Department staff.  They will perform various operational and supervisory functions to ensure the effective operation of the Gardens Department at North Creek Nurseries by ensuring that prescribed schedules, policies, and procedures are followed.  Interested candidates:  email resume and cover letter to Human Resources Manager at

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

Design, install, and maintain display, trial and demonstration gardens at both growing locations
Accession, maintain, evaluate trial plants and plant collections
Maintain open lines of communication with plant suppliers, universities, botanic gardens and arboreta
Manage and maintain positive relationships with the new product network of breeders, genetics companies, and plant finders
Manage Gardens Department staff (including interns) in executing day-to-day tasks
Interface with Sales, Marketing and Operations to assure successful launch of new product introductions
Administrate the royalty process (quarterly, semi-annually and annually), both incoming and outgoing
Work with Marketing Manager to develop and manage Gardens Department plant budget
Represent North Creek's new product offerings via webinars, lectures, sales meetings to customers, and workshops
Perform additional duties as required


Experience and comfort with public speaking and creative writing
Strong computer skills—proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is required; experience with working in Adobe Creative Cloud platforms helpful

Knowledge / Skills Required

Extensive gardening, garden design and native plant knowledge, with emphasis on ecology
Knowledge of perennial plant propagation helpful

Desired Skills

Ability to direct others in the completion of tasks
Ability to work in all weather conditions at tasks that are sometimes physically demanding


College education desired but not required

Travel: some travel required

Compensation: Based on experience