Employment Opportunities

Keep Akron Beautiful is currently hiring for a Full-time Flowerscape Director.

How To Apply:
If you are qualified and interested in applying, please send your resume with "Flowerscape Director" in the subject line, to CEO, Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti at jflaherty@akronohio.gov by October 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.



Flowerscape Director

Keep Akron Beautiful develops and implements public education and community improvement programs on litter prevention, recycling, graffiti eradication, waste management and beautification to encourage citizens to take pride in Akron by participating in these activities. Currently, we have an opportunity available as Flowerscape Director. 


The purpose of Flowerscape Director (FD) is to take the lead in planning and implementing Keep Akron Beautiful’s (KAB’s) beautification programming for the City of Akron. Currently the program consists of the downtown Flowerscape program, total agency maintained urban flower beds, and the Adopt-A-Site (AAS) campaign which takes beautification into the neighborhoods where volunteer groups take responsibility for creating floral displays on public lands. The Flowerscape Director is regarded as the beautification technician reporting to the CEO. The full-time position requires public contact year round, with the majority of the hours logged during the growing season, March through October. The FD will perform other duties as assigned by the CEO.



  • Passion for "all things green and growing."
  • Extensive knowledge of plants, particularly annuals and perennials.
  • Willingness to continue horticulture education through seminars and trade shows.
  • Experience in flower bed design, planting and maintenance, with a willingness to initiate new ideas and consider ideas from others.
  • Leadership skills and experience in overseeing and evaluating the performance of the crew.
  • Experience in purchasing and ordering.
  • Ability to establish work plans and meet deadlines with accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Ability and willingness to train and work alongside crew and community service workers.
  • Ability to listen and deal with disciplinary problems.
  • Computer Skills- Experience with Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
  • Public Speaking - present yearly workshops for AAS participants, Downtown Akron Partnership sites & AMHA sites.
  • Willingness to communicate and cooperate with KAB staff.
  • Willingness to cooperate with many city departments.
  • Experience with sprinkler systems and automatic timers.
  • Knowledge and skills using Landscape equipment (Rototiller, Weed Trimmer, Hedge Trimmer, etc)


Major Responsibilities:

Flowerscape Program Coordination

Adopt-A-Site Consultant

Staff Technical Support


These responsibilities are detailed in the following:

Flowerscape Program Coordination

Plans and designs the over twenty urban flower beds downtown. Stays abreast of new developments or plant varieties used in urban gardening. Maintains healthy working relationships with area nurseries to facilitate wholesale plant material support for the growing program. Assumes responsibility for selecting and preparing new and old sites annually. Oversees the planting process, water & daily maintenance right through to clearing the beds of spent plant material in the fall. Not only is horticultural knowledge necessary to perform this job, but also skills in sprinkling system operation and repair. The FD is responsible for troubleshooting any plant disease or insect problems that may occur. The FD has a Flowerscape Foreman who oversees and directs the crew and reports to the FD.


Adopt –A-Site Consultant

The FD helps to assess the viability of potential new AAS locations and volunteer efforts from January through April cutoff. She/he then works with the new groups to design and prepare the flower beds, right down to writing the wholesale flower order the first year. Each spring, the FD will host an AAS Clinic at KAB or offsite to train volunteers or make individual appointments to meet with groups experiencing problems. This staff member should be flexible enough to provide additional planting assistance if necessary. Acting as a consultant, the FD will be accessible to the contact people for answering questions, troubleshooting horticultural problems and dealing with site issues. The Corporate AAS program puts the FD in the role of a paid consultant to recreate “Flowerscape” caliber beds on their private property.


Staff Technical Support

The FD is a full time employee and thus an important part of the administrative staff. The FD should attend regular KAB staff meetings, except during the busy gardening months. It is important that the staff member in charge of implementing beautification be available for community outreach and fundraising related events. Provides overall input from agency programming and in particular private sector fundraising.


Physical requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, and reach with both hands and arms. The employee is required to walk and stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Works inside (10%) and outside (90%)




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