The Program’s aim is to create the next generation of senior public horticulture professionals.
The ideal candidate is someone who has a bachelor's degree and wants to serve—or is currently serving—in a leadership capacity within the public horticulture industry. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate a high potential for professional growth, be readily endorsed by other professionals in their field, be proficient at reading and writing in English, and embody the following characteristics:
- Is committed to professional excellence
- Demonstrates leadership competencies
- Has deep intellectual curiosity
- Is a collaborator, an enabler
- Possesses strong communication skills
- Demonstrates adaptive interpersonal skills
- Is intrinsically motivated
- Works for the greater good
- Represents diverse perspectives and backgrounds
- Is visionary and innovative
- Continuously develops oneself and others
- Demonstrates commitment to public horticulture
- Has 5+ years of work experience in public horticulture or closely related field
Although not required, applicants may possess or be working toward a master's or doctoral degree. Those individuals who meet the criteria listed above and find themselves transitioning between careers are also encouraged to apply.
Nominations are open throughout the year for the upcoming cohort. Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort will open July 1, 2022 and close August 31, 2022.