Retail Department Manager: Annuals & Perennials

We’re excited to announce we are accepting applications for the position of full-time Retail Department Manager: Annuals and Perennials. As many of you know, the former manager of this position, Michele Hyatt, retired last spring, and we are looking for our next Michele! To apply, please download and complete the application from our website and return it with a resume to Watters Garden Center Monday through Saturday 9am to 5pm. Here is the link

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Be a part of the leadership team voted Best Horticulture Company in the Country to work. We’re really looking forward to meeting you!

Retail Department Manager: Annuals and Perennials

For 61 years, Watters Garden Center has cultivated its brand around fun, positivity, community, and giving back. The Watters team reaching far beyond the world of gardening to touch the lives of employees, customers, and our community. We pride ourselves on customer service, quality plants, creative displays, fun events and a healthy work culture. Our committed, passionate, and hardworking leaders guarantee a genuine horticultural experience.

Our Retail Department Manager: Annuals & Perennials position is a unique role which requires an individual to assert strong leadership skills as well as being fully hands-on in the day to day operations. This position involves working directly with the entire team in keeping our nursery functioning at a high level through the leadership of employees, management of product flow, and the customer experience. This position requires an eye for detail and the ability to assess future needs for the department. Constant communication and follow up is key, as this leader will be expected to communicate with all levels of employees clearly and concisely and in any department. Driving a sense of urgency and ownership within the department is critical to both personal and departmental success, all while being mindful of a good, clean, and safe working condition. The team’s performance reflects the department manager’s personal performance.

As a leader within the company, there is also an expectation that new ideas and strategies will be brought to the table to keep the company moving onward and upward. This role is challenging, exciting, and FUN. Though this position is a department manager, in this family-owned business we are all ONE TEAM that supports each other and strives to be great—together. The success of the entire company, not just your department, is our goal.


  • Years (2+) of proven experience in at least one of these areas: garden center management or retail departmental management.
  • Strong and proven communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, customers, cash handling, events, and employees through a hands-on approach.
  • Ability to train, schedule, and build a high functioning team through strong leadership skills.
  • Sense of humor


  • Ability to confidently sell plant products all while aiding in the success of our customers
  • Willing to make strategic and calculated decisions in buying, and create the sales, signage, and merchandising plans to move through the product.
  • Maintains cleanliness and safety as a point of attention throughout the store
  • Drives a sense of urgency and ownership within their department
  • Creates the vision, oversight, and leadership of the department all while supporting the company’s mission statement and ownership’s vision.
  • Ensures proper implementation and completion of operational systems and cash handling procedures.
  • Understands cash handling procedures and loss prevention management
  • Has a basic understanding of business profitability and what leads to good financial decisions
  • Willing to work weekends and holidays
  • Willing to operate a forklift
  • Clear Driving record
  • Must be available to work 4 to 5 days per week March, April, May, and half of June, and as business requires.
  • Able to work in all-weather types and potentially the extremes; wet and cold, or hot and dry.
  • Able to stand and walk on your feet for multiple hours at a time with minimal breaks.
  • Able to comfortably lift 20 pounds repeatedly throughout the day.
  • Competent with computers and technology-based devices; including, but not limited to Microsoft products.
Helping Customer choose the best plants for their yard

Here’s what we believe, and if you like what we like, then please apply ASAP.  Follow the link below and download the application from our website, print, and bring it to the garden center during regular business hours. We pay well, but way more important than the money, we like and support each other.  If you are a loner, don’t apply, if it’s only about the money, don’t apply, if you don’t like excellent customer service, your colleagues, or people in general then for the sake of gardening don’t apply!

We are a business of values, passion, integrity, community, and beliefs.  If you truly believe the following, you are halfway there and we encourage you to apply this week.

We Believe, in rising early, working hard and fruits of our labor

We Believe, in family, church, community, and friendships

We Believe, watching hummingbirds and butterflies is better than TV

We Believe, bees are in danger and we can save them

We Believe, your garden should be natural, safe and organic

We Believe, in roses that smell like a rose

We Believe, in nurturing our customers as much as cultivating our plants

We Believe, in lilacs like grandma use to grow

We Believe,  your backyard should be more comfortable than your living room

We Believe, fresh air is good for you

We Believe, where too busy and need to relax in the garden

We Believe, getting dirty is fun

We Believe, plants are healthy for our environment as much as your soul

We Believe, in integrity, respect and love for one another

We Believe, No One is a Failure who has Friends

We Believe, You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think

We Believe, Watters can fill the world with sunshine

We Believe,  in the ‘Golden Rule’ – Do what is Right towards God, your Community, and your Neighbor

Link to Application