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    The Chicago Botanic Garden is seeking a passionate plantsperson to fill the role of curator. Overseeing a collection of more than 13,000 taxa, the curator is responsible for developing distinct, resilient plant collections through acquisition, donations, and plant exploration.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

    • Manage curatorial activities of the living plant collection ensuring focused growth, accurate documentation, verification, and annual reporting.
    • Acquire plants for the living collections through purchases, nursery/grower donations, garden transfers, and collections trips.
    • Conduct regular inventories and verifications of the living collection as directed.
    • Ensure the Garden is in compliance with all laws and regulations pertaining to its living collections and its collecting activities.
    • Monitor and report on the overall condition and scope of the living plant collections and their associated documentation.
    • Plan and execute domestic and foreign plant exploration trips.
    • Create and manage annual budgets.
    • Represent the Garden through participation in professional organizations, development of publications, and by presenting at appropriate conferences/symposia.
    • Establish and promote effective systems of communication with the horticulture staff regarding the use of the living collection. Work integrally with the horticulture staff to incorporate new plants into existing landscapes.
    • Assist horticulture staff with issues relating to plant performance, plant selection, and plant identification.
    • Work with other departments to provide the Garden’s public and professional audience with a broad understanding of the Garden’s collections through tours, lectures, symposia, publications, interpretation, radio/television, exhibitions, and special events.
    • Maximize the efficient use of volunteers in carrying out the curation of the living plant collection.
    • Work with the Development staff to secure funds for staffing, program, and infrastructure support as directed.

    Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:

    • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
    • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
    • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
    • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
    • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
    • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
    • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
    • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
    • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
    • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
    • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
    • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
    • Is welcoming of new hires.


    Our ideal candidate will have the following:

    • Bachelor of science or higher degree in horticulture, botany, taxonomy, or closely related field.
    • Excellent plant identification and botanical nomenclature knowledge.
    • Excellent verbal and written skills and a thorough understanding of collections management in a public institution.

    The post Curator – Chicago Botanic Garden appeared first on Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

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    The Atlanta Botanical Garden invites applications for the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolia and Conservation Database Coordinator for the Southeastern Center for Conservation within the Department of Conservation & Research. The successful candidate’s role will be split into two essential functions; to provide support for the coordination and administration of the Center’s in-situ and ex-situ conservation plant records conservation database, and of the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolia.

    Approximately 50% of the position’s time will provide support for the coordination and administration of the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolias (GCCM). The remaining time will be shared in providing database support for in-situ and ex-situ conservation plant records (40%) and other field (5%) and office duties (5%) as needed.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide support to the Vice President of Conservation & Research in expanding and coordinating the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolias.
    • Identify and recruit Consortium members, facilitate Consortium agreements and MOUs, track documentation, and manage communications.
    • Assist with coordinating meetings of Consortium members and help coordinate collecting trips.
    • Manage the ex situ accessions dataset for the Consortium; solicit data from members and report on progress.
    • Compile publications and reports, conduct surveys, and create original content for the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolia, which support the planting and conservation of threatened trees.
    • Work with international institutions in biodiversity hotspots to facilitate capacity building for in situ and ex situ conservation initiatives and help to identify gaps and opportunities in their magnolia conservation efforts.
    • Provide support to the Vice President of Conservation and Research in regard to the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolia with a focus on supporting applications from arboreta in developing countries and biodiversity hotspots.
    • Support general administration and communications of the GCCM Program.

    Conservation Collections Plant Database

    • Accession conservation collections plants at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Conservation Safeguarding Nursery in accordance with accessioning protocols.
    • Establish accessioning protocols for Conservation Collections.
    • Maintain IrisBG plant records database files including plant accessions, names, locations, and sources. Update files on a regular basis to accurately reflect the composition of the Conservation Collections including plant-outs and removals.
    • Maintain electronic maps of the Conservation Safeguarding Nursery and Conservation Collections using IrisBG Garden Explorer and GPS transmitter. Update maps on a regular basis.
    • Serve as primary institutional contact with IrisBG technical staff for Conservation Collections. Troubleshoot database problems and coordinate periodic software upgrades. Identify plants using botanical references and by comparison with other named specimens.
    • Verify plant names using botanical references. Update plant record database to reflect nomenclatural changes.
    • Assist with maintaining accurate labeling; coordinate and produce embossed aluminum plant accession tags and engraved plastic display labels and affix them to plant specimens in the field.

    Other duties

    This position provides support to department team members seasonally to complete fieldwork.

    • Assists in data collection
    • Seed and leaf sample collection
    • Monitoring of imperiled native plants

    Skills and Abilities

    • An understanding of standard plant collections curatorial practices and procedures.
    • Familiar with IrisBG collections management software and IrisBG Garden Explorer GIS software.
    • Familiar with Magnoliaceae taxonomy
    • Willingness to work with staff of all ages and from all backgrounds.


    • Master’s degree in Botany, Conservation, Plant Science or a related field with 3 years experience.
    • Must have the ability to speak and read in English and Spanish.
    • Proficiency in the use of IrisBG Collections Management Software and Microsoft Office applications is required.
    • Strong understanding of national and international conservation policies and legal statutes.
    • Knowledge of plant conservation, botany, arboriculture, population genetics, environmental policy, or ecology is required.
    • Ability to conduct library research and online data mining required.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office,Google applications, and website administration beneficial.
    • A self directed team player who works well independently
    • Evidence of good character, mature attitude, and professional integrity
    • Must have very good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences

    Success Factors

    • Familiar with scientific literature and research databases.
    • Experience in a public garden or arboretum.
    • Ability to read and understand scientific literature and peer-reviewed articles.
    • Ability to use database, spreadsheet, and statistical/graphics programs, and proficiency with internet research and website maintenance.
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills
    • Ability to effectively respond to multiple, changing and often conflicting priorities is essential.
    • Must be able to effectively interact with the general public and co-workers and peer professionals.
    • Strong communication, organizational and independent working skills required.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    Work Environment: Office environment, requires sitting for extended periods of time.

    • International travel is required for the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolia
    • Seasonally infrequent travel to field sites throughout the southeastern U.S. Field work can be strenuous and conducted in extreme weather conditions.

    The listed duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this position.

    Job descriptions are guidelines that attempt to characterize major duties and responsibilities of employees, and are subject to change as needs and programs change. At the Atlanta Botanical Garden they are considered neither inclusive nor exclusive. It is expected that up to 25% of your duties may change annually.

    Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and list of 3 references to be considered to careers@atlanta.org. All files need to be labeled: last name_docuement type – i.e. Smith_CoverLetter.

    The post Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolia and Conservation Database Coordinator – Atlanta Botanic Garden appeared first on Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

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    Native Plant Trust is the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants. We save native plants in the wild, grow them for gardens and restorations, and educate others on their value and use. We are based at Garden in the Woods, a renowned native plant botanic garden that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this flagship property in Framingham, Massachusetts, 25 staff and many of our 1,500 trained volunteers work throughout New England each year to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. Native Plant Trust also operates a nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts and manages six sanctuaries in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public. Native Plant Trust is among the first organizations worldwide to receive Advanced Conservation Practitioner accreditation by London-based Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), which included an endorsement by an International Advisory Council representing six continents. 

    Native Plant Horticulture Internship
    Number Available: 2 Horticulture
    Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
    Duration: 6 months (26 weeks), starting in March or April
    Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week at $12.75/hour

    Horticulture interns working at Garden in the Woods have the option of renting a room for the duration of the internship, in a newly renovated house steps away from the Garden, for $300/month. This includes all utilities except internet and phone.

    Contact: Uli Lorimer, Director of Horticulture
    Telephone: 508-877-7630 ext 3401
    Fax: 508-877-3658
    Email: ulorimer@NativePlantTrust.org

    Interns assist in all aspects of botanic garden operations for Garden in the Woods, including the use of proper horticultural practices (such as planting, pruning, weed management, and irrigation), renovation and construction of new gardens, inventory and plant record keeping, and public education. They will gain hands-on experience identifying and cultivating native plants in a botanical garden setting. Interns can take advantage of classes held at the Garden and are expected to undertake an independent research project. This is an exceptional learning opportunity aimed at gaining valuable career experience caring for gardens and natural areas, planning and leading projects , and managing volunteers.

    Interns are covered by worker’s compensation and receive paid sick time per Massachusetts law. Native Plant Trust does not provide health insurance or vacation benefits to seasonal interns. Benefits include a wide range of optional education classes and field trips.
    The ideal candidate will have a four-year horticulture or botany degree. The candidate should possess strong plant identification skills and a specific interest in native plants of the Northeast. Priority is given to applicants with an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture and botanic garden management.

    Native Plant Trust is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

    To apply, please email or mail a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to:
    Uli Lorimer, Director of Horticulture Native Plant Trust
    180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701
    Applications are due February 1, 2020

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    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is empowered by its mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Display Horticulturist to be responsible for the design, installation, care and presentation of horticultural displays. The Display Horticulturist will act as team leader for installation of shows, troubleshoot garden problems, evaluate crops for future display feasibility and work with the integrated pest management specialist to monitor and treat plant conditions.

    A bachelor’s degree in horticulture or plant-related field is required, along with two years’ experience in growing and maintaining plants in a professional capacity using the highest industry standards. Knowledge of a vast plant palette and the ability to research the needs of individual crops and suggest suitable plants to add to displays are required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a willingness to interact graciously with the general public are required. Evening and weekend work may be required.

    Qualified candidates should email a resume, cover letter and salary history to hr@phipps.conservatory.org or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. No telephone calls, please.

    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is an equal opportunity employer.

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    The United States Botanic Garden is looking for an experienced Business Operations Manager to join the team in Washington, D.C. The selectee will proivde essential business services and management leadership related to procurement, budget, material management, human capital management, and strategic planning in support of the goals and operations of the USBG. The selectee will also serve on the USBG’s senior management team, contributing to all aspects of the organization’s operations.

    The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) is comprised of approximately 70 positions organized into Administrative Services Division, Public Programs Division, Horticulture Division and an Operations Division. The USBG is dedicated to demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humans. To meet this mission, the USBG provides memorable, educational experiences to over 1 million visitors annually, strives to break down barriers to inclusion, and hosts numerous congressional events each year.

    The position will be open through January 24, 2020.

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    The Chicago Botanic Garden has three openings with Budburst (Director, Community Engagement Manager, and Education Manager). Budburst is our community science program related to plant phenology and plant-animal interactions. Come join us and work at the intersection of science, education, and engagement with our fun team! Review of applications will begin Feb. 3, 2020 and will continue until suitable candidates are found.

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    The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens were established in 1991 in a public garden that was inaugurated in 1816. It is therefore a historic garden that combines features of cultural heritage and a thriving collection of plants from throughout the world, with a strong emphasis on succulent and Mediterranean floras.

    The primary functions of this post are to:

    • Propagate, establish and maintain plants at the gardens’ nursery
    • Prepare plants for use throughout the gardens, in conservation and research
    • Assist with the planning of living plant collections
    • Assist in the detailed cataloguing of plants for databasing
    • Assist in the development and maintenance of the gardens’ seed bank
    • Support the provision of training to staff and trainees
    • Carry out and other works or duties around the gardens as may be necessary

    This is a demanding and skilled role. Previous professional experience in plant propagation is essential. Candidates should ideally have three years relevant practical experience and have attained an RHS Level 3 certificate or NVQ level 3 & 4 and PA1, PA6. An interest in Mediterranean plants and succulents is desirable for this role. However, training can be provided for the right candidate with a sound horticultural background. Candidates should be able to show a genuine interest in plant propagation and a willingness to learn.

    Interested parties should email their C.V. and covering letter to Teresa De Bank at tdebank@gibraltargardens.gi. The closing date for applications is Friday 7th February 2020. Interviews are normally held in Gibraltar but can be conducted via Skype if necessary.

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    The Morton Arboretum, the Champion of Trees, leads the global effort to sustain a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world through extensive research and educational programs centered on trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. The Arboretum is the destination of more than one million annual visitors who explore 1,700 acres of collections, gardens, and landscapes that are home to thousands of different species of trees and plants from around the world. The Arboretum ranks among the leading arboreta of the world in size, age, quality of specimens, and programs and initiatives to plant and protect trees.

    The Vice President of Learning and Engagement will lead the Arboretum’s strategy for education, knowledge exchange, exhibits and interpretation, and major exhibitions. The person in this position will be responsible for planning, integration, fundraising support, external relations, and collaborations related to learning and engagement. The Vice President of Learning and Engagement serves as a member of the Leadership Team, which is responsible for Arboretum leadership initiatives, institutional direction, strategic planning, and policy development.

    We seek a proven leader who has a passion for learning and demonstrates expertise and significant accomplishment in the creation, deployment and evaluation of strategies that engage diverse audiences and expand their knowledge and involvement in the Arboretum’s mission. The ideal candidate has high intellectual capacity and dynamic energy, combined with a background of authentic educational experiences, both informal and formal, and an outcome-centric approach for educational offerings. Experience in interactive learning environments, which may include an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, science center, and/or another innovative, engagement-driven learning/education organization is highly preferred. Significant interest in and appreciation for the mission and purposes of an arboretum, including educational objectives, is required.

    Driven by delivering knowledge and experiences to diverse audiences, the Vice President is a strong advocate for informal science learning and is skilled in creating and sustaining strategic partnerships with other organizations, locally and nationally, to expand opportunities for engagement with the Arboretum. High-level experience working with public and private funding sources to secure support for on-going and future endeavors is desired. Experience in effectively managing a program budget generating meaningful revenue is required.

    The ideal candidate will exhibit behavior and a work ethic that provide a model for other employees. Special emphasis must be placed on a positive attitude, energetic effort and initiative, active public engagement and service, and deep commitment to institutional mission, as well as the other values that guide the work of all Arboretum employees. The candidate will possess exceptional leadership skills with the ability to motivate others and drive multiple initiatives simultaneously. With a predilection toward service, the ideal candidate is a proactive, hands-on professional with a collaborative style, and strong interpersonal skills and is adept at negotiation, mentoring, influencing, and developing relationships at all levels of the organization.

    A business-principled approach demonstrating a successful track record of astute, data-driven decision-making and delegation is expected. As a visible internal and external leader, this individual must have strong oral and written communication skills.

    A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree, in a field relevant to the mission of the Arboretum, is preferred. 7-10+ years of progressive leadership experience highly preferred. Experience with evolving technologies and advancements in technological tools and digital delivery channels is required.

    The Morton Arboretum is a champion of diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Arboretum is committed to hiring and developing employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status. To increase diversity, the Arboretum encourages applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

    The Arboretum is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment.

    To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC.

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    The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens were established in 1991 in a public garden that was inaugurated in 1816. It is therefore a historic garden that combines features of cultural heritage with a thriving collection of plants from throughout the world, with a strong emphasis on succulent and Mediterranean floras.

    Applicants should ideally have three years relevant practical experience and have attained an RHS Level 3 certificate or NVQ level 3 & 4. Candidates should be able to show a genuine interest in garden maintenance and a willingness to learn.

    Starting Salary: £20,163
    Benefits: Pension scheme, 34.5 days holiday (including public holidays)

    Applicants should email a C.V. and covering letter to Teresa DeBank at tdebank@gibraltargardens.gi. The closing date for applications is Friday 31st January 2020. Interviews are normally held in Gibraltar but can be conducted via Skype if necessary.

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    Planning for Plants is a professional service and advice consultancy operated by Mark Richardson. Mark specialises in the creation and management of living collections.


    Professional advice and assistance is provided for the development of sustainable landscapes, botanical displays and plant conservation in Australasia, Asia and the Middle East. These services include:

    • Living plant collection display development and management including the development of interpretation
    • Living plant collection review
    • Development and management of urban tree plantings, including species selection and sourcing
    • Plant Conservation, including ex situ conservation, restoration ecology and bush regeneration
    • Facilitation of work programs and meetings
    • Facilitation of training programs
    • Policy development including the development and review of policies, plans and operations

    You can email Mark Richardson at mark@planningforplants.com.au.

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