Vice President for Landscape, Gardens and Outdoor Collections
The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.
In the late 19th century an eminent Columbia University botanist named Nathaniel Lord Britton and his wife, Elizabeth, also a botanist, were so inspired by their visit to England's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, that they and other members of the Torrey Botanical Club determined New York should possess a great botanical garden as well. A magnificent site was selected in the northern section of the Bronx, part of which had belonged to the vast estate of tobacco merchant Pierre Lorillard.
On April 18, 1891, the land was set aside by the New York State Legislature for the creation of “a public botanic garden of the highest class” for the City of New York. Prominent civic leaders and financiers, including Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and J. Pierpont Morgan, agreed to match the City's commitment to finance the buildings and improvements, initiating a public-private partnership that continues today. In 1896 The New York Botanical Garden appointed Nathaniel Lord Britton its first director.
Visitors delight in the exciting, captivating, and innovative exhibitions and flower shows held throughout the year in venues across the Garden. No other botanical garden in the world presents such a rich, varied, abundant schedule of offerings.
The Garden mounts five major exhibitions annually:The Orchid Show, a spring show, a summer exhibition, a fall show, and the Holiday Train Show. These featured shows often include elements in several locations on the grounds, including floral displays in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, rare and historical books and prints in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Rondina/LoFaro Gallery, family activities in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and educational signage and audio tours that link aspects of the living collections on the grounds as well. An array of programming of events, workshops, classes, and children’s activities accompanies each exhibition.
Complementing these large-scale endeavors year-round are numerous other shows such as botanical art exhibitions in the Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery, seasonal displays in the Bourke-Sullivan Display House, and natural spectacles around the Garden: the flowering of the magnolia, cherry, crabapple, dogwood, and Narcissus collections in spring; the cheerful flowers of daylilies and the brilliance of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden in summer, and the fall foliage across the grounds and throughout the Forest in fall.
In addition, two permanent exhibitions focus on the work of the Garden’s scientists around the world. A World of Plants showcases the wonders, diversity, and uses of plants in an ecotour of 11 distinct habitats and galleries in the Haupt Conservatory, and Plants and Fungi: Ten Current Research Stories in the Britton Science Rotunda and Gallery presents examples of the Garden’s biodiversity research in various regions.
The visitor experience to all these exhibitions and shows is enhanced by related books and other items at Shop in the Garden, which supports the Garden’s core mission in science, horticulture, and education.
The Botanical Garden is a designed landscape where people can experience the beauty of nature through curated plant collections, display gardens, seasonal exhibitions, and natural areas. With more than one million living plants, including thousands of mature trees, rare tropical and desert species, and the most recent horticultural introductions, and historic and contemporary gardens designed by Beatrix Farrand, T. H. Everett, Marian Cruger Coffin, Lynden Miller, Oehme, van Sweden and other noted landscape architects, the Botanical Garden exhibits the intersection between nature and culture at its best.
The Vice President for Landscape, Gardens and Outdoor Collections is responsible for the strategic planning, development and oversight of the arboretum and grounds; outdoor gardens and displays; and the living collections within the 250-acre National Historic Landmark Landscape of The New York Botanical Garden. He/she will provide leadership and direction for management and curatorial staff. Along with the Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions will report to the Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections.
The VP will set high standards for staff to ensure that the grounds, gardens, displays, and living collections are in peak condition at all times and will represent the Horticulture Division at select Board of Manager meetings, in media, and at institutional meetings and functions as needed.
The successful candidate will have a combination of at least 10 years of hands-on horticultural work and senior horticultural management experience in a public garden. He/she must possess a thorough knowledge of plants, horticultural techniques, and best management practices for garden and landscape stewardship. Expertise in horticultural displays with vision and aesthetic creativity and development and management of outdoor gardens are essential. He/she must be a team player and strategic thinker with solid verbal, written and organizational skills.
Excellent benefits package including pension, 401k, and 4 weeks vacation.
Qualified candidates should send or email resume, letter of interest and three references to:
The New York Botanical Garden
Attn: HR – HVP
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10458
The New York Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer.