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Living Collections Associate
Category: Horticulture

The Barnes Foundation
Philadelphia, PA

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013


Living Collections Associate


Description:The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Living Collections Associateto grow, monitor, propagate, label and display plants including special collections in nursery/greenhouse/display beds/grounds. This is a part-time position scheduled for 20 hours per week and is located in Merion, PA.


Established as an educational institution the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.


Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. The 12-acre Arboretum contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees.


The Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.




  • Provides care for existing plant material through routine potting, repotting, propagation, irrigation, mulching, pruning, as well as disease and pest prevention and control.
  • Prepares, grooms and displays plant collections.
  • Prepares plant labels; ID’s untagged plants on the grounds.
  • Provides seasonal care including fertilization.
  • Assists with the evaluation of special collections including propagation.
  • Maintains plant records and assists in the herbarium.
  • Performs other duties as requested.


Skills and Knowledge:


  • Four year degree in Horticulture or related fields
  • Curatorial experience/training in public gardens
  • Demonstrated familiarity with plant databases and records as well as horticultural practices
  • Extensive knowledge of plants, characteristics, and their identification
  • Knowledge/experience working with labeling machines, plant records and database
  • Familiarity with herbarium practices
  • PA Pesticide applicator license desirable


Competitive Benefits Include:403(b) with matching contributions; commuter benefits


To Apply:Please apply online:


Please create a single document that includes your cover letter, resume and three professional references to upload with your application. Applications that fail to fulfill this requirement will not be accepted.


The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. We participate in e

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