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DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE AND CURATOR
Category: Horticulture


THE ARBORETUM AT PENN STATE
University Park, PA

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013

 

DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE AND CURATOR

THE ARBORETUM AT PENN STATE

 

The Arboretum at Penn State is a young and rapidly developing public garden within short walking distance of central campus at The Pennsylvania State University. Our initial construction in 2009 included a pavilion and office, 5 acres of gardens, and 25 additional acres of landscaping. A $3.3 million children’s garden will be completed this year, and detailed schematics and cost estimates are in place for a 33,000 sq. ft. education and visitors’ center, a 13,000 sq. ft. conservatory, a modern planetarium, and a greatly expanded pollinators’ garden. We are highlighted in university fundraising efforts, which have yielded nearly $20 million in private philanthropy to date. The Arboretum is run by a dedicated staff of six, exclusive of maintenance, and the director reports to a steering committee of six deans and vice-presidents and, informally, the university provost. 

 

We seek to hire a Director of Horticulture and Curator. The principal responsibilities of the successful applicant will be to 1) continue the development of our collections policy and collections management system; 2) evaluate collections and initiate new plant acquisitions; 3) participate in the oversight of new garden planning and construction; 4) coordinate the care and maintenance of the Arboretum with the Office of Physical Plant; 5) coordinate our volunteer and summer internship programs; 6) work with faculty to facilitate research and education within the Arboretum; 7) provide guest lectures and public presentations as occasion demands; 8) manage special events such as the annual plant sale; and 9) manage the visitor experience as the principal public “face” of the Arboretum. The position requires a master’s degree in horticulture, botany, or related discipline, related work experience, and a strong knowledge of plant material. Public garden experience is especially desirable. Attention to detail and the ability to work within a team environment are vital requirements, as well as excellent communication skills. The deadline for applications is June 1 or until we successfully fill the position. This is a multi-year, fixed-term appointment with the expectation of renewal. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.  Apply to job 39376 at www.psu.jobs

 

Contact:  Dr. Kim C. Steiner, Professor and Director, The Arboretum at Penn State, 301 Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA  16802. Phone 814-865-9351, email steiner@psu.edu.

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