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Head of Collections and Curator
Category: Horticulture

The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014

Head of Collections and Curator

The Morton Arboretum

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Department: Collections and Facilities

Position Summary:  Curate a diverse and well-documented living collection of the temperate world. Develop new collections and renovate existing ones as guided by the Collections Policy and Collections Master Plan. Lead the systematic evaluation and nomenclatural accuracy of the plants in these Collections. Manage supervisory personnel involved with the living collections care and plant records.

M.S. in botany or related field with 5 years of practical experience in managing and caring for a living collection of woody plants. Thorough working knowledge of modern curatorial standards and the literature of spontaneous and cultivated woody plants. Ability to identify major plant diseases and insect pests. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience with Gmail and other Google applications beneficial. Knowledge of or willingness and ability to learn to use GIS (Geographic Information System) and GPS (Global Positioning System) technologies.

Success Factors:
Must possess an enthusiastic interest in plants. Ability to demonstrate a creative approach to collection, interpretation, and use. Good organization and observation skills with a strong attention to detail. Ability and interest in working with people. Interest in national and international collaborations. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal are essential.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
• Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity; lifting and carrying (1-50 lbs.), bending, climbing (2-15 feet), pushing and pulling. 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
• Work Environment: Work is performed in a combined indoor (60%) and outdoor (40%) setting. Involves a significant amount of walking and occasional travel by auto and airplane, including international travel.
• Equipment: General office equipment, pick-up truck, pruning saw, pruning shears, shovel.

If interested, please forward cover letter, salary requirements, and resume or application, to The
Morton Arboretum, Human Resources, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL, 60532-1293, or email

The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce. 

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