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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest-Plant Records Coordinator-Tue, 05/11/2021 - 11:46am

Plant Records Coordinator


Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
2499 Clermont Road
Clermont , KY 40110
United States
Kentucky US

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Job Description 

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong woody botanical knowledge and experience in plant collections database management, who will perform curatorial field work, and who is enthusiastic about sharing their plant passion with others. The Plant Records Coordinator should be able to think holistically and sustainably about collections management, display signage, and interpretation strategies to our visitors. Bernheim's 620-acre, Level IV Arboretum, is host to major living collections of Quercus, Magnolia, Ginkgo, Fagus, IIex and Aesculus. Conservation is at the core of all collection expansions. The Plant Records Coordinator will report to the Director of Horticulture and Sustainable Landscapes.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Inventory existing collections, accession all new taxa records, and de-accession taxa.
Document, label, and track plant collections according to best accepted practices for Arboreta.
Maintain and support plant accessions database, tracking all specimens according to criteria outlined in Plant Collections Policy.
Upload date such as photos and taxa locations, along with updated maps in the database to reflect changes.
Participation in design and development of plant accessions database, expanding content, accessibility, and functionality.
Assemble information resources on collections in accessible formats.
Develop and maintain collections signage.
Participate in efforts to train staff, volunteers, and interns.
Attend relevant conferences, symposia, and institutional meetings.

Education and Experience 

Bachelor of Science degree in related field (botany, plant biology, horticulture.)
Strong knowledge of botanical nomenclature and plant identification.
Prior experience with plant records and mapping software preferred.
Prior experience in an arboretum, botanical garden or similar setting, including experience inventorying collections and managing a plant records database and GIS compatible software.
Knowledge and experience with curatorial best practices.
Strong botanical knowledge complemented by horticultural understanding and practice is required.
Experience training and working with volunteers.
Must possess a valid driver's license at time of hire.

Application Instructions 

Email your resume and letter of application to or mail to the attention of Debbie Medley, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 2499 Clermont Road, P.O. Box 130, Clermont, KY 40110.

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Debbie Medley