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Fort Worth Botanic Garden|Botanical Research Institute of Texas-Director of Living Collections-Thu, 06/03/2021 - 4:43pm

Director of Living Collections


Fort Worth Botanic Garden|Botanical Research Institute of Texas
1700 University Dr.
Fort Worth , TX 76107
United States
Texas US

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Job Description 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) is a 110-acre public garden featuring 23 specialty gardens. FWBG is managed by The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), an international scientific research and learning center located in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas. BRIT’s mission is to conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life.

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), on behalf of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, seeks a FT Director of Living Collections. The merger of BRIT and FWBG creates a public non-profit whose operating budget is among the top fifteen public gardens in North America. The ideal candidate will be responsible for building a living collections program commensurate with that status, so this is a wonderful opportunity for a qualified and highly motivated individual. This position is one of four that report directly to the Vice President of Horticulture and is responsible for developing, managing, and initially maintaining collections records for living collections; updating, strengthening and complying with plant collections policies, using those policies to build more focused and scientifically significant plant collections, bringing new accessions of known provenance into public garden collections, and managing budgets and purchases/deaccessioning of plant materials.

Duties & Responsibilities 

• Directs and manages plant collections records as needed, including data entry as required. Develops and supervises the living collections team and advises staff for optimal maintenance of plant database records including new accessions, moves, deaths, nomenclature updates, research, and horticultural information.
• Works with VP of Horticulture and other horticulture supervisors to update and manage the Living Collections Plan and Policy
• Assesses collection needs and develops short and long-term plans for acquisition and succession in accordance with the Living Collections Plan and Policy
• Organizes, directs, and manages expeditions, both local and international, for acquisition of new living materials, obtain special international permits and oversee logistics of plant transport
• Collaborates with plant form specialists (e.g., begonias, etc.) to maintain collections in optimal condition
• Leads the Botanic Garden Red List Team in yearly evaluations of the living collection and development of recommended actions to prevent loss of taxa from the living collection. Oversees implementation of those recommendations
• Provides expertise, planning and oversight for plant salvage and plant re-purposing during all Garden renovation and construction projects
• Directs and supervises regular inventories of the Garden’s living collection, in both the public and nonpublic spaces of the Garden.
• Facilitates taxonomic research with plant scientists in area of specialization and publishes results in appropriate journals and other outlets
• Represents the Botanic Garden in national and international meetings
• Directs, coordinates, and oversees the creation of plant identification labels to support education and outreach in the Garden
• Assists with implementation of plant introduction program, including obtaining material, in collaboration with staff of the Horticulture Department
• Trains and supervises volunteers that assist with curatorial activities
• Assists in herbarium voucher program for existing Garden living collections
• Serves on internal Garden committees and assists with Garden events as required
• Performs other duties as assigned by the VP of Horticulture
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience 

• Minimum of Master of Science degree in horticulture, plant science or related field
• Five years of experience in horticulture, plant science, or related field
• Experience with electronic data management systems (Excel, Access), plant collections database systems (BG Base, living and GIS

Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge of permit requirements for plant import/export
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Bilingual (Spanish English)
• Organizational and time management skills with ability to prioritize and complete projects
• Ability to recommend and implement goals and objectives for providing effective scientific and guest-based services
• Problem solving and conflict resolution skills
• Effective oral and written communication skills and able to prepare clear and concise reports
• Ability to coordinate and monitor the work of staff involved in horticulture activities
• Ability to interpret and explain applicable policies and procedures
• Confidence in responding to inquiries and comments from the public and scientific community in a professional manner

Please see full job description for a more detailed list of job tasks and applicant qualifications.

Application Instructions 

BRIT strives to maintain a positive working environment focused on growth and success of individuals, working together in a collaborative, professional manner, with communication a priority. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter as a single document to: Applications will be considered until the position is filled. BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Angie Peeples