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Holden Forests & Gardens-Seed Bank Manager-Tue, 05/23/2023 - 8:28am

Seed Bank Manager


Holden Forests & Gardens
9550 Sperry Road Holden Forests & Gardens
Kirtland , OH 44094
United States
Ohio US

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Job Description 

The Science & Conservation: Research department at Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) seeks a Seedbank Manager to lead day-to-day operations in the seedbank at Holden Forests & Gardens under a principal investigator. The seedbank is a new resource at the Arboretum that will be used to foster increased restoration throughout the region by making restoration seeds available to regional partners as well as the Holden Forests & Gardens community. The seedbank manager will be responsible for tracking incoming and outgoing seed, cleaning seed, and maintaining the seedbank facility. The seedbank manager will also be responsible for building regional collaborations and developing a business plan for the facility. This position is based out of the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, OH in the Long Science Center. We are looking for a proactive team member who brings attention to detail to their work, can work well independently and in a team, thinks critically and wants to do meaningful work in an organization that values diversity of thoughts and perspectives. Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. HF&G strives for a welcoming workplace where everyone feels that they belong.

Reports to Plant Biologist
Non-Exempt Position

Duties & Responsibilities 

Supports Holden Forests & Gardens’ mission, vision, values, and core commitment
Tracks incoming and outgoing seed using a digital application
Cleans and stores seed
Tests seed viability
Maintains a clean and functional seedbank facility
Builds partnerships throughout the region to foster restoration work
Develops a business plan for the seedbank to guide partnerships and future initiatives
Gauges and tracks restoration impacts throughout the region
Assists and mentors interns, students, grant-funded employees and volunteers
Contributes to internal and external publications for Holden Forests & Gardens, such as writing and taking photos for the organization’s blog
Takes part in educational activities such as leading tours of the seedbank and restoration areas
Collaborates with various cross-departmental initiatives at Holden Forests & Gardens
Other duties as assigned

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation:
Frequent work outdoors under a wide range of weather conditions
Ability to transport oneself on and off trail over a variety of terrain that may be wet, slippery, uneven, rocky

Education and Experience 

Demonstrated passion for people and nature
A bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, forestry, or related field, required
Experience with data management practices and data analysis, required
Knowledge of seed cleaning techniques and storage practices, or willingness to learn
Proficient use of Microsoft 365 products, specifically Teams, Outlook (email and calendar), Word, Excel, SharePoint, and OneDrive
Independently conduct and troubleshoot projects
Good understanding of scientific writing and protocol creation
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Working independently as well as on a team
A valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record

Application Instructions 

Qualified applicants should submit résumé, cover letter and 3 professional references directly through the link below:

Full Name 
Nicole Fedders