The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to inspiring the conservation of native plants through its public botanic garden and its education, research and outreach programs. Founded by Lady Bird Johnson in 1982, the Wildflower Center is the state botanic garden, a community gem, and a national leader in the field of native plant education, sustainable landscapes, land restoration and research. It is home to the largest living collection of Texas native plants in the state, welcomes 240,000 visitors annually, has 16,000 members and reaches more than 2 million people through its website. The Center is focused on improving landscapes, promoting biodiversity, and connecting people with our environment.
The Wildflower Center promotes a culture of inclusion and believes that the “environment is where we all meet,” as Lady Bird Johnson once wisely said. We are a community of people that care for each other, our land, and our broader community.
The Wildflower Center seeks a Conservation Collections Manager to lead plant-focused conservation programs at the Wildflower Center. The Manager will work with our staff to develop and manage a living collections database, coordinate with partner organizations to create new conservation programs for rare plants partner organizations, and lead the collection of new materials for the living collections and seed bank. We are seeking an individual with collections management experience, who is passionate about conservation science and protecting rare plants across Texas.
To manage our living collections and lead collaborative plant conservation efforts at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
• Creation and management of living collections database through IrisBG, a garden
management system designed specifically for botanical collections. This project will
involve working with Arboretum and Horticulture staff to enter existing records and
design a streamlined system for inputting new acquisitions.
• Oversee staff and volunteers to inventory living plant specimens in the gardens and
• Update and formalize Living Collections best practices and policies.
• Work with partner organizations such as other botanical gardens, Texas Parks and
Wildlife, TNC, and Water Quality Protection Lands to identify conservation needs, write
grants, and develop new programs focused on protecting rare plant species. Such
programs may involve targeted reintroductions, seed collections, or translocations.
• Develop all-new conservation collections of living plants and seeds based on expertise,
Center interests, and conservation need. Acquisition of plant materials may involve field
collections and coordination with partner organizations.
• Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of supervisory experience
• History of work with botanical gardens, museum collections, and/or plant-focused
• Demonstration of expertise in plant identification
• Experience with IrisBG or other botanical garden database software
• Knowledge of Texas flora and fauna
• Experience with large datasets
• Leadership and management experience
• Experience managing volunteers or working as a volunteer
• Spanish language or ASL skills
• Works independently and unsupervised on a regular basis
• Willingness to supervise a team of 2-3
This job requires a class "C" operator's driver's license. The applicant selected must provide a current three year driving record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, a Texas driver's license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident. Employees who are required to have a CDL are subject to drug and alcohol testing (pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing).
$55,0000 + depending on qualifications
• Must be willing to work outside in all types of weather, including the extreme heat of
• May be exposed to hazardous wildlife, horticultural chemicals, dust, fumes, smoke, and
• Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
• Use of manual dexterity
• Crouching or kneeling on uneven ground
• Some weekends required for Manager-level responsibilities, otherwise negotiable
• Comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to
• M-F, 8am – 5pm
• Occasional Weekends
• 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from
• Letter of interest
Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers:
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