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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden-Plant Records Curator-Sat, 09/28/2019 - 2:46pm

Plant Records Curator


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond , VA 23228

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Job Description 

The Plant Records Curator is responsible for maintaining all plant related records including the plant records database, files of plants received, accession tags and display labels, and electronic maps. This position works under the general supervision of the Director of Horticulture and reports to the Horticulture Manager for the coordination of daily activities, attendance, and other operational procedures.

Duties & Responsibilities 

• Accession all woody and herbaceous plants at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve in accordance with accessioning protocols.
• Maintain IrisBG plant records database files including plant accessions, names, locations, and sources. Update files on a regular basis to accurately reflect the composition of the living collections including plant-outs and removals.
• Maintain electronic maps of woody and herbaceous collections using IrisBG Garden Explorer and GPS transmitter. Update maps on a regular basis.
• Serve as primary institutional contact with IrisBG technical staff. Troubleshoot database problems and coordinate periodic software upgrades.
• Identify plants using botanical references and by comparison with other named specimens.
• Verify plant names using botanical references. Update plant record database to reflect nomenclatural changes.
• Maintain accurate labeling; coordinate and produce embossed aluminum plant accession tags and engraved plastic display labels and affix them to plant specimens in the field. Oversee tag embosser and label engraver operation by staff and volunteers.

Education and Experience 

• A Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Botany, Plant Science, or a related field.
• Two years professional experience managing and maintaining botanical garden records.
• Proficiency in the use of IrisBG Collections Management Software and Microsoft Office applications is required.
• Possession of a valid driver's license.
• Other combinations of education / experience appropriate to the job will be considered.

Application Instructions 

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Job Application to John Morse, Director of Horticulture, at The complete job description and application form can be found on the Lewis Ginter website.

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John Morse