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Longwood Gardens-Research Specialist-Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:00am

Research Specialist


Longwood Gardens
P. O. Box 501 Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square , PA 19348

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Job Description 

Longwood Gardens is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual for a full-time Research Specialist position in the Research and Conservation Division of the Horticulture Department. Primary responsibilities include management of curatorial activities within the Research and Conservation Division and management of plant distribution programs.
Longwood Gardens is the living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, inspiring people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts. Our values of excellence, professional leadership, fiscal alignment, stewardship and community engagement are the principles that guide our priorities, behavior, and decision making.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Collections management, development, and outreach responsibilities include serving as co-curator of all Longwood Core Plant Collections; working with other Research Specialists and the Plant Records Manager to accession and maintain accurate, detailed records and inventories of all plants in the Research and Conservation areas; managing and evolving the Special Request Program plant and Victoria seed distribution schemes; updating the Longwood Gardens Research and Conservation webpages; conducting original research on the Longwood Gardens plant collection that elevates the visibility and accessibility of the collection; maintaining records in BG-Base and/or other plant records databases; and participating in Longwood’s Plant Exploration Program.
Research responsibilities include assisting with design, implementation, data recording and other needs of research conducted for the Longwood Gardens Orchid Conservation Program; disseminating research results through scientific papers, research reports, popular articles, and presentations; and assisting with Longwood Gardens’ Plant Breeding programs. This position is also responsible for management of part-time staff, students, and volunteers; providing monthly assistance with weekend watering of research and production areas; participation in seasonal, Longwood programmatic horticultural installations such as the Christmas display and Orchid Extravaganza; and adherence to Longwood Gardens’ safety policies and procedures.

Education and Experience 

Minimum qualifications for this position include a BS or MS in horticulture, botany or related field, two years of experience in applied ornamental plant research or conservation, and a valid driver’s license. The successful candidate will possess extensive knowledge of ornamental plant taxonomy, plant records management, and plant records databases; strong writing skills; excellent management, organizational, and observation skills with strong attention to detail; and proven communication skills and the ability to present to diverse audiences with varying levels of knowledge and experience. Must be willing to represent Longwood through membership in professional associations related to area of expertise and be able to travel abroad and participate in plant exploration expeditions. Familiarity with BG-Base or other plant records databases and tissue culture is a plus.

Application Instructions 

Salary is commensurate with education and experience for this full-time, permanent position. Please apply for this unique opportunity online at For full consideration please include a letter addressing pertinent qualifications and interests; resume; and contact information for three professional employment references. We offer competitive starting salaries, an outstanding benefits package, and our commitment to your professional development. Longwood Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity, equality, and inclusion strengthen our institution.

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Madelyn Underwood