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National Tropical Botanical Garden-Senior Scientist- Tropical Crop Diversity-Fri, 09/16/2022 - 3:57pm

Senior Scientist- Tropical Crop Diversity


National Tropical Botanical Garden
3530 Papalina Rd National Tropical Botanical Garden
Kalaheo , HI 96741
United States
Hawaii US

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Job Description 

The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) manages the world’s largest living collection of breadfruit, which is located at NTBG’s Kahanu Garden, Maui, and the McBryde Garden, Kauaʻi. The Breadfruit Collection consists of more than 300 accessioned trees representing more than 150 varieties from more than 30 islands in the Pacific, the Seychelles, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Honduras. Some of the varieties are rare or extinct in their native habitat.

Duties & Responsibilities 

We seek to fill a senior scientist position to take a leadership role in integrating research, conservation, and extension programs to support and improve the conservation and use of breadfruit in the Pacific Islands and beyond for sustainable agriculture and food security. This position will leverage the research and conservation potential of NTBG’s breadfruit collection in alignment with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. A primary focus is the continued strategic development and conservation of the breadfruit collection as a globally significant plant genetic resource for food and agriculture following international best practices for ex situ crop conservation collections. The position will further advance the institute’s strategic participation in local and international breadfruit research and
conservation networks, and oversee extension and outreach programs supporting the conservation and use of breadfruit.

Education and Experience 

Requires a PhD in agroecology, horticulture, agronomy, crop sciences, or related disciplines with a record of
achievement and innovation, and a minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience. Demonstrated expertise related to conservation collections of crop diversity, landraces, heirloom crops, crop wild relatives or similar, including ethnobotanical uses and diverse agricultural practices. Requires a solid publications record and proven success in securing research and operational funding, writing proposals, and grant management are essential. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders in a complex, intercultural and highly dynamic working environment. Familiarity with international policies on plant genetic resource (PGR) and experience with best practices for their management, conservation, and use are necessary.

Application Instructions 

Closing date for application: 10/31/2022

Applications must include: a cover letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to
the specific duties of the advertised position; curriculum vitae/ résumé; 1-3 relevant publications/extension materials;
and three (3) references.

Submit application materials to:
Email: or Fax: (808) 332-9765
Postal Mail/In Person:
Human Resources - Headquarters
National Tropical Botanical Garden
3530 Papalina Road Kalāheo, HI 96741

* Applications and web link to more detailed position description are available from the NTBG website:

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Mary Thompson