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UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden-Assistant Garden Director-Sun, 10/10/2021 - 5:37pm

Assistant Garden Director


UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
Los Angeles , CA 90024
United States
California US

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Job Description 

UCLA MILDRED E. MATHIAS BOTANICAL GARDEN is a 7-acre garden, outdoor classroom, and research facility on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California. This living museum contains a diverse collection of plants from around the world. The goal of the Garden is to support the teaching and research activities of the campus, promote botanical knowledge and appreciation of nature to the UCLA community and public at large. Its diverse plant collections to assist the teaching and research missions at UCLA while creating a tranquil environment within the urban surroundings. The Garden acts as a community gathering place and through its own events promotes plant conservation, botanical research and horticulture.

UCLA seeks to appoint an Assistant Garden Director to oversee day-to-day operations of the gardens and support MEMBG's mission and vision by curating and maintaining MEMBG's living collections, gardens, and landscapes to high professional standards. Incumbent is to assume responsibilities typically assigned to a Director of Horticulture by leading a team of horticultural professionals, seasonal gardeners and volunteers responsible for the maintenance of the 7 acres of gardens. The Assistant Director, reporting directly to the Director, will serve as 2nd in charge of the Garden and be available to act on behalf of the Director, when the Director is unavailable. The Assistant Director works with the Director to ensure that the programs and collections of MEMBG improve the teaching, research, and extension missions of the Botanical Garden.

Duties & Responsibilities 

The Assistant Director works with Director and collaborates with other senior Garden senior staff to: (1) develop and oversee the horticultural plan for Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden (MEMBG); (2) administer and curate the diverse collection of gardens and plant collections that make up the MEMBG; (3) coordinate the activities of the garden staff of 4-6 individuals; (4) update and maintain the digital database collection records; (5) manage the volunteer gardening program with the support of a Garden Manager, and supervise 20 or more volunteer gardeners, and offer horticultural workshops to train volunteers; (6) act as the on-site point person with Campus Facilities Maintenance Staff, Capital Programs, and external consultants on major infrastructure projects and ongoing maintenance and repairs; (7) oversee the aesthetic appeal of the Garden entrances and displays, sometimes in consultation with landscape design consultants/

Education and Experience 

• Bachelor and/or Master's Degree, particularly in horticulture, botany, landscape design or garden management or a related relevant area of study, and six (6 years preferred) of experience in horticultural work, including two (2) or more years in a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in public gardens.
• Strong computer skills and knowledge of database management for garden acquisitions and collection database.
• Detailed understanding of horticultural practices for the maintenance and propagation of garden landscape and nursery and plants and extensive knowledge of rare and exotic specialty plants.
• Practical and current knowledge of plant pests and diseases and their control - preventive, natural and chemical (regulations and use).
• Ability to coordinate, prioritize and direct the efforts of staff, garden volunteers, and students with range of educational backgrounds, and skills sets
• Experience and commitment to creating an inclusive environment that promotes diversity of visitors, participation in public programs, and staff.

Application Instructions 

If interested, please see the job posting at and apply to Job Requisition #34601. Please direct nominations or questions to Garden Director Dr. Victoria Sork at
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy (

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Victoria Sork