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University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley-Director of Collections-Wed, 02/17/2021 - 4:14pm

Director of Collections


University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
200 Centennial Dr. #5045
Berkeley , CA 94720-5045
United States
California US

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Job Description 

The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley seeks a full time Director of Collections. The Botanical Garden is a unit of the Berkeley Natural History Museums and is administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The Garden’s broad mission is to develop and maintain a diverse collection of plants in support of the University’s missions in teaching and worldwide research in plant biology. Additional major roles include conservation of plant diversity and promoting public understanding and appreciation of plants in the natural environment. The UC Botanical Garden is distinguished by the diversity of its collection (over 16,000 accessions, representing 10,500 taxa) and by the fact that provenance is known for over 70% of the collection.

Commitment to Diversity
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.

Duties & Responsibilities 

-Directs curatorial and horticulture activities at the Garden and supervises unit supervisors (Curator and Supervisor of Horticulture and Grounds and Horticulture-Propagator). This includes hiring, reviewing work, assigning duties, and completing performance evaluations.
-Develop and evaluate plant maintenance techniques for diverse accessions, many of which have not previously been in cultivation.
-Maintain staff awareness of the Missions of the Garden and the University as well as the Garden’s priorities and programs.
-Under the general direction of the Garden Director, and in collaboration with curatorial and horticultural staff, explore and define directions and emphases for refining and expanding the Garden’s collection, including reviewing and setting Garden collection policy, setting strategic goals and planning their implementation.
-Under the general direction of the Garden Director, explore and develop opportunities for increasing the Garden’s collection through collaborations with national and international partners.
-Develop and foster individual staff talents, skills and performance, encouraging opportunities for professional growth.
-Seek and allocate resources in the most effective way to accomplish the Garden’s mission.
-Provide horticultural and curatorial support to faculty, staff and student researchers, as needed.
-In collaboration with the Garden Director and the Director of Development identify potential funding sources, including individuals.

Education and Experience 

-Knowledge of collection building, including knowledge of ethical and legal standards for acquisition.
-Knowledge of the principles of plant conservation.
-Supervisory and leadership abilities.
-Ability to take a long-range approach.
-Knowledge of standard botanical garden curatorial management practices.
-Knowledge of criteria for selection, evaluation and display of plants.
-Budget and project management.
-Skills applicable to working in a university environment.

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Full Name 
Lewis Feldman