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Botanical Collections Manager

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Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number A473
Job Title Botanical Collections Manager
Employee Group Administrative
Job Type Full Time
FLSA Exempt
Salary Range From
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Department Botanic Garden/Greenhouse

The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens provide opportunities for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary study of living
systems and for deep engagement with nature. The Botanical Collections Manager (BCM), a botanist with horticultural skills, curates and oversees maintenance of the Botanic Gardens plant collections to maximize their educational value, mentoring student assistants and docents and assigning any routine maintenance work to bargaining unit employees. The BCM contributes to and interprets collections policies, creates and manages a modern database of plant diversity, monitors and manages the dynamics of designed plant communities, supports research and teaching in the plant collections, and uses a science-based approach to care for plants and biological communities throughout the Botanic Gardens, with primary responsibility for the Global Flora collection.

Primary Position Responsibilities:
• Use a science-based approach to grow and manage permanent collections plants, e.g. for Global Flora designed ecosystems, use sensor data, soil analysis, and knowledge of individual plant adaptations to decide on an ongoing basis where, how much, and from what source (rainwater, groundwater, RO,etc.) to water and fertilize extremely diverse plants
• Lead the management of plant diversity within each indoor and outdoor designed ecosystem by coordinating scientific studies of the dynamics of the plant communities, and using the results to develop and implement protocols for managing aggressive or undesirable plants and supporting the needs of less competitive species
• Update the collections policy and management plans for specialty gardens; research and obtain species to add to the collections; and inventory the indoor and outdoor specialty plant collections regularly to keep the database up to date for both management and educational purposes
• Work with the Argus climate management system and environmental sensors to study and document conditions and modify them as necessary to meet the needs of Global Flora plants and specific research or teaching requirements
• Manage and mentor work-study and other students, with progressive responsibilities and research experiences that develop their knowledge and skills as scientists and horticulturists, train student and volunteer docents, and delegate routine work to union employees as needed
• Support research and teaching with plants, including assisting with teaching and advising on student and faculty research projects
• Contribute to outreach programming for students and visitors throughout the Botanic Gardens


• Minimum master’s degree in botany or related field
• Minimum two years of significant responsibility for growing diverse plants
• Expertise in plant taxonomy and biogeography; familiarity with subtropical, desert, Mediterranean, and cool temperate plants; competence with databases including GIS and with methods of plant community sampling and demography; ability to engage and mentor Wellesley students, to collaborate productively with staff and faculty, and to work independently towards short-term goals and the larger mission of the Botanic Gardens

Posting Date 12/15/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
EEO/Affirmative Action Statement

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

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Applicant Documents

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
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