Botanical Collections Manager at Wellesley College

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Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts

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Wellesley College

EEO 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 41CFR60-1.4(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, age, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply

Location: Greenhouses
Type: Full time
Req ID: R0000244

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Job Posting Title
Botanical Collections Manager

Job Description Summary
Admin Exempt

Job Description

Job Title: Botanical Collections Manager

Department: Botanic Gardens Reports to Director of Botanic Gardens

Position Summary

The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens provide year-round opportunities to study living systems and for engagement with nature. The Botanical Collections Manager (BCM) is a botanist with a broad understanding of plant diversity, and knowledge and skills in ecology and horticulture. The BCM curates the Botanic Gardens plant collections to maximize their educational value, mentoring student assistants and guiding the staff horticulturists on the care and maintenance of accessioned plants. The BCM contributes to and interprets collections policies, manages the plant collections database, monitors and manages the dynamics of designed plant communities, supports research and teaching in the plant collections, and brings a science-based approach to the care of 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 adaptively manage the health care of permanent collections (accessioned) plants, e.g. use monitoring data, soil analysis, and knowledge of plant adaptations to inform on an ongoing basis how to water, fertilize, prune, and manage pest and disease issues of extremely diverse plants in the greenhouses and gardens

  • Manage and mentor work-study and other student assistants, with progressive responsibilities and research experiences that develop their knowledge and skills as scientists and horticulturists, train student and volunteer docents, and coordinate plant health care tasks with other staff

  • Lead the management of plant diversity within each indoor and outdoor designed ecosystem by coordinating observations and 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 keep the collections database up to date for both management and educational purposes

  • Support research and teaching with plants, including assisting with teaching and advising on student and faculty research projects

  • Work with the greenhouse climate management system and environmental sensors to study and document conditions and report any changes needed to meet the needs of accessioned plants and specific research or teaching requirements

  • Contribute to outreach programming and materials for students, visitors, and the Friends of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Supervisor Responsibilities
  • Student assistants

Education Required
  • Minimum master's degree in botany or related field; PhD preferred

Experience Required
  • Minimum two years of significant responsibility for growing diverse plants

Skills and Abilities Required
  • Expertise in plant taxonomy and biogeography; familiarity with subtropical, desert, Mediterranean, and cool temperate plants; competence with databases and with methods of plant community sampling and demography; ability to bring a data-driven approach to management of plant and community health; ability to engage and mentor diverse Wellesley students, to collaborate productively with staff and faculty in support of teaching and research, and to work independently towards short-term goals and the larger mission of the Botanic Gardens

Worker Sub-Type

Time Type
Full time