Direct the horticulture program at Cornell Botanic Gardens. The program maintains more than 10,000 accessioned plants representing nearly 5,000 taxa. In collaboration with the Director of the Botanic Gardens and program leaders, develop a vision for the collections and implement an updated collections policy that is responsive to a changing environment, the changing needs of society, and with an eye towards biocultural conservation. Define and implement goals for the horticultural collection that will meet this vision. Curate and provide vision and direction for the accessioned collections in the botanic gardens and arboretum, including meeting faculty and student needs, and supporting the Botanic Gardens' Strategic Plan. Ensure work across all areas of horticulture meets the Botanic Gardens' high standards, including collections acquisition, plant production, garden maintenance, planting, pruning, irrigating, mowing, soil health, pest management, greenhouse operations, records management, mapping, and snow removal. Create and maintain a positive team environment. Participate in plant and information sharing networks with other public gardens, nurseries, and plant collectors. Prepare articles about the collections for brochures, lectures, marketing materials, etc. Collaborate with Director of Education and Communications to effectively interpret and educate about our plants collections. Promote and contribute to the Botanic Gardens' sustainability and environmental stewardship initiatives. Submit grant proposals and work with the Director of Development to assist with fund raising efforts in support of the vision. Utilize demonstrated staff management and communication skills to lead, develop, and manage a diverse horticultural team within a union environment. Oversee the horticultural budget in cooperation with the Administrative Manager. Collaborate with all program leaders to ensure department and organizational goals are met. Ensure staff work within OSHA guidelines, equipment is properly maintained, and all safety protocols are followed.
Master's degree in a specialized field related to the plant sciences, plant biology, or landscape design. Bachelor's degree in plant science or related field. Five-to-seven years of experience in the professional management and curation of horticultural collections and direct supervision of staff required. Superior knowledge of horticultural practices and plant nomenclature. Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and develop union and non-union staff. Familiarity with the northeastern bioregion. Working knowledge of International Society of Arboriculture standards. Demonstrated ability to establish and communicate the horticultural, educational, and research values of living collections. Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills through prior work experience. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Success in seeking external funding in support of horticultural programs. Working knowledge of NYS pesticide licensing and application standards. Valid driver's license required. Willingness to work evenings and weekends as programming requires. May need to coordinate work on holidays if emergency requires (for example emergency tree removal due to storms)
PhD in relevant field. More than seven years of experience directing a public garden horticultural program and managing staff. Background in university or not for profit management
University Job Title:
Pay Rate Type:
Number of Openings:
If you currently work at Cornell University, please exit this website and log in to Workday using your Net ID and password. Select the Career icon on your Home dashboard to view jobs at Cornell.
Online Submission Guidelines:
Most positions at Cornell will require you to apply online and submit both a resume/CV and cover letter. You can upload documents either by ‘dragging and dropping’ them into the dropbox or by using the ‘upload’ icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website.
If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations at voice (607) 255-6866, fax (607) 255-0298, or email at email@example.com.
Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.
Notice to Applicants:
Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.
Internal Number: WDR-00016988
About Cornell University
In 1865, Ezra Cornell founded an institution "where any person can find instruction in any study." From the beginning, all students were welcome, regardless of race, gender, ideology, or socioeconomic status. Today, we invite you to join our talented and diverse students and accessible faculty who, together, form a living and learning community unmatched in its breadth of opportunities.Cornell University's college, schools, and other academic units offer more than 4,000 courses, 70 undergraduate majors, 93 graduate fields of study, undergraduate and advanced degrees, and continuing education and outreach programs.