Director of Horticulture

Cornell Botanic Gardens, of Cornell University, is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, and thoughtful leader to assume the position of the newly-endowed Elizabeth Weaver Director of Horticulture. The Cornell Botanic Gardens includes ca. 25 acres of display gardens, the 100-acre F.R. Newman Arboretum, and 44 natural areas amounting to ca. 3500 acres. The Director of Horticulture will be responsible for managing the staffing (union and non-union staff), curation (including collections acquisition, plant production, garden maintenance, pest management, greenhouse operations, records management), and vision for the gardens and arboretum.

The botanic gardens has recently developed a new strategic focus that emphasizes the essential interdependence between plants and human cultural diversity. Interpreting this concept of biocultural diversity is a cornerstone of the new strategic direction and will be expected to be evident in our plant collections plans, interpretation, and educational offerings.

The Director will be responsible for developing a new, relevant, and comprehensive collections policy, a landscape management plan, and a framework for better understanding and mitigating the impacts of climate change, invasive plants, and pests on the living plant collections. In addition, the Director will ensure that research needs of Cornell faculty and students are met.

The Director will be a key member of the botanic gardens’ leadership team (reporting to the Executive Director) and thus will be a key ambassador and spokesperson for the gardens. She/he must be articulate, engaging, and fully supportive of the botanic gardens’ vision and mission.

Masters degree required; PhD preferred.

To apply, please provide (1) a current curriculum vitae and (2) cover letter describing your qualifications and collections management philosophy.

These documents must be uploaded via this link:—-Cornell-Botanic-Gardens_WDR-00016988

For further information:
Christopher P. Dunn, PhD
The Elizabeth Newman Wilds Executive Director
Cornell Botanic Gardens

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