Director of Living Collections / Curator of Herbaceous Collections

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Compensation: $95,000 - $105,000

The Director of Living Collections and Curator of Herbaceous Collections is a senior leadership position in the Horticulture division of The New York Botanical Garden. The Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining the highest standards of excellence in the design, development, and curation of the outdoor gardens, seasonal displays, and the herbaceous plant collections directly and through supervision of the Curator of the Rock Garden and Native Plant Garden. The Director oversees the management, analysis, and presentation of plant records data and other information related to the extant and historic living collections of the New York Botanical Garden through the development and implementation of best practices for plant records and plant mapping and supervision of the Senior Plant Recorder and Associate Curator. The Director serves a primary spokesperson for NYBG's living collections.

Additionally, this position supports, through actions and conduct, NYBG's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility initiatives and helps to build and maintain an inclusive organization culture throughout the institution.


  • 20 Vacation Days
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • 12 Sick Days
  • Health and Dental Insurance Coverage
  • 401K
  • Pension Plan

Salary: Commensurate with experience within the following range $95,000 -$105,000.


In collaboration with the outside consultants and Horticulture staff, leads the creation of seasonal planting design for beds, borders, and containers at various locations across the landscape.

  • Leads the preparation of planting plans, identification of sources, procurement of new plants, annual evaluations for confirmed collections work in gardens and collections across the landscape.
  • Leads the development of collections policiesfor and evaluates the outdoor gardens and collections and the herbaceous plant collections.
  • Makes recommendations for the development and location of new and renewed collections and plantings of herbaceous plants.
  • Collaborates closely with the Associate Director of Outdoor Gardens and Sustainable Horticulture and Associate Vice President of Horticulture Operations to execute required work.
  • Advises the Director of Plant Health to coordinate best insect and disease control in the outdoor gardens and seasonal displays.
    Oversight of Plant Records:
  • Oversees, through BG-Base and other software, the creation, management, analysis, and presentation of living collections information including accessioning, de-accessioning, updating determinations and nomenclature, and tracking phenology data.
  • Through ArcGISand other software, oversees the development and maintenance of electronic maps of collections, displays, gardens, and landscapes.
  • Assembles information from varioussources about the history, development, and current status of the living collections and shares this information through published reports, presentations, and other means.
  • Maintains higheststandards in accurate and up-to-date plant identification verifications and taxonomy.
  • Oversees the coordination of all plant labeling, including the production and installation of accession and display labels for the permanent collections and display labels for exhibitions, and seasonal displays.
  • Maintains current inventories and historic records required to document the collections.
  • Directly supervises the Associate Curator, Senior Plant Recorder, and Curator of the Rock Garden and Native Plant Garden and supports them in their daily work.
  • Facilitates communication between curators, managers, and external collaborators.
  • Performs required supervisory administrative tasks.
  • Works closely with staff in all divisions of The New York Botanical Garden to respond to inquiries about the living collections and to provide accurate information about the living collections to scientists, visitors, media, students, and other stakeholders.
  • Supports efforts to make accurate information about the living collections available to the public through signage and interpretation, various digital platforms, and other media.
  • Participates in and supports institutional events.
  • Participates in divisional and institutional planning and policy making.
  • Represents the Horticulture Division in the media, at institutional events, and in professional associations.
  • Represents the Garden in external relations, joins horticulture societies, gives lectures and presentations.
  • Other work as required.


  • Broad knowledge of bulbs, annuals, biennials, perennials suitable to New York's climate and soils
  • Demonstrated experience creating innovate designs for horticultural displays
  • Some experience working with or managing a collections database, familiarity with BG-Base or similar plant records database preferred
  • Strong knowledge of plant identification, plant nomenclature, and taxonomy
  • Familiarity with the botanical and horticulture literature specifically related to plant nomenclature
  • Experience with electronic mapping and surveying systems such as BG-Map, ArcGIS, OPS, AutoCAD, or similar systems
  • Excellent supervisory skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A team player and strategic thinker with solid organizational skills
  • A Bachelor's degree in Horticulture, Plant Science, or a related field preferred
  • A driver's license valid in New York State at the time of hire, or able to obtain one within six months

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