Employment

Curator of Collections and Grounds
The Curator of Collections and Grounds (CCG) is responsible for all aspects of managing the plant collection and expected to take a leadership role in the design, construction, and ongoing maintenance of established and new plantings.  The Curator of Collections and Grounds reports to the Executive Director.  The Curator of Collections and Grounds is responsible for coordination and supervision of full and part-time horticulture staff members along with supervising volunteers. Working with the Executive Director, they will develop the protocols necessary to uphold excellent management and horticultural practices.  This position will also work with the Executive Director in the development of programs and managing budgets to reach or exceed annual goals. The Curator of Collections and Grounds maintains detailed records and program evaluations.
Qualifications:  A) a four-year baccalaureate degree or commensurate experience; B) horticultural, organizational, fiscal, and managerial experience in a professional setting; C) Strong public speaking, communication, and presentation skills; D) supervisory, collaborative, and interpersonal skills;  E) Knowledge in gardening, horticulture, plant propagation, greenhouse management, habitat restoration, and environmental ecology;  F) Computer experience to include Excel, Filemaker Pro and Microsoft Office;  G) A valid driver’s license is required.
The  Curator of Collections and Grounds must be an energetic, creative, and a strategic thinker along with having organizational leadership, public relations, and planning skills and a proven record in arboretum/and or horticulture management.  The CCG must have the ability to oversee the development of educational programs that involve people from diverse backgrounds.  The CCG is required to build rapport with donors, volunteers, and the public with diplomacy, discretion, and customer-service orientation. 
Primary tasks:
  • Coordinate and monitor living-collections curation, including plant specimen labeling, mapping, inventory, and other forms of collection documentation
  • Plan and coordinate projects ranging from small garden or exhibit renovation to major construction projects including obtaining funds, grants, and/or sponsorships to complete projects (design, materials, labor, and maintenance).
  • Establish horticultural goals for subsequent seasons and years; develop, and manage annual budget based on these goals
  • Serve as a leader for the horticulture staff, providing a good example for others to follow, and insuring good morale.  Supervise, coach, and appraise the skill development of the horticulture staff and volunteers. Provide clear and concise staff evaluations.
  • Select and grow plants in the arboretum’s greenhouse for the annual spring and fall plant sales.
  • Develop environmentally friendly and sustainable management practices; research the best practices in the area.
  • Assist with training and educational programs by planning and participating in lectures, workshops, and tours.  Write articles for the arboretum’s newsletter.
  • Serve as a technical resource for the public and professional colleagues.
  • Ensure that all vehicles, tools, materials, plants, equipment, and other resources are procured and available when necessary and used safely, effectively, and efficiently. Ensure that these resources are well maintained, well organized, and re-ordered promptly. Implement and oversee inventory control systems.
  • Develop a plan and process for snow and ice removal, including the use of plows, shovels, ice chippers, snow blowers, and salt spreaders for weekdays and weekends.
  • Write requests for project proposals, specifications for contracts and supervise all horticultural contractors working on the site. Ensure that written specifications are fulfilled and work is conducted in a safe and timely manner.  Manage contracts.
  • Collaborate with the staff of other non-profit organizations on diverse projects related to the mission of the Arboretum.
  • Assist with special events.
  • Implements the policies established by the Board of Directors.  Present department report at each board meeting.  Lead the Plant Collections Committee.

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to Mark Schneider – Executive Director – mark.schneider@iowaarboretum.org

Special Events Intern

 Program Objective:  The Special Events Intern will gain valuable experience developing, planning, managing and evaluating special events at a public garden. 

Description:   The intern will work closely with the Event Specialist and the Executive Director planning established events and researching new events for the arboretum.  The intern will be involved in marketing events and creating documents, brochures and other pieces to support events. 

Program Goal:  The intern will acquire the necessary knowledge, experience and skills needed to develop, plan, manage and evaluate special events in a public garden or nonprofit setting. 

Length of Internship: Semester (may be determined by the number of credit hours needed)

Qualifications:  The intern must be enrolled in a college or university program that offers a special event major/minor or related field.

 

Application Requirements: Send cover letter, resume and references to Megan Mariotti at Megan@iowaarboretum.org

 

Marketing/Communication Intern

 

 

Program Objective:  The internship offers valuable experience in marketing and communications at a public horticultural facility. 

 

Description:   The intern will work closely with the Executive Director to develop a strong marketing and communications program.  The intern will work with different forms of social media.  They will also be involved with the other communication and marketing methods (newsletter, e-newsletter, social media).

 

Program Goal:  The intern will acquire and develop the necessary knowledge, experience and skills needed to communicate and provide information to the public. 

 

Length of Internship: Semester (may be determined by the number of credit hours needed)

 

Qualifications:  The intern must be enrolled in a college or university program that offers a marketing, special event major/minor or related field.

Application Requirements: Send cover letter, resume and references to Megan Mariotti at megan@iowaarboretum.org