• Full Time
  • Florida
Assistant Curator 
The assistant curator of plant evaluation provides an opportunity to observe a diversity of plants in full-sun, shade, and green roof gardens, document their performance through data collection and digital photography, and provide outreach support via publications, lectures, classes, and tours. The Chicago Botanic Garden has one of the largest and most diverse plant evaluation programs in the United States. 
Duties and Responsibilities: 
In this role you will be responsible for the following:  
  • Collecting data on evaluation taxa in the trial gardens
  • Developing special evaluation projects
  • Photo-documentation of trial plants and managing digital image collection
  • Outreach through publications, lectures, social media, tours, and teaching
  • Developing four to six publications, lectures, and articles annually
  • Preparing annual cooperator reports and final reports for Plant Evaluation Notes
  • Assisting with plant identification, verification, and other evaluation-related curatorial duties
  • Managing social media for the evaluation program/trials
  • Assisting with special curatorial projects such as plant exploration
  • Other duties as assigned
Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired: 
  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, and constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up trash when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.
Our ideal candidate will have the following: 
  • Bachelor of science in horticulture or related plant science program, or commensurate work experience as determined by the Garden, required
  • Knowledge of herbaceous and woody plants and their ornamental characteristics, required
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Digital photography experience
  • Computer experience with Microsoft Office products including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, required
  • Ability to work independently and in a team

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