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Director, Horticultural Operations
Category: Horticulture

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
Sydney, Australia

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013


Director, Horticultural Operations


·        Horticultural leadership of three iconic botanic gardens

·        Attractive remuneration and relocation package

·        Location: Sydney, Australia


The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is celebrated as one of the world’s greatest botanic garden organisations, internationally respected for its work in science, conservation and horticulture, safeguarding places of learning and pleasure for all.  The Trust connects people with plants through imaginative horticulture, beautiful landscapes, transformative learning and cultural events.  The Trust is a leading contributor to and custodian of botanical knowledge and collections throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, sharing discoveries and positioned at the forefront of international plant conservation.


Following a recent restructure, the role of Director, Horticultural Operations has been re-positioned to lead the strategic and horticultural operational management of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and the Domain; the Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan; and the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah.  The Director will ensure the conservation and appreciation of the natural, cultural and historic values of the Botanic Gardens through the development and implementation of strategic plans and programs, consistent with statutory responsibilities and corporate policies.  This will include managing issues relating to conservation of biodiversity and sustainability, as well as identifying and exploiting commercial opportunities for the gardens.


This pivotal role requires an outstanding individual who has led horticultural operations with a world class garden, arboretum, historic property or related environmental institution, offering a proven understanding of the contemporary roles of botanic gardens and the importance of plants and gardens for the general community in the environmental debate.  Candidates will require broad executive capabilities, encompassing strategic and operational planning; financial and risk management; stakeholder engagement and presentation skills; and the proven capacity to develop commercial opportunities in a public or private sector environment.  Candidates will also need to display exceptional leadership skills, including proven experience in leading cultural and change management initiatives and building high performing teams across multisite operations.


Please apply in writing quoting Ref No 6053 to Watermark Search International.  Email:  GPO Box 2708 Sydney NSW 2001.  Fax (+612) 9221 4229.  Tel:  (+612) 9233 1200.


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