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Director of Horticulture
Category: Horticulture


Cornell Plantations
Ithaca, NY

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014

Director of Horticulture
Cornell Plantations
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Cornell University invites applications from outstanding individuals for the position of Director of Horticulture for Cornell Plantations – the University’s botanical garden, arboretum, and natural areas.

Located in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University is a bold, innovative, inclusive, and dynamic teaching and research university.  Cornell Plantations is alive with plants, purpose, and a presence that truly distinguishes the university among its peers. Plantations’ leadership in high quality horticulture, along with our environmental conservation and education programs make Cornell one of the most distinguished campuses in the world.

With 35 acres of botanical gardens, a 100 acre arboretum, 3400 acres of natural areas, more than 50,000 accessioned plants representing over 16,000 taxa, and two NAPCC collections, a fabulous opportunity exists for a dynamic Director of Horticulture to shape the direction of a leading botanical collection.   The cultivated collections at Cornell Plantations are a valuable resource to Cornell University faculty, researchers, students and the visiting public.  Key gardens include a renowned herb garden, a winter garden, and others with an environmental focus such as our bioswale and sustainability gardens.  Key collections include groundcovers, rhododendrons, maples, oaks, crabapples, conifers, beeches, and lilacs.

As a member of the leadership team at Plantations, the Director of Horticulture is key to the strategic development and implementation of Plantations’ mission.  The horticulture staff includes a landscape designer, plant records specialist, greenhouse manager, an arboriculture team, highly qualified gardeners, and grounds maintenance crew; many of the horticulture staff are members of the UAW.  The Director of Horticulture should have considerable public garden management experience, a graduate degree in a relevant field, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to prepare grants in support of programs.

Cornell University offers a rich array of health, leave, and educational benefits and is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. 

To learn more, please visit cornellplantations.org/jobs

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