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New York Botanical Garden -Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions -Fri, 05/19/2017 - 13:29

Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions


New York Botanical Garden
Bronx , NY 10458

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Job Description 

Reporting to the Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, the Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions is the senior leadership figure in glasshouse horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden and the creative force behind NYBG’s unparalleled program of glasshouse exhibitions. The Vice President leads a staff of approximately 25 managers, glasshouse specialists, curators and hands-on horticulturists who: design, install, and maintain four glasshouse exhibitions each year; produce nearly 100,000 plants annually for exhibitions and seasonal displays; tend diverse collections of tropical and desert plants for display, ex situ conservation, research, and education; and maintain the structure and systems of the historic Lord and Burnham-designed Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and the state-of-the-art Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections. The Vice President plays an important leadership role in strategic and master planning and institutional advancement activities, while serving as a primary spokesperson for NYBG exhibitions and glasshouse horticulture in the media and among professional colleagues regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Duties & Responsibilities 

• As leader of the Exhibitions Team, designs, plans, and coordinates the installation and maintenance of at least 4 glasshouse exhibitions each year, including the Orchid Show, a large-scale flower show with an interdisciplinary theme; an exhibition of elaborately trained chrysanthemums; and the Holiday Train Show.
• Supervises directly and through supervisory personnel a workforce responsible for production, installation and maintenance of all glasshouse collections.
• Supervises directly the Director of the Nolen Greenhouses responsible for managing the Nolen Greenhouses workforce.
• Supervises directly the Manager of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory responsible for managing the workforce that cares for the collections and exhibitions in the Conservatory.
• Supervises directly the Senior Preservation Specialist and works closely with the Operations Department on all aspects of the Conservatory and Nolen Greenhouses building and infrastructure management and maintenance.
• Oversees labor relations issues related to the staff of both glasshouses.
• Manages directly Conservatory and Nolen Greenhouses budgets and budgets related to all glasshouse displays and exhibitions.
• Identifies needs, develops proposals with the Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections; tracks and co-manages with Operations and Capital Projects special repair and restoration projects in the Conservatory and the Nolen Greenhouses.
• Sets and promotes institutional standards for use of the glasshouse collections with other departments and outside groups to preserve and promote the living collections.
• Works closely with the Integrated Pest Manager to coordinate best insect and disease control in the Conservatory, Conservatory Courtyards, and for the Nolen Greenhouses.
• Works closely with all members of the Horticulture management team to successfully coordinate all Horticulture work in and around the Conservatory and Nolen Greenhouses.
• Works closely with members of Education, Visitor Services, Communications, Development, and External Relations to successfully coordinate their activities in and around the Conservatory and Nolen Greenhouses.
• Works closely with Science Staff, School of Professional Horticulture staff, public students, outside scholars and professionals, and all other appropriate interested groups and individuals to coordinate best use of the glasshouse living collections for research and education.
• Other related work as required.

Excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance, life insurance, long term disability insurance, defined benefit pension plan, 401k savings plan, 4 weeks vacation, and many other benefits.

Education and Experience 

The successful candidate will have 10 years of related glasshouse and tropical plant management experience, including at least 6 years of supervisory experience. He/she must have demonstrated design experience, preferably using forced flowers in a glasshouse environment. He/she must have excellent budgeting and administrative skills; as well as solid verbal, written and organizational skills. An appropriate college degree preferably in horticulture, greenhouse management or a closely related area is required.

Application Instructions 

Qualified candidates should apply with a resume, letter of interest and three references.