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Vice President, Conservation and Research at Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Job Title: Vice President, Conservation and Research

Department:  Conservation Research, Atlanta Botanical Garden

Reports To: President & CEO


The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden Conservation Research Program is to protect rare species and habitats of the Southeast through ex situ & in situ conservation and restoration; expand and document rare plant collections; serve as knowledge leader in urban habitat restoration; and provide conservation training.

The Vice President of Conservation and Research is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan for the Garden's Conservation Research Program;  furthering  efforts to be internationally recognized for Conservation programs through publishing and grant writing; and leading the Center for Southeastern Conservation.  This program includes the conservation of a range of rare and endangered plant species in the Southeastern United States, native orchids and development of partnerships with universities, private landowners, state, federal and international governmental agencies, and other conservation organizations.  This position is responsible for building financial support through grants and private funding sources.  Fieldwork includes the restoration of habitats and the recovery of a range of endangered and federally listed plant species as part of an integrated conservation program. The incumbent will be required to demonstrate the work of the conservation program to outside groups and agencies through lectures, publications and representation at relevant professional meetings.


  • Develop, coordinate and implement the Garden’s conservation strategic plan including native plant conservation, international plant conservation, and conservation training programs
  • Work both independently and/or collaboratively with Vice President for Institutional Advancement to obtain funding for conservation projects through grants and private sources
  • Manage and direct conservation staff in Georgia and Florida and continue to expand the work of the Center
  • Develop partnerships with regional universities for the purpose of building collaborative research projects that relate to rare species recovery and/or habitat restoration
  • Collaborate with private landowners, state and federal government agencies, and other non-profit conservation organizations to assist with the management of rare habitats that contain rare & endangered species.
  • Develop budgets, maintain accounting, write reports, and submit invoices for species recovery projects funded through outside sources.
  • Publish articles in Garden newsletters, scientific journals, and other restoration/conservation related media.
  • Make presentations relating the Garden Conservation & Research Program to, professional meetings, and other outside groups, agencies and conservation/garden clubs.
  • Participate as a member of  the Garden’s Senior Management Team


  • PhD in biology, botany, horticulture, conservation, or related subject and five years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated success involving ecological, conservation, and horticultural concepts and issues.
  • Must be familiar with the native flora of the southeastern US.
  • Excellent social, communication (both written and oral), organization, and computer skills.
  • Proven grant writing skills as well as identification and securing of funding through private and government sources

The Garden will assist in relocation expenses.

Please send cover letter and curriculum vitae to Susan Boulware, Human Resources Manager, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Email:

Closing date: 18th February 2017


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