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Plant Records and Propagation Manager, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida

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Plant Records and Propagation Manager Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is seeking a botanically trained and technically skilled individual to fill the role of Plant Records and Propagation Manager. The successful candidate will join Fairchild’s Horticulture team, manage data for all living plants, and document incoming plant accessions from all over the world. We expect the Plant Records and Propagation Manager to help us migrate our database system and adopt new technologies for data storage and dissemination. Recruitment and leadership of volunteers is a critical part of the job, as is the sharing of plant information with the public.

Fairchild’s plant collection includes more than 3500 species of plants from all tropical regions, with a special emphasis on palms, cycads, tropical fruit trees, and orchids. Living plants are maintained on the main 83 acre public garden, a 20 acre nursery, and a 20 acre tropical fruit farm. Fairchild’s database is a uniquely valuable source of information on tropical and subtropical horticulture, including records of all accessioned plants grown at the Garden since 1936.


• Manage Fairchild's plant records database.

• Work with a team of volunteers to conduct routine inventories within the Garden, the nursery, and the Farm.

• Maintain and update location maps of living plants.

• Manage the accessioning process for new plants.

• Work with nursery staff and volunteers to maintain inventories of propagations.

• Coordinate research and sampling from the collections by Fairchild personnel and visiting researchers.

• Provide plant data to Fairchild staff to support interpretation, publication, teaching, and other initiatives.

• Help organize plant sales, producing plant lists and signage.


• Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, computer science, or other related field.

• Experience with plant names and a general understanding of plant classification and taxonomy.

• Proficiency in database management and ability to learn emerging technologies.

• Ability to work indoors and outdoors.

• Experience with tropical plants is preferred.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including teaching and/or public speaking experience.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Rose Ricks, Science Village Assistant, at Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and selected candidates interviewed until the position is filled. Equal Opportunity Employer/Compliance with ADA/Drug-free Wo

Closing date: 09/30/2017


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