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William L. Brown Center, Curator, Missouri Botanical Garden

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Missouri Botanical Garden founded in 1859, is a center of botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden seeks to “preserve and enrich life” by illuminating the importance of plants to the balance of life on Earth. While most visitors discover a heightened appreciation and understanding of the world’s rich botanical heritage, few realize that beyond the floral exhibits there exists another realm: our internationally renowned science and conservation program.

The William L. Brown Center (WLBC) is dedicated to the study of useful plants, understanding the relationships between humans, plants, and their environment, and the conservation of plant species and preservation of traditional knowledge for the benefit of future generations.

Summary of the position:
The William L. Brown Curator for the study of crop plants will coordinate a program of studies of important tropical and sub-tropical crop species, develop monographs, and unite morphological and molecular approaches with field studies and geographical analysis to address questions including crop origin and evolution, the analysis and conservation of genetic diversity of crop varieties, land races, and wild relatives. The primary goals of the Curator are to understand patterns of genetic diversity of these crops and their relatives, analyze patterns of distribution, and suggest means of developing both in-situ and ex-situ programs for their conservation. It is expected that the Curator would be involved with graduate education at Washington University, St. Louis University, or the University of Missouri, St. Louis and also supervise postdoctoral fellows.

Qualifications and/or Experience:

  • PhD or Doctorate in Biology, Botany or related field in plant sciences required.
  • Minimum of five to seven (5-7) years’ relevant and increasingly responsible experience in environmental/plan research with a record of successful career growth leading to significant management responsibilities.
  • An international recognized extensive record of scientific publication.
  • Minimum five (5) years progressive experience in original research.
  • Teaching experience at University level preferred.
  • Demonstrated abilities in successful grant writing, fundraising, and negotiating and managing budgets.
  • Budget development and management skills; advanced understanding of financial operating budget process.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in personnel management including conflict resolution and other related management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must feel comfortable interacting and working with other departments.
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct, knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures and systems, maintains confidentiality.
  • Familiar with international agreements (e.g. CBD, ILO) and the codes of ethics of relevant professional organizations.
  • Must be able to manage multiple priorities, work under pressure, demonstrate and instill in staff members a high degree of professionalism, integrity, loyalty and service to the organization.
  • Scheduling flexibility is required to work evenings, weekends, or holidays.
  • Ability to travel frequently (local and/or domestic or international) as needed.

The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.

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