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Tree Conservation Specialist - The Morton Arboretum

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The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

is recruiting a

Tree Conservation Specialist


The Morton Arboretum is the leading tree-focused public garden in the world, with plant collections, scientific research, education programming, and visitor services that promote the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.  Located on 1,700 acres 25 miles west of Chicago, the Arboretum operates with a 300-person staff and 1,000 volunteers to welcome 800,000 visitors per year and serve 35,000 members.  With a 90-year history, a tradition of high standards, and a dedication to excellence, the Arboretum pursues its vision to be the leading center of tree expertise through on-site, regional, national, and international initiatives.  The institution is accredited as a museum and as an arboretum.

The Tree Conservation Specialist provides management support for leading the Arboretum’s strategy and action for global tree conservation efforts and is responsible for assisting in the planning, integration, fundraising and development of external partnerships, and implementation of the Arboretum’s tree conservation goals.
Previous Training and Experience: 

  • M.S. in plant science or conservation biology required, ideally in a discipline related to or with a focus on tree science and conservation. 
  • At least 3 years experience in a conservation or environmental related organization, ideally in a public garden and/or international setting. 
  • Strong interest in and broad knowledge of trees and issues related to conservation. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and a capacity to function independently are essential. 
  • Ability to comprehend scientific literature, research results, learn and use computer programs through self-study. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required. 
  • Flexibility, project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with all levels of staff and management both internally and externally. 
  • Requires strong computer and internet research skills with proficiency at managing files, records, preparation of graphics/visual material. 
  • International experience is desired.

Physical/Mental Requirements: 

  • Ability to participate and support the development of tree species conservation initiatives. 
  • Demonstrated skills including program coordination and development, goal implementation, budget oversight, grant writing, and partner/public relations.  T

he position will require a high degree of skill in understanding tree conservation issues, interacting with people, internally and externally, in forming collaborations with partner institutions, and in assisting with developing opportunities for funding via foundation and governmental grants.  Must be an energetic, flexible, and self-motivated individual with an enthusiastic, positive and constructive attitude.  A proven skill, intellectual curiosity and understanding of trees, conservation issues, and the mission of the Arboretum are required.

If interested, please forward letter, salary requirements, and resume or application, to The Morton Arboretum, Human Resources, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL, 60532-1293, or email to:

The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Closing date: 31/08/2013


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