Current Openings

Director of Development and Communications

The Director of Development & Communications (DDC) reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for maintaining and growing the Garden's comprehensive fundraising programs and primary messaging of the Garden’s mission. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), exempt position. The DDC oversees and maintains consistency in all development and communications operations and maintains a strong working relationship with all departmental Directors. The DDC serves as the Garden’s major gift officer in partnership with the Executive Director.

Responsibilities include: providing leadership to ensure that the Garden’s unrestricted and restricted fundraising programs are strong and progressively increasing, especially with respect to: individual contributions, membership, the annual fund, institutional grants, and major and planned gifts. Oversight of the Communications function and consistent branding of the organization in all print and electronic media.

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Tucker Lichenologist and Associate Curator of the Clifton Smith Herbarium

The Tucker Lichenologist and Associate Curator of the Clifton Smith Herbarium is an endowed research scientist and curatorial position primarily responsible for performing lichenological research and curation in support of the Garden's mission, with additional curatorial duties in the non-lichen portion of the Clifton Smith Herbarium. With ca. 35,600 specimens, the lichen collection at the Garden is the second largest in California and the fourth largest west of the Mississippi River. The Tucker Lichenologist will curate this important collection, serve as a regional lichen expert for western North America, and maintain an independent research program focusing on lichen biodiversity, taxonomy, systematics, and/or ecology. As the Associate Curator of the Clifton Smith Herbarium, this position will also perform curation of the non-lichen portion of the herbarium. Comprising an estimated 125,000 specimens of bryophytes, ferns, and seed plants, this part of the herbarium contains important regional collections centering on the Central Coast as well as the California Channel Islands. This full time (40 hours per week), exempt position reports to the Ken and Shirley Tucker Plant Systematist. Time will be divided between lichen and non-lichen-focused activities, approximately 60-40 percent, respectively.

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Resumes or CVs must be accompanied by the Garden’s Employment Application

Complete the Employment Application and submit via email to [email protected]

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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through
our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Our Tax ID number is 95-1644628.