Current Openings

Tucker Lichenologist

The Tucker Lichenologist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is an endowed research scientist and curatorial position primarily responsible for performing lichenological research and curation in support of the Garden's mission. 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. This position will also partner with other scientists at the Garden on projects, and may assist with 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.

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Grounds Manager

The Grounds Manager is responsible for supervising the work of the entire gardening crew and ensuring that maintenance and horticultural goals are met. This position entails extensive supervisory responsibilities. The Grounds Manager ensures that the aesthetics of displays, proper irrigation and cultural conditions for plantings and plant labels are adequately maintained. The Grounds Manager works with both the Volunteer Program Manager and gardeners to coordinate efforts of grounds volunteers. Maintains a designated section of the grounds or works alongside crew members in care of living collections, as a means of demonstrating and instructing gardening techniques. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate staff to accomplish institutional goals are essential.  This full-time (40 hours), exempt position reports to the Director of Horticulture. Onsite housing is available for this position.

Director of Education and Engagement

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum which fosters the conservation of California’s native plants through our gardens, research, and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices. Within the scope of this mission, the goal of the Education team is to enable transformative experiences through native plants for the Garden visitor. A transformative experience is one which moves the casual Garden visitor from (1) merely enjoying the Garden’s grounds to (2) understanding the important role native California plants play securing biodiversity, providing ecosystem services, and supporting habitats to (3) becoming actively engaged in California native plant conservation through home landscaping, volunteerism, citizen science, political advocacy, or financial support. We work to introduce the general public to California native plants, ignite concern about their survival, and inspire action for their conservation. The Director of Education & Engagement leads staff and works with volunteers and outside partners to develop programs that ignite interest and active participation in the conservation of California’s native plants. The Director should be visionary, entrepreneurial and an effective and inspiring leader. This is a full-time (40 hours), exempt position, and reports to the Executive Director.

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.