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.

Education Programs Assistant

The Education Programs Assistant is responsible for assisting with coordination of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Education programs, including scheduling, keeping associated documents, managing calendars, and more. This is a part-time (16 hours per week), temporary position (Sept 24, 2018-Feb 18, 2019) and reports to the Education Programs Coordinator.  Rate of pay is $11.00 per hour ($12.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019).

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Nature Educator

Nature Educators work with other Education staff to lead elementary school programs that ignite interest and curiosity for California’s native plants and ecosystems.  Nature Educators should be passionate about sharing nature with young students, creative and flexible in their approach to sharing that passion, and able to work either as a team or individually to provide effective and impactful programming.  This is a part-time (2-6 hours), temporary position, and reports to the Education Programs Coordinator. Rate of pay is $11.00 per hour ($12.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019).

Nature Educators have the opportunity to take the Garden’s 10-week California Naturalist Certification Course to become certified Naturalists for no charge beginning on September 5.  In addition, California Naturalist course participants may opt into becoming a CA Project Learning Tree Certified Educator.  This course is a benefit and is not considered part of the duties of the position. 

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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.