Current Openings

Events Coordinator

The Events Coordinator is responsible for the execution of all aspects of events at the Garden, including managing Garden events (fundraisers, member events, donor cultivation and appreciation events, and other special events) and the facility rental program for private events.  This is non-exempt, full-time (40 hours per week), position reports to the Director of Development & Communications.

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Deputy Director of Development

The Deputy Director of Development is responsible for planning, implementing and executing development activities related to foundations, government, and corporate/local business sources.  This is a full-time (40 hours/week), exempt position. Primary duties for this position include: writing grant proposals, preparing reports, meeting with program officers, and building relationships with and soliciting corporations and local businesses. The position reports to the Director of Development & Communications and is a key leader at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

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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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Rare Plant Technician

The Rare Plant Technician assists with a wide range of field, lab, and office work supporting the inventory, conservation, and restoration of California’s flora and ecological communities. This full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position, reports to the Rare Plant Biologist.

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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.