Current Openings

Rare Plant Biologist

The Rare Plant Biologist is responsible for running a comprehensive rare plant conservation research program at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which currently includes research, monitoring, curation of conservation seed collections, and species recovery, and may expand to include other approaches to rare plant conservation such as species distribution modeling under climate change scenarios or rare plant demography, depending upon the expertise of the Rare Plant Biologist. The position also entails fundraising, education, and outreach activities to support and expand our conservation efforts. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that reports to the Director of Conservation and Research.

Applicants should submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, two to three representative publications, and contact information (names, email addresses, and phone numbers) for three references to: Denise Knapp, Director of Conservation and Research, at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is chosen. The position will likely begin in March of 2016.

Rare Plant Biologist Position Description

Director of Development and Communications 

The Director of Development and Communications is responsible for maintaining and growing the Garden's comprehensive fundraising and support programs.  This position oversees and ensures consistency in all development/fundraising and communications operations, and maintains a strong working relationship with all Directors.  The Director of Development and Communications serves as the Garden’s Major Gift Officer, in partnership with the Executive Director, providing coordination and strategy in order to grow the Garden’s philanthropic revenue. This is full-time (40 hours/week), exempt position reports to the Executive Director.

Director of Development and Communications Position Description 

Resumes or CVs must be accompanied by the Garden’s Employment Application.  No phone or in-person inquiries, please.  

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.