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.

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.

On-Call Events Staffer

The On-call Event Staffer is a primary representative of the Garden during events, responsible for delivering an excellent visitor experience. This position is an important reflection of the Garden's focus on providing an exceptional experience to external audiences. This on-call, part-time position reports to the Events Coordinator and supports various facility rentals and Garden programs.

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

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


The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden conserves California native plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and the planet.

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