Work for one of the top botanical gardens in North America. The UC Botanical Garden is a non-profit research garden and museum for the University of California at Berkeley, having a notably diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year-round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres.

The UC Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Staff Positions

Director of Collections

The Botanical Garden is a unit of the Berkeley Natural History Museums and is administered by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research. The Garden’s broad mission is to develop and maintain a diverse collection of plants in support of the University’s missions in teaching and worldwide research in plant biology. Additional major roles include conservation of plant diversity and promoting public understanding and appreciation of plants in the natural environment. The UC Botanical Garden is distinguished by the diversity of its collection (over 16,000 accessions, representing 10,500 taxa) and by the fact that provenance is known for over 70% of the collection.


  • Directs curatorial and horticulture activities at the Garden and supervises unit supervisors (Curator and Supervisor of Horticulture and Grounds and Horticulture-Propagator). This includes hiring, reviewing work, assigning duties, and completing performance evaluations.
  • Develop and evaluate plant maintenance techniques for diverse accessions, many of which have not previously been in cultivation.
  • Maintain staff awareness of the Missions of the Garden and the University and the Garden’s priorities and programs.
    Under the Garden Director’s general direction, and in collaboration with curatorial and horticultural staff, explore and define directions and emphases for refining and expanding the Garden’s collection, including reviewing and setting Garden collection policy setting strategic goals, and planning their implementation.
    Under the Garden Director’s general direction, explore and develop opportunities for increasing the Garden’s collection through collaborations with national and international partners.
  • Develop and foster individual staff talents, skills, and performance, encouraging opportunities for professional growth.
  • Seek and allocate resources in the most effective way to accomplish the Garden’s mission.
  • Provide horticultural and curatorial support to faculty, staff, and student researchers, as needed.
  • In collaboration with the Garden Director and the Director of Development, identify potential funding sources, including individuals.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of collection building, including knowledge of ethical and legal standards for acquisition.
  • Knowledge of the principles of plant conservation.
  • Supervisory and leadership abilities.
  • Ability to take a long-range approach.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of standard botanical garden curatorial management practices.
  • Knowledge of criteria for selection, evaluation, and display of plants.
  • Budget and project management.
  • Skills applicable to working in a university environment.

Salary Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

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