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Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Current Openings

Science Education Coordinator – Informal Learning

Full-time. posted 11/12/14

The Education Department is seeking a children’s program coordinator to provide exciting, student-centered education programming for children (ages 0-18) and families that promotes environmental literacy. The successful applicant will guide the overall operations of all informal science education programs (early childhood, homeschool, families, summer camp, and teens) in a manner that ensures excellence at all levels while achieving budgeted revenues and expenses. The position works collaboratively with the Children’s Education Team and other members of the department to achieve annual and long range goals within the mission of the Garden.

Responsibilities include accepting primary responsibility for the success of onsite informal children’s programs by coordinating curriculum development, materials preparation, records maintenance, monitoring the registration process, and budget development; supplying course catalog content, website updates, social media posts, and other pertinent data to the Education Publication Coordinator, and managing grassroots program marketing; working with the Children’s Education Manager and Formal Science Education Coordinator to recruit, train, hire and evaluate Garden Educator staff; recruiting, coordinating, supporting and training volunteers for all related program areas; teaching some programs and/or substitute teaching for programs, when needed; developing and coordinating additional children’s activities for families during special events and exhibits; participating in department and Garden staff meetings, planning teams, and events; and assisting with reports and proposals.

Requirements include a Bachelor level degree in education, life sciences or related field; Master’s degree preferred; 3 years of supervisory experience with both staff and volunteers; strong organizational and curriculum development skills; background in desert ecology, biology or environmental science; flexibility to work well in a team environment; excellent interpersonal skills and an enthusiastic approach; ability to work occasional weekends and evenings; excellent written and oral communication skills; and experience in writing, developing, or teaching science and environmental curriculum in an informal educational environment. 
Application deadline: November 25, 2014

Herbarium Collections Manager  

Part-time; grant-funded for 21 months with the possibility of continuing post-grant, pending additional funding. posted 10/24/14

The Herbarium Collections Manager will work as part of a team to curate the Garden’s collection of herbarium specimens, will serve as a member of the Research, Conservation and Collections Department and will work closely with and report to the Curator of the Herbarium.

The successful candidate will assist herbarium staff with achieving the goals of a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to expand the storage capacity of the herbarium. Responsibilities will include identifying and annotating specimens, updating and redistributing specimens in cases, mounting specimens, replacing folders and labels as needed, supervising volunteers, maintaining the database and image library, and leading tours of the herbarium.

Requirements include a Bachelor level degree in a plant-related field (M.S. preferred); knowledge of vascular plant taxonomy and systematics (experience with Southwest flora preferred); experience using Symbiota software or similar programs; ability to use dichotomous identification keys; and strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Previous curatorial experience in a research collection or museum is a plus.


The benefits of regular employment at the Desert Botanical Garden include a competitive benefits package*, complimentary family membership, employee admissions exchange, wellness initiatives and discounts. 

Reasonable accommodation may be made, where necessary, to allow a qualified individual to perform essential job functions. Honored as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal, the Desert Botanical Garden is an equal-opportunity employer.   

*subject to eligibility requirements

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