Floristic and Outreach Coordinator
Denver Botanic Gardens
About Denver Botanic Gardens: Green inside and out, Denver Botanic Gardens was founded in 1951 and is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, The Gardens has a robust living plant collection, natural history collection and art collection along with temporary art exhibitions. The Gardens is a dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class exhibitions, education, and plant conservation research programs.
For more information, visit us online at www.botanicgardens.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens is currently seeking a Full Time Floristic and Outreach Coordinator in our Research Department! Read below to see if the requirements might be a good fit for you:
This position is responsible for the development and oversight of outreach programs for the Research & Conservation Department and conducting targeted surveys to build our existing natural history collections. This position will develop, manage, implement, and evaluate outreach programs in the Research & Conservation Department.
The coordinator will work with Gardens’ staff to bring the science of the Gardens to the forefront through blogs, events and other forms of outreach. This position is also responsible for building the collections of the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium of vascular plants (KHD) and Sam Mitchel Herbarium of fungi (DBG) through targeted surveys and identification of gaps in the collections. This position will lead logistical planning, volunteer coordination, and preparation and execution of targeted surveys. It will also assist in specimen processing, identification, and data management.
General Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for the development of outreach programs.
- Responsible for promotion of outreach opportunities.
- Supports outreach efforts for all scientific projects at the Gardens.
- Responsible for leading field trips or workshops in the Denver metro area.
- Acts as an advocate for science within the institution.
- Oversees data collection and maintenance of the Phenology Trail.
- Responsible for building the collection through targeted botanical and fungal surveys, including but not limited to specimen and data management.
- Provides staff, Gardens members, and visitors help with plant identification.
- Supports, encourages, and facilitates visitation to the natural history collections.
- Maintains satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
- Maintains a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor.
- Regular attendance at the worksite will be required. As with all positions at Denver Botanic Gardens, the incumbent must be in good performance standing to be eligible for remote work. Remote work is at the discretion of management at all times.
- All Gardens employees must be committed to the mission of connecting people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone.
Position Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must have knowledge of botany and/or mycology, knowledge of the flora and/or mycoflora of Colorado is preferred.
- Must be able to work competently through a dichotomous key.
- Must have training collecting and processing specimens for natural history collections.
- Must be able to maintain attention to detail and a professional, positive attitude under sometimes adverse field conditions.
- Must have demonstrated personal strengths of patience, perseverance, friendliness, and respectfulness in relations with a wide range of audiences.
- Must have the ability to cultivate working relationships with government, academic, society and community stakeholders.
- Must have proven excellent customer service, interpersonal, and communication skills in dealing with the public.
- Ability to maintain stability under pressure and able to deal well with stressful situations.
- Must be able to write reports and correspondence.
- Ability to be flexible and willing to modify plans when necessary, throughout the day.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and/or holidays.
- Ability to work overtime as necessary.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Suite products, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook and Teams.
- Must be a positive representative of the Gardens both internally and externally at all times.
- Must work with respect and cooperation at all times with fellow employees and the public.
- Must be committed to working safely at all times.
- Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in biology, environmental sciences, education or related field, from a four-year college or university and/or combination of education and equivalent experience is required. Masters degree preferred.
- One to two years related experience and/or training in formal and/or informal science education.
- Experience with public outreach, including but not limited to field trips, is preferred.
- Training in herbarium collections management techniques is preferred.
- Minimum of 2 years of experience in botany is required.
- Position requires a valid driver’s license.
Up to 30% travel required. Requires the ability to travel to remote locations (or other Garden locations) where environment may vary significantly.
· Effective immediately, Denver Botanic Gardens will require new employees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or request a variance for medical or religious reasons (please contact Human Resources for the necessary forms if you wish to apply for an exemption). Please provide proof of your vaccination to orientation.
Denver Botanic Gardens has an incredible benefits package for eligible employees!
Our major benefits include a choice of Medical Plans, a Dental and Vision Plan and Life Insurance Plan. We have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a Healthcare Spending Account (HSA).
The Gardens offers a generous Retirement Savings Plan with Company contribution of 6% after one year of service for eligible participants.
The Gardens also offers paid holidays, vacation, sick time and access to personal lines of insurance. Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and an RTD ECO pass.
For eligible employees, The Gardens employment also includes a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens Membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.
Come work for a place that offers you SO much more than just a paycheck!
Compensation: $20.20 – $25.24 per hour