Director of Conservation and Research
Mt. Cuba Center (MCC) is a botanical garden that inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Located in Hockessin, Delaware, near Wilmington, in the Delaware Piedmont region, MCC has over 50 acres of display gardens and over 1,000 acres of natural lands. MCC’s team includes expert researchers, passionate horticulturists, and extraordinary staff who seek to expand the knowledge and appreciation of native plants. MCC collaborates with diverse organizations, researchers, and individuals who are working to help the public understand conservation through public programs, community outreach, landscape design and more.
The Director of Conservation & Research will lead all current conservation and research initiatives at Mt. Cuba Center and will envision and develop new efforts consistent with the institutional mission. The Director will be responsible for producing results that advance understanding of native plants and healthy ecosystems, further conservation efforts, and effectively engage the public and professional community in Mt. Cuba Center’s mission and vision.
As a member of the senior leadership team, this individual will collaborate in leading the organization in carrying out the mission and strategic goals of Mt. Cuba Center, which include inspiring an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants; motivating conservation action; measurably improving the health of habitats and ecosystems; and advancing organizational effectiveness and long-term sustainability.
MCC seeks an individual with demonstrated experience as an exceptional researcher and leader; with sound reasoning and judgment in making practical organizational decisions; in organizing, managing, and motivating others; and in building meaningful partnerships. Ideal candidates will have an entrepreneurial spirit, curiosity and enthusiasm, and the ability to adapt and work effectively in a competitive environment.
The successful candidate must have exceptional written, verbal, and communication skills, be proficient in broad horticultural and plant identification knowledge, particularly plants of the eastern United States, and have proficiency with the most up-to-date plant research techniques.
Minimum requirements include a master’s degree in horticulture, ecology, botany or related plant science field from an accredited university and 8 years’ experience in horticultural, ecological, or conservation research with at least 5 years’ management experience. Ph.D. degree is highly desirable.
Mt. Cuba Center is committed to inclusivity and encourages qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.
To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3xL4izN (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).
To learn more about the programs and activities at Mt. Cuba Center, go to the following link: https://mtcubacenter.org/