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
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
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
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, 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/