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13 Jan 2020

Full-Time Director of the Thain Family Forest

New York Botanical Garden – Posted by [email protected] New York, New York, United States

Job Description

The Director of the Thain Family Forest oversees an ongoing program of restoration, research, and education in the 50-acre old-growth Thain Family Forest and other natural areas of The New York Botanical Garden. The Director supervises a full-time gardener and a full-time botanical garden aide who, with the support of volunteers, students, and interns, implement a full suite of forest restoration practices. The Director uses the Forest for his or her own research and coordinates the research of internal and external collaborators. The Director collaborates with Science, Education, and Volunteer Services staff to oversee Citizen Science programs in the Garden’s natural areas. The Director gives tours and presentations, teaches in the NYBG Adult Education Program and School of Professional Horticulture, and serves as the primary contact for others who wish to use the Forest as an educational resource. The Director represents the Garden in local, regional, and national collaborations and partnerships related to ecological restoration, invasive species management, and other topics in the field of applied conservation science.

Stewardship and Research Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements a program of education, research, and restoration in the 50-acre Thain Family Forest and in other natural areas in the Garden
  • Develops and implements strategies to promote the growth and regeneration of native species and control the spread of invasive species within natural areas at The New York Botanical Garden
  • Collaborates with NYBG scientists and external researchers to understand and document the biodiversity and ecology of the Thain Family Forest and other natural areas, both within NYBG and in our region, and to measure and manage the impacts of invasive species and other anthropogenic disturbances on forest processes

Education and Outreach Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with Education, Science, and Volunteer Services staff to develop and implement Citizen Science and educational programs in the Forest
  • Partners with NYC Parks Natural Resources Group, the Bronx River Alliance, the Natural Areas Conservancy, the Lower Hudson PRISM, the NYS Invasive Species Advisory Council, NYC Restoration Practitioners, and other organizations to advance the practice of ecological restoration and the management of invasive species locally and regionally
  • Authors and co-authors publications that contribute to the growing scientific body of knowledge regarding ecological restoration and the management of invasive species
  • Collaborates with Public Engagement and Creative Services staff to develop and continually improve interpretive signage and other public education materials for the Forest
  • Teaches classes for Adult Education and the School of Professional Horticulture, gives regular tours of the Forest, and makes presentations about the Forest and NYBG’s conservation initiatives to various audiences
  • Represents the Thain Family Forest, Horticulture, and NYBG in various media

Administrative and Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervises a gardener and botanical garden aide and oversees students, interns, and volunteers who work in the Thain Family Forest and Citizen Science programs
  • Develops and manages budgets
  • Identifies funding opportunities, writes grant applications, and administers grants
  • Manages contracts including developing scopes of work, executing contracts, and supervising contractors in the field

Institutional Responsibilities:

  • Participates in strategic planning, trustee meetings, fundraising events, and other institutional events and activities
  • Occasional weekend and evening work required
  • Other related tasks as required


Monday-Friday 8am-4pm


  • Minimum five years of experience in the management of natural area restoration projects, including supervising staff and managing budgets
  • Master’s degree in biology, ecological restoration, ecology, forestry or related field with expertise in the native plants of the Northeastem United States and invasive species of the region
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the spontaneous flora of New York City and surrounding area
  • Proficiency in forest mensuration, surveying, ecological sampling, and analysis
  • Excellent communication abilities, including speaking, writing, and presentation skills
  • NYS Category 3A Pesticide Applicators Certification or the ability to obtain one within one year of hiring
  • ISA Certified Arborist or the ability to become one within one year of hiring   SER Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner or the ability to become one within one year of hiring
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other software used in forest sampling, ecological research, citizen science, and professional communication


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Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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