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Alice L. Brown Curator (Rank commensurate on experience up to and including Director)

Missouri Botanical Garden, 2345 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America Req #122
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Summary:  This position performs independent research and analysis in the fields of ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, plant genetic resources conservation, plant systematic and related fields such as ecology and conservation.  Individual will frequently collaborate with other scientists, undertaking field and laboratory work, as appropriate. Serves as a leader in the institution in areas including program and project development and implementation, management and administration, as appropriate and in the supervision of other staff and students. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Initiates, conducts and publishes significant independent research and writes results for publication in books and peer reviewed journals in the fields of ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, plant genetic resources conservation, plant systematic and related fields such as ecology and conservation.  .
  • Utilizes the Garden’s scientific information system, Tropicos, for information gathering and data analysis.
  • Maintains a scientific research program that involves students, staff, and external collaborators.
  • Writes, reviews, and facilitates grant proposals, journal articles, institutional reports, and publicity materials.
  • Identifies potential funding sources and writes proposals to secure external funding for research projects and program expansion.
  • Participates in scientific meetings and delivers lectures to professional organizations and to the general public as requested.
  •  Works to attract new scientific collaborators and develops partnerships with organizations, establishing cooperative agreements for strengthening science and conservation programs, as appropriate.
  • Leads and serves on scientific panels/committees as requested.
  • Teaches classes for students and works to mentor graduate students.
  • Conducts field work.
  • Prepares reports and summaries evaluating effectiveness of the programs and projects.
  • Provides leadership and direction to staff including hiring, training, development and supervision of staff and volunteers.
  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed; informs employees/students/volunteers of safety guidelines, methods to reduce hazards.  Reports all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately.
  • Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities:  This position has supervisory responsibilities for Curatorial Assistants and Research Specialists.



  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Inspires respect and trust; Accepts feedback from others; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Displays passion and optimism; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision.
  • Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement, as appropriate; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies stakeholder feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Delegation - Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings, as required.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively, using correct spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to additional work hours when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.



  • Five (5+) years’ experience of in one or more of the following fields: ecology, systematics, ethnobotany, or anthropology.
  • Extensive prior experience writing scientific papers and reports.
  • Familiarity with the publishing process, botanical literature and library facilities.
  • Demonstrated and successful experience in grant research, negotiation and writing.
  • Knowledge of the botanical community and current research trends.
  • Willingness and flexibility to conduct field work.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in personnel management including conflict resolution and other related management experience desired.
  • Extensive training experience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; professional, speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; is tactful and treats others with respect.
  • Able to travel up to 25% of the time (domestic and international).
  • Scheduling flexibility is required to work evenings, weekends, or holidays as needed.
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.



  • Ph.D. required.

  • An equivalent combination of education, skills and experience may be considered.


    Other Skills and Abilities:  N/A


Language Skills:  Ability to communicate effectively in English (oral/written); bilingual skills highly desirable.


Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to work with statistics.
  • Ability to analyze budgets.


Reasoning Ability: 

  • Requires ability to conduct independent research and to actively participate in team work; apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution; represent the interests and projects a positive image of the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Computer Skills:

  • Computer simulation skills are particularly desirable.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Word and Excel programs required; strong working knowledge of Outlook features required and PowerPoint preferred.
  • Solid Internet research skills.
  • Ability to use e-mail to communicate with Garden staff in order to answer questions and service their needs.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Must possess valid driver’s license prior to employment.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a passport for international travel.
  • Must be able to obtain visas, vaccinations and immunizations for all countries where travel is required.


Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing) and sit for extended periods of the work day.
  • Operates copier, printer, fax, and computer.
  • Ability to walk about facility frequently throughout work day, and sit for extended periods of the work day (may sit up to 50% of work day).
  • Ability to travel independently for long periods on airplanes, trains and other conveyances both domestic and international.
  • Ability to walk, stand, kneel, or climb as required and move about for extended periods of time.
  • Physical fitness necessary for field studies involving multi-week hikes/rides/camping in difficult terrain.
  • May be required to perform tasks at varying heights and at high altitudes.
  • Ability to understand field safety requirements and wear personal protective equipment, as needed.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions.
  • May require working long hours to meet deadlines.


Work Environment:

  • Office and laboratory environment in St. Louis and overseas; overseas assignments, including in developing countries and/or in remote and rugged regions.
  • Outdoor setting; ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions (i.e., in temperatures over 100°F as well as temperatures below 0°F, in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions as needed).
  • Comfortable working in immediate proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions.


Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Missouri Botanical Garden, 2345 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America