Position Anouncement: Director of Research, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Sula Vanderplank sula.vanderplank at CGU.EDU
Fri Aug 26 17:17:47 CDT 2005

Apologies for cross-posting.


RANCHO SANTA ANA BOTANIC GARDEN (RSABG) seeks a successful leader, scholar and
administrator to direct its research programs and to serve as Chair of the Graduate Program in
Botany, Claremont Graduate University.

RSABG is a 78-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to promoting botany, conservation, and
horticulture to inspire, inform, and educate the public and the scientific community about
California’s native flora. The Garden conducts programs in research, graduate education, public
and professional education, and rare plant conservation. Facilities include a one-million specimen
herbarium with worldwide representation, a living plant collection of over 3,000 species and
varieties on 86 acres, research laboratories, greenhouse, nursery, seed storage facilities, and a
50,000-volume research library. The Garden also publishes the scientific journal Aliso.

RSABG has an active, broad-based, internationally recognized research program in systematic and
evolutionary botany, and is the Botany Program for Claremont Graduate University by an affiliation
agreement, awarding masters and doctorate degrees.  Over 90 highly trained students have
received Masters of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degrees since inception of the program.

Qualifications:  Reporting to the Executive Director, this endowed position will have overall
responsibility for management of the Garden’s research programs, including oversight of the
graduate Botany Program (as Department Chair), as well as supervision of the herbarium and
research library.  The Director will also participate in teaching graduate-level courses in botany
and maintain an active externally-funded research program, with a scientific focus that will
complement and strengthen the current research at the institution. The Director of Research will
be fully committed to graduate education, a well-regarded researcher, a skilled communicator,
and an excellent administrator and manager.  Required are a doctorate in botany or a related field,
with specialization in some aspect of plant systematics or evolutionary biology preferred, and an
excellent and ongoing track record of scientific publication and extramural funding. The Director
of Research will be expected to hold an Associate or Full Professorship at Claremont Graduate
University, which will be co-terminous with the appointment as Director of Research.

To apply, send a letter of interest and curriculum vita to Patrick S. Larkin, Executive Director,
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 North College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711.  Letters of
reference will be requested later.  For more information contact Mr. Larkin directly at (909) 625
-8767, ext. 220 or by e-mail at Patrick.Larkin at cgu.edu.

The search will remain open until the position is filled.

The Botanic Garden values a diverse community and is committed to equal opportunity in

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