Executive Director - Berkshire Botanical Garden USA
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Berkshire Botanical Garden
BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: A strong and experienced manager with experience in a significant garden, arboretum, historic property, or related public, educational, environmental or cultural institution OR in the corporate sector, provided the individual is passionate about gardens, gardening or horticulture. A record of success in working collaboratively with a team of strong, diverse individuals to achieve common goals. A proven track record of working in partnership with an actively involved board. A successful track record raising money from foundations, corporations, individuals and government sources. An effective communicator, verbally and in writing, credibility or the ability to achieve it with the horticultural community.
BBG creates and preserves public-display gardens – both functional and ornamental – for the enjoyment and enrichment of members and visitors. The 15 acres contain gardens that are among the oldest in the United States and recognized as fine exemplars of regional, environmentally sensitive gardening. The Garden collections emphasize plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires.
BBG also educates adults and children about gardening and preservation of the environment through programs that provide practical knowledge, hands-on experience and opportunities for participation in the art and science of horticulture both at the Garden and in area schools. The youth programs serve hundreds of children from four states and include instruction in subjects ranging from tropical rainforests to kitchen botany. Adult education programs have expanded steadily in recent years and last year comprised over 70 adult programs attended by 955 participants, and 710 children who participated in programs specially designed for them.
Finally, the Garden serves as a gathering place for activities and events designed to foster community interest in the Garden and its mission, as well as appreciation of the natural and landscapes of the region. The Garden’s signature event, the Harvest Festival, has been held continuously since 1934 and is now the Berkshires’ oldest and most popular community gathering. Other major annual events include the Plant Sale, the Flower Show, the Fête des Fleurs Garden Party and the Holiday Fair.
The Garden itself has also grown and is served by a core group of approximately 40 dedicated, well-trained volunteers, with an additional 250 volunteers who turn out for special events. It continues to develop and run a range of educational programs that enhance the Garden’s mission and generate earned income.
Closing date: 23/08/2013
For more information please visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/