Director of Science and Conservation

Lead NTBG’s science and conservation programs

Director of Science and Conservation

Lāwaʻi, Kauaʻi

The National Tropical Botanical Garden is recruiting for a full-time Director of Science and Conservation to start January 2024.

The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership to ensure and enhance the conservation impact of NTBG’s science and conservation programs across our five gardens, preserves, and living and herbarium collections. Particular focus is on implementing best science and biocultural conservation practices supporting NTBG’s ambitious five-year strategic plan through continued development of staff and programs and with our many local, national and international communities and conservation partners. This includes floristic surveys, a Pacific flora program, a GIS and drone program, conservation assessments, and effective biocultural conservation of plant and crop diversity at genetic, species and agroecosystem scale in alignment with the Global Biodiversity Framework, Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

The position is part of NTBG’s senior leadership team and effectively represents the organization and builds trustful relationships and enthusiasm for plant conservation towards multiple stakeholders.


  • A PhD degree in botany, plant science or conservation areas, and several years of research and leadership experience ideally from a botanical garden, museum, university, or other relevant research institution or environmental nonprofit organization.
  • A solid reputation for publishing and communicating high quality research, including applied conservation work and synthetic papers discussing best practice or identifying new fields or research gaps.
  • A broad understanding of all areas of science and conservation of relevance to the garden including tropical plant diversity, conservation assessment, monitoring, in situ and ex situ collections, biocultural conservation, community engagement, sustainable food security, and climate change impacts across islands systems and urban and rural environments.
  • A proven ability to work at a strategic level, experience with fundraising, and staff development including supervising and mentoring graduate students and early career researchers.

Apply via email including full CV and publication list and a cover letter explaining your motivation and relevant leadership experience to:

Applications will be reviewed on October 27, 2023, and interviews will begin in early November.

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