Assistant Curator, Economic Botany

Website NYBG The New York Botanical Garden


Review of applications will begin on February 3, 2020.

The Institute of Economic Botany at the International Plant Science Center of the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) seeks a research scientist to fill the position of Assistant Curator. The Institute of Economic Botany (IEB) is focused on plants and people. Plants are essential to human existence, providing food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and the raw materials to meet many other needs. Research and conservation at NYBG includes a focus on useful plants, both those that are global resources with great economic impact as well as species used regionally by indigenous peoples and local communities.

The diversity of useful plants on Earth is inherently linked to cultural diversity. Garden scientists study biodiversity-based traditional knowledge systems around the world and the often complex relationships that exist between plants, people, and culture. In the 21 st century, this understanding of plants and people at local, regional, and global levels is critical to finding solutions for conserving and sustainably managing the plant resources on which the well-being of humankind depends.

The IEB is part of the International Plant Science Center, which is also composed of the Institute of Systematic Botany, the Steere Herbarium, the Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics, Plant Genomics Program, Structural Botany, Commodore Matthew Perry Graduate Studies Program, and the Mertz Library.

The IEB seeks a research scientist focused on questions related to community-based natural resource management. Research themes may include forestry, sustainable resource use, applied ecology, and relationships between people and plants. NYBG is acutely aware of the impacts of local and global climate change and seeks to recruit a candidate whose research contributes to the understanding of this phenomenon or helps to develop applied solutions. The candidate’s work should include a management perspective, engender close collaboration with local communities, and strongly promote the conservation and sustainable use of forests.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop an active research program within the IEB’s areas of interest, which utilizes the research resources at NYBG, and which synergistically interacts with research throughout the International Plant Science Center.
  • Produce publications and present lectures reporting on the original results of their research program.
  • Raise extramural funds from Federal and private sources to support their research program.
  • Develop local, national, and/or international collaborations that furthers their research program and the mission of NYBG.
  • Teach and mentor students and stakeholders in community forestry, applied ecology, sustainable resource management, and other topics related to their area of specialization.
  • Enhance the NYBG graduate studies program through development of new courses or new partnerships.
  • Participate in professional service to NYBG, the scientific community, and the general public.


  • A Ph.D. degree in Forestry, Botany, or Ecology, with post-doctoral experience preferred.
  • A record of excellence in research, publication, teaching, and securing extramural funding.
  • Previous experience working to sustainably manage and conserve wild forests.

*Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, outreach and teaching statement, PDFs or links to 3 products exemplifying the candidate’s research vision, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Human Resources, The New York  Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126.*


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