To develop, maintain, interpret, and exhibit a preeminent Bonsai Collection.
- Maintain the health and artistic integrity of the collection through pruning, watering, wiring, fertilizing, repotting, training, and providing all aspects of culture necessary for the bonsai. Determine the styling of the collection's bonsai in consultation with Susumu Nakamura, bonsai master. Work with the Plant Health Care Department to anticipate, prevent, or control insect and disease problems for each individual bonsai.
- Prepare an annual summary for the executive vice president and director specific to the scope and performance of the collection.
- Manage curatorial activities of the collection including verification, procurement, deaccessioning, and documentation. Implement the Chicago Botanic Garden's bonsai plan.
- Maintain complete inventory of all bonsai specimens. Keep detailed records on plant care. Set broad, long-range objectives for the collection's programs and processes.
- Coordinate the public display of the bonsai including special exhibitions and supporting alarm systems. Provide content for interpretive signage.
- Work closely with the bonsai volunteer group. Work with the director of volunteer services to recruit, train, and schedule volunteers to care for the collection.
- Work closely with the following departments: Education, Visitor Operations, Collections, Maintenance, Security, Development, and Communications.
- Collaborate outside the Garden with professional and other groups, plant societies, and institutions to enhance the Garden's capacity to share knowledge and further the use and understanding of the collection.
- Write articles and present lectures related to bonsai and their care. Lead tours of the collection. Provide interviews to television, radio, and newspapers. Provide information about bonsai to other departments.
- Pursue opportunities for donation of plants to the collection and funding to support development and maintenance of the collection.
- Work with the Public Relations and Marketing Departments to get local and national exposure for the Bonsai Collection.
- Serve on interdepartmental teams and work groups as requested.
- Bachelor's degree in horticulture or commensurate experience.
- Ten years of experience in developing and training bonsai.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Ability to work occasional weekends and nights.
- Licensed driver insurable by the Chicago Horticultural Society.
The Chicago Botanic Garden has one of the top public bonsai collections and displays in North America and sponsors popular shows that are well-attended by the public. The Midwest Bonsai Society is an enthusiastic collaborator with the Garden. Be the person to expand the content, diversity, and beauty of this great collection.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.