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To apply for an open position, please e-mail resume and letter of interest to Human Resources at:, fax to: 480 481.8173, or mail to:

Human Resources
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

posted 5/23/2016

Director of Information Technology

Full-time, Grade 17.

The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the vision, integrity, stability and functionality of core technology infrastructure. S/He is responsible for strategy, function and improvement of the institution’s IT systems, equipment and management of any new technology projects.

Responsibilities include:

•    Work with the Director of Finance & Administration, outside consultants and other key stakeholders to develop, implement and maintain a Business Continuity Plan for the Garden including a long-range strategic plan, training and evaluation of staff and improve processes and procedures
•    Provide guidance, leadership and expertise to the members of the Technology Advisory Committee by facilitating monthly meetings with all users and interpret, recommend and deliver solutions in support of all departments’ existing and developing IT needs
•    Identify and recommend cost-effective technology solutions in alignment with the business and mission objectives of the Garden
•    Select, manage and oversee all IT, A/V and communication partners and vendors in coordination with the Operations Administrator and the Director of Operations
•    Develop and successfully manage the IT Operations budget; provide recommendations for capital expenditures and asset replacement projects to the Operations Support Committee; lead an annual inventory process of all technology hardware
•    Prepare Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and lead contractor negotiations for all IT projects; secure necessary municipal and government permits, if applicable
•    Analyze complex business problems related to technology, business processes and/or workflow and recommend streamlined solutions to Senior Staff and other key stakeholders

Requirements include:

•    Bachelor degree in Computer Science, IT Management, or related field  
•    A minimum of five years of management experience in developing and implementing software and hardware solutions, preferably in a visitor-based mid-to-large size organization
•    Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills and a proven track record of successful leadership and participation with diverse teams  
•    Strong proficiency in computer operating systems, networks and servers, including ACD systems
•    Advanced knowledge and experience with software integration and connectivity processes provide a competitive edge and are preferred
•    Technical certification(s) preferred

For more information about this position, please contact MaryLynn Mack, Director of Operations, at ext. 8178 or

posted 5/20/2016

Plant Materials Assistant

Part-time (up to 29 hours/week); Temporary.  This is a one-year, grant-funded position.

The primary function of this position is to assist in the projects of the Great Milkweed Grow Out, including growing and distributing milkweed plants, milkweed seed collection, and habitat restoration projects.

Responsibilities include:

•    Assist in growing large numbers (10,000+) of native milkweed seedlings in a greenhouse; collect data on germination
•    Help to coordinate monarch habitat restoration projects in local schools
•    Participate in seed collecting, including cleaning, logging and organizing seeds
•    Assist in distribution of milkweeds to regional partners and at plant sales
•    Assist in developing protocols for growing native milkweed plants
•    Oversee propagation of a small number of milkweeds at Desert Botanical Garden
•    Assist in monitoring pollinators of milkweeds
•    Track metrics and outcomes for funding source reporting, e.g. habitat restoration, milkweeds grown and distributed, and seeds collected

Requirements include:

•    Background in horticulture, native plant ecology and/or conservation; Bachelor’s degree preferred
•    Experience in growing native desert plants, medium-scale production of plants, and seed collection
•    Ability to manage and prioritize multiple on-going tasks
•    Ability to work outdoors and in a greenhouse
•    Ability to travel to off-site locations
•    A valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
•    Strong oral and written communication skills

Information on Great Milkweed Grow Out:
In January 2016, Desert Botanical Garden launched a new initiative, the Great Milkweed Grow Out. The goal of the Great Milkweed Grow Out is monarch butterfly conservation. Monarch butterflies have been declining for the last few decades. One reason for this decline is a loss of milkweed habitat. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterflies lay their eggs on and that their caterpillars eat. The Garden’s initiative has a goal to raise thousands of new milkweeds to create monarch habitat, collect seeds, and conduct research on the interaction between monarchs and milkweeds.


The benefits of regular employment at the Desert Botanical Garden include a competitive benefits package*, complimentary family membership, employee admissions exchange, wellness initiatives and discounts. 

Reasonable accommodation may be made, where necessary, to allow a qualified individual to perform essential job functions. Honored as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal, the Desert Botanical Garden is an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity.   

*subject to eligibility requirements

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