Orchid Collection Curator

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Job posting number: #7091410 (Ref:BSU28885)

Posted: January 6, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Maintain the living orchid collection and associated environments in the Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse in which visitors may experience learning opportunities; serve as curator of the Orchid Collection and Species Bank; maintain and expand all aspects of this living collection for education and conservation; support the mission of and assist staff with Field Station and Environmental Education Center.

Job Function:

Maintain the living orchid collection and associated environments in the Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse in which visitors may experience learning opportunities; serve as curator of the Orchid Collection and Species Bank; maintain and expand all aspects of this living collection for education and conservation; support the mission of and assist staff with Field Station and Environmental Education Center.

Minimum Education:

Earned Baccalaureate in Botany, Biology or related field from an accredited college or university

Preferred Education:

Master’s degree in Botany, Biology or related field from an accredited college or university.

Minimum Experience:

One to three years of orchid or greenhouse experience and knowledge of operation and maintenance of greenhouse and greenhouse equipment.

Preferred Experience:

Over 3 years of experience with orchid propagation and care; experience in greenhouse management or plant care.  Experience with environmental education or interpretation. Experience with fund raising and grant writing. Experience with public communication and outreach. Experience supervising volunteers and employees.  Experience conducting or facilitating research.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain living orchid collection, the Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank (WOCSB). Maintain orchid database. Provide orchid collection diversity through purchases, trading, propagation and CITES Rescue Program.
  • Maintain greenhouse environmental systems in the Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse; maintain cleanliness of the collection and the greenhouse.
  • Interview, hire, train, coordinate and supervise students and volunteers including a docent program.
  • Maintain public visitation hours and record visitation. Provide information to the public; be available to public to answer questions.
  • Create and maintain educational displays in the orchid display areas as related to support of orchid conservation, research and education.
  • Provide educational support for university classes and individual student learning projects; support research efforts of faculty and students. 
  • Assist with scheduled public educational experiences.
  • Assist Field Station and Environmental Education Center staff as needed to cover management of all Christy Woods.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance as required by this position.



At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.


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Job posting number:#7091410 (Ref:BSU28885)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Ball State University
Muncie,Indiana
United States
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