Associate Director, Land Stewardship and Ecology

Longwood Gardens Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Job Type Paid permanent

Longwood Gardens is seeking an Associate Director, Land Stewardship and Ecology with proven leadership skills to ensure efficient and ecologically sound management of Longwood Gardens’ natural lands. Longwood’s natural lands total over 600 acres and consist of woodlands, meadows, wetlands and agricultural fields including an 86-acre Meadow Garden, a highly sought destination for many of our guests. The Associate Director, Land Stewardship and Ecology will provide leadership of restoration, ecological research, wildlife management, invasive plant management, maintenance and aesthetics of the natural lands.  

We are seeking an individual who has demonstrated ability working in a fast-paced, highly creative, collaborative, and sustainably-minded environment. This position will operate in the Research and Conservation Division of our Horticulture Department and will lead a team of four full-time and several part-time and seasonal staff as well as interns, students and volunteers. This team also supports Longwood’s Plant Conservation Program. Excellent communication skills including scientific writing, formal and informal presentations, tours, management plan development and team leadership are required.

Requirements for this position include a master’s or Ph.D. degree in restoration ecology, horticulture, environmental science or related field and 5 years of experience in natural land management with a minimum of 3 years in a leadership capacity. The ideal candidate will have a proven understanding of science-based, ecologically minded land management, plants native to the mid-Atlantic region, ecological research, plant conservation and a demonstrated ability to improve ecosystem function.


We offer a competitive starting salary and an outstanding benefits package. Apply online at

For full consideration, please include with your application a resume, cover letter addressing pertinent qualifications, and contact information for three professional references.

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