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Program Coordinator, Botanic Gardens, Plant & Soil Science

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Full Time, Extension and Outreach



The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG) is a 15-acre garden located in Newark, DE on the grounds surrounding Townsend and Worrilow Halls. The gardens are integral to the education, outreach and research missions of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  In particular, it is an integral part of the undergraduate education in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, the Green industry in the region and the public at large.

Under general direction, the Program Coordinator assists with managing UDBG daily operations.


  • Direct, manage and promote all educational activities including lectures, workshops, and off-site experiences. 
  • Develop educational calendar and content.
  • Recruit and hire speakers.
  • Manage education as an outreach component of UDBG’s mission.
  • Conduct recruitment events and present programs for internal and external community.
  • Pursue and develop internal and external collaborative partnerships to expand audience, outreach, and donor base.
  • Collaborate with faculty and extension personnel in pursuing and implementing research projects and grants.
  • Strategic development of educational materials through production and writing of plant sale catalog, UDBG Friends newsletter, and other garden publications.
  • Responsible for UDBG website management (including maintenance of all links, events, plant material lists).
  • Develop programmatic pieces to promote the garden, its interpretations, and its missions.
  • Manage all aspects of UDBG volunteer program, processes for 100+ individuals.
  • Manage and mentor students (high school and UD) to meet volunteer service requirements.
  • Assign, monitor and participate in volunteer activities and projects in coordination with Horticultural Manager.
  • Establish and maintain procedures for recruitment, staff assignments, budget allocations, retention, recognition, and evaluation.
  • Oversee and organize efforts for all plant sales and other revenue-generating events. Partner with internal and external colleagues, departments, and vendors to insure successful and safe execution.
  • Designs and implements all print media for communicating UDBG events, garden features and educational displays.
  • Responsible for all plant sale labels and photo signs.
  • Promotes and advances the case for UDBG.
  • Solicits and coordinates all plants sale advertisers.
  • Develops and communicates all event announcements to the media.
  • Serves as a liaison between UDBG and CANR communications.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field and a minimum of two years’ experience in public horticulture, plant development, or garden implementation and maintenance.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both in writing and orally, and persuasively to individuals and groups.  
  • Excellent supervisory and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer technology.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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