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Job Announcement: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum


POSITION TITLE: Outdoor Exhibit Manager REPORTS TO: Vice President of Exhibits & Strategic Initiatives

DEPARTMENT: Exhibits DATE: 8-18-08

JOB SUMMARY: The Outdoor Exhibits Manager is in charge of the outdoor landscape, the Notebaert Nature Museum's largest exhibit. This includes the grounds, terraces, balconies, a "living wall" and green roofs. He or she maintains the horticultural elements of indoor exhibit elements, including Butterfly Haven. He or she supervises contract services for labor, seasonal employees, volunteers and consultants for specific projects.


    1. Maintain and improve an excellent outdoor landscape.
    2. Maintain and improve the aesthetics of the Butterfly Haven and ensure its plants and design support the best possible butterfly and tropical bird display.
    3. Manage the design, implementation and budgets for specific projects, supervising the work of artists, landscape designers and various contractors.
    4. Work on the grounds and in the haven, and supervise the work of others.
    5. Coordinate with the Biology department to ensure that natural area restorations are ecologically accurate and sustainable.
    6. Identify and help recruit environmental artists and landscape designers that will help enrich the outdoor exhibits with design elements and installations that increase attention for the museum and increase attendance.
    7. Assist the President in communictions with the Lincoln Park community.
    8. Establish a superb system of interpretation for the museum landscape.
    9. Assist the Biology department in ensuring the appropriate host plants are raised or supplied for butterfly restoration projects, and advise on the herbarium collection.


Knowledge of horticulture and an ability to implement landscape design, planting projects and installations. Knowledge of the needs of plants specific to the Museum grounds and interior. Familiarity with classic and contemporary landscapes. Ability to manage budgets, staff and contractors. Good communicator. Ability to work as part of a team. Desire to play a role in achieving the museum's goal of teaching people to care for nature and the environment. Five years or more of professional experience. A degree in landscape architecture is desirable; a Bachelor's degree is required.


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