Living Collections Fellowship

Living Collections Fellowship

The application process for 2018 is closed. Please check in fall 2018 for information on 2019 applications.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is seeking candidates for its Living Collections Fellowship, and invites developing leaders in the field of living collections management to apply. The Living Collections Fellow (LCF) is part of the Arboretum’s Living Collections team and supports significant initiatives in horticulture, curation, and plant production. Equally important, it affords a rising public gardens professional the opportunity to closely work alongside leaders in the field at one of the world’s most celebrated plant collections. The LCF is assigned a large-scale project(s) that spans the duration of the experience. This next LCF will be a member of the Horticulture team working on the continued development of the Arboretum’s Landscape Management System (LMS) – a joint initiative between the Horticulture, Curation, and IT departments. Building off the existing Landscape Management Plan, the goal of the LMS is to articulate standards, goals, and priorities for collections care; develop collaborative and scientific approaches to all aspects of the horticultural operation; and to create a dynamic, digital resource that increases the capacity for recording and accessing information for evidence-based decision-making.

As part of the LMS, the next LCF project will focus on the advancement and formalization of the Arboretum’s Plant Health Care (PHC) program. Project components include: 1) development of specific management plans for insect pests and pathogens afflicting the collections as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) program; 2) development of scouting and action plans for known high consequence pests present in North American, but not known to yet occur in the Arboretum; 3) centralize and standardize existing IPM scouting, monitoring, and treatment data and build GIS feature classes for visualization and analysis; 4) research and develop protocols for other various woody plant preservation techniques.

In addition, the LCF will work closely with the LMS Core Committee on all aspects of the project and with the Living Collections department managers, to support other special projects across all three units.


Applications are sought from early-career individuals with a degree (MS preferred) in horticulture, plant science, plant ecology, or related disciplines, and who have chosen public horticulture and/or botanical garden management as a career path. Applicants should be well-positioned to conduct independent project-based assignments. Preference will be given to candidates with a working knowledge of landscape management, plant health care practices, and GIS. Applicants are expected to be fluent in English.

Fellowship Details:

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $48,000, and as an employee of Harvard University, the LCF is eligible for health insurance benefits.

The LCF is expected to engage fully in the professional activities of the Arnold Arboretum and to work collaboratively with Arboretum staff on other institutional efforts. She/he is encouraged to participate as an instructor for Arnold Arboretum education programs, and to write for Arnoldia, the Arboretum’s quarterly magazine.

The Fellowship is typically awarded for two years, pending a satisfactory progress report during the first year. The successful candidate is expected to begin by the spring/summer of the current calendar year.

Application Process:

The Fellowship is awarded through a competitive review process. To be considered, applicants submit the following in PDF format via an Online Application. Check back in fall 2018 for the application link and information on the 2019 application process.

  • Cover letter
  • Statement of purpose (two pages maximum). The statement of purpose should clearly depict the applicant’s 1) interest in the Living Collections Fellowship at the Arnold Arboretum; 2) intended career path in living collections management and how the Fellowship furthers those objectives; and 3) proven successful project management abilities and how those skills will benefit the work of the Living Collections Team.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation