Posted 4 weeks ago

Tree and Shrub Breeder

Company: The Morton Arboretum
Category: Horticulture


Type: Full Time

The Morton Arboretum seeks a Tree and Shrub Breeder who will manage and maintain the lab and growing operations of the Daniel P. Haerther Charitable Trust New Plant Development Program with a focus on breeding and research of woody landscape plants for urban and suburban environments. Work with the Curator of Collections and Manager of New Plant Development in the selection and evaluation of woody landscape plants to be introduced to the commercial nursery industry. Collaborate with external partners and stakeholders to introduce new cultivars with broad adaptability, disease and pest resistance to the commercial nursery and landscape industries. Essential Functions: 

  • Conduct breeding and horticulture research with the objective to develop new trees and shrubs well adapted to urban and suburban landscape conditions. 
  • Work with the Curator of Collections and Manager of New Plant Development Program in evaluating potential plants from Arboretum collections, collections of other public and private gardens, commercial nurseries, and other sources for possible introduction or for further improvement.
  • Participate on the Chicagoland Grows® Plant Introduction Program’s Woody Plant Committee in selecting and developing new plants to be introduced to the commercial industry. 
  • Identify and acquire new germplasm that has potential for the New Plant Development Program through collecting expeditions or other sources.
  • Stay informed regarding research and scientific advancements in the field and incorporate techniques that may be required in tree breeding and improvement. Network and participate in collaborative activities with industry professionals.
  • Share New Plant Development Program breeding and research activities and plant introductions with various audiences through publications, media contacts, and public speaking
  • Develop and execute collaborative projects with Arboretum and external researchers and professionals.
  • Manage program budget, and seek grants and other funding for priority projects.
  • Supervise plant breeding interns and volunteers. Duties include recruitment and selection, scheduling and job assignments, performance feedback, recognition, and staff development and training in keeping with the Arboretum’s policies and procedures.