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Natural Resources Manager
Post Date: 01/11/24   Company: Naples Botanical Garden

Job Description:

Classification: Exempt – Salary

Organization Description

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class paradise, featuring the flora and cultures of the tropics and sub-tropics including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Florida. The Garden’s mission is to connect people and plants through display, education, conservation, and applied science. The Garden has beautifully restored native habitats, cultivated gardens, walking trails, and public programming that offer education and enjoyment for people of all ages. Naples Botanical Garden is a 501(c)3 organization.

Natural Resources Manager Position Summary: The Natural Resources Manager will lead the Garden’s Natural Resources team, under the direction of the Director of Natural Resources, supporting the Garden’s mission to conserve the plants and habitats of the tropics and inspire the protection of nature. The Natural Resources Manager will provide leadership in the management of all on-site natural and created ecosystem areas, including the use of prescribed fire and invasive species management as tools. The Natural Resources Manager is a paid full-time, permanent position.


Natural Resources Manager Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Natural Resources Manager will lead a team of Natural Resource Associates in the daily management activities of the natural areas, stormwater gardens, urban forest display gardens, and off-site conservation areas, including invasive species management, prescribed fire activities, and trail maintenance.
  • Oversee natural resource contracts, contracted environmental professionals, garden volunteers and student groups in the day-to-day management of the garden’s natural resources.
  • Provide training, interpretation, and educational outreach on wildlife, wildland firefighting, natural resource management, and conservation to a wide range staff, student, and professional audiences.
  • Direct efforts to collect and manage environmental data toward a goal of bringing science to natural resource management.
  • Provide collaborative support to visiting scientific investigators.

Natural Resources Manager Requirements/Qualifications:

  • The Natural Resources Manager will have a minimum Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies, Biology, or related discipline, or demonstrated capabilities in natural resource management and plant conservation
  • Willingness to complete and maintain relevant certifications and licenses, including Florida Pesticide Applicator’s License, Basic Wildland Firefighter Certification, and Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Prescribed fire knowledge and basic wildland fire certification is preferred
  • Experience applying herbicides in natural areas is preferred
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience with geospatial data collection, preferably in ArcGIS applications including FieldMaps and Survey123
  • Knowledge of common horticultural techniques, common native plant species and a variety of south Florida habitats
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, enthusiasm, and a desire to learn
  • Willingness and ability to work outdoors in a hot and humid environment
  • Possess a commitment to the Garden’s mission of connecting people with plants.
  • Highly organized and motivated with a strong work ethic
  • Must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license
  • A pre-employment background check required.


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan with matching
  • Long -Short Term Disability
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Garden Perks

Naples Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Garden has a long-standing policy of employment and advancement based solely upon qualifications to perform the essential elements of a position without regard to age, creed, gender, national origin or ancestry, race, color, religion, veteran status, pregnancy, marital status, HIV status, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, handicap or mental or physical disability.

Salary Description
$49,200 to $53,560 annually