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Job ID: 207419

Public Plant Program Coordinator (4723C), UC Botanical Garden - 50793
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 17, 2023
Title Public Plant Program Coordinator (4723C), UC Botanical Garden - 50793
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Public Plant Program Coordinator (4723C), UC Botanical Garden - 50793

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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Departmental Overview

The University of California Botanical Garden (UCBG) is a living museum, open to the public, and features one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States. The Mission Statement for the UCBG is "to develop and maintain a diverse living collection of plants to support teaching and worldwide research in plant biology, further the conservation of plant diversity, and promote public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment."

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 30, 2023


  • In collaboration with Volunteer Propagation Program Coordinator, address the needs of the VP program, including use of space, supplies, organization, data management, etc.
  • Hire/onboard, train, and/or supervise student staff, volunteers, and interns. Create good lines of communication, both oral and written, and a positive working environment.
  • Troubleshoot visitor access and information issues as they relate to program areas.
  • Manage Plant Deck sales area, while working collaboratively with Retail Coordinator, to address needs and develop new strategies for the best customer experience and stock.
  • Plan, organize and facilitate "pop-up" plant sales at the Garden with volunteers and staff, approximately 6 per year.
  • Coordinate on-line plant sales working with Volunteer Propagation team and Retail Coordinator, providing online content and plant pick-up facilitation.
  • Create marketing content for sales for e-newsletters, etc.
  • Create systems to track sales, recommended plant lists for each section, and plant choice rationale for the program.
  • Work with Public Programs team and propagators on developing and executing public workshops, talks, and online events.
  • Fill in for VE Coordinator and support the wider Garden team on tasks and projects to ensure efficient Garden operation.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge in administrative procedures and processes including word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.
  • Requires verbal and written communication skills, active listening, critical thinking, multi-task and time management skills.
  • Requires excellent customer service skills working with a diverse public audience.
  • Basic plant/horticulture/gardening/landscape knowledge.
  • Experience handling cash, working with cash registers/POS systems and charge machines, and financial reconciliation.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work, with multiple interruptions.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in decision making and to remain calm under emergency/crisis/confrontational situations.
  • Works well independently and as a team member.


  • High School diploma and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing and executing new systems.
  • Experience working with volunteers and college students.
  • Experience working in a public garden or museum setting.
  • Course work and/or equivalent experience/training in landscape horticulture.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $27.39 (step 7.0) - $30.67 (step 12.0).

  • This is a 80% full-time (32 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Clerical & Allied Services Unit (CX) between the University of California and Teamsters Local 2010. The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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