Curator (Living Collections)
Flora Conservation Department
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) is a nature conservation and education centre spread across 148 hectares of the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong's tallest mountain. It lies in a lush valley, situated around a rocky stream that cascades down through semi-natural, recovering sub-tropical forest. Dotted throughout, visitors can discover theme gardens, educational displays featuring plants and animals, greenhouses and vegetable and fruit terraces, all interconnected by secluded walking trails. The largest part of the estate, however, is managed as a nature reserve.
KFBG adheres to a holistic approach, balancing sustainable agricultural production with conserving and restoring nature. KFBG’s hillside is a public demonstration site that showcases how this balance can be achieved by embedding organic orchards, inspirational gardens and live displays of rehabilitated native animals amid a natural landscape. The rejuvenation of KFBG’s wooded hillsides, including the restoration of native upland forest on its uppermost slopes, is a scientifically-informed, long-term undertaking that integrates horticulture and applied experimentation, with a view to sharing the lessons learned with society at large.
Our team consists of educators, ecologists, botanists, zoologists, spatial analysts, veterinarians, geneticists, arborists, horticulturists, gardeners, animal keepers and farmers. We draw on experience gained through implementing hundreds of conservation and sustainable living initiatives in Hong Kong and the wider region to raise awareness and educate the public.
We invite you to be a part of this unique institute, to make a difference together with us for nature, as we look for a Curator of Living Collections in our Flora Conservation Department to lead the development of several popular, high-impact theme gardens at the heart of our site. We seek an enthusiastic and experienced horticulturalist with an eye for detail, a flair for creating immersive displays using a variety of botanical species, and an enthusiasm for native plant ecology, conservation and education.
The general remit of this post is to drive delivery of the horticultural work carried out by the Estate Management (Upper Hillside) Section at KFBG, by implementing regimes for the care and enhancement of our botanically important living collections of mostly native plants with which to develop immersive, world-class botanical displays for public education and enjoyment, with an emphasis on local ecology and conservation. The post-holder will utilise these collections to enrich the displays in several high-profile public gardens and roadside planters embedded in our nature reserve. To achieve this, s/he will plan, organise and supervise the work of gardening and planting teams in KFBG, as well as organise and participate in field trips in Hong Kong to collect seeds and propagules of native plant species for cultivation at KFBG. In addition, s/he will assist in monitoring and managing forest restoration and planting projects, help oversee the upkeep of herbaceous plant nurseries, maintain records pertaining to the plants in our living collections, gardens and nurseries, and promote the use of native plants for urban greening and tree planting.
- A degree in biology, plant conservation, plant science, forestry or a related field;
- Working knowledge of the local flora, plant identification skills and experience in conducting field work or plant surveys;
- Hands-on horticultural experience and an enthusiasm to care for large collections of botanically important plants;
- Experience in managing a plant nursery would be an advantage;
- Experience in project management, including planning, implementing and overseeing the work of staff and contractors;
- Experience in using databases for handling and processing inventory information, including digital records and images;
- Good command of spoken and written Chinese and English;
- Knowledge in using computer, such as Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Statistic and GIS software, etc.;
- Possession of a valid Type II driving license would be a distinct advantage;
- Commitment to the mission, vision and values of KFBGC;
- Open minded and recognizes the validity of all spiritual paths.
Please send C.V. (with interested position and expected salary) to the Human Resources Manager, Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation, Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong or email to email@example.com.