Profession curator of horticulture

Curators of horticulture develop and maintain the botanical collections, exhibits and landscapes of a botanical garden.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

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Knowledge

  • Advertising techniques

    The communication strategies intended to persuade or encourage an audience, and the different media which are used to achieve this goal.

  • Horticulture principles

    The standard horticultural practices, including but not limited to planting, pruning, corrective pruning, and fertilisation.

  • Collection management

    The process of resource evaluation, selection and life-cycle planning to create and promote a coherent collection in line with the developing needs of the users or customers. Understanding legal deposit for long-term access to publications.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Botany

    The taxonomy or classification of plant life, phylogeny and evolution, anatomy and morphology, and physiology.

  • Ecology

    The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.

  • Collection management software

    Be familiar with specialised collection management software used to document and keep record of the museum collection.

Skills

  • Advise on acquisitions

    Investigate acquisition options, compare them and give advice.

  • Manage operational budgets

    Prepare, monitor and adjust operational budgets together with the economical/administrative manager/professionals in the arts institute/unit/project.

  • Manage contracts

    Negotiate the terms, conditions, costs and other specifications of a contract while making sure they comply with legal requirements and are legally enforceable. Oversee the execution of the contract, agree on and document any changes.

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Manage ground maintenance

    Plan and direct the work of ground maintenance workers and units and maintain all natural areas.

  • Conduct workplace audits

    Conduct work site audits and inspections in order to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

  • Manage database

    Apply database design schemes and models, define data dependencies, use query languages and database management systems (DBMS) to develop and manage databases.

  • Identify plants characteristics

    Identify crop characteristics. Identify fruit or vegetable or crops ready for harvest. Grade, classify, or sort products according to specifications. Be able to recognise different types of bulbs by name, graded sizes, field markings and stock markings.

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