The Missouri Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment. Employment decisions at the Missouri Botanical Garden will be made without regard or consideration of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, citizenship, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Whether you are just starting your career, looking for professional growth or re-entering the workforce, the Garden may have just the right opportunity. Not all of our positions require knowledge of botany and science. We also have opportunities in accounting, marketing, education, sustainability, facilities support and a variety of other areas. And the roles are both part and full time, and seasonal as well as regular. 

We are as committed today as our founder, Henry Shaw, was 160+ years ago when he declared the Garden " . . . for the use and enjoyment of the public for all time. . ." We expect each of our employees to help live up to that commitment. The Garden holds a rich history, a strong foundation and a growing future. Come grow with us where being an employee can truly make the world a better place.

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Joint Appointments

David and Dorothy Kemper Chair in Biology

The Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden seek an eminent biodiversity scientist to fill the inaugural David and Dorothy Kemper Chair in Biology, a position to be jointly held between Washington University, where the scientist will hold a tenured position at the rank of Professor, and the Garden, where the scientist will hold the position of Senior Principal Investigator. The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of research accomplishment focused on cutting-edge questions in an area of plant biodiversity science, including (but not limited to) global change, restoration, landscape, community, and population ecology; systematics; phylogenetics; population and ecological genetics; evolutionary biology and conservation biology. A doctorate in biology or a closely related field is required, as well as an outstanding teaching, service, research, and publication record commensurate with tenure at this rank.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant biodiversity community and will be expected to contribute to advising, mentoring and service; to be an outstanding teacher and to lead an externally funded and internationally recognized research program that develops synergies between the two institutions. 

Learn more:

Biology Department at Washington University >
Missouri Botanical Garden Research Division >
Living Earth Collaborative >

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the search concludes. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the Biology Department, Washington University and the Missouri Botanical Garden and we seek to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students can learn and thrive.

How to Apply

Please provide a cover letter, curriculum vita, research and teaching statements, diversity statement, PDFs of three papers, and names and contact information of three references to be submitted through Interfolio.



Fellowships at The Garden are often available to professionals who have received at least an undergraduate degree in the field of botany/plant sciences from universities, governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations in Mexico, Central America, South America, Madagascar, Vietnam and Tanzania.  Research fields are limited to plant systematics, biogeography, ecology and conservation.

The Fellowship is intended to support scientists by providing funding that will allow research to be conducted at The Garden, as well as allow participation in interdisciplinary activities that will enrich overall experience and strengthen professional development.  Visit Research for a complete listing of available Fellowships.




The Missouri Botanical Garden offers year-round internship opportunities, both paid and unpaid, within a variety of departments.  Usually the selected interns are college juniors or above, although underclass exceptions can be made. Garden staff works closely with interns to make the experience rewarding and meaningful.  Required hours are developed within each department by each position's supervisor and in conjunction with any requirements. All internships remain open until filled.