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Archives Intern, Rauschenberg Foundation, Manhattan, New York

Curatorial Intern, Rauschenberg Foundation, Manhattan, New York

Horticulture Manager, Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida

 


 

JOB TITLE: Horticulture Manager, Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida
DEPARTMENT: Residency
STATUS: Full-time, Exempt    
REPORTS TO: Deputy Director (NY) 
DIRECT REPORT: Residency Director (FL)

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) fosters the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life, work, and philosophy that art can change the world. The foundation supports artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same fearlessness, innovation, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

The foundation focuses on three major areas: 1) increasing public access to and scholarship of Rauschenberg’s artwork; 2) cultivating emerging and established artists through a residency program at the artist’s former home and studio in Captiva, Florida; and 3) creating philanthropic initiatives that connect art, culture, and creativity with important issues such as education and climate change.

Rauschenberg was a strong believer in collaboration between artists and across cultures. His life and work demonstrated how art could be a vehicle for social change, locally and globally. We are proud to carry Rauschenberg’s legacy forward, and the impact of his spirit and style are reflected in the projects in which we invest. 

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Horticulture Manager is responsible for ongoing assessment, cultivation and management of a 20-acre landscape in Captiva, Florida that includes open spaces, novel plant communities and a range of ecological conditions. This position is a critical new component of a long-term landscape strategy that includes adaptation to climate-based risk including periodic drought, and increased salinization. The strategy will work in concert with the international, multidisciplinary artists’ community and, as applicable, with the artists and staff. 

The role has oversight of ongoing conservation with respect to the cultural legacy of the historic landscape, while anticipating change through the introduction and acquisition of new plants. We seek an individual with a passion for botany, and a creative vision that encompasses the hands-on engagement, experimentation, and participation in the larger community of plant science, as well as locally and regionally.

KEY AREAS OF INTEREST

Natural area management, restoration biology, landscape ecology, risk management, climate change, plant pathology, soil management, nursery production

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

The duties and responsibilities of the Horticulture Manager involve working effectively with landscape architects, hydrologists, and designers to advance and implement a collaborative and long-term landscape strategy that takes into serious consideration the effects of a changing climate in the design and functioning of a sustainable campus. The Horticulture Manager is responsible for 5 key areas of focus: Ecological Assessment & Analysis; Horticultural Implementation; Contractor & Vendor Management; Community Engagement; and Artist Residency Support.

Ecological Assessment & Analysis 

  • Assess the existing woody plant collection and advise on a strategy to manage its improvement and maintenance. 
  • Prepare an initial survey on overall plant health, soil nutrient strategies, and integrated pest management to be updated on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Establish and oversee a systematic plant record system.
  • Coordinate with consulting landscape architects, hydrologists, and designers to advance a collaborative and long-term landscape strategy.
  • Contribute to the creative direction of the landscape that is sensitive to the effects of short-rotation residency program, episodic events such as tropical storms, and the long-term impacts of climate change.

Horticultural Implementation        

  • Collaborate with the consultant team on plant introductions, research on the health of existing species, and the establishment of an onsite nursery. 
  • Coordinate planning and implementation of projects and garden infrastructure with the consultant team, Director, Facilities Manager and Studio Manager. 
  • Work closely with the Chef on the kitchen garden and other potential projects.
  • Collaborate with Director, Facilities Manager and Studio Manager on operations and initiatives such as composting and ongoing maintenance operations. 
  • Direct basic irrigation and landscape amendments without requiring a licensed contractor.
  • Supervise and coordinate storm and hurricane preparation for plant communities.

Contactor & Vendor Management

  • Recommend, select and oversee independent contractors—such as arborists, pest control—to ensure expenses are controlled and project timelines are met. 
  • Provide vendor contracts to Director for review and approval; manage horticultural service and vendor contracts.
  • Obtain required bids, secure permits, and oversee contractors for required landscape construction, installation and garden renovation projects.
  • Provide regular updates to Director regarding vendor, construction and other major landscape projects.
  • Coordinate all walk-throughs, surveys and inspections with the Director and appropriate landscape vendors.
  • Plan for and manage all horticulture and related landscape infrastructure projects.
  • Prepare and adhere to annual horticulture acquisition and maintenance budget.

Community Engagement

  • Collaborate with colleagues on institutional efforts, such as educational programming.
  • Represent the Foundation as needed in community events relevant to local ecology, plant life and climate in order to serve as a resource to the local community.
  • Engage with southern Florida and national institutions relevant to plant communities, collections and research.
  • Participate in opportunities to support collections-based research.
  • Coordinate with academic programs relevant to ecological and landscape studies.

Artist Residency Support 

  • Engage in select activities related to the Residency program and other Foundation events. 
  • Collaborate with the Director and Facilities Manager to conduct ecological orientation tours for artists at the beginning of each residency.
  • Creatively engage the artists in the changing landscape.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED 

  • Possess 4-year Horticulture or allied degree.
  • Have at least 3 years in active and on-site landscape maintenance. 
  • Experience with plants of South Florida, especially coastal lowland sites with difficult soils, and marine habitat.
  • Maintain field experience in invasive pest control.
  • Exhibit fluency with nursery to planted specimen skills.
  • Manifest hands-on leadership in action.
  • Demonstrate high-level skills in project management, priority setting, and working to results.
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently with limited supervision as well as part of a team; creative and innovative self-starter.
  • Exhibit capacity to partner with and learn from others.
  • Possess ability to communicate with (verbal and written) diverse audiences and create a welcoming, customer service-focused environment for artists, visitors and community partners.
  • Exemplify diplomacy, discretion, and sound judgment.
  • Establish dedication to the enhancement and upkeep of the project for a minimum of 3-5 years.

ADA SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office settings.
  • This position requires manual dexterity as well as the ability to sit; stand; climb stairs & ladders; lift & move objects up to 50 lbs.; and speak and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time.
  • Requires valid driver’s license.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.  Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
 
How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications along with your resume to info@rse-landscape.com by July 30, 2018. Include the position title in the subject line.

 


 

JOB TITLE: Archives Intern
STATUS: Part-time, Temporary
LOCATION: Manhattan, New York
REPORTS TO: Director of Archives and Scholarship

Overview

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is seeking a current or recent MSLIS graduate student for an archives internship. The 12-week internship requires a minimum commitment of 2-3 days a week within one of the time periods listed below. Exact start and finish dates are flexible. Interns will receive an hourly stipend, and academic credit is encouraged and supported. Internships are available in:

  • Spring: January to April
  • Summer: May to August
  • Fall: September to December

Under supervision of the Director of Archives and Scholarship and Assistant Archivist, possible projects include:

  • Arrange, describe, and rehouse archives materials
  • Create finding aids and/or digital object records in ArchivesSpace
  • Assist with digitization and metadata entry
  • Assist with research appointments and other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Current or recent Master of Science in Library and Information Science student with a specialization in archives
  • Knowledge of basic archival principles
  • Familiarity with ArchivesSpace or similar database desired
  • Knowledge of Rauschenberg and modern art a plus

ADA Specifications

  • Requires ability to sit, stand, speak and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to safely lift up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders

How to Apply
If interested, please email a resume, cover letter, and two (2) references to archives@rauschenbergfoundation.org. Include the position title in the subject line. No phone calls. Application deadlines vary per session: spring by December 1; summer by April 1; and fall by August 1: 2018 fall deadline is extended to August 16.

About the Foundation
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life, work, and philosophy that art can change the world. The foundation supports artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same fearlessness, innovation, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors. Learn more on our website: http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org.


JOB TITLE: Curatorial Intern
STATUS: Part-time, Temporary
LOCATION: Manhattan, New York
REPORTS TO: Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs

Overview

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is seeking a current or recent Art History undergraduate or graduate student for curatorial internship. The 12-week internship requires a minimum commitment of 2-3 days a week within one of the time periods listed below. Exact start and finish dates are flexible. Interns will receive an hourly stipend, and academic credit is encouraged and supported. Internships are available in:

  • Spring: January to April
  • Summer: May to August
  • Fall: September to December

Under supervision of the Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs and the Assistant Curator, possible projects include:

  • Maintain (physical) object files documenting Rauschenberg’s artwork
  • Library research for artist’s exhibition history and bibliography in conjunction with the research and development phase of the Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné
  • Correspondence, fact-checking, image research, and preparation of narrator biographies for Rauschenberg Stories Project
  • Assist in digitizing images as well as research and archival materials
  • Work with curators on writing assignments for the Foundation website and social media
  • Work with collections manager on various object-based projects

 

Encouraged

  • Art History major, with an interest in Modern or Contemporary art

ADA Specifications

  • Requires ability to sit, stand, speak and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to safely lift up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders

How to Apply
If interested, please email a resume, cover letter, and two (2) references to employment@rauschenbergfoundation.org. Include the position title in the subject line. No phone calls. Application deadlines vary per session: spring by December 1; summer by April 1; and fall by September 10.