Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505

Date Posted:
March 05, 2021

Central Massachusetts



Exhibits Manager


Tower Hill Botanic Garden believes diversity in nature promotes a healthy, vigorous garden. We believe that diversity among our staff promotes a healthy work environment and a vigorous organization. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We believe in diversity of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ability, and all the other traits that make us unique. Tower Hill is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Overview

Under the direction of the Director of Education, the Exhibitions Manager oversees all aspects of exhibitions. The Manager plans, develops, installs, maintains, de-installs, and evaluates a full schedule of seasonal exhibitions designed to attract and serve a diverse population of new and existing audiences at Tower Hill. Exhibitions are mission-focused, mainly outdoor (some indoor), and include elements such as plant displays, artwork/sculpture, and items fabricated in-house. The Manager also oversees and develops exhibition interpretation and complementary exhibition programming.


· Lead the interdepartmental planning of exhibitions.

· Work with the Director of Education to determine the exhibition schedule including four major, seasonal exhibitions per year.

· Coordinate with the Director of Education to develop primarily outdoor (and some indoor) exhibits including sculpture.

· Lead the installation and maintenance of exhibitions.

· Lead the development, execution, and maintenance of complementary exhibition interpretation and interactives.

· Explore ways to engage the community through exhibitions.

· Coordinate with the Manager of Adult Education and the Manager of Youth Education to schedule and offer a variety of creative, themed programming during exhibitions.

· Oversee and coordinate arrangements with artists including contracts, shipping, exhibit fabrication, installation, content for interpretation, artist talks, workshops, payment, and other special arrangements as may be required.

· Fabricate exhibit elements for exhibitions such as Yarnstorm and Mythical Creatures.

· Work with the Coordinator of Volunteer & Intern Services to schedule volunteers to help with exhibit fabrication, installation, and deinstallation. Supervise and train volunteers who support exhibitions.

· Coordinate with the internal marketing and communications team to promote exhibitions and to design interpretive and wayfinding materials.

· Lead the evaluation of exhibitions. Measure and report on their success and make recommendations for improvements including analyzing their return on investment and mission value.

· Coordinate with the Events Manager to develop a yearly schedule of events that support exhibitions.

· Develop interpretation for exhibitions including activities such as writing, assisting with design and layout where appropriate, printing, and installation.

· Develop complimentary programming for exhibitions including activities such as planning, implementing, teaching, and recruiting volunteers and instructors to help lead programs.

· Support exhibition programming during events, as necessary.

· Recruit and manage exhibitions interns.

· Develop and manage travelling exhibitions, as appropriate, and all related logistics including scheduling, contracts, maintenance and conservation, marketing, and sharing educational materials.

· Other duties as assigned.


· Highly creative and able to apply that creativity to the curation of exhibitions.

· Ability to create 2D and 3D exhibitions elements.

· Willing to assist at every level of a project including doing physical work to fabricate, install, and maintain exhibits.

· Professional attention to detail.

· Demonstrated ability to work independently to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

· Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.

· Ability to develop and manage a budget.

· Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and deal tactfully with community partners, visitors, students, volunteers, instructors, and staff. Ability to work effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style ; builds alliances.

· Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.

· Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.

· Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.

· Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably;?is flexible and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.

· Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.

· Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.

· Recognizes problems, constructively identifies them, and articulates solutions.

· Leverages existing community partnerships and identifies new ones.

Education and Experience

· Relevant experience or a degree in exhibitions, art, museum studies, horticulture, education, or a related field.

· 3+ years’ experience coordinating exhibits and exhibitions.

· Experience working in a public garden, museum, or other cultural or educational non-profit organization.

· Experience developing art or science exhibits and writing and designing interpretive content preferred.

· Experience developing drop-in educational experiences and interactives preferred.

· Proficiency in computer applications including Excel, Word, Google Docs, Outlook, and other internet applications.

· Proficiency in graphic design is a plus.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

· Must be able to lift 25 pounds and work outdoors as required.

· Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand, and walk for extended periods of time and to navigate uneven grounds and stairs evenly.

· Must be able to work with appropriate computer and communications equipment.

Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Schedule:The Coordinator position is hourly and exempt from overtime. The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week. The schedule varies depending on complimentary exhibition programming and events and requires flexibility and the ability to work weekends and occasional evenings to suit the needs of the organization. While the work is generally performed inside, much of the exhibit installation and maintenance is conducted outdoors in all weather conditions including rain and extreme cold.

How To Apply:
Please submit resume and letter of interest to
Apply by:
April 16, 2021
About this Organization:
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