The Center for Plant Conservation

President and Chief Executive Officer

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The Center for Plant Conservation seeks a President and Chief Executive Officer to lead operations and strategic initiatives to create significant, wide-ranging impact on rare plant conservation and environmental resiliency. 

The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a one-of-a-kind network that unites leading plant conservationists from botanical gardens, arboretums, and other plant- and conservation-focused organizations to work collaboratively to save imperiled plants throughout their native range in the United States and internationally. 

CPC seeks a champion for plant conservation and environmental resiliency to serve as its next President and Chief Executive Officer and to guide its operations, long-term strategy, and financial security. CPC’s leader works collaboratively with an engaged Board of Trustees, and leads dedicated team of staff. This position oversees the development of CPC programs and maintains strong, mutually reinforcing relationships with a dynamic, cohesive network of partner institutions whose research and initiatives form the foundation of CPC’s work. This role serves as the voice and face of the organization, frequently communicating to both public and scientific audiences. 


CPC’s headquarters is located at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California, operated by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, a CPC Participating Institution. Periodic remote work is possible. Regular travel is expected. 


A competitive compensation package, including a comprehensive benefits package, will be offered based on experience. The expected annual salary range for this position is $170,000–$190,000. Relocation assistance will be offered if necessary.

Start Date                                                                  

Late Fall 2022 


We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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More information on the Center for Plant Conservation can be found here

For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact Andrew Leider, Managing Director, Potrero Group at

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