Sonoma Botanical Garden

Executive Director

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Sonoma Botanical Garden seeks a dynamic leader to direct one of Northern California’s most impressive botanical gardens. Achieving Sonoma Botanical Garden’s mission of inspiring an appreciation and understanding of the beauty and value of Asian and California Native Plants, the Executive Director will lead a strong staff and volunteer team and drive community support for the organization’s upcoming projects.

Since its founding in 1987 by Jane Davenport Jansen, Sonoma Botanical Garden has been dedicated to celebrating and conserving the plant diversity of temperate East Asia. The Garden is home to one of the largest collections of scientifically documented, wild-sourced Asian plants in North America and Europe. In 2021, this vision grew to encompass another biodiversity hotspot—California native plants. At first glance, the Garden is meandering pathways, seasonal features, and hidden picnic spots, but a closer look reveals much more. Every plant is accounted for with unique identifiers (accession numbers), species name, and source information. The result is a unique, tranquil, immersive experience of conservation in action. 

Sonoma Botanical Garden has continued to grow and refine its vision over the years. With a healthy endowment, qualified staff, a strong board, and the recent development of a long-range site plan, the Sonoma Botanical Garden is ready to reach its next level of sustainability and impact.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Sonoma Botanical Garden and implementing its mission. The ED is responsible for maintaining the highest standards through effective management techniques. In collaboration with the management team, the ED will also be responsible for directing the implementation of the long-range site plan. The ED oversees the training and supervision of the entire staff, volunteers, interns, and any others who assist in the Garden, ensuring that all work is accomplished safely and promptly.


Sonoma Botanical Garden is in the heart of California’s stunning wine country in Glen Ellen, CA. The Executive Director will be expected to live on the Sonoma Botanical Garden premises with its stunning plants, vineyards, and breathtaking views of the rolling hills of Northern California.

A competitive compensation package, including a comprehensive benefits package, will be offered commensurate with experience. Sonoma Botanical Garden encourages application from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The expected salary range for this position is $150,000–$180,000. The Executive Director will be expected to live on the premises in the “Director’s House” and to be regularly available for security and emergency issues. The four-bedroom home is located in a non-public section of the Garden and includes a pool and stunning views of the region.

Start Date

Late Spring 2023

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Please select “Apply Here” below. Applications should include a resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications that match the position criteria and what you will bring to the role.

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