Job Information

University of Utah Interpretation and Exhibits Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/27/2023

Requisition Number PRN34013B

Job Title Manager, Program(s)

Working Title Interpretation and Exhibits Manager

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours/week

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Full-time days; willingness to work weekends and evenings as needed.

VP Area President

Department 00340 - Red Butte Garden & Arboretum

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $55,000-$70,000 including an excellent benefits package.

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking a passionate, mission-focused Manager of Interpretation and Exhibits to develop our Garden interpretation and exhibits program. Make your mark on the largest botanic garden in the intermountain west by planning, developing, and implementing outstanding interpretation programs and exhibitions consistent with Red Butte Garden’s mission and brand. Create exhibits and materials of all scales and leverage modern techniques and technologies to engage and educate visitors of all ages. The ideal candidate is a creative leader adept at working closely with a variety of stakeholders including education staff, horticulture staff, marketing and communication staff, and other departments to ensure cohesive and meaningful visitor engagement.

At the University of Utah, we ask a lot of our employees, which is why we give so much in return. In addition to your competitive salary, medical/dental/vision/life plan, and 14.2% contribution to your retirement plan, we have the following perks, including:

  • Office Culture: we have a highly collaborative office. Dress code is relaxed business/casual.
  • Wellness in action: take advantage of our many health and wellness programs on-campus, at the Garden, and virtually. This includes mental health and resiliency support, discount on outdoor recreation rentals and Eccles Student Life Center, nutrition services, and more.
  • Community: Discounted and sometimes free admission to arts, cultural attractions, museums, lectures, concerts and select sporting events on campus.
  • Learning: In addition to the many free educational opportunities on campus, the University offers 50% tuition reduction for eligible employees and their families. We also offer many professional development opportunities and an annual budget to develop your skills.

An excellent benefits package is included (seehere ( for a full description of the benefits package):

  • 14.2% employer retirement contribution in addition to employee contributions (automatic and immediately vested)
  • Paid parental leave (in addition to FMLA )
  • 11 paid holidays per year plusvacation accruals each month (
  • Excellent health insurance options that are both affordable and allow access to care through the University of Utah health system
  • Tuition reduction for employees and family members
  • Options for short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and HSA / FSA savings plans are available
  • Free public transportation pass (seehere ( for more information)


  1. Develop and implement interpretive programs, exhibits, and materials that align with Red Butte Garden’s mission and Interpretive Master Plan ( IMP ).
  2. Research, write, and edit interpretive materials and guides, including brochures, signs, labels, digital media and website content, and audio content.
  3. Develop and maintain relationships with community partners and organizations.
  4. Inventory, review, maintain, and update all existing interpretive content and update the IMP .
  5. Manage the planning, implementation, training, and long-term strategy of live interpretation and informal drop-in programming, including tours, stations, and other pop-up programs for general audiences.
  6. Collaborate with horticulture staff, education staff, and marketing and communications staff to ensure a cohesive and meaningful visitor engagement.
  7. Supervise, train, and evaluate interpretive staff and volunteers.
  8. Monitor and evaluate visitor feedback and use it to improve programming and exhibits.
  9. Stay current on trends and best practices in botanic garden interpretation and education.
  10. Represent the Garden in professional associations such as the National Association of Interpretation.
  11. Coordinate and manage the development and design of new permanent exhibits, ensuring they align with the Garden’s mission and IMP .
  12. Research, select, and secure potential traveling exhibits.
  13. Ensure that all exhibits are accessible, engaging, and educational for visitors of all ages and abilities.
  14. In conjunction with University Financial Services, write RFPs, negotiate contracts, and manage projects with external vendors such as designers, writers, content experts, media producers, fabricators, evaluators, and other contractors as needed.
  15. Supports the development team in their efforts to fund the interpretation and exhibit programs at Red Butte Garden.
  16. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Four to six years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of hiring department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department. Completion of provided supervisory training within one year of employment may be required. Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • Bachelor’s degree in interpretation, museum studies, botany, horticulture, education, or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in interpretive programming, exhibit development, or related field.
  • Familiarity with the interpretation best practices, knowledge of the National Association of Interpretation’s guidelines and standards is preferred.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Experience in developing and implementing educational programs.
  • Knowledge of horticulture, botany, natural history, environmental science, or botanical gardens.
  • Familiarity with relative technologies such as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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