Botanist Job Description Sample
This position is located in Region 6 on the Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District in Westfir, Oregon.
This position is responsible for providing professional, scientific assistance to the unit staff and to provide assistance and training to the staff in dealing with sensitive plant species and botany.
For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Molly Juillerat at or email at
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Serves as a Botanist providing technical expert assistance to the unit in matters dealing with threatened
, endangered and sensitive plant species and plant community and vegetation management. Responsible for the identification, management and plant ecology.
Serves as a botanical expert when working on interdisciplinary teams interpreting complex botanical situations involving specialist from several management groups and agencies. Prepares botanical reports, biological evaluations, and assessments to provide input for various environmental documents. Makes on-the-ground investigations of complex ecological and botanical conditions of the effects of specific activities on the long-term survival of rare plant species, providing recommendations for action in specific cases.
Develops and oversees contracts and participating agreements for noxious weed/invasive species treatment work as well as other restoration activities such as meadow restoration. Develops an annual program of work and implements restoration projects. Train and mentor permanent and temporary botany employees.
- Travel may be required to attend meetings, training, project work, etc. Traveling 3 or 4 individual days a month for meetings and training. In addition, a total between 5 and 10 days a year may involve overnight stays
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period
Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses (2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Public Law 115-97). Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, , Option 1, or email .
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to:
Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree that included a major field of study in: botany; or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany.
Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Courses in basic botany, plant anatomy or morphology, cytology, histology, genetics, taxonomy or systematics, algology, mycology, ethnobotany, and those dealing with specific problems of a botanical nature or with specific groups of plants are qualifying.
In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional education and/or experience are required for the grade(s) specified.
For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree such as Botany; OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a masters degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are:
Assisted with developing and managing a botany program of work which included both invasive and native plants. Accomplished a program of work that involves seasonal crews, contractors, and partnerships. Provided the documentation and coordination necessary for effective management of Threatened, Endangered, Sensitive (TES) and invasive botany species across the assigned landscape. Conducted field survey work that included vascular and non vascular plant species.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
See above for education requirements for this positon
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years.
Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status (such as LWOP) is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met.
For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website.
This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
Knowledge of botany/plant science.
Ability to plan and conduct scientific investigations and inventories.
Ability to analyze.
Ability to communicate other than in writing and function in a team setting.
Ability to communicate by writing.
Ability to engage, lead, and direct a diverse workforce fostering and promoting an equitable, inclusive, and safe environment.
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully.
Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete
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Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards.
There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
- Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade
AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work;
AND Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals).
- Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance
Overview / Responsibilities
Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is recruiting for an On-Call Botanist to report to our St. Louis, Missouri office. We invite qualified applicants with a Bachelor's degree in the field of botany, wetland ecology or an equivalent discipline and at least 5 years direct work experience to apply for the position.
This role will serve a critical function for implementation of permitting support and for the preparation of client deliverables. Travel throughout the Midwest is expected. This position will support on-going environmental planning and natural resources projects with the following key responsibilities:
Conduct field projects including flora surveys, habitat mapping, wetland delineations, and other research projects
Design field survey programs
Manage, organize, and analyze field data
Preparation of reports following survey effort
Maintaining sample integrity, chain of custody, and quality control for all data collection activities
Skills / Qualifications
The successful candidate will have a BS or MS degree in in the field of botany, wetland science, wetland ecology or an equivalent discipline
5 or more years of applicable experience performing botanical surveys
Good taxonomic knowledge of Midwest, Great Plains, and/or Southwest native flora, especially wetland flora
Experience working in adverse weather conditions, capable of working long, physically demanding and varied hours in remote locations
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are desired
Experience with GIS, database management, Excel, MS Word, and other software also a plus
Must pass drug test, background check and must have a satisfactory driving record in accordance with the Company's driving (MVR) policy
Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $10 billion. We provide performance driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear and general industrial sectors. We strive to be the best technical services company to work with, work for and invest in.
We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.
Senior Wildlife Biologist Or Botanist
Aspen Environmental Group is seeking a highly motivated Senior Biologist in its southern California office (Agoura Hills).
The Senior Biologist will be responsible for:
Completing resource area delineations and functional assessments.
Preparing permits in accordance with State, Local, and Federal guidelines.
Preparing reports and proposals.
Managing project budgets and coordinating project work.
Writing and editing technical reports and regulatory applications
Participating in interdisciplinary teams for watershed assessment, resource inventory, impact analysis, and natural resource management planning projects
Managing teams of biologists
Mentoring junior staff on technical, project management, and career development matters
Working effectively in both field and office environments.
Experience and qualifications for success:
Minimum of ten (10) years of experience.
Demonstrated experience in project permitting, impact assessments, proposal preparation, environmental planning and biological delineation/mitigation.
Demonstrated experience with local, state and federal wetland permitting programs.
Demonstrated experience with CEQA and NEPA document preparation.
Relevant experience with California and southwestern ecosystems and knowledge of local southern California flora and fauna.
Demonstrated successful client relationships and experience working with subcontractors and regulatory agencies.
Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce high quality written reports and verbal presentations.
Demonstrated success in new business development, preferred.
Experience with construction monitoring and compliance reporting, preferred.
Skills in MS Office, CRAM, ARC GIS and GPS data collection, preferred.
Ability to travel regionally. In addition, as this position could involve field work to remote areas, the applicant must be able to travel to and work in rugged terrain during inclement weather.
A bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred)
Aspen is an environmental consulting firm providing a spectrum of environmental services to clients including a wide array of public and private clients. Aspen has about 70 dedicated and enthusiastic employees located mainly across four offices in California. We maintain a collaborative work environment that promotes multi-disciplinary collaboration and rigorous applied science. We pride ourselves on shaping careers in a way that provides a healthy rhythm of work and life responsibilities. Success at Aspen will include a blend of motivated initiative, business acumen, technical expertise, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork.
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