Botanist Job Description Sample
Job Summary: This position assists with seed collection field work, seed processing, herbarium specimen processing, and data entry associated with seed collections for restoration and research.
Career Type: Full-time, Project, duration unknown
Responsible for field work for seed collection and transcribe data into an SQL database.
Responsible for assigned aspects of specimen and sample processing, including but not limited to tissue samples, natural history collections, and seed collections.
Responsible for processing seeds, which can include sorting, cleaning, and counting.
Responsible for assigned aspects of collecting natural history collections including but not limited to taking detailed field notes and pictures of plants and habitats, transcribing field notes to the appropriate specimen database, creating labels and matching with specimens.
Responsible for assigned aspects of plant identification in the field and herbarium.
Responsible for assigned aspects of day-to-day natural history collection tasks including but not limited to specimen processing by assisting with each step of processing workflow, especially pressing and drying of large quantities of plants as they are brought in from the field.
Assist with other field and lab projects as needed.
Maintain satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
Maintain a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor.
Perform other duties as requested by management.
NR Spec Eco Svcs - Seasonal Monitoring Botanist
Job Class: Natural Resources Specialist Ecological ServicesWorking Title: NR Spec Eco Svcs
- Seasonal Monitoring Botanist
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 02/12/2019
Closing Date: 02/25/2019
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
Division/Unit: Ecological and Water Resources
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday
Travel Required: Yes
- Frequent travel to field sites all over the state
Salary Range: $20.12 - $29.18/hourly
Classified Status: Unclassified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
Work Location: St. Paul
Anticipated Start Date: 05/01/2019
End Date: 09/30/2019
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Condition: Limited, Full Time
Connect 700 Program Eligible: No
This is a temporary unclassified position from May 2019
- September 2019. This posting will be used to fill up to 2 positions.
There will be field days that require working longer than 8 hours.
This position exists to collaboratively collect and enter data on native plant communities as part of statewide ecological monitoring activities of the Minnesota Biological Survey (MBS).
Job responsibilities include:
Assist supervisor and project leads with preparation for assigned tasks related to monitoring projects so that high quality data are collected at monitoring sites.
To assist in executing monitoring efforts so that high quality data on plant species and other biotic and abiotic components of the environment are collected according to the monitoring protocol.
To assist with the identification of plants collected from the field so that herbarium labels can be processed and the correct plant names can be entered into databases, and to enter field data into relevant databases, if time permits, so the data are available for analyses.
Identifying plants that occur within the statewide monitoring plots.
Bachelor's Degree in biology, ecology, botany, conservation biology, geography or related field by time of hire.
Understanding of the ecology of Minnesota's natural ecosystems, with particular emphasis on plant ecology and botany.
Experience using dichotomous keys to identify plants.
Experience with computer programs including GIS, GPS, spreadsheets, and word processing.
Ability to accurately record data on field forms.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to navigate in remote areas using a compass, maps, and GPS equipment.
Ability to work collaboratively in the field, which frequently includes long distance travel by vehicle and often hiking or paddling long distances and working in rugged, uneven terrain and sometimes in wetlands and/or adverse weather conditions.
Master's Degree or currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in biology, ecology, botany, conservation biology, geography or related field.
At least one season of professional experience doing field assessments of Minnesota native plant communities or floristic surveys of native vegetation.
Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.
- This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record*
It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:
Employment Reference Check
SEMA4 Records Check
Criminal History Check
Why Work For Us
The Department of Natural Resources is proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees. This means that our employees are supportive of a diverse workplace, are respectful to one another and to our customers. We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency's mission.
How to Apply
Click "Apply" at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.5048.
For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.
If you have questions about the position, contact Hannah Texler at email@example.com or 651.259.5048.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation. Applicants may also contact the DNR's Affirmative Action office to request an accommodation by: E-mail: ADAdiversity.DNR@state.mn.us or by calling Sarah Spence-Koivisto at 651.259.5016; or using MN Relay 711.
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ACE Epic BLM UT: Vegetation Monitoring Intern
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management is seeking a Vegetation Monitoring Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the Bureau of Land Management in performing Threatened &Endangered plant surveys and supporting Seeds for Success Program, and other natural resources programs related to T/E Species Management (Range, Botany, Wildlife, Riparian, Soil, Water). This opportunity is intended individuals who have a background/experience in Botany, Wildlife Biology, Rangeland Management, or other related fields.
Start Date: April 2019
- An 11-week commitment is required
Location: Price, Utah
Compensation: Interns are provided $300/wk.
Living stipend. Housing is provided in Price, UT at no cost to the intern. Housing is shared.
AmeriCorps: This position is eligible for a 300-hour AmeriCorps Award.
Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority: Interns serving under this agreement may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their internship. Qualifying interns who serve a "minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects as defined in the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 and at least 120 hours were served on a project utilizing the Public Lands Corps legal authority."
Position Description:The Intern will work with the BLM Botanist and Wildlife Biologist during their term. . The Intern will assist the Price Field Office Threatened & Endangered (T/E) Species Botany and Natural Resources Range programs, which covers almost 2.54.6 million acres of public lands. Numerous opportunities exist for field work, office work, and interdisciplinary team interaction.
Field work includes surveys, collection, and monitoring of botanical, riparian, and range resources for management and research purposes. Office/lab duties will largely consist of data entry, mapping, GIS work, downloading of GPS data collections points and field observation recording and summarizing. Field work experience will be conducted largely in high altitude, hot, arid, rugged, and remote environments.
Methods consist of hiking to pre-determined target areas within the field office while closely examining soil and vegetation for the presence of endangered plant species. When target species are found, they will be documented using notebooks, standard format field forms, GPS, and digital photography and assessed as to significance.
This project will be focused primary on the following species; Wright fishhook cactus (Sclerocactus wrightiae), San Rafael cactus (Pediocactus despainii), Winkler cactus (Pediocactus winkleri), Barneby reed-mustard (Schoenocrambe barnebyi), Jones' Cycladenia (Cycladenia jonesii), Last Chance Townsendia (Townsendia aprica) and, Maguire daisy (Erigeron maguirei).
The participant may also assist crews from partner institutions and agencies in species mitigation protection efforts. This could include fence and barrier construction, sign installation, and creation and distribution of educational materials.
Office duties will consist of entering data into an excel database. Assistance in the development of botanical and Threatened and Endangered Species education programs will also be a part of the intern's assignments.
Interns are expected to bring footwear appropriate for the desert and a backpack that will carry at least four liters of water and yet have room for two brick-sized electronic devices, as well as other desert essentials (e.g. sunblock, raingear, jacket, hat, first aid basics, etc.
Project Website: This project is based out of the BLM Utah Price Field Office.
For more information, please visit their websites at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price.html. For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Work Environment: Project work will require good physical conditioning and the ability to tolerate high temperatures (occasionally exceeding 100F), as well as biting insects, such as gnats, deer flies and mosquitoes. A typical work day will require several miles of hiking each day.
Training: Training will also be available on the local vegetation, but interns are expected to have at least a basic training in plant taxonomy and plant ecology. Interns will receive training on all required equipment.
Applicants should have degree in botany, range science/management, natural resource management, biology, conservation biology, or a related field. Candidates with an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply.
US Citizen or Permanent Resident
Must be 18-30 years of age (applicants over 31 with recent higher degrees can be considered)
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and willing to subject to a Driving History Check. (Use of personal vehicle will not be required during work hours. Although a vehicle is not required, it is strongly suggested for use in personal time).
Experience traveling in a backcountry environment
Plant identification skills
Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
Experience with and working knowledge of Trimble GPS data collectors
Experience with and working knowledge of Arcpad and ArcGIS software
Basic knowledge of plant taxonomy and plant ecology
Good physical condition and ability to hike several miles per day
Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
ACE interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.
This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Joshua Haussler at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the opportunity
SWCA Environmental Consultants is looking for an Ecologist, Biologist, or Botanist to join the Salt Lake City, UT office. The selected individual will be part of the Natural Resources team supporting various projects in Utah and throughout the Intermountain West. SWCA's Salt Lake City Natural Resources team is a 35-person team that includes project managers, biologists, botanists, planners, water resource professionals, and environmental compliance specialists. We work to support our client's needs across multiple service areas including electrical transmission and generation, federal government, state and local government, mining, oil and gas, transportation, and land development.
This position is a permanent, full-time position that will involve both field-based and office-based work and will have interactions with both regulatory agencies and clients. The position is appropriate for a mid-career professional with 5 or more years of experience working in a private sector (consulting) or agency setting.
What you will accomplish
Plan, organize, and execute field work and/or provide leadership for field crews completing field efforts with high data collection accuracy. Provide guidance on safety, sampling protocols, field data management, and coordination with the project manager and other applicable SWCA staff. Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, habitat types, and associated landforms.
Independently, or with support from other SWCA staff, engage with regulatory agencies and clients to develop and execute strategies to comply with natural resource law, regulations, and agency policies.
Lead the preparation of technical reports describing findings from field and survey efforts.
Lead the preparation of technical sections of natural resource regulatory documents including NEPA documents (EA/EIS), Biological Assessments, Biological Evaluations, and other impact assessment or permitting assessments.
Mentor early-career staff.
Organize equipment and logistical arrangements for field sessions.
Assist project managers in data management, analysis and survey/resource report preparation.
Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and scientific tools and equipment under arduous field conditions.
Follow company and client safety protocols and maintain safe working environment.
If consistent with applicant interests and objectives, the successful applicant may also engage in other project management tasks and/or manage projects and lead business development activities.
If consistent with applicant interests and objectives, this position may also include supervisory responsibilities for early-career staff.
Experience and qualifications for success
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Ecology, Botany, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or a related life sciences field required.
Minimum of 5 years experience working in a private sector (i.e., consulting) or regulatory agency setting completing fieldwork, technical reports, impact assessments, and preparing sections of NEPA documents.
Working knowledge of natural resource regulatory laws including National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Clean Water Act.
Experience working with clients/applicants and navigating the regulatory processes of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other state and federal natural resource agencies preferred.
Knowledge of flora and fauna in the Intermountain West.
Candidates with experience completing wetland delineations and associated delineation reports and permit applications especially encouraged to apply.
Prior experience with GIS software (ArcPad) and Trimble GPS units and ability to use technology for data collection.
Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, often at high altitudes, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required.
SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.
If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email email@example.com or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.
EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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