[Biology-U-L] The California Native Plant Society Seasonal Botanist position

Biology Undergraduate List biology-u-l at lifesci.ucsb.edu
Wed Sep 29 15:21:25 PDT 2010

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is currently seeking to
fill a Botanist/Ecologist position for three months of full-time work
this fall 2010.  This position may extend into the winter/spring of
2011.  The position will be classified as a Vegetation Team Leader or
an Assistant Ecologist, depending on qualifications and experience.
Duties will include field work on a vegetation mapping project in the
central Sierra Nevada foothills, identifying/keying plants, data entry
and quality control, organizing data and photos, editing
reports/databases, and other tasks pertaining to vegetation
classification/mapping projects.   The main office location is
Sacramento, and if the position is expanded to include winter/spring
work, the employee is expected to live within commuting distance of
the office.  The position requires the ability to work in the field
for 3-5 day sampling missions, usually camping or staying at motels
overnight. Field work is performed under rigorous conditions,
generally for a 10-hour day.  Additional work will be at a computer
for 8 hours per day.

This position offers experience in the sampling of foothill vegetation
plant assemblages, identifying plants to the species level, describing
and representing vegetation in statewide classification / mapping
efforts, and working with other CNPS staff.  If the new employee is
experienced and available, this position also will assist in
fine-scale vegetation mapping using GIS applications such as ESRI
ArcMap geodatabases for another project in the Carrizo Plain National
Monument.  CNPS maintains a uniform system for vegetation sampling,
classification, and mapping; CNPS also maintains plant information
databases and related systems. These systems, developed over the past
15 years by CNPS and the Department of Fish and Game, are used by both
governmental and non-governmental institutions to map, categorize and
describe vegetation.

Qualifications for the successful applicant include the following:
. Basic knowledge of plant taxonomy, ecology and biology.
. Identification of plants to the species level, with focus on the
identification of California’s Central Valley,
  Sierra Nevada and related floras.
. Identification of live and pressed plants using the Jepson manual
and other floras.
. Good organizational skills, enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
. Strong computer literacy (Windows OS, Word, Excel and email at minimum).
. Ability to efficiently enter and check data in databases and word
documents, with an attention to detail.
. Ability to take direction and to work well in a team setting.
. Ability to conduct fieldwork in varied environmental conditions,
including inclement weather, rugged
  terrain and poison oak.
. Ability to drive 4X4 vehicles over variable terrain.
. A valid driver’s license, proof of current car insurance and a safe
driving record are required.
. Physical requirements of the job include prolonged sitting,
standing, bending, using a computer, driving,
  hiking, lifting and carrying (ability to lift/carry items up to 1/3
of your body weight).
. Undergraduate degree in biology, botany, or a related field - OR -
work towards an undergraduate
  degree with completed courses including plant taxonomy, field
botany, sampling design, or related

Additional experience / skills for Team Leaders:
. Strong background in California plant identification and experience
conducting vegetation sampling
  using CNPS methods.
. Strong organizational, verbal and written communication, and
analytical skills.
. Ability to interpret maps, and coordinate weekly field sampling missions.
. Experience with GIS, such as ESRI ArcMap, and with vegetation
mapping techniques to interpret aerial
  imagery, delineate vegetation patterns, and attribute vegetation
characteristics in geodatabases.
. Ability to lead an assistant or volunteers in office or field tasks,
and ensure safe working environment.
. Ability to work independently and coordinate daily tasks.
. Management of hard-copy and digital data, ensuring data are recorded
and entered accurately, consistently and efficiently.
. Strong experience with databases (e.g., Access) and/or spreadsheets,
including proficiency in data
  entry, quality control, and management.
. Experience using GPS (Global Positioning System) units and other
plant survey equipment (e.g., tape
  measure, compass).
. Ability to record, compile, interpret, and synthesize both
quantitative and qualitative data on vegetation
  and related environmental factors.

The salary is offered at $15.00 to $17.00 per hour, commensurate with
experience.  This is a full-time, temporary at-will position,
beginning in October 2010.  Additional work may be available in the
office and field during the winter/spring, through future

To apply, submit the following materials: cover letter of interest,
résumé or curriculum vitae, and three references (including reference
name, address, phone number and email).  The primary contact is Kendra
Sikes, Vegetation Ecologist.  Send your application materials via post
mail, fax, or email to:

California Native Plant Society
2707 K Street, Suite 1
Sacramento, CA  95816
Attn: Vegetation Position
Fax: (916) 447-2727
Email:  ksikes at cnps.org.

Application deadline:  Review of applications will begin immediately,
and the announcement will remain open until position is hired.  The
CNPS website lists this job description and descriptions of our
organization and our Vegetation Program at www.cnps.org.

The California Native Plant Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F

Jennifer J. Buck-Diaz
Vegetation Ecologist
California Native Plant Society
2707 K Street, Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95816

phone: (916) 322-2410
fax: (916) 324-0475
email: jbuck at cnps.org

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