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Coordinator, Botanical Outreach & Communication

Requisition Number: 
Conservation Science
Job Status: 
To assist with outreach efforts related to Seeds of Success and the Plant Conservation and Restoration Program of the Bureau of Land Management, communicating with a wide variety of audiences including federal, state, local officials; tribal agencies; elected officials; non-governmental organizations and interest groups; industry; traditional and new media outlets; public land users; and other stakeholders. Position is located at the Washington, D.C., Office of Bureau of Land Management.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Create, write, and distribute a wide variety of materials to communicate information about Seeds of Success (SOS) and Plant Conservation and Restoration Programs and activities to audiences. Materials may include reports, newsletters, talking points, briefing papers, speeches, web and social media content, and other information materials.
  • Provide communication research and planning for Seeds of Success and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Plant Conservation and Restoration Program.
  • Create presentations, infographics, and related promotional materials, and provide lectures in support of native seed banking and use. Update and maintain websites related to Seeds of Success and BLM Plant Conservation and Restoration Program.
  • Enter data and provide quality control on data submissions from SOS field collectors as needed.

Key Cooperative Relationships:

Chicago Botanic Garden and BLM Washington office staff; SOS cooperators; Conservation and Land Management (CLM) interns and technicians for SOS; federal, state, and regional land managers; conservation, stewardship, and restoration groups.

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen on Garden grounds regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in ecology, botany, biology, or equivalent with appropriate experience.
  • Knowledge of plants.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Data and web management, teaching and project management experience, good organizational skills.
  • Desire to work with volunteers and interns.
  • Occasional outdoor and weekend work may be involved.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
Physical Demands: 
Office setting. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 30 pounds. Occasional training in outdoor settings.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.