Curator, Seeds of Success National Collection (Boise, ID)

Requisition Number: 
Plant Science and Conservation
Job Status: 
To coordinate and implement seed collection and banking activities nationally for Seeds of Success (SOS) and provide curation for the National Collection, within the Plant Conservation and Restoration Program of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), communicating with a wide variety of audiences including federal, state, local, and tribal agencies and elected officials; nongovernmental organizations and interest groups; industry; traditional and new media outlets; public land users; and other stakeholders. Position is located at the Boise, Idaho Office of the Bureau of Land Management, anticipated to start in July 2020.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  1. Provide coordination for the Seeds of Success project to collect and bank seeds from native plant taxa across the United States.
  1. Train and coordinate staff/cooperators/interns on seed collection.
  1. Manage data related to the National Collection.
  1. Provide analysis on the National Collection, using GIS, in order to strategically add taxa and populations for collection.
  1. Teach classes and provide lectures in support of native seed banking.
  1. Prepare grant proposals to provide financial support for Seeds of Success.

 Key Cooperative Relationships:

Chicago Botanic Garden and BLM staff; SOS cooperators; Conservation and Land Management 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. Advanced degree preferred. Knowledge of plants, especially seed collection methods. GIS experience. Data 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: 
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.

*This is a contract-funded position and is contingent upon grant approvals, which may affect the start, end, and duration of the position.

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.

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