In this role you will be responsible for the following:
- Coordinate with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) botanical staff to identify ecoregional priority species for seed collection, review historic collection sites, and identify gaps in geospatial data
- Coordinate with BLM and Chicago Botanic Garden staff to plan field operations and solve logistic problems
- Identify potential SOS collection locations and scout for new potential collection sites; work with BLM to develop a SOS collection plan
- Manage seed collection crews, carry out seed collections, and package and ship seeds to seed back partners, keeping detailed records of all collections and shipments
- Ensure quality, accuracy, and timeliness of seed collections and data provided by the collection crew. Lead team to make ≥ 30 SOS native seed collections using the BLM SOS protocol blm.gov/SOS (training provided)
- Timely, accurate reporting of time and effort activities, adherence to all Chicago Botanic Garden policies and procedures for employees and communication with the Chicago Botanic Garden’s manager of Conservation Science Training Programs
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.
- 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.
- Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
- 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.
- Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
- Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
- B.S. (M.S. preferred) in Botany, Plant Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a related field
- Strong plant identification skills (to species) and knowledge of plant taxonomy; strong knowledge of plant biology. Familiarity with plants and ecosystems of the western U.S.
- Experience scouting, planning, and conducting seed collections (through SOS programs or other seed handling/collecting work)
- Experience leading a field team or other supervisory experience
- Experience maintaining accurate and detailed data records (in field and in electronic databases—Excel/Access)
- Experience working with agency, academic, private, or nonprofit partners to coordinate, plan, and execute fieldwork on public or private lands
- Capable of conducting daily field work in rough terrain in harsh environmental conditions (heat, rain, biting insects), and motivating a field crew through those tough conditions
- Experience hiking and backcountry camping, and the willingness to do so for this position
- Experience driving large field vehicles with 4-wheel drive; driving on gravel and dirt roads; off-road driving
- Proficiency in ArcGIS to display maps, visualize georeferenced data, and interface with GPS units
- Wilderness First Aid or other field safety training
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.
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