Employment at the Garden

Senior Botanist—Bureau of Land Management (Sacramento, CA)

Job Status:
Requisition Number:
Plant Science and Conservation
Reports to:
Manager, Conservation Training Programs
This senior botanist role is a contract-funded position for 15 months, working with the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) California State office in Sacramento, California. Remote work is an option, but the employee would need to be available during Pacific Time working hours. The position will involve managing and coordinating BLM California Plant Conservation and Restoration Program (PCRP) data and preparing reports, as well as working with BLM staff to help plan and implement Seeds of Success (SOS) seed collections across the state. This position will also respond to internal and external dataset and report requests, including geospatial information requests. Duties will also involve creating a geospatial layer for all seed collections and conducting a thorough analysis of the California Seeds of Success program, identifying gaps in previous collection efforts.
Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Gather and compile all available seed collection data into a single database
  • Plan and implement SOS seed collections
  • Manage and coordinate program data and prepare reports
  • Assist with botanical surveys, inventory, and monitoring
  • Assist with writing preliminary sections of NEPA documents for collections and restoration projects
  • Respond to internal and external customer service requests for SOS data, including geospatial information requests
  • Develop informational outreach materials for BLM field and district offices, website, and general public as needed
  • Prepare and make presentations to BLM field and district offices about seed collection activity and future directions
  • Prepare four quarterly program summary reports and a year-end report that document program activities

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.
  • 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:

  • Master of Science in botany, plant science, ecology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Experience working with large data sets
  • Experience using ArcGIS to create maps and perform geospatial analysis
  • Experience with the national Seeds of Success protocol and associated data
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to handle several projects and deadlines at once
  • Experience documenting workflows and processes; thorough note-taking
  • Experience writing concise narrative technical reports and summaries in a timely manner
  • Self-starter, independent worker, able to learn quickly and adapt to challenges
  • Experience developing scientific outreach/training materials

*The Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires after this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire or may request a medical/religious exemption after an offer is extended.*



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Physical Demands:
Primarily 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. Some field work may be required in hot summer conditions. Vegetation monitoring activities can be physically demanding due to stooping and bending for long periods of time.
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.

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