The South Florida Conservation Team at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden seeks a skilled, positive, motivated, and independent part-time employee to fill the position of Conservation Horticulturist/ Connect to Protect Network Program Assistant. The Conservation Horticulturist/CTPN Assistant is part of a small, hardworking team whose mission is to reduce the extinction risk of the rare plants of South Florida and the Caribbean. S/he should enjoy working with both plants and people.
• Maintain the living conservation collection of >1000 native and imperiled plants in Fairchild’s nursery, including weeding, repotting, general clean-up, propagating, and pest management.
• Update and maintain plant accession information, with both physical plant labels and in Fairchild’s accession database.
• Lead volunteers two mornings per week to maintain the collection.
• Lead volunteers once per month to care for Fairchild’s pine rockland display plot.
• Collect seed of native species from both nursery and wild populations for propagation, research and/or storage.
• Occasionally assist field biologists with ongoing studies of several South Florida endangered plant populations.
• Hold monthly Saturday morning plant distributions for the Connect to Protect Network.
• Respond to Connect to Protect Network member emails and enter new membership information into a database.
• Represent Fairchild, the Conservation Team, and the Connect to Protect Network to the public through oral presentations and public events;
• Contribute to publications and reports.
More Information: See our websites for further details about our program:
1. Conservation Program: http://www.fairchildgarden.org/Science-Conservation-/Plant-Collections/Florida-Native-Plant-Collection
2. Connect to Protect Network: http://www.fairchildgarden.org/Science-Conservation/Connect-To-Protect-Network.
Equal Opportunity Employer; ADA/Drug-free Workplace Compliant
• Team player with a friendly, positive, can-do attitude who is detail-oriented, flexible, and with a strong work ethic.
• BS or MS degree in horticulture, conservation biology, botany, biology, forestry, OR the equivalent of such a degree obtained through training and experience.
• Skill in horticulture.
• Skill in plant identification. Knowledge of endangered plant species issues and familiarity with South Florida and Caribbean native plants and ecosystems is preferred.
• Strong computer literacy in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access.
• Experience in data collection, entry and analysis
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• The ability to work cooperatively with volunteers, interns, and FTBG colleagues as well as independently.
• The abilities to perform demanding outdoor physical labor in full sun during very hot, humid conditions; lift and carry 30 lbs; and hike in uneven terrain.
• Willingness to travel outside of Miami-Dade County a few times a year.
• Employee must have a valid Florida driver’s license, own a vehicle and be willing to make occasional field visits; mileage will be reimbursed.
Applicant must be available to work 25-29 hours per week, at least four days a week, including some Saturdays. This position is grant-funded for 12 months; extensions are possible as funding becomes available. Closing date for applications: October 13, 2017 or until position is filled.
Application Instructions: Send letter of interest, resume, and contact information (phone and email) for three references to: Jennifer Possley, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Miami, FL 33156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.