Conservation Horticulturist/ Connect to Protect Network Program Assistant – Florida

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Miami, FL
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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. Responsibilities: • 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: 2. Connect to Protect Network: Equal Opportunity Employer; ADA/Drug-free Workplace Compliant
Qualifications: • 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
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Jennifer Possley
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