PG Environmental is seeking a wetland field botanist to support the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA’s) National Wetlands Condition Assessment (NWCA) field sampling during the summer of 2021. More information on the NWCA can be found here: http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/assessment/survey/
The field sampling is scheduled during the summer index period of 2021 (June – September). PG is currently screening for a seasoned wetland field botanist with field experience in the Southeastern United States (AL, MS, SC, NC). Basic responsibilities of the wetland field botanist include: conducting standardized wetland plant identification; recording data utilizing electronic datasheets; vouchering unknown and QA plant vouchers; interacting with various state and federal agencies, as well as private landowners; working together as a 4-person team; and organizing and maintaining equipment, samples, and vouchers. Site locations vary from coastal marshes to pristine Southern Appalachian wetlands.
Qualified candidate will possess the following skills:
• B.A./B.S. in a natural sciences field;
• A minimum of three years’ experience (professional or academic) in botanical identification;
• Excellent regional plant identification skills, and ability to quickly key flora;
• Strong field experience, and ability to work in adverse weather conditions for extended periods of time;
• Ability to travel for multiple weeks at a time from June through September 2021 (field start/stop timing varies based on the location of the field crew) and work long field days;
• A positive attitude and attention to detail;
• Excellent communication skills, and ability to work both independently as well as part of a team; and
• Experience with state or national standardized sampling/delineation protocols a plus.
Two PG vehicles are provided for each four-person field crew, and crews will be required to drive long distances daily to new sites throughout a nine- to 14-day field trip. PG successfully instituted a number of COVID field crew sampling requirements and best practices throughout its 2020 field season, and will again be doing so in 2021.
Selected candidates will be placed based on their skill sets, location, and regional expertise. PG provides lodging and per diem for this project in addition to competitive hourly rates. Base pay based on experience.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with the email title “PG NWCA Botanist – (Your Name)” to: email@example.com
PG is also screening candidates for remaining Field Wetland Technician and Field Crew Lead positions. These positions can be viewed at www.pgenv.com