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Job opportunity: FIELD BOTANY TECHNICIAN POSITION

01/24/ 2018

 

The Puerto Rican Harlequin Butterfly Working Group isseeking a field botany technician for a monitoring project in Puerto Rico. This is a field positionconducting plant surveys outdoors in collaboration with the United States Fish and WildlifeService and Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. Upon hire, thesuccessful candidate could begin work as early as February 2018 and continue throughDecember 2018.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The successful candidate will conduct vegetation monitoring during thecontracted period at nine sites in Isabella, Maricao, Quebradillas and Susua State Forest. Thecandidate will work closely with three field biologists to conduct surveys and characterizevegetation at 27 transects during a minimum of four separate sampling events. The candidatewill be expected to characterize the survey transects and document seasonal changes in faunathroughout the year. The candidate will also assist biologists in the identification of host plantsand nectar sources for the butterflies. All data and reports will be provided to the projectcoordinator per contract stipulations.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates interested in the position should have the ability to identify plantspecies found in Puerto Rico to family, genus and species level. College-level coursework inbotany, biology, forestry, natural resources, or related program of study is desirable andbotanical field experience is preferred. Must have effective communication skills and be able towork as part of a team. Good record keeping skills and attention to detail are highly desired.Proficiency in using Microsoft Word and Excel, and GPS technology is a plus. The candidatemust have their own transportation to all sites, some of which are remote.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representativeof this position: Ability to work irregular hours, work in the field with prolonged walking,stooping and standing. Exposure to hot conditions. Ability to maneuver on uneven terrain andamong thick vegetation. Must have physical strength and endurance sufficient to carry fieldequipment and supplies.

SALARY:

This is a contracted position for one year. Salary is dependent upon the number ofsampling events the candidate can fulfil. A minimum of four sampling events is required.

APPLICATION:

Send email cover letter and resume to dbarber@fortworthzoo.org with subjectline “Field Botany Technician”. Application deadline is February 9 th , 2018.