Botany field positions outreach

Nature’s Capital, LLC is a small business located in Boise, Idaho. Our mission is to assist clients throughout the Pacific Northwest in the maintenance and enhancement of the natural capital assets found in biological and physical resources. We provide scientifically sound, high quality ecological inventory and assessment information and management recommendations founded in knowledge of ecosystem processes and functions. We are seeking to fill fulltime temporary botany field positions. Positions may be based in locations other than Boise.

Employees in field botany positions will collect and summarize data on plant species populations and habitats and the ecology of forest, shrubland, or grassland vegetation. Work will include, for example, conducting ecological field inventories, assessing vegetation condition and quality, and measuring plant population attributes. Duties include making observations and recording data on plant species composition, stand structure and environmental factors influencing the distribution of plant communities or species. Duties may include recording, summarizing and proofreading technical information; use of word processing, spreadsheet, database or GIS software; and interpreting spatial imagery or other technical map products. The position will require experience in back country travel; use of basic tools such as a field compass, topographic map, clinometer, altimeter and global positioning systems; and operation of motor vehicles on unimproved roadways. Duties may also include assisting with forest inventory or wildlife survey projects.

Work activities require ability to walk for several hours (carrying a backpack with field and personal equipment) in rugged terrain and work in inclement weather conditions. Work schedules may require occasional to frequent overnight travel and primitive camping in remote locations. Subsidized housing may be provide for projects based in locations other than Boise.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants will be considered for Botanist or Botany Technician positions based on combined education or experience summarized as follows:




Botany Technician

Bachelor’s degree in botany, plant ecology, or related field

A combination of coursework leading to a bachelor’s degree and field experience


One year of coursework leading to a graduate degree in botany, plant ecology, or related field

Several seasons of field experience or a combination of field experience and coursework leading to a graduate degree

Previous work experience should demonstrate knowledge of a regional flora and ability to complete tasks outlined in the position description (for example: experience identifying plants using a taxonomical key, special status species survey protocols, determining habitat type, sampling vegetation using standard plant ecology methods, wetland delineation, noxious weed survey protocol, or habitat and population monitoring methods). Back country experience must be documented through work history or recreational activities such as hiking, skiing, or mountaineering. Current first aid certification is required (current Wilderness First Responder certification is preferred).

To apply for a field botany position, please send a current resume as an email attachment to Include the job title in the subject line. Please provide contact information for individuals with knowledge of your experience and capabilities. Applicants for the positions should make contact as soon as possible. Hiring decisions will be ongoing as applications are received.

Nature’s Capital, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are competitive.


Steven K. Rust

Nature’s Capital, LLC

PO Box 8662

Boise, ID 83707