Botanist position

POSITION TITLE:    Botanist (full time, one year, OPS

position *with

potential for extension*)

SUPERVISOR:          Amy Jenkins

LOCATION:             Tallahassee, FL

DATE PREPARED:  August 2019

CLOSING DATE:     Midnight September 12, 2019

SALARY:                   $20/hour (expected depending on qualifications)


The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) at Florida State University is

looking for an experienced botanist to work under the supervision of FNAI’s

senior botanist on an array of applied research projects supporting land

management and conservation in Florida.  Field work will be conducted on

conservation lands from the Keys to the Panhandle.   Candidates with the

applicable skills will help with GIS work, data analysis, species

distribution modeling, and manuscript preparation.  Work will be split

between field and office time, but will involve a considerable number of

long field days in often challenging conditions – extreme temperatures,

humidity, sun, biting insects, dense vegetation.  Candidates must be

comfortable working in small groups, or sometimes alone, in areas with

sporadic cell service, navigating to field sites through difficult terrain,

and walking long distances.

Current FNAI projects that the candidate may assist with include:

   –  Rare plant surveys

   – Vegetation monitoring plot data collection to inform land management

   – Natural community (ecosystem/vegetative community) mapping

   – Invasive plant surveys and evaluation of treatment efficacy


The *Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI)  *is

Florida’s Natural Heritage Program and state member of the *NatureServe*

network.  We are housed within the *Florida

Resources and Environmental Analysis Center*

at *Florida

State University* .  As the Florida Heritage Program,

one of our primary responsibilities is maintaining a spatial database of

information on Florida’s rarest species and conservation lands but we also

work on an array of applied research projects to inform conservation and

land management decisions making with funding provided by state and federal

agency partners.  Our office is off-campus in Midtown which is centrally

located near shops, restaurants, and historic neighborhoods.  The larger

Tallahassee region offers many outdoor recreation opportunities in the

nearby Apalachicola National Forest and a number of coastal parks and

refuges within a short drive from town.


1.      Identify plants, collect data on vegetative structure and

composition, and distinguish vegetative communities using standard field


2.      Prepare maps using ArcGIS, process field data, analyze spatial and

tabular data

3.      Participate in meetings with co-workers, and agency partners as

necessary to coordinate project activities and present results as required

by project.

4.      Assist in the completion of technical reports and/or manuscripts

upon project completion.


1.      Bachelor’s degree in the botany or biological sciences (master’s

degree or PhD preferred)

2.      Minimum of one year (two years or more preferred) full-time

experience collecting botanical field data.

3.      Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys and extensive

knowledge of the flora of the southeastern US, preferably Florida.

4.      Good organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.

5.      Ability to work independently and under pressure of deadlines and

to provide written responses in a timely manner.

6.      Ability to communicate well in person and in writing.

7.      Ability to work well with FNAI staff scientists and other

university or agency partners.

8.      A commitment to conducting professional conservation work and

delivering high quality products.

9.      Willingness to travel frequently during the week for multi-day work

trips in remote areas.

10.  Excellent physical condition and the ability to conduct rigorous field

work in adverse conditions.

Other Preferred Skills:

1.      Experience with remote sensing, natural community and habitat

interpretation from aerial photographs and satellite imagery.

2.      Experience or familiarity with ArcGIS and database management


3.      Experience/interest in primitive camping (camping on site during

the cooler months allows FNAI staff to make good use of daylight in areas

where hotels are far away)

4.      Experience using R for data analysis.

5.      Experience using python programming language.

6.      Experience with LiDAR/Laser Scanner data processing and



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