The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) at Florida State University is
looking for an experienced botanist to work under the supervision of FNAIÃ¢Â€Â™s
senior botanist on an array of applied research projects supporting land
management and conservation in Florida. This is a full time position with
full university benefits. Field work will include vegetation sampling,
rare or invasive plant surveys and natural community delineation (GIS
mapping). Work will be conducted on conservation lands from the Keys to
the Panhandle. Work will be split between field and office time, but will
involve a considerable number of long field days in often challenging
conditions Ã¢Â€Â“ 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
– Wetland reference site characterization
– Natural community (ecosystem/vegetative community) mapping
– Invasive plant surveys and evaluation of treatment efficacy
– Vegetation monitoring plot data collection to inform land management
POSITION TITLE: Botanist (full time, one year, USPS
position *with potential for extension*)
SUPERVISOR: Amy Jenkins
LOCATION: Tallahassee, FL
DATE PREPARED: January, 2020
CLOSING DATE: Midnight January 31, 2020
Salary: $18.50/hour (expected depending on
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*
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. Process field data and prepare maps using ArcGIS, 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
4. Assist in the completion of technical reports and/or manuscripts
upon project completion.
1. BachelorÃ¢Â€Â™s degree in the botany or biological sciences (masterÃ¢Â€Â™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