Seasonal Monitoring Botanists – 3 openings in Minnesota

The Minnesota Biological Survey program (MN Department of Natural

Resources) will be hiring 3 seasonal botanists to assist with field data

collection for the Ecological Monitoring Network. This project was set up

to monitor long term trends in vegetation and associated native plant

communities related to climate change, invasive species and other factors.

*Job Summary:*

This posting will be used to fill up to 3 positions (2 in Duluth and 1 in

St. Paul). They are temporary positions from May 2020 – September 2020.

There will be field days that require working longer than 8 hours. The two

positions based in Duluth will focus on northeast Minnesota plant

communities, while the one out of St. Paul will assist with activities

throughout the rest of the state, including prairies. This job will require

hiking long distances while carrying significant equipment loads on rough,

steep, wet, or uneven terrain, thus candidates should be in good physical

condition. These positions will work collaboratively to help collect

vegetation data and enter data on native plant communities as part of

statewide ecological monitoring activities of the Minnesota Biological

Survey (MBS).

*Job responsibilities include:*

–Assist supervisor and project leads with preparation for assigned tasks

related to monitoring projects so that high quality data are collected at

monitoring sites.

–Assist in monitoring efforts so that high quality data on plant species

and other biotic and abiotic components of the environment are collected

according to the monitoring protocol.

–Identify plants that occur within the statewide monitoring plots.

–Assist with the identification of plants collected from the field so that

herbarium labels can be processed and the correct plant names can be

entered into databases, and to enter field data into relevant databases, if

time permits, so the data are available for analyses.


A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in biology, ecology, botany, conservation

biology, or related field by time of hire, with a Masters in a similar

field preferred. *Strong knowledge of the flora and ecology of Minnesota *or

of neighboring states with similar flora is required. At least one season

of experience doing field assessments of Minnesota native plant communities

or floristic surveys of native vegetation preferred. Duluth positions will

need knowledge of flora of northeastern Minnesota, and the St. Paul

position will need knowledge of statewide flora with experience in prairies

preferred but not required.  Experience using dichotomous keys to identify

plants as well as experience with computer programs including GIS, GPS,

spreadsheets, and word processing. Applicants that are *detail oriented*

are preferred so that accurate data are recorded on field forms and

tablets. Ability to *communicate effectively and possess a positive

attitude *will also be crucial, as these positions will be working in small

teams, spending long days in the field, occasionally in inclement weather

and/or annoying insects. Ability to navigate in remote areas using a

compass, maps, and GPS equipment is also desired.

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For more information on the Ecological Monitoring Network, visit

If you have questions about the position, contact Hannah Texler at  or Erika Rowe at