Job announcement: Seeds of Success Technicians (2) in Las Vegas, NV

The Chicago Botanic Garden is hiring two Seeds of Success technicians working in the Mojave Desert to make native seed collections as part of the Seeds of Success program with the Bureau of Land Management. Crews will be based out of the BLM office in Las Vegas and will be starting March 2nd and working 8 months to go through October. Each technician will be part of a three-person crew.

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to CBG HR at and Chris Woolridge at Resumes should include relevant education and professional experience(s) and contact information for 3 references. Review of applications will begin as received and will continue until positions have been filled. Qualified applicants will be contacted within 1 week to schedule a phone interview.

For any questions regarding the positions, please contact Chris Woolridge at:


Required Qualifications: B.S./B.A. or Ms. in Biology, Ecology, Botany, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, or a related field; Strong plant identification skills (to species), comfort with using dichotomous keys, and knowledge of plant taxonomy; Experience maintaining accurate and detailed data records (in field and in electronic databases such as Excel/Access); Capable of conducting daily field work in rough terrain in harsh environmental conditions (heat, rain, biting insects), and motivating a field crew through those tough conditions.

Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with plants and ecosystems of the western U.S.; Experience conducting field work related to plant research, identification, restoration, and/or seed collection (through SOS programs or other seed handling/collecting work); Experience driving large field vehicles with 4-wheel drive; driving on gravel and dirt roads; off-road driving; Experience hiking and backcountry camping, and the willingness to do so for this position; Experience working with agency, academic, private, or non-profit partners to coordinate, plan, and execute fieldwork on public or private lands; Familiarity with ArcGIS to display maps, visualize georeferenced data, and interface with GPS units; Wilderness First Aid or other field safety training

These are salaried positions (40-hour work week) at $17.53/hour. There is a per diem budget available to cover camping and field work expenses.