Seeking a seasonal botanist for grassland surveys


A seasonal botanist position is available to study vascular plant diversity

in remnant and restored grasslands in northern Virginia. Temperate

grasslands are the world’s most endangered biome. Grasslands in the

southeastern US are botanically rich but most are small and isolated, and

there is limited information available about how to restore them. The

seasonal botanist will work with Leighton Reid (Restoration Ecology Lab at

Virginia Tech ), Bert Harris (Clifton

Institute ), Amy Johnson (Virginia Working

Landscapes ), and Jordan Coscia

(Virginia Working Landscapes). The botanist will be hired by Virginia Tech

and will live and work near Warrenton, Virginia.

*Responsibilities*: The seasonal botanist will be expected to:

·       Spend 5 hours per day over 10-12 weeks (May-August) surveying

grassland plant communities across northern Virginia

·       Spend 3 hours per day keying plant specimens and entering data

·       Work with interns and volunteers

*Preferences*: Preference will be given to applicants who:

·       Demonstrate strong plant identification skills

·       Demonstrate a strong ability to work independently as well as with

a team

·       Demonstrate a strong work ethic, capacity for logistics, and time

management skills

·       Have a valid driver’s license

*Benefits*: The successful botanist may expect to receive:

·       A wage of $10 per hour (approximately $1700 per month)

·       Free housing at the Clifton Institute in Warrenton, Virginia

·       Reimbursement for mileage driven on their personal vehicle for

fieldwork ($0.58 per mile)

·       Authorship on resulting publications as appropriate (

*To apply*: Please send the following materials in an email to Leighton

Reid (

·       A 1-page cover letter describing your motivation and

qualifications, including your experience with plant identification in the


·       A brief resume

Questions: Email any questions about this position to Leighton Reid (