Field Technician position working out of Las Vegas, NV

The Chicago Botanic Garden is hiring a contract-funded Field Technician position for 20 months, stationed at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Las Vegas, Nevada. The position will be part of a team of two (1 botanist and 1 field technician) conducting restoration-sized operational native seed collections, developing proposed actions for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents designed to protect and restore rare plant habitat, identify sites in need of restoration, and conduct small-scale restoration efforts, and survey and monitor rare plant species. The lead botanist will lead the team and coordinate and communicate with Chicago Botanic Garden and BLM staff to plan work and provide updates on project progress.

The position is anticipated to start February 1, 2021, working Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ 5 p.m.

Qualifications and Experience Desired:

B.S. in botany, plant science, ecology, environmental science, or a related field

Strong plant identification skills (to species) and knowledge of plant taxonomy; strong knowledge of plant biology; familiarity with plants and ecosystems of the western United States

Experience scouting, planning, and conducting seed collections (through SOS programs or other seed handling/collecting work)

Experience maintaining accurate and detailed data records (in field and in electronic databases such as Excel/Access)

Experience working with agency, academic, private, or nonprofit partners to coordinate, plan, and execute fieldwork on public or private lands

Capable of conducting daily fieldwork in rough terrain in harsh environmental conditions and motivating a field crew through those tough conditions

Experience hiking and backcountry camping, and the willingness to do so for this position

Experience driving large field vehicles with four-wheel drive; driving on gravel and dirt roads; off-road driving

Proficiency in ArcGIS to display maps, visualize georeferenced data, and interface with GPS units

Experience with ArcCollector

Wilderness First Aid or other field safety training

This is a contract-funded position, salaried at 40 hours/week and $17.87/hour.

To Apply: Complete an application online at (Requisition number: 801). Your application should include a Chicago Botanic Garden application along with a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references. Please send application materials to Chris Woolridge ( and Mj Kim ( Questions about the position should be directed to Chris Woolridge at