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Default Seasonal Botanist - Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy


Seasonal Botanist

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is one of the world's largest national parks in an urban area, encompassing 80,000 acres of California coastal landscape and visited by 17 million people each year. These parklands add immeasurably to the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (Parks Conservancy) is the non-profit partner of this national park. The Parks Conservancy works with the National Park Service on projects to preserve and restore habitat, rehabilitate trails and trail corridors, improve facilities for park visitors, and protect special status species during these projects.

Position Overview:
The Seasonal Botanist will support Parks Conservancy efforts to create a new Vegetation Map for Marin County by conducting in-field sample plot assessments/vegetation sampling. Successful candidates will gain experience sampling Marin County’s diverse vegetation assemblages, learning different techniques for collecting field data, identifying plants to the species level, and describing and representing vegetation in fine-scale classification and mapping regimes.

Four (4) full time 40-hour week positions are open at this time, based in Marin County, CA.
Position duration is from mid-June through August 2018.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Fieldwork related to sampling, classifying, and mapping vegetation.
Tasks will include surveying vegetation, identifying/keying plants, entering data and performing quality control, organizing data and photos, researching and writing up information about vegetation and other related tasks.
Vegetation sampling in Marin County, CA; Fieldwork will be performed under rigorous conditions; up to 10 hours per day.
Occasional office work, including data entry, plant identification with dissecting microscope, data quality control, sorting and research of data may be conducted at a computer for up to 8 hours per day.

Basic Qualifications:
*Strong background in San Francisco – Bay Area plant identification and experience conducting vegetation sampling, such as the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) relevé and rapid assessment protocols.
*Ability to identify live and pressed plants to the species and/or sub-species level, using the Jepson manual and other floras.
*Experience using GPS (Global Positioning System) or other mobile digital units and field survey equipment (e.g., compass, rangefinder, and tape measure).
*Ability to conduct fieldwork in varied environmental conditions, including inclement weather, rugged terrain and poison oak.
*Ability to drive 4X4 vehicle over variable terrain.
Ability to interpret hard copy and digital maps and perform regular field sampling work.
*Excellent work ethic, physically fit, able to lift 25 pounds and perform outdoor work in adverse weather and difficult site conditions.
Maintain excellent work ethic and positive working relationship with colleagues; ability to work with team.
*Ability to effectively communicate with diverse members of the public.
Proficient basic computer skills; knowledge and familiarity with MS Office, Excel, Access.
*Valid Driver’s License and clean driving record.

Desired Qualifications:
*Undergraduate degree in biology, botany, or a related field.
*Familiarity with San Francisco Bay Area ecology and natural processes.
*Demonstrated proficiency in reading maps and using on-the-ground reference points.
*Experience with data collection/reporting using GPS and GIS.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
*Work is performed in an outdoor setting and includes exposure to poison oak, ticks, and adverse conditions, including, but not limited to, exposure to sun, wind, rain, uneven terrain, mud, etc.
*Work is primarily performed standing or walking/hiking.
*Work requires squatting and kneeling.
Frequently lifts, carries, and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

*The salary for this position will be commensurate with work experience, skills and educational background.

To Apply
Applications are due by Friday, May 25th.
Please no phone calls about this position.

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.
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