The South Florida Conservation Team of the Kushlan Tropical Science Institute at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden seeks a part-time Conservation Research Assistant. The Conservation Research Assistant will help meet grant obligations related to endangered species and habitat recovery. Specific duties include: collecting seed and conducting germination trials of endangered plant species; assessing current status, quantifying habitat characteristics, and mapping several South Florida endangered plant populations using GPS and GIS technologies assisting with ongoing endangered species ecological research; collecting and entering data, analyzing results, updating and maintaining the South Florida and Caribbean Rare Plant Database; representing Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Conservation Program to lay, government, and scientific groups through oral presentations, lay, and scientific publications; tracking budget expenditures, and writing annual reports. The Conservation Research Assistant reports to the Conservation Ecologist/ Team leader.
Qualifications: BS or MS degree in conservation biology, ecology, botany, biology, or forestry; excellent written and oral communication; experience in biological surveys and monitoring, mapping with GPS unit, data collection, entry and analysis; knowledge of endangered plant species issues and familiarity with South Florida and Puerto Rican native plants and ecosystems; ability to work cooperatively with land managers and FTBG colleagues and independently; knowledge of horticulture, plant identification; computer literacy of MS Word, Excel, Access, statistical software, and ArcGIS; ability to perform demanding outdoor physical labor in hot and humid conditions, lift and carry 30 lbs, and hike in uneven terrain for 2 miles; willingness to travel outside of Miami-Dade County, and must have a valid Florida operator’s license, own vehicle and be willing to make field visits; mileage will be reimbursed.
Application Instructions: Send letter of interest, resume, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Joyce Maschinski, Kushlan Tropical Science Institute, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Miami, FL 33156 or email@example.com. See our website for further details about our program: http://www.fairchildgarden.org/centerfortropicalplantconservation/speciesandhabitatconservation/. Salary commensurate with experience; FTBG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is grant-funded for 6 months; extensions are possible as funding becomes available. Closing date for applications: August 30, 2014 or until position is filled.
Field Study Program Guide
2014-2015 School Year
The Field Study Program Guide is a weekly unpaid position that will assist Fairchild staff with delivering environmental science-based educational programming to elementary and/or secondary students at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Programs run weekly during the school year from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm; must commit to one day per week for fall and/or spring semester. Preference will be given to those who are available Sept – May.
The successful intern will be:
Benefits and outcomes for intern:
Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to:
Alison Walker, Youth Education Manager
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is A Florida Nonprofit Corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with ADA/Drug-free Workplace