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Conservation Research Assistant

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 jmaschinski@fairchildgarden.org.  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.


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is A Florida Nonprofit Corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with ADA/Drug-free Workplace.