• Botanist

    Denver Botanic Gardens
    Job Description

    Job Summary: This position assists with seed collection field work, seed processing, herbarium specimen processing, and data entry associated with seed collections for restoration and research.

    Career Type: Full-time, Project, duration unknown

    Education/Experience: Bachelor’s Degree with minimum of two years’ experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience in botany, biology, environmental sciences or related areas. Undergraduate class work in botany and/or experience with ecological field methods (floristic surveys, ecological sampling, vegetation monitoring) and a basic knowledge of plant biology preferred. A basic knowledge of plant identification is required. Professional experience in field techniques and taxonomic identification preferred. Must be able to hike off-trail often in steep, exposed terrain while carrying moderately heavy equipment for extended periods of time sometimes in inclement weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, wind, and direct sunlight) at moderate to high altitudes in the presence of wild animals including insects (such as bees, wasps, and mosquitoes). Must be able to maintain attention to detail and a positive attitude under sometimes uncomfortable field conditions. Irregular hours including weekends and evenings may sometimes be a part of this position.

    Essential Duties:

    • Responsible for field work for seed collection and transcribe data into an SQL database.
    • Responsible for assigned aspects of specimen and sample processing, including but not limited to tissue samples, natural history collections, and seed collections.
    • Responsible for processing seeds, which can include sorting, cleaning, and counting.
    • Responsible for assigned aspects of collecting natural history collections including but not limited to taking detailed field notes and pictures of plants and habitats, transcribing field notes to the appropriate specimen database, creating labels and matching with specimens.
    • Responsible for assigned aspects of plant identification in the field and herbarium.
    • Responsible for assigned aspects of day-to-day natural history collection tasks including but not limited to specimen processing by assisting with each step of processing workflow, especially pressing and drying of large quantities of plants as they are brought in from the field.

    Other Duties:  

    • Assist with other field and lab projects as needed.
    • Maintain satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
    • Maintain a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor.
    • Perform other duties as requested by management.

    Benefits: Major benefits include choice of medical plans, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) ; a generous retirement plan plus paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time and access to personal lines of insurance.   Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an ECO pass and a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.

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