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Botany Specialist Posted Oct 24
The Great Basin Institute , Salt Lake City, UT
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, is recruiting to hire a Botany Specialist to support the BLM’s Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program (CPNPP) whose overarching goal is to “improve the quality of, and increase the availability of, native seed commercially available for use in restoration and reclamation in areas of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.” This position will provide opportunities to learn about public land management of natural and cultural resources, Federal laws and regulations, and natural resource issues that apply at multiple scales.

In particular, we seek an individual experienced in native plant materials development and the Seeds of Success Program, but also someone who possesses multimedia communication skills, information synthesis skills, and technical skills including GIS and Microsoft Access database management. The Botany Specialist will assist the CPNPP Coordinator, partners, and BLM staff in off-season tasks including data and website management, performance tracking, research, communications, and meeting planning and coordination. The successful candidate will become familiar with a wide variety of tasks and projects including partner research and development efforts.

Compensation and Timeline:

Rate of Pay: $17.00/hour
Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance (medical, dental, and prescription)
28-week appointment beginning November 05, 2018, or upon availability and completion of a DOI Background Investigation; possibility of extension through the 2019 field season based on performance and available funding
Full time, 40 hours per week
Local applicants with housing and/or minimal relocation time will be strongly considered


The Botany Specialist will be based out of the BLM’s Moab (UT) Field Office or the BLM’s Utah State Office located in Salt Lake City, UT. The BLM manages nearly 23 million acres of public land in Utah, ranging from alpine wilderness to sprawling red rock deserts that are widely recognized as some of the most spectacular scenery in the world ( Located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau in eastern Utah, the Moab Field Office encompasses 1.8 million acres of scenic canyon country. Carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers, Moab’s public lands include a vast variety of arches, natural bridges, mesas, and spires. Both offices offer tremendous access to hiking/back packing, rock climbing/bouldering, mountain biking, fishing, and numerous other outdoor activities. Viewing sites for desert plants and animals are also easily accessible.


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and relevant experience in Plant Ecology or related field;
Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys; familiarity with plants of the Colorado Plateau, highly desirable;
Knowledge of and prior experience implementing SOS Seed Collection Protocols, desirable.
Previous experience working within the Colorado Plateau, highly desirable;
Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
Understanding of and interest in natural resource issues and management approaches affecting western plant communities and ecology;
Competency in Microsoft Office including Access, ESRI GIS software, scientific internet research;
Quantitative and statistical coursework, skills and experience;

Ability to:

work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
handle sedentary office work;
follow safe working practices; and
communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; and


a valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-paved roads;
strong communication and outreach skills and experience; and
strong organizational and time management skills, and an ability to apply a detail- orientated approach to tasks and projects.

Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI); applicants already in possession of a fully adjudicated DOI BI should highlight this in their cover letter.

Qualified and interested applicants should upload a cover letter, résumé, and list of three professional references by following this link:

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