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Botany Seasonal

Denver Botanic Gardens

Posted February 12, 2021

Job Summary: This position assists with field work (including, but not limited to floristics, demographic monitoring, phenology, seed collection, germination, and restoration), field specimen processing, herbarium specimen processing and data entry.

Career Type: Seasonal, Full-time

Compensation: $15.00 per hour

Education/Experience: Associate’s degree (AA) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school (BA preferred); or six months to one year related 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. Must have a valid Colorado driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.

Essential Duties:

  • Participate in field work for floristic surveys, demographic monitoring, seed collection and restoration, 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, seed collections, and aquatic invertebrates.
  • 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 digitization projects of herbarium specimens.
  • 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.
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