The Nature Conservancy Seasonal Botanist (47134) in Clear Lake, South Dakota
DescriptionOFFICE LOCATIONKarlstad, Minnesota, USA. Tallgrass Aspen Parklands; Agassiz Beach Ridges, Glyndon, MN; Cross Ranch, Center, ND; Prairie Coteau, Clear Lake, SD MN402 A LITTLE ABOUT USFounded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter. The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond. YOUR POSITION WITH TNCThe Seasonal Botanist will be an integral part of a new project aimed at increasing the climate-adaptation of grassland restoration in the northern Plains. The Botanist will work alongside TNC staff to enhance the diversity of seed sources available for grassland restoration seed mixes. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSThe Seasonal Botanist will lead a two-person crew in locating and mapping large populations of key forb species across a large landscape. Once mapped, the Botanist will lead the crew in hand harvesting seed from multiple sources and storing and tracking seed for each species by location. Four Seasonal Botanist positions are available, and each position, leading one crew, will focus on mapping and seed collection in one landscape for the summer. The landscapes include: 1) the Missouri Coteau in central South Dakota, 2) the Sheyenne Delta in southeastern North Dakota and the Prairie Coteau in Minnesota, 3) the Agassiz Beach Ridges along western Minnesota, and 4) the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland in northwestern Minnesota. Mapping with GPS and good data management and organization skills will be important in this position.These positions are full-time, seasonal and will run from June 3, 2019 to September 20, 2019. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPEMaintain project records and data. Conducts field surveys and seed collection, spending the majority of their time outdoors, experiencing the beauty of the Great Plains prairies. May perform administrative work related to project and data management. May purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget. Will lead a crew in the field to identify forb species, collect seed and store seed in an organized manner. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSAssociates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months' experience. Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Strong field botanical skills. Experience surveying and identifying grassland plants in the upper Midwest or Great Plains is a plus. Ability to work and communicate well with others. Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment. Basic supervisory skills. Time management and organization skills. Willingness to travel to many different properties within the work area.