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Zumwalt Botanist & Crew Lead

The Nature Conservancy, Enterprise, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 01/15/2018

Are you a skilled botanist that wants to contribute to conservation and active management on a grasslands team in NE Oregon? Would implementing botanically-focused monitoring, research and inventory projects bring you joy? The Zumwalt team is looking for a new team member to join as the Zumwalt Botanist & Crew Lead. We’re looking for someone to play a major role in leading and mentoring a small crew of resident volunteers to conduct field work from May through October. Field work requires use of standardized protocols for sampling vegetation plots, identification of plants to species level, and utilization of databases for collecting and managing data. Other activities include maintenance of project databases (including GIS), management of field data collection devices, data analysis and report writing.

In case you’re not familiar, The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

As a leader in Oregon’s conservation community, our team of scientists and problem solvers directly protects the iconic landscapes and inspiring locations that define our great state. From working to reduce the severity of fires in our forests and designing our clean water future to developing innovative technologies with fisherman and ranchers that sustainably protect both nature and livelihoods, The Nature Conservancy is building a future where people and nature thrive together.

The Zumwalt Botanist & Crew Lead role is 35 hours per week and a 9-month active, 3 months leave without pay during the winter months term position that ends December 2019. Our preferred hiring range is: $21.48-$22.82

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:
• Bachelor’s Degree in science related field and 1 year experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience with GIS software and data to create maps.
• Experience identifying grasses and flowering plants of the Western US.
• Experience training and leading field crews and ensuring the safety of a group.

Preferred knowledge, skills and experience:
• Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• 2 - 3 years of experience in ecological monitoring and field data collection.
• Knowledge of grassland ecology, including effects of livestock grazing and invasive plant management.
• Experience organizing and ensuring the quality of large datasets.
• Experience performing statistical analysis of biological or environmental data.
• Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment when encountering uncertainty.
• Ability to work cooperatively with staff, volunteers and external parties, sometimes under pressure, to complete project goals in a timely manner.
• Confidence and skill operating 4 x 4 trucks and ATVs.

Interesting in finding out more? Check out our full position description and application link by following the link below or please visit and search for job ID 46006 in the keyword search.

Applications must be submitted by 8:59 PM PST on January 15, 2018 to be considered.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of diverse people of all genders, backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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