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Botanist, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database

The USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana has a vacancy open for a GS-12/13 botanist (plant systematist) through 25AUG08. The announcement can be found on <http://www.usajobs.gov> under the following announcement numbers: NRCS-NCSU-08-18DE (Non-Federal Status) or NRCS-NCSU-08-18MP (applicants who are current Federal employees). Incumbent will serve as a principal plant taxonomist developing the PLANTS database - the national database that provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, plant links, references, crop information, and automated tools. More than 70,000 users log onto PLANTS every day and it is the most heavily used USDA scientific database <http://plants.usda.gov>. [Posted 8 August 2008]


Plant Taxonomist, Gaoligong Shan Biodiversity Project, California Academy of Sciences

Position Summary: Full-time position. Application deadline 15 September 2008. Serves as the botanist for the Biodiversity of the Gaoligong Shan project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, for 1.5 years beginning in the summer of 2008. The incumbent's primary responsibilities will be to study herbarium collections resulting from a long-term survey of a mountain range in Yunnan Province, China. The incumbent will conduct species identifications, track specimen identifications from outside experts, and, with additional study of historical collections from various herbaria, compose floristic treatments of several groups of plants for the Gaoligong Shan. Opportunity exists for contributions to GIS and biodiversity assessment analyses. Assigned responsibilities require a Masters or Ph.D. and advanced knowledge of plant systematics. Salary commensurate with degree and experience. This position reports to the lead botanist on the project and works closely with the collections manager of the Department of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Oversee the identification of the collections derived from the project. With the assistance of the collections manager, distribute selected specimens to experts for identification as needed. Database historical collections data from herbaria and contribute to taxonomic revisions of various plant groups. May participate in the development of exhibits based on the results of the project. Follow all Academy safety regulations. Other duties as assigned. Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and/or Experience: Masters or Ph.D.; specialty in systematic botany. Good organizational skills. Computer and database knowledge, spreadsheet knowledge. Understanding of the components of a flora and its uses. Knowledge of botany of East Asia. Thorough understanding of botanical curatorial practices. Knowledge of GIS applications desirable. Language Skills: Fluency in Chinese and English highly desirable. Application: Please apply at the web site < http://www.calacademy.org> (click on "Employment" at bottom of the CAS page). [Posted 6 August 2008]


Scientific Editor Needed, Second Edition of The Jepson Manual

The Jepson Herbarium, University of California at Berkeley, is seeking an additional scientific editor for the second edition of The Jepson Manual, the floristic reference for the state of California. The successful candidate should be an experienced botanist and editor with demonstrated expertise in California floristics. Familiarity with The Jepson Manual preferred. This is a rigorous and demanding position that requires extensive knowledge of plant terminology, strong interpersonal communication skills, and untiring attention to detail. The full time, temporary position (1-2 years) will ideally be based in Berkeley. For more information, please contact: Bruce G. Baldwin <bbaldwin@berkeley.edu> or Staci Markos <smarkos@berkeley.edu> (510) 643-7008. Already completed treatments are available here <http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/jepsonmanual/review/>. [Posted 21 July 2008]


Conservation Project Manager, New York Botanical Garden

Summary of Responsibilities: The Conservation Project Manager will assist the Dean and Vice President for Science in the creation of a Conservation Center. Will use specimen data to inform conservation and to build on the international connections of the Science program to more efficiently implement conservation activities in places where the Garden maintains active programs. Will connect with external advisors and assist in the development of a defined mission and strategic plan for its implementation. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent Benefits, including 4 weeks vacation. Requirements: 1) M.S. in Botany or related field of plant sciences, Ph.D. preferred. 2) Experience with GIS preferred. 3) Experience with the application of specimen data to conservation questions. 4) Experience with organization of scientific symposia and workshops. 5) Experience with international botanical research and conservation programs. 6) Proficient spoken skills with Spanish or Portuguese preferred. Position Application Number: SC-1619. For more information: See <http://www.nybg.org/footer/employment_listings.php>. To apply: Send cover letter and résumé to: Human Resources, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 10458-5126. The New York Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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