Conservation Botanist

Department: NC Botanical Garden

Application Deadline: 07/02/2014

Position Summary: The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) is an environmental education center with responsibility for more than 1,000 acres of University and Botanical Garden Foundation land, including display gardens, nature trails, nature preserves, campus forest lands, research laboratories, and indoor and outdoor classrooms and meeting facilities. NCBG supports the teaching, research, and public service missions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through the development and management of living plants in cultivation and natural areas and diverse research and educational programs for school children and adults. NCBG's mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature. The Garden is a national leader in conservation and display of southeastern native plants and related environmental issues, including sustainable practices in horticulture and conservation. The Conservation Botanist will coordinate the North Carolina Botanical Garden seedbank in cooperation with the Seeds of Success program of the US Bureau of Land Management. Duties include seed collection, processing, documentation, and general seedbank management. This position will also perform seed viability testing and develop propagation protocols as needed. The Conservation Botanist will also supervise staff and student interns.

Education Requirements: Bachelor's degree in biology, botany, horticulture, or related field MS preferred

Qualification and Experience: Familiarity with the southeastern United States flora, plant identification, seed collection skills, seed biology research, proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and or Access, and strong written and oral communication skills

Department Contact Name and Title: Johnny Randall, Director of Conservation Programs

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: jrandall@unc.edu