Employment Opportunity

USPS/Botanist, Full-Time - One year with potential for extension

FSU Job ID: 46953

Closing Date: January 31, 2020

About FNAI:

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) is Florida's Natural Heritage Program and state member of the NatureServe network. We are housed within the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center at Florida State University. As the Florida Heritage Program, one of our primary responsibilities is maintaining a spatial database of information on Florida's rarest species and conservation lands but we also work on an array of applied research projects to inform conservation and land management decisions making with funding provided by state and federal agency partners. Our office is off-campus in Midtown which is centrally located near shops, restaurants, and historic neighborhoods. The larger Tallahassee region offers many outdoor recreation opportunities in the nearby Apalachicola National Forest and a number of coastal parks and refuges within a short drive from town.

Job Summary:

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) at Florida State University is looking for an experienced botanist to work under the supervision of FNAI’s senior botanist on an array of applied research projects supporting land management and conservation in Florida. Field work will include vegetation sampling, rare or invasive plant surveys and natural community delineation (GIS mapping). Work will be conducted on conservation lands from the Keys to the Panhandle. Work will be split between field and office time, but will involve a considerable number of long field days in often challenging conditions – extreme temperatures, humidity, sun, biting insects, dense vegetation. Candidates must be comfortable working in small groups, or sometimes alone, in areas with sporadic cell service, navigating to field sites through difficult terrain, and walking long distances.

Current FNAI projects that the candidate may assist with include:

  • Rare plant surveys
  • Wetland reference site characterization
  • Natural community (ecosystem/vegetative community) mapping
  • Invasive plant surveys and evaluation of treatment efficacy
  • Vegetation monitoring plot data collection to inform land management

Job Duties:

  • Identify plants, collect data on vegetative structure and composition, and distinguish vegetative communities using standard field protocols
  • Prepare maps using ArcGIS, process field data, analyze spatial and tabular
  • Participate in meetings with co-workers, and agency partners as necessary to coordinate project activities and present results as required by project
  • Assist in the completion of technical reports and/or manuscripts upon project completion


  • Bachelor’s degree in botany or the biological sciences (master’s degree or PhD preferred) or a high school diploma or equivalency and five years of experience related to the duties of this position.
  • Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys and extensive knowledge of the flora of the southeastern US, preferably Florida
  • Good organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and meet project deadlines of deadlines in a timely manner
  • Ability to communicate well in person and in writing
  • Ability to work well with FNAI staff scientists and other university or agency partners
  • A commitment to conducting professional conservation work and delivering high quality products.
  • Willingness to travel frequently during the week for multi-day work trips in remote areas
  • Excellent physical condition and the ability to conduct rigorous field work in adverse conditions
  • A valid State of Florida or Georgia driver's license or the ability to obtain upon hire.

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Master’s degree or PhD in related area with a minimum of two years full-time experience collecting botanical field data.
  • Experience with remote sensing, natural community and habitat interpretation from aerial photographs and satellite imagery
  • Experience or familiarity with ArcGIS and database management software
  • Experience/interest in primitive camping (camping on site during the cooler months allows FNAI staff to make good use of daylight in areas where hotels are far away)
  • Experience using R for data analysis
  • Experience using Python programming language
  • Experience with LiDAR/Laser Scanner data processing and interpretation

This is a full time, USPS position, based on soft money funding for one year with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.

$18.50/hour (expected depending on qualifications)

Apply Online:

You can view and apply for this job at: FSU FNAI Botanist

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