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Hi folks -
Thought some of you might know someone who might be interested in this
Sue Gawler

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Subject: [Ecology] Botanical Research Position Open at NatureServe

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Hi all,
NatureServe's Botany Dept. in Arlington, VA is recruiting for the position
of Botanical Research Assistant.  The complete job posting follows.  Please
pass along to anyone interested and qualified.  Many thanks,

NatureServe is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and
providing knowledge about the world's natural diversity.  Working in
partnership with its member programs - 75 independent natural heritage
programs and conservation data centers that gather scientific information on
rare plants and animals and ecosystems in the United States, Latin America,
and Canada - NatureServe is a leading source for the biodiversity
information that is essential for effective conservation action.

NatureServe was formed in July 1999 as the Association for Biodiversity
Information when The Nature Conservancy and the Natural Heritage Network
jointly established an independent organization to advance the application
of biodiversity information to conservation. NatureServe uses staff
expertise and scientific methods that reflect more than 25 years of
experience, research, and development to address biodiversity information
needs at regional, national, and international levels.

NatureServe offers a results-oriented and collaborative workplace where a
common mission provides focus and excitement and where staff are empowered
to take ownership of projects and mission success.  Benefits include a 401k
savings and retirement plan; health, dental and vision insurance; short and
long-term disability; annual and sick leave; and life insurance.

SUMMARY OF POSITION:  The Botanical Research Assistant assists other Botany
Program staff  in obtaining, entering, and reviewing information in various
botanical publications and databases regarding the classification,
distribution, and conservation status of North American native and alien
plants, with particular attention to global and national conservation
priority ranks, taxonomic classifications and synonymies, species biology
and ecology,  invasiveness rankings of alien species, and legal statuses for
vascular and nonvascular plants of the United States and Canada. The
incumbent will also assist in reviewing and reconciling botanical data
received from Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers and other
sources, reviewing scientific journals, and entering bibliographic
citations, and will help maintain the manual files and library. She/he will
also assist in other botanical projects and related work as assigned;  to
extent feasible, incumbent's experience and professional interests will be
considered in selecting additional projects.  The Botanical Research
Assistant is supervised by the Botanical Research Associate and supervises
no staff.


        1.      Assist departmental staff in maintaining the accuracy and
currency of NatureServe's botanical databases, including resolution of
discrepancies related to taxonomy, nomenclature, distribution, and
conservation status of  U.S. and Canadian vascular and nonvascular plant
species, as well as the maintenance of current U.S. and Canadian federal
status information.

        2.      Provide botanical database support to North American
heritage programs and conservation data centers, particularly by providing
botanical review and problem resolution during annual data exchanges, by
answering routine element-coding requests, and by assisting with other kinds
of data requests.

        3.      Research, summarize, and write or revise database
information regarding the conservation status of various vascular and
nonvascular plant species. This work typically includes occasional visits to
scientific libraries in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as internet
research and personal communication with Heritage botanists and other
experts. Research will be conducted in coordination with other department

        4.      Assist in maintaining and expanding the botanical manual
files as well as the bibliography database by locating, photocopying,
filing, abstracting, and entering pertinent data.

        5.      Assist in responding to information requests and answering
priority inquiries from the public Web site.

        6.      Perform other related duties as assigned.


        1.      A masters degree in botany, ecology, or biology with
coursework in plant taxonomy, biogeography, and plant ecology;  or
equivalent experience. Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practice of
plant classification, synonymy, and nomenclature required. Coursework or
experience in plant population biology highly desirable. Working familiarity
with major North American geography, landforms, and vegetation types, and
the major floristic references for North America north of Mexico, all
desirable. Familiarity with the general classification of bryophytes and
lichens desirable. Familiarity with plant conservation issues and strategies
desirable;  familiarity with the methodology of the state natural heritage
programs also desirable.

        2.      Strong writing and editing skills required, including
experience in writing concise narrative comments relating to items of
scientific data. Fluency in written and spoken English, and experience in
writing technical bibliographic citations, all required.

        3.      Experience with scientific literature searches; with
wordprocessing, database and spreadsheet software;  and with internet
searches all required.  Experience in populating, maintaining, and using a
large, multifile, multiuser scientific database highly desirable, including
experience in data entry, quality control, data editing, searching, and
report generation. Experience with taxonomic or floristic databases and with
machine-to-machine data transfer desirable.

        4.      Demonstrated ability to work independently, set priorities,
follow procedures, deal meticulously with details, and work productively
with others in a collaborative atmosphere and network setting required. Must
be well organized, capable of heavy workload and meeting deadlines, and
seeking intellectual challenge.

        5.      Demonstrated commitment to conservation of natural diversity
and the mission of NatureServe.

                K. Maybury
                1101 Wilson Blvd., 15th Floor
                Arlington, Va. 22209

                Fax: 703-908-1917

                E-mail:  [log in to unmask]

                Internet:  www.natureserve.org <http://www.natureserve.org>

Applicants should submit a resume and a letter stating the ways in which the
entrance requirements are met.

NatureServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Kat Maybury
Science Division, NatureServe (formerly the Association for Biodiversity
ph: 703.908.1882  <[log in to unmask]>
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