Title: Research Assistant - Botany Technician (9 positions)
Salary:  $10.24/hour
Location: free housing is provided in Ellington and Winona, Missouri
Employment Period: Temporary, full-time; May 7 through September 14, 2018
Hours: 40 hours/week, Monday-Thursday (4 ten-hour days)
Last date to apply: February 28, 2018

Summary:
The Missouri Department of Conservation in collaboration with the University of 
Missouri is recruiting 3 botany crew leaders and 9 botany technicians to assist 
in collecting vegetation data in southeastern Missouri. Botany crews identify 
forest, woodland, and glade plant species, and record vegetation data for the 
Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP), a landscape-scale, long-term 
study of the effects of forest management on multiple aspects of the ecosystem. 
This position is a great opportunity to hone botany skills, learn about forest 
ecology and natural communities, and interact with other students and 
professionals in the natural resources field. If you love learning about plants 
and natural communities, this is your job!
MOFEP is located in the heart of the Ozark Highlands, an extensively forested 
and ecologically diverse region, providing ample opportunities for hiking, 
swimming, and paddling in the stunningly beautiful Current and Jacks Fork 
Rivers. Free housing is provided and is located on land owned by the Missouri 
Department of Conservation.

Job Description:
Botany crews identify up to 500 species of forest, woodland, and glade plants, 
estimate plant coverage, count soft mast flowers and fruits, and measure canopy 
closure using spherical densiometers. Botanists record data using a 
tablet-sized rugged field computer. Botany crews drive 4-wheel drive trucks up 
to 50 miles a day on pavement, gravel roads, and trails through the woods; hike 
1 to 4 miles a day across steep, rocky terrain in rain, heat, and high 
humidity; and navigate to permanent plots using Garmin GPS units, or map and 
compass. Botany crews are required to work long hours outdoors, often in 
adverse weather conditions. Work vehicles are provided for transportation to 
field sites.

Qualifications:
Technicians must have completed college coursework toward a college degree in 
natural resources: coursework in botany, plant taxonomy, ecology, and forestry 
is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a field 
botany or plant taxonomy class and/or exhibit strong botanical skills. 
Intensive botanical training will be provided, but a solid foundation in plant 
identification is a prerequisite for the training. Candidates must be able to 
cheerfully endure tough field conditions, including heat, humidity, ticks, 
chiggers, mosquitoes, gnats, spiders, snakes, briars, and steep terrain.
Applicants must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and possess a 
strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills, and above all, a positive 
attitude. Applicants must possess exceptional inter-personal skills and be able 
to live and work with field crews in close quarters in remote locations. Must 
be able to work long hours, including early mornings and late afternoons, and 
conduct field work that is often strenuous. Must possess a valid driver's 
license and a good driving record.

To apply, submit the following to Elizabeth Olson 
(elizabeth.ol...@mdc.mo.gov<mailto:elizabeth.ol...@mdc.mo.gov>).
1. Cover letter describing your background, experience, and qualifications
2. Detailed resume or curriculum vitae
3. College transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable)
4. Contact information (phone and e-mail) for at least 2 educational or 
professional references
Please put "MOFEP Botany Technician" in the subject line of your e-mail.

For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Olson
Plant Community Ecologist
Missouri Department of Conservation
Phone: 417-256-7161 ext.4763
Email: elizabeth.ol...@mdc.mo.gov<mailto:elizabeth.ol...@mdc.mo.gov>

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