Title: Research Assistant - Botany Technician (9 positions)
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
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.
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
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
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
Please put "MOFEP Botany Technician" in the subject line of your e-mail.
For more information, contact:
Plant Community Ecologist
Missouri Department of Conservation
Phone: 417-256-7161 ext.4763