[PCA] JOB: Field Botany Technician Position (Puerto Rico) - deadline February 9

De Angelis, Patricia patricia_deangelis at fws.gov
Thu Feb 1 11:53:09 CST 2018

The Puerto Rican Harlequin Butterfly Working Group is seeking a field
botany technician for a monitoring project in Puerto Rico.

This is a field position conducting plant surveys outdoors in collaboration
with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Puerto Rico Department
of Natural and Environmental Resources. Upon hire, the successful candidate
could begin work as early as February 2018 and continue through December

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will conduct vegetation
monitoring during the contracted period at nine sites in Isabella, Maricao,
Quebradillas and Susua State Forest. The candidate will work closely with
three field biologists to conduct surveys and characterize vegetation at 27
transects during a minimum of four separate sampling events. The candidate
will be expected to characterize the survey transects and document seasonal
changes in fauna throughout the year. The candidate will also assist
biologists in the identification of host plants and nectar sources for the
butterflies. All data and reports will be provided to the project
coordinator per contract stipulations.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates interested in the position should have the
ability to identify plant species found in Puerto Rico to family, genus and
species level. College-level coursework in botany, biology, forestry,
natural resources, or related program of study is desirable and botanical
field experience is preferred. Must have effective communication skills and
be able to work as part of a team. Good record keeping skills and attention
to detail are highly desired. Proficiency in using Microsoft Word and
Excel, and GPS technology is a plus. The candidate must have their own
transportation to all sites, some of which are remote.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of this position: Ability to work irregular hours, work in
the field with prolonged walking, stooping and standing. Exposure to hot
conditions. Ability to maneuver on uneven terrain and among thick
vegetation. Must have physical strength and endurance sufficient to carry
field equipment and supplies.

SALARY: This is a contracted position for one year. Salary is dependent
upon the number of sampling events the candidate can fulfil. A minimum of
four sampling events is required.

TO APPLY: Send email cover letter and resume to dbarber at fortworthzoo.org
with subject line “Field Botany Technician”.

Application deadline is February 9th, 2018.


Diane Barber
Curator of Ectotherms
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX  76110
817-759-7183 FAX
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