[PCA] JOB: Conservation Coordinator for the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance

Prescott, Leah lprescott at blm.gov
Fri Feb 2 10:58:49 CST 2018

Austin Peay State University invites applications for Conservation
Coordinator for the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance within the Dept.
of Biology and Center for Field Biology. The successful candidate’s primary
role will be to serve as the coordinator for the statewide TN Plant
Conservation Alliance program. Some publishing, development of plant
conservation curricula, and grant-writing is expected. Two year initial
position. Continuation of employment based on continued grant funding.


-Coordinate and assist in fieldwork related to Plant Conservation Alliance
projects, including working with various individuals, organizations, and

-Design and implement research projects in collaboration with University
faculty, staff, and students concerning the biology and management of rare
plants and rare plant communities, communicating results through
publications and presentations.

-Establish and maintain regular communication with private, state,
national, and international conservation organizations

-Procure, assemble, and maintain germplasm collections (including seed) of
rare and endangered plant species for conservation, research, and display
collections in greenhouse and botanical garden and supervise activities
pertaining to these collections conducted by students, volunteers, and staff

-Develop educational programming and curricula related to botanical

-Supervise conservation-focused projects of undergraduate

-Write grant proposals and assist in other fund-raising efforts.

-Publicize the program through presentations, blog and social media posts,
articles in popular and professional publications, and brochures.

-Organize and train volunteers and student research assistants.

-Coordinate meetings of the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance. Organize
field trips, set deadlines for research results and reports, and gather
permits and background literature for TN PCA volunteers.


-M.S. in Ecology, Botany, Plant Biology, Conservation Biology, Restoration
Ecology or related field. OR Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of
work experience in coordination of conservation programs or projects.

-Must have good skills with plant identification at the species, genus, and
family levels, preferably of eastern North America

-Must be proficient in English.

-Must be able to drive a wide variety of vehicles, including 4WD.

-Evidence of good character, mature attitude, and professional integrity.

-Must have very good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with a
wide variety of audiences

-Experience or willingness to learn best practices in procuring seed and/or
living plants, basic horticultural techniques, and growing and managing
living plants and/or seed collections in greenhouse setting, seedbank
facility, and/or botanical garden.

-A background check will be required of the successful candidate


-Must be able to work in a variety of outdoor and indoor settings,
including rugged mountains, in rivers, swamps, forests, grasslands.

-Must be able to hike at least 10 miles over rugged terrain.

-Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

SALARY: This is a contracted position for one year. Salary is competitive
and commensurate with experience and education.

TO APPLY: Visit https://apsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/9095 to send cover
letter and resume.

Review will begin on February 5, 2018.

Leah Prescott
Bureau of Land Management
Plant Conservation Program Data Coordinator

National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration
Plant Conservation Alliance <http://www.plantconservationalliance.org/>
Seeds of Success
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