Careers in the Plant Sciences

Botany Seasonal

Denver Botanic Gardens - Denver, co, USA

Position Title: Botany Seasonal
Position Type: Technician
Application Review Begins: Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
Institution: Denver Botanic Gardens
Department/Division: ResearchDAW
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Denver, co, USA
General Information: This position assists with field work (including, but not limited to floristics, demographic monitoring, phenology, seed collection, germination, and restoration), field specimen processing, herbarium specimen processing and data entry.

This position is from May-August (10-13 Weeks)
Qualifications/Requirements: Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school (BA preferred); or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in botany, biology, environmental sciences or related areas. Undergraduate class work in botany and/or experience with ecological field methods (vegetation monitoring, floristic surveys, sampling) and a basic knowledge of plant biology preferred. A basic knowledge of plant identification is required. Professional experience in field techniques and taxonomic identification preferred. Must be able to hike off-trail often in steep, exposed terrain while carrying moderately heavy equipment for extended periods of time sometimes in inclement weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, wind, and direct sunlight at high elevation) at moderate to high attitudes in the presence of wild animals including insects (such as bees, wasps, and mosquitoes). Irregular hours including weekends and evenings are also part of this position.
Responsibilities: • Participate in field work for demographic monitoring, seed collection and restoration and transcribe data into an SQL database.
• Responsible for assigned aspects of specimen and sample processing, including but not limited to tissue samples, natural history collections, seed collections, and aquatic invertebrates.
• Responsible for assigned aspects of collecting natural history collections including but not limited to taking detailed field notes, transcribing field notes to the appropriate specimen database, creating labels and matching with specimens.
• Responsible for assigned aspects of day-to-day natural history collection tasks including but not limited to specimen processing by assisting with each step of processing workflow, transcribing recent or legacy specimen label information, batch geo-referencing specimens, and barcoding specimens.
• Responsible for assigned aspects of plant identification in the field and herbarium.
• Assist with digitization projects of herbarium specimens.
• Maintain satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
• Maintain a positive, helpful and solution oriented demeanor.
• Perform other duties as requested by management.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Send resume and/or application to Human Resources, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver, CO 80206, or email your resume to We are a nonprofit, EOE.
Compensation Range: $14.00 per hour
Contact Name: Sue Caravas,