Careers in the Plant Sciences

Conservation Coordinator

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Atlanta, GA, USA

Position Title: Conservation Coordinator
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Application Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019
Institution: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Department/Division: Conservation and Research
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Atlanta, GA, USA
General Information: The Atlanta Botanical Garden invites applications for Conservation Coordinator for the Southeastern Center for Conservation within the Department of Conservation & Research. The successful candidates’ primary role will be to serve as the coordinator for key conservation projects. The coordinator will report to the Conservation & Research Manager.
Qualifications/Requirements: *M.S. in Ecology, Botany, Plant Biology, Conservation Biology, Restoration Ecology or a related field. OR Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 3 years of work experience in coordination of conservation programs or projects.
*A self-directed team player who works well independently.
*Must have good skills with plant identification at the species, genus, and family levels, preferably of southeastern 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.
Responsibilities: *Facilitate meetings, negotiate project details with colleagues from multiple institutions, develop projects into programs, motivate students and volunteers, and empower others to dedicate themselves to plant conservation.
*Coordinate projects with diverse individuals and groups, including the general public, private landowners, gardeners, agency personnel, volunteers, non-profit staff, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and high school-aged children.
*Coordinate and assist in fieldwork related to conservation projects, including working with various individuals, organizations, and agencies.
*Assist in the design and implementation of research projects 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
*Collaborate with internal and external colleagues to identify, prioritize, and develop new project funding opportunities as well as ensure current project deliverables are met
*Manage, collect, assemble, and analyze various types of conservation data as well as produce maps using GIS software
*Participate in conservation strategic planning
*Assist with identifying, procuring, and maintaining seeds of rare and endangered plant species for conservation and research pertaining to the new seed banking initiatives at ABG
*Assist in the development of 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, as assigned
*Develop educational programming and curricula related to botanical conservation for interns and undergraduate & graduate student outreach
*Supervise conservation-focused projects of undergraduate researchers/interns
*Coordinate meetings of the Southeastern Center for Conservation. Organize field trips, set deadlines for research results and reports, and gather permits and background literature as needed.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): To apply send cover letter and CV to careers@atlantabg.org
Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Laurie Blackmore, lblackmore@atlantabg.org