Careers in the Plant Sciences

Botanist/Plant Ecologist

Midwest Natural Resources - St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

Position Title: Botanist/Plant Ecologist
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Friday, January 26, 2024
Application Deadline: Friday, July 05, 2024
Institution: Midwest Natural Resources
Department/Division: Environmental Consulting
Field (e.g., systematics): Field Services focused in plant ecology
City: St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
General Information: Midwest Natural Resources (MNR) is a natural resources consulting company focused on
providing ecological field services. Well known for our botanical and ecological expertise, we
serve a wide variety of clients including federal, state, and local agencies, private-sector
industries, as well as non-profit organizations. We work throughout the Upper Midwest and in a
wide diversity of ecological systems, from intact prairie to expansive wetland complexes, to the
great Northwoods.

MNR is seeking applicants for a full-time botanist/plant ecologist based out of our St. Paul office.
This position will support projects that may include rare plant surveys, threatened and
endangered species habitat assessments and surveys, rare native plant community
assessments, general native plant community mapping and classification, native prairie mapping
and monitoring, post-construction vegetation and wetland monitoring, wetland delineations,
comprehensive natural resource inventories, as well as field surveys to support habitat
management plans.

This position is field-based and will require extensive travel outside the Twin Cities metro region
for extended periods of time throughout the growing season (depending on project needs) with
all travel expenses paid by the company. Staff work in teams of two when travel is involved.
We desire highly motivated individuals with good communication skills, analytical skills, and the
ability to work both independently and in a team setting. Our ideal candidate is a well-rounded
botanist or plant ecologist with previous field experience and the flexibility to conduct a wide
range of natural resource fieldwork.
Qualifications/Requirements: Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Biology, Botany, Ecology, etc.)
At least 1 year of field experience collecting biological data
Coursework in plant taxonomy, botany, and ecology
Strong knowledge of flora of Minnesota and/or surrounding states
Experience using floristic dichotomous keys
Familiarity with accepted plant taxonomy and nomenclature
Working knowledge of Esri software such as ArcMap/ArcGIS Pro and Field Maps
Experience producing technical reports and documents
Valid driver’s license and good driving record
Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in a relevant field (Biology, Ecology, Botany, etc.)
2-5 years of professional field experience
Proficient with plant identification in a wide variety of plant communities
Herbaria submissions
Knowledge of state and federal regulations of threatened and endangered
Responsibilities: Job Responsibilities:

Collect accurate and thorough botanical data following project-specific protocols
involving transect sampling, relevé plots, or meander surveys in a variety of systems such
as upland forests, prairies, peatlands, and other wetland types
Collect comprehensive botanical inventories for habitat assessments and surveys for
threatened and endangered plants
Conduct native plant community mapping and classification following established
protocols and guidelines
Conduct wetland delineations following the Regional Supplements to the Corps of
Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual
Conduct invasive species surveys and mapping
Collect, organize, and submit field-based data on tablets and GPS devices
Data review, analysis, and QAQC
Production of technical reports, habitat management plans, and proposals
Correspondence with clients and regulatory agencies
Ability to work extended hours, including weekends and extended travel away from home
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Pay/Benefits:

Pay range is $62-75K as base salary dependent on qualifications and experience
Stipend for field gear
Full medical and dental insurance
Monthly HSA contribution for eligible employees
401K retirement plan with an employer match of up to 5%
Opportunity for bonus compensation

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of applicable coursework. The cover letter
must address how the applicant meets the qualifications and job requirements. Email the
application to with the subject line “Botanist/Plant Ecologist Position”.

This job posting will be open until the position is filled.
For more information about our work, please visit our website at
Web Link: http://
Compensation Range: $62-75K
Contact Name: Midwest Natural Resources,