Careers in the Plant Sciences

Experienced Field Botanist (San Diego Area/ Seasonal)

Althouse & Meade, Inc. - Paso Robles, CA, United States

Position Title: Experienced Field Botanist (San Diego Area/ Seasonal)
Position Type: Temporary Position
Application Review Begins: Monday, July 08, 2024
Application Deadline: Saturday, November 30, 2024
Institution: Althouse & Meade, Inc.
Department/Division: Botanist
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Paso Robles, CA, United States
General Information: Overview

Work with a team of professional botanists, biologists, environmental scientists, technicians, and species experts at various fieldwork sites, adjusting to variable conditions and surroundings. A Seasonal Field Botanist performs tasks and assignments and is closely supervised. This is a seasonal position with flexible part-time and full-time positions available. Work will be available through September 2024. This work is exclusively located in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties in Southern California.
Qualifications/Requirements: Minimum Required Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Biology or current student majoring in Biology, or equivalent field experience. Field Botany and Plant Taxonomy courses preferred.
Experience: 3+ years related experience in field botany. Ability to identify plants using dichotomous keys. Preferred but not required: Experience conducting full botanical inventories, vegetation sampling, mapping natural communities, Rapid Assessments & Relevés, and use of the Manual of California Vegetation by the California Native Plant Society. Voucher specimen collection and processing a plus.
Knowledge: Beginning field experience and knowledge to recognize plants throughout Central California and beyond.
Skills: Must be able to keep concise, accurate and legible filed notes.
Abilities: Proficient computer skills, particularly Excel/Word. Able to drive company vehicles during various road conditions.


Licenses/Certifications: Licensed or certified to handle or survey for applicable endangered species a plus. Must also have a valid California Driver’s license. Certified CNPS Botanist is a plus.
Responsibilities: Essential Duties

Conduct reconnaissance to protocol-level botanical surveys.
Camp overnight in remote locations to streamline access to survey sites.
Use dichotomous key to identify plants to subspecies/variety using the Jepson Manual 2nd edition and other published flora across the state.
Conduct vegetation sampling using the CDFW-CNPS Protocol for the Combined Vegetation Rapid Assessment and Relevé Field Form (will be trained; experience not necessary but preferred).
Collect and process voucher specimens;
Map vegetation habitats using geospatial software (points, lines, polygons, etc.);
Document daily observations in database for GIS and statistical analysis;
Study biological resources and environmental conditions affecting plants and wildlife;
Communicate observations to associates, client representatives, contractors, County, and other trustee agencies as appropriate;
Identify, classify, study distribution, abundance, ecology and behavior, as applicable, of plant and animal species;
Research environmental effects of proposed project and identifies methods of improving or maintaining environmental conditions;
Work with designated project biologists and outside experts to produce publishable research papers based on field data collected;
Assist with data management and analysis;
Keep accurate daily field notes;
May assist with report writing;
Adhere to safety and environmental compliance rules and reports any violations.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): We are growing and expanding!

We are currently hiring for:
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-Experienced Field Botanist

Submit your resume to: hr@althouseandmeade.com
Compensation Range: $25-$35/hr
Contact Name: Lacey Pringle-Haymones, hr@althouseandmeade.com