Salt Lake City

  • PART TIME BOTANIST

    Requisition ID
    2019-3962
    Department
    PUBLIC SERVICES
    Minimum Salary
    USD $18.00/Hr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $31.00/Hr.
    Post End Date
    1/25/2019
    Location
    US-UT-Salt Lake City
  • Overview

    Incumbent coordinates  and oversees the collection, greenhouse propagation, and installation of native plant species on Trails & Natural Lands properties.  Collects data and assists department management with technical support needed to advance various projects and initiatives. Performs analysis, prepares reports, and develops recommendations. Coordinates and assists with implementation of complex, multi-agency, large scale, and long-term department/division initiatives.

     

    Note: This is a non-benefitted, part-time position that averages 10 hours per week, year-round.

    Responsibilities

    • Native plant collection, including cuttings and seeds, and greenhouse propagation.  Plant installation and direction on proper planting techniques to other employees/volunteers. 
    • Assesses and determines proper species selection for designated properties, considering factors such as soil composition, light, climate, and plant availability.  Identifies and mitigates plant diseases and problems, establishes and maintains pest and disease management program which may include biological or chemical methods. 
    • Articulates and generates decision paths, and prepares formal written findings and recommendation for consideration and action by department/division administration.
    • May represent the Division at meetings with city departments, diverse groups from the community, other governmental agencies, and consultants to obtain further insight and information necessary to negotiate a balanced resolution to issues and achieve established project goals/objectives.
    • Explores and develops creative concepts, ideas, plans, or processes to address project issues. Develops project parameters such as: project resources; time frames; funding options and budget requirements; staffing needs; and, methods, procedures and schedules for project implementation.  Drives project progress to ensure tasks and applications follow agreed upon decision path and time frames.  Keeps current on evolving public policy trends and industry benchmarks.
    • Develops and monitors program and special project activities. Tracks propagation success rates, and performs installation monitoring and evaluation. Provides regular updates and reports to division management. May assist with monitoring compliance with contracts.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in botany, horticulture, plant science or a closely related field.  Related education and paid professional experience may be substituted one for the other on a year-for-year nasis.  
    • Knowledge of regional native plants including identification.  Knowledge of techniques and methods used on interior and exterior plant propagation.
    • Ability to prepare and present project details using complex spreadsheet analysis, graphic presentations and technical reports to Division Managers, City Council, and general public.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups and people, including elected officials, department officials, staff, and community representatives.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently with initiative, self-reliance, and dependability.

     

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Master's Degree in a field related to the position. 
    • Experience in the oversight of vegetative restoration projects. 
    • Expertise in species diversity, spatial distribution and associated ecological drivers. 

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