Wetland Ecologist/Botanist, Montana Natural Heritage Program.

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Temporary position(s) (3-4 months) starting June 2012. MTNHP seeks an experienced wetlands ecologist/botanist to manage day-to-day operations in the field, field equipment, and other project resources for successful completion of the fieldwork. The fieldwork involves extensive collection of vegetation, soil, and environmental data, identification of plant species, and completion of field survey forms. Position will begin in June 2012.

Required: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in ecology, biology, botany, natural resources, or a related field required; strong plant identification skills; minimum of three field seasons conducting field surveys and assessments with at least one season working independently or as a crew leader; demonstrated experience conducting ecological assessments; knowledge of dichotomous botanical keys and field guides, preferably of the Rocky Mountain or Montana flora, and the major angiosperm plant families required; willingness to travel extensively during field season (up to 8 consecutive days), backpack, car camp, and live in rustic conditions for extended periods in remote areas of Montana required; familiarity with GPS; knowledge of wetland ecology; experience with species identification and vegetation sampling techniques; working in remote locations under physically demanding circumstances; valid driver’s license and safe driving record; ability to hike up to 8 miles over rough terrain carrying field equipment; willingness to occasional long hours or extended periods in an isolated setting; professional and respectful demeanor when communicating with private landowners and agency personnel.

Preferred: Experience with aerial photograph and topographic map interpretation; experience with vegetation community classification or habitat typing; experience with soil sampling and soil taxonomy preferred; interest in and enthusiasm for conservation.

Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers to livance@mt.gov. The cover letter must explicitly state how the applicant meets the required knowledge and skills and describe experience with plant identification. Closing date is April 15, 2012; suitable applicants will be considered as application materials are received. Contact Linda Vance by email (livance@mt.gov) with any questions. [Posted 1 March 2012]

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