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Conservation Database Coordinator

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, GA
$55,000 Annual
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021
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In consideration of the safety of our employees and guests, The Atlanta Botanical Garden requires that all new hires be fully vaccinated to accept an offer of employment. Documentation of vaccination will be required.  The Atlanta Botanical Garden complies with all ADA and EEO regulations.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden invites applications for the Conservation Database Coordinator position for the Southeastern Center for Conservation within the Department of Conservation & Research. The successful candidate will coordinate and administer the Center’s databases and GIS tools.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Conservation Collections Plant Database

  • Coordinate migration of Conservation data to IrisBG including data cleaning, file organization, updating plant accessions, names, locations, and sources, and defining custom data fields
  • Update records: Update accessions on a regular basis to accurately reflect the composition of the Conservation Collections including outplanting and removals
  • Maintain the database: Supervise Conservation plant records activities including maintaining and supporting plant accessions database, geodatabase, and image documentation 
  • Maintain accurate labeling: coordinate and produce plant accession tags and display labels and affix them to plant specimens in the field
  • Supervise staff, interns, and volunteers tasked with tracking and documentation of conservation plant specimens according to criteria outlined in Conservation Plant Collections Policy
  • Perform mapping and inventories: survey plants, beds, and infrastructure with GPS / GIS equipment, and research and verify plant names
  • Assemble information resources on collections in accessible formats for partners and export data into global data aggregators including iDigBio, GBIF, GGBN, and other relevant sources  
  • Develop methods and code for data migration between ESRI software and IrisBG
  • Serve as primary Conservation institutional contact with IrisBG and ESRI technical staff
  • Troubleshoot database problems and coordinate periodic software upgrades
  • Manage licensing, software installations, and updates for production and development servers for the Conservation & Research Department
  • Support establishment of accessioning protocols for Conservation Collections 
  • Assist with preparation of the Conservation Plant Records budget


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, GIS, Botany, Conservation, Ecology, Plant Science or a related field desired 
  • Experience with relational databases including SQL, preferably Microsoft SQL Server
  • Ability to conduct library research and online data mining
  • A self-directed team player who works well independently
  • Evidence of good character, mature attitude, and professional integrity
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences
  • Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record.

Desired Skills: 

  • Knowledge of plant conservation, botany, arboriculture, population genetics, environmental policy, or ecology
  • An understanding of standard plant collections curatorial practices and procedures
  • Experience working with plant record databases in a public garden or arboretum 
  • Familiar with IrisBG collections management and IrisBG Garden Explorer GIS software 
  • Familiar with ESRI software products such as ArcGIS and Survey123
  • Experience writing code in Python, Java, or other programming languages
  • Familiar with common GIS and/or plant records data formats

Success Factors:

  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to effectively respond to multiple, changing, and often conflicting priorities
  • Strong communication, organizational and independent working skills required
  • Must be able to effectively interact with the general public and co-workers and peer professionals

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work Environment: Office & public garden environment; requires sitting for extended periods of time, ability to access plants in the public garden and greenhouse spaces.  Travel to ABG - Gainesville required regularly. Ability to lift 50 lb.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.

It is the policy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Please email resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Careers at, all files should include applicants last name, document title, and title of the position you are applying for (Smith_Resume_ConsDataCoord).

Review of Applications is currently in process.


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