Plant Genetic Conservation Specialist- PTA, Big Island, HI
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Description of Work Unit
CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.
To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.
A Plant Genetic Conservation Specialist (Research Associate II Special) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. This position is located at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island in Hawaii. The project team manages numerous rare plant and animal species and their habitats and employs large-scale fencing enclosures and threat management to assist with species conservation and recovery.
The Specialist assists with planning and implementing management actions in the greenhouse and field, including seed collection, propagule banking, propagation of common and federally-listed plant species, greenhouse management, outplanting of federally-listed plant species and common native species, monitoring of project success, and data collection, management and reporting associated with the project. The Specialist is supervised by the Botanical Program Manager and primarily works alone, but collaborates with other staff members and at times may direct a crew of up to 5 employees. The combination of planning, collaboration with other conservation entities, in-situ and ex-situ management, and restoration activities provides for a rich, demanding, rewarding and dynamic work environment.
Required Job Qualifications
BS/BA degree in botany, biology, horticulture, restoration ecology, or related field.
Three years of experience managing operations and working with staff in horticultural systems and/or conserving botanical resources.
Demonstrated knowledge of plant propagation, especially species found in Hawaii, including common native and rare species.
Ability to hike for 6-8 hours and up to 10 kilometers per day while carrying a field pack over rough terrain, in inclement weather.
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Preferred Job Qualifications
MSc degree with a degree/coursework in seed conservation; ecological restoration; rare plant propagation, care, and outplanting; botany or related field.
Experience with implementing conditions in state or federal permits, especially Endangered Species Act Recovery Permits, for the collection/propagation of seed or other propagules from endangered plants.
Experience with seed collection, propagation, outplanting, and site maintenance for common native and federally-listed plant species.
Experience with seed management and storage procedures/techniques, seed/propagule collection management and associated data.
Experience with plant care in fertilization, plant pathogen and disease control techniques in the greenhouse and field.
Experience with operation and maintenance of greenhouses including venting systems and irrigation systems.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Proficient with ArcGIS, including data entry and management, data summary/analysis, and map creation.
Proficient with Windows-based computers and MS Office Suite software for database management, record keeping, information retrieval, and report generation.
Experience with Global Positioning System (GPS) and field navigation.
Work experience on a military installation or in other highly-structured organizations such as government agencies or other organizations with well-defined lines of authority, procedures, and protocols.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than June 20, 2022, for full consideration at jobs.colostate.edu. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
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Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot.
References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License - U.S. state
Search Contact Nikhil Narahari Nikhil.Narahari@colostate.edu
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