The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is an international scientific research and learning center located in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas. BRIT’s mission is to conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life.
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks a Conservation Botanist to lead the institution’s Plant Conservation Program. The Conservation Botanist pursues original research in plant conservation, primarily in Texas. Areas of focus can include botanical and ecosystem exploration focusing on rare and endangered taxa, restoration ecology, ex situ cultivation, seed banking, conservation genomics, and/or comparable fields in plant conservation. The Conservation Botanist is expected to maintain an active research program as measured by scientific peer-reviewed journal publications, grant-funded proposals in support of research, collections management and development, collaborations with colleagues, outreach activities, participation in professional meetings, and contributions to graduate programs associated with local universities with which BRIT partners. The position often works with state and federal conservation agencies.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Conservation Botanist is responsible for establishing and leading research projects focused on the conservation of the plants of Texas and adjacent areas; overseeing seed collecting projects and managing the BRIT conservation seed lab and collection; writing grant proposals and managing grant-supported projects as a principal investigator or as part of multi-investigator teams; disseminating the results of projects through peer-reviewed publications, professional meetings, project reports, and other venues; supervising grant-funded staff, volunteers, and students as needed; serving as BRIT’s conservation officer to the Center for Plant Conservation; organizing and facilitating the biennial Texas Plant Conservation Conference; and interfacing with other conservation organizations and agencies to strengthen a statewide conservation network.
A Ph.D. degree in conservation biology, botany, natural resources, restoration ecology, or related field is required along with ability and experience conducting and publishing original research, success with raising funds from grants or foundations, state and federal agencies, etc., demonstrated fieldwork competencies, and training and/or experience analyzing biological data.
• Leads the Plant Conservation Program at BRIT
• Establishes and leads research projects focused on the conservation of the plants of
Texas and adjacent areas
• Oversees seed collecting projects and manages the BRIT conservation seed lab and
• Writes grant proposals and manages grant-supported projects as a principal
investigator or as part of multi-investigator teams
• Disseminates the results of projects through peer-reviewed publications, professional
meetings, project reports, and other venues
• Supervises grant-funded staff, as well as volunteers and student interns as needed
• Supports the development of the BRIT herbarium and possibly other (e.g., cryogenic
leaf material) collections
• Serves as BRIT’s conservation officer to the Center for Plant Conservation
• Organizes and facilitates the biennial Texas Plant Conservation Conference
• Interfaces with other conservation organizations and agencies to strengthen a
statewide conservation network
• Engages the scientific community about BRIT research
• Works with BRIT outreach teams to ensure accuracy of scientific information being
• Maintains an open-collaborative working environment promoting a collegial spirit
among staff members
• Carries out other duties in plant conservation as needed
Special Position Requirements
• Work outdoors in Texas and adjacent weather conditions
• Certificate of First Aid training is required and is to be kept current
Required Education and Experience
• Ph.D. degree in conservation biology, botany, natural resources, restoration ecology, or
• Ability and experience conducting and publishing original research
• Success with raising funds from grants or foundations, state and federal agencies, etc.
• Demonstrated fieldwork competencies
• Training and/or experience analyzing biological data
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
• Project leadership skills
• Grant writing ability and experience
• Interpersonal skills with ability to effectively interact and communicate with co-workers,
volunteers, community members, business owners, executives and board members
• Excellent oral and written communication
• Organization and planning
Preferred Education and Experience
• Knowledge of the Texas flora
• Knowledge of ArcGIS or other mapping software.
• Experience working with state agencies
• Publication record in appropriate botanical journals
• Experience with ex situ collections
To apply, please submit a cover letter, Research Statement, and CV as a single pdf document to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application review will begin November 1st, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Earliest start date is January 2021. Actual start date is negotiable. BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.