In collaboration with Selby Garden’s Botany and Education teams, the Project Manager will be responsible for organizing and implementing an outreach effort to engage Sarasota and Manatee county youth and adult citizens to observe nature and collect location information via iNaturalist. The Project Coordinator will also become an active iNaturalist contributor, engaged in social media. This is a part-time, Non-exempt, temporary (2-2.5 year) grant-funded position.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Actively contribute to iNaturalist by providing observations and identifications.
• Research scientific literature to collect background data on target plant species
• Possess an advanced knowledge of vascular plants with the ability to effectively educate on the topic.
• Establish protocols for data gathering and photography in the field, and create relevant training materials to reinforce these protocols.
• Develop outreach materials, such as brochures and posters.
• Organize educational workshops and deliver presentations.
• Engage citizens of all ages including but not to be limited to the following: public and private schools, service organizations, and nature-based organizations.
• Train and supervise Citizen Scientists.
• Direct, collaborate with, supervise and communicate with volunteers as needed.
• Partner with Selby Garden’s staff botanists and consultants to combine the herbarium record in Symbiota and iNaturalist into a single platform.
• Be active on social media, and be an energetic educator and plant enthusiast.
• Create clever plant hunting challenges to engage citizens.
• Summarize results based on data gathered, and prepare presentations and reports as needed.
• Travel to local and national professional conferences, symposia or meetings to present, share work, and learn best practices.
• Ensure that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of MSBG, partner schools and organizations as well as comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences, preferably including studies of taxonomy.
• Knowledge of the flora of Central Florida and/or a broad knowledge of vascular plant families is preferred.
• Previous experience with iNaturalist and a knowledge of regional nature-based organizations and conservation lands preferred.
• Prior teaching experience in an outdoor or classroom setting.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google’s G Suite, and internet savvy required.
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