Summary: This position will manage on the ground activities of Missouri Botanical Garden’s plant conservation program in Mauritius and is responsible for providing technical advice on plant species conservation and related activities to the Mauritian government and relevant conservation NGO’s on Mauritius. The position will work in close collaboration with the National Parks and Conservation Service of the Government of Mauritius and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to implement activities and work plans agreed upon under the terms of an existing Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU). The activities associated with this position will primarily be focused on ex situ conservation of the threatened flora of Mauritius. Specific duties will include plant propagule collection in the wild, data collection and management, seed banking, development of propagation protocols, and cultivation of living plants. Recommendations will also be provided on plant establishment in restoration projects and the research aspects needed to support conservation activities. This position is a working supervisor position. This position will be based in Mauritius and will utilize office facilities at the National Parks and Conservation Service’s Robinson Nursery and other facilities and services provided by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.
Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Inspires respect and trust; Accepts feedback from others; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Displays passion and optimism; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision.
Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement, as appropriate; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Delegation - Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings, as required.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively, using correct spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to additional work hours when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Work collaboratively with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and the Government of Mauritius including the National Parks and Conservation Service and Forestry Department, to implement activities under the joint MOU and associated agreed upon Annual Work Plans.
Ensure that plant conservation activities on Mauritius are integrated with and supported by activities in St Louis including record keeping and plant propagation.
Act appropriately as MBG’s ambassador on Mauritius, keeping all MOU partners informed of activities and key communications within the partnership.
Work from an established species target list and participate in meetings with relevant stakeholders to continue to develop future species target lists for review as necessary.
Work closely with the SVP of Horticulture and Living Collections to set the direction for MBG’s Mauritius plant conservation program and associated activities, confirming focus and priorities on a regular basis.
Manages plant material collection, propagation, and seed storage activities associated to priority plant species on conservation target list.
Research and apply propagation and cultivation techniques for target species and manage propagation and cultivation environments, to ensure optimum conditions for success.
Utilize MBG’s Living Collections Management System to manage and record ex-situ and in-situ plant conservation activities and ensure the highest level excellence in data recording and maintenance as it relates to collecting plant material, propagation protocols, and cultivation data to support plant species level conservation.
Provide planning and logistical support for teams visiting from MBG to conduct research and conservation activities.
Supervise activities of staff and students assigned to the Mauritius plant conservation project.
Acquires necessary permits and permission in Mauritius to support the distribution of seed and other propagules, nationally and internationally, as agreed with the Government of Mauritius, to support conservation, recovery and related research needs, and ensure material is packed appropriately to prevent damage to and maximize viability of contents.
Ensures maintenance and maintains insurance on MBG owned vehicles and equipment on Mauritius.
Seeks funding and writes grants to support collaborative plant conservation activities on Mauritius.
Ensure appropriate participation, authorship and acknowledgement to those that contribute to project reports and published papers.
Ensure that all work associated to plant conservation is conducted with the highest ethics and that relevant national and international laws and conventions are adhered to for work in Mauritius and when exchanging plant material internationally.
Develop and submit project and expense budgets for review and approval by the SVP of Horticulture and Living Collections.
According to approved budget, purchase any tools, equipment and supplies necessary to conduct approved work on Mauritius and ensure accounting and expense reports are submitted according to MBG policies.
Provide leadership, mentor, and train plant conservation staff, interns and students of the National Parks and Conservation Service and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and other NGO’s staff as appropriate.
Ensure that all applicable safety standards are followed (i.e., inform employees of safety rules and safe working practices and routinely monitor to enforce them. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards. Reports accidents and injuries)
Present work related to the MBG’s Mauritius plant conservation program at conferences and symposia.
Hire personnel and conduct performance appraisals of employees.
Supervisory Responsibilities: 1 to 2 students and staff and occasional contractors
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Horticulture, Botany or related field required; Master’s strongly preferred.
A focus on plant propagation and cultivation is preferable
An equivalent combination of skills, education, or experience may be considered.
Experience with Microsoft Access and SQL Server, and ESRI ArcGIS software required.
Proficiency with basic computer software (Microsoft Office) required.
Language Skills: Ability to communicate effectively in English (written and oral).
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Driving license required
Ability to lift and carry up to 80 lbs. (i.e., load, unload and move gardening supplies, medium to heavy weight tools and equipment).
Ability to hike several miles and climb to collect plant material
May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., climb ladders, etc.)
Must be able to work outdoors in extreme heat and humidity
Ability to walk about facility frequently throughout work day; requires standing, walking, bending, stooping and reaching for extended periods of time.
Ability to wear Garden issued Personal Protective Equipment, including a full face respirator.
Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).
25% office work at a computer; 75% field work and plant propagation
Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions (i.e., in temperatures over 100°F as well as , in rain, and other inclement weather conditions as needed)
As an MBG employee stationed in Mauritius the position is subject to all of Missouri Botanic Gardens policies and procedures