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The Morton Arboretum-ArbNet Conservation Assistant-Mon, 02/04/2019 - 4:24pm

ArbNet Conservation Assistant


The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle , IL 60532

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Job Description 

Provide support for the coordination and administration of the ArbNet network of arboreta, the Morton Register of arboreta, the related arboretum accreditation program, and support the ArbNet community to advance tree conservation efforts. Funding for this position is temporary with an expected duration of 12 months, with a potential for extension.

Duties & Responsibilities 

● Provide support to the Director of Global Tree Conservation and the ArbNet Coordinator in regard to the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program, with a focus on supporting applications from arboreta in developing countries and biodiversity hotspots.
● Compile publications and reports, conduct surveys, and create original content for the ArbNet “Resources” webpages, which support the planting and conservation of threatened trees.
● Work with target arboreta in biodiversity hotspots while supporting already accredited arboreta to upgrade to higher levels by helping them to identify gaps and opportunities in their tree conservation efforts.
● Connect with ArbNet community members to develop and formalize collaborations and partnerships to advance the planting and conservation of trees.
● Support general administration and communications of the ArbNet Program.
● Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience 

Bachelor’s degree required. Strong communication, organizational and independent working skills required. Knowledge of plant conservation, botany, arboriculture, population genetics, environmental policy, or ecology beneficial. Ability to conduct library research and online data mining required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google applications and website administration beneficial.

Success Factors:
Familiar with scientific literature and research databases. Understanding of national and international conservation policies. Experience in a public garden or arboretum. Ability to read and understand scientific literature and peer-reviewed articles. Ability to use database, spreadsheet, and statistical/graphics programs, and proficiency with internet research and website maintenance. Good written and oral communication skills.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
● Physical Demands: Work requires some physical activity: sitting for extended periods of time.
● Work Environment: Office environment.
● Equipment: General office equipment.

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The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Full Name 
Colleen Emrick