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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden-Conservation Technician-Tue, 10/06/2020 - 1:59pm

Conservation Technician


Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara , CA 93105
United States
California US

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Job Description 


The Conservation Technician 2B assists with a wide range of field, lab, and office work supporting the inventory, conservation, and restoration of California’s flora and ecological communities. This full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position, reports to the Director of Conservation and Research and works primarily with the Ecology team (Conservation Director, Applied Ecologist, Invertebrate Biologist).

Duties & Responsibilities 

• Conduct plant and insect surveys and monitoring;
• Conduct ecological restoration field work, including rare plant recovery, invasive plant control, native seed collection, seeding, and outplanting;
• Sort, curate, and identify insect/arthropod specimens to order and family level;
• Collect and curate herbarium specimens;
• Image arthropod specimens with state-of-the-art microscopy equipment;
• Conduct basic soils analyses (e.g. salinity, pH, texture);
• Enter data, and maintain and assist in the development of botany/insect/bibliography/rare plant databases;
• Maintain an up-to-date, orderly GIS program, including ordering and maintaining equipment, downloading and differentially correcting GPS data, producing maps in ArcGIS, and summarizing data;
• Help to coordinate collaborators, tasks, workflows and timelines for large complex projects;
• Perform education/outreach, including producing videos, leading interns, writing newsletter articles, or giving presentations and tours;
• Assist and manage volunteers as needed;
• Occasionally collect, clean, prepare, and database seed for conservation collections;
• Occasionally conduct greenhouse work, including seed bank analysis and germination studies.

Desired Knowledge and Abilities:

• Experience with and knowledge of basic taxonomic principles, botany, and invertebrate zoology;
• Knowledge of and experience with the California flora;
• Ability to follow instructions, work successfully with others, and work independently with minimal supervision;
• Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills;
• Ability to conduct field work in a remote setting with rugged terrain under a variety of environmental conditions, sometimes independently;
• Experience using Trimble and Garmin GPS, ArcGIS, Collector, and Google Earth;
• Manual dexterity sufficient to prepare plant and insect specimens neatly and quickly;
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
• Computer proficiency including ability to use Microsoft Access, Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint;
• Willingness and ability to learn new tools and platforms quickly, such as Zotero and Druple;
• Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing;
• Willingness and ability to work cooperatively with peers at SBBG and other institutions;
• Support for the Garden’s mission and goals.

Education and Experience 

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in biology, ecology, botany, environmental science, conservation biology, or closely related area;
• Two or more full-time years (or equivalent) of relevant experience

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Full Name 
Jill Freeland