Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 30-Jul-2014 to 30-Aug-2014 (CST)
  • Wm Brown Center (043)
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time, Regular


Under the direction of WLBC curators, assists with daily management of research projects including field work.  Performs various research activities according to nature of each project.  Supervises volunteers and students who assist with Ethnobotany and Discovery activities.  This position is within the WilliamL.BrownCenter.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with daily management of research projects including field work, specimen and DNA processing
  • Gathers qualitative and quantitative data (e.g. collects plant material for discovery projects, conducts general collections, collects climate change and ethnobotanical data)
  • Manages electronic data
  • May conduct quantitative analyses (statistics, ordinations, etc.)
  • May model climate change based on field data
  • Writes grants, publications, and other communications
  • May train students and international colleagues in GLORIA field techniques and data analysis
  • Performs various research activities according to nature of each project.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • May lead and direct work assignments for interns and/or volunteers.




  • Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative analyses, modeling, and familiarity with climate change and ethnobotanical literature required.
  • Strong working knowledge of Ethnobotany research, literature and theory
  • Minimum of 5 years' previous field collection experience preferred with willingness to travel and participate in fieldwork.
  • Exceptional organizational, project planning, problem solving, and time management skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks in a satisfactory manner after being given assignments.
  • Excellent proofreading and attention-to-detail skills.
  • Physical fitness necessary for required field studies; Field work in challenging outdoor conditions: long hikes to high elevations in inclement weather, outdoor camping for extended periods, and days of data collection under these adverse conditions is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels; Minimum of 1-2 years' experience in working with diverse teams including international members required. 
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience with useful plants and native peoples helpful
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience training/teaching helpful.
  • Frequent domestic and international travel required – 50 % annually 
  • Scheduling flexibility that allows working some weekends and evenings is required. 
  • Adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
  • Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct. 
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.




  • Bachelor's degree in botany or related field required; Advanced degree preferred. 
  • An equivalent combination of skills and experience may be considered.


Computer Skills:


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Familiarity with software used for statistics, ordinations, and modeling (e.g. NCSS, ARCView etc.).
  • Familiarity with Adobe CS helpful. 


Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work within and sensitivity to other peoples and cultures.  Respect and admiration for other cultures and forms of knowledge.  Ethical standards of behavior and research in foreign cultures.  Skills in training students and international colleagues helpful.


Language Skills: 


  • Ability to communicate effectively in English (oral/written).
  • Fluent Bilingual abilities (Spanish, French, Chinese, Nepali) helpful.


Reasoning Ability: 


  • Requires ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.
  • Familiarity with theory of climate change and Ethnobotany.
  • Appreciation of diverse forms of Traditional Knowledge.


Physical Demands: 


  • Ability to lift 35 lbs. and over.
  • Field work may require to hike long distances at high elevations (Andes, Himalayas, Caucasus) and elsewhere for extended periods of time.
  • May be required to perform tasks at high altitude (i.e., long hikes with equipment, etc.)
  • Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).
  • Requires standing, walking, bending, stooping and reaching for extended periods of time-- 90% or more of the field workday is standing on feet.
  • Field work may require sustained outdoor field work for several months at a time.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment, as needed.
  • Ability to travel with others for long-periods of time in plane or automobile.


Work Environment: 


  • Several months of the year may be spent in the U.S. or abroad in the field.  The rest of the year is spent at the MissouriBotanical Garden performing work at a desk in an office and in the herbarium.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions (i.e. especially in temperatures below freezing, in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions as needed).


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