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Feb 17 / BARD CEP

Seasonal Botanist- Nantucket, MA

Organization: Nantucket Conservation Foundation

Job Title: Seasonal Botanist

Location: Nantucket, MA

Hours and Compensation: Full time; hours are generally Monday through Friday, averaging eight hours per day, although work times may vary depending on weather, tides, etc. Wage is commensurate with experience (avg. is $11-13 per hour).

Benefits: Housing and work-related transportation is provided. Medical and unemployment insurance, paid holidays, and paid sick days are not available to seasonal employees. Transportation is not provided after working hours.

Position Dates: Temporary position beginning in mid to late May and ending in mid October; exact dates are somewhat flexible.

Application Deadline: Application deadline is March 8th, 2012 by 5pm, although we will being interviews as qualified applications are submitted.

Posted on: February 16, 2012


Organization Overview

The mission of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation is to assist in the preservation of Nantucket’s character by permanently conserving, maintaining, and managing natural areas and habitats and to encourage an appreciation of and interest in the Island’s natural resources.


The Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc. Department of Science and Stewardship is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic, self-reliant field assistant with strong botany skills. This is a field-based position inventorying rare species and habitats, monitoring vegetation communities and applying management techniques in native ecosystems. Botany field assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in rare species conservation, land management-based research and applied ecological monitoring.


Participate in multiple projects monitoring vegetation community composition and rare plant species to evaluate the influence of different management regimes (prescribed burning, brush-cutting, sheep grazing, shrub removal, deer exclosures, tidal flow reintroduction) on the restoration and maintenance of rare grasslands, heathlands, shrublands and wetlands;

Conduct population ecology studies of several plant and animal species of conservation concern;

Inventory of state-listed plant species that currently or have historically occurred on Nantucket;

Inventory, monitoring, and removal of invasive plant species;

Assist in greenhouse-based projects related to propagating native species and research on invasive species.


B.S. or B.A. in Ecology, Botany, Environmental Science, or a related biological/ecological field. Strong plant identification skills required. At least one season of field work post-college. Experience in plant community monitoring techniques, ecological field data collection, GPS use, and data entry. Strong observational, critical thinking and organizational skills are essential, as is the ability to accurately collect data and record field notes. Individuals must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team, under potentially adverse field conditions. A valid driver’s license is required.

How to Apply

For a complete application, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references, along with a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial is fine). All applications must be submitted online at:

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Karberg:

Nantucket Conservation Foundation

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