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Oman Botanic Garden - Botanic Garden Botanist Position

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Organisation: Oman Botanic Garden
Location: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Job title: Oman Botanic Garden Botanist Position

Closing date 30th November 2013

Oman Botanic Garden is located in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. The garden, currently under development, is an exciting, dynamic and ground breaking project. The garden will fuse the cultivation, study and conservation of Oman’s rich native flora with creative large scale native habitat displays and amenity planting under the over-arching themes of plant conservation, environmental education and horticultural excellence. Oman Botanic Garden aims to be a regional and international leader in conservation and aspires to lead the way in innovation and learning.


Oman Botanic Garden seeks to fill the position of a Botanist. The position involves extensive field work, staff training and management, herbarium curation, seed bank management and scientific data handling. Emphasis is placed on training, advising and active participation with staff in all aspects of their work responsibilities. Successful applicants will be expected to develop novel research ideas directly relating to Oman Botanic Garden’s interests and advancement. Successful applicants will also be required to supervise and mentor staff members, often on a one to one basis, across a range of academic and practical disciplines in areas such as report writing, project design, academic publishing, plant identification techniques, critical thinking and public speaking. The successful applicant will be expected to work within a multi-disciplinary team of botanists, horticulturalists, landscape architects and educators, and attend and contribute to meetings and discussions across these disciplines.

Minimal qualifications include a Ph.D. in Plant Biodiversity, Vegetation Ecology, Plant Taxonomy or a similar appropriate discipline.

Proven experience in field botany, plant taxonomy, vegetation ecology, staff and project management are essential. The post requires a significant amount of field work, including plant/seed collecting, field-data recording and team supervision. The applicant should be physically fit and capable of working in difficult terrain in often high temperatures. Proven record of management of a minimum of 5 staff and evidence of training experience is a requirement. Evidence of wide-ranging botanic garden work experience will be of advantage to prospective candidates.

A background of practical applied horticulture, landscaping and/or knowledge of plants of Arabia is of advantage. Other necessary qualifications include strong communication skills, a commitment to excellence in research, teaching and advising, active participation with staff, and the ability to develop and supervise small, medium and large research programs. It is expected that the applicant is fluent in English.

Applications must include:

1.    Curriculum vitae, including, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references
2.    Cover letter
3.    Copies of representative publications

Offer: attractive tax-free salary, six weeks annual paid vacation, annual air tickets

Please apply by emailing your application to Please do NOT send letters of recommendation at this time. Closing for applications is November 30th, 2013. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Closing date: 30/11/2013


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