Conservation Ecology Coordinator - Atlanta Botanical Garden

Principal Function:

The Conservation Ecology Coordinator is based at the Southeastern Center for Conservation within the Department of Conservation & Research. The role primarily serves as the lead and coordinator for key conservation projects, reporting to the Conservation & Research Manager. Areas of focus includes botanical and ecosystem exploration focusing on rare and imperiled taxa, restoration ecology, ex situ conservation, and/or comparable fields in plant conservation.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead established and new research projects focused on the conservation of Southeastern plants
  • Supervise full time field biologist and part time technicians and interns
  • Supervise conservation-focused projects of undergraduate researchers/interns
  • Collaborate with internal and external colleagues to identify, prioritize, and develop new project funding opportunities as well as ensure current project deliverables are met
  • Write grant proposals and manage grant-supported projects as part of multi-investigator team
  • Disseminate the results of projects through project reports, professional meetings, peer-reviewed publications, and other venues
  • Manage, collect, assemble, and analyze various types of conservation data as well as produce maps using GIS software
  • Provide field work support to assigned and other projects as needed
  • Develop educational programming and curricula related to botanical conservation for interns and undergraduate & graduate student outreach

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in ecology, conservation botany, natural resources, restoration ecology plant biology, botany, or a related field with a minimum of 3 years of work experience in coordination of conservation programs or projects.
  • Ability to be a self-directed team player who works well independently.
  • Ability and experience conducting and publishing original research.
  • Experience writing and successfully raising funds from grants or foundations, state and federal agencies, etc.
  • Experimental design and project coordination experience.
  • Training and experience analyzing biological data to conduct and publish original research.
  • Strong quantitative skills and organizational abilities.
  • Must have very good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate verbally and in writing with a wide variety of audiences including co-workers, volunteers, landowners, community members, and business owners.
  • Experience or willingness to learn best practices in procuring seed and/or living plants, basic horticultural techniques, and growing and managing living plants and/or seed collections in greenhouse setting, seedbank facility, and/or botanical garden.
  • A desire to learn and grow both intellectually and professionally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in plant identification skills to species, genus, and family levels, preferably of southeastern North America
  • Species distribution modeling experience, preferred
  • Experience with state and federal agencies
  • Experience with ex situ collections
  • Non-profit or botanical garden experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Position involves strenuous field work in extreme weather conditions and the ability to lift 50 lb. is required.
  • Regional and international travel required, up to 25% of time associated with regional travel
  • Must be able to drive a wide variety of vehicles, including 4WD

Please e-mail resume and cover letter to: All files should include applicants last name, document title & title of the position you are applying for (e.g. Smith_Resume_Conservation Ecology Coordinator).

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.

It is the policy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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