Field Botanist

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New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Field Study, NAU

Opportunity Description: 

Field Botanist needed for a project studying the habitat of the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse in riparian areas located within National Forests in the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico. The successful applicant will work as part of a team to determine habitat and environmental requirements for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Duties include collection of detailed vegetation data at known New Mexico meadow jumping mouse sits and randomly-selected riparian sites. The research takes place in remote areas and technicians will be camping while out in the field for approximately 6-9 days at a time. While camping and in the field (which will be most of the time), technicians will be provided per diem to cover food expenses and are reimbursed for use of a personal 4WD vehicle while working. Office duties may include data entry, maintenance of sampling gear, and travel preparations. The field season is expected to run from June to September.

This position requires camping at high elevations (>8000 feet), navigating across difficult trail-less terrain, working and camping in remote areas, and spending several hours in waders walking through fast-moving streams. Applicants should be prepared physically and have the appropriate clothing and gear to work and camp in these environments.

The Field Botanist position is expected to know or quickly learn the flora of southwestern riparian areas to maximize data collection quality and efficiency. Riparian systems are diverse, often with hundreds of species present. Methods will include collecting species composition, richness, cover, and presence and absence data at the species level. Additional data collection may include estimating functional group percent cover on vegetation quadrats, and also using other tools such as Robel poles or estimating height of vegetation, and densiometers for estimating tree canopy cover. The botanist may be asked to lead vegetation field crews and ensure the efficient and safe collection of high-quality data with limited direct daily supervision.

Desired Qualifications: Prior experience in plant community measurements and plant identification, preferably in the western United States and in riparian vegetation. Experience in keying plants or a taxonomy course. Experience leading field research crews. GPS and field navigational skills. Safe driving 4WD vehicles. CPR and wilderness first aid/WFR training is desirable.


Salary: $17-$20/hr depending on experience

Deadline to apply: March 2, 2018

To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references (applications formatted as a single PDF document) to the contact below.

Carol Chambers E-mail:


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Cover Letter