Conservation Coordinator

Job Description: Conservation Coordinator

The Atlanta Botanical Garden invites applications for Conservation Coordinator for the Southeastern Center for Conservation within the Department of Conservation & Research. The successful candidates’ primary role will be to serve as the coordinator for key conservation projects, reporting directly to the Vice President of Conservation & Research and working closely with all members of the Conservation & Research team.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate and assist in fieldwork related to Conservation projects, including working with various individuals, organizations, and agencies.

Assist in the design and implementation of research projects concerning the biology and management of rare plants and rare plant communities, communicating results through publications and presentations.

Establish and maintain regular communication with private, state, national, and international conservation organizations

Collaborate with internal and external colleagues to identify, prioritize, and develop new project funding opportunities as well as ensure current project deliverables are met

Manage, collect, assemble, and analyze various types of conservation data as well as produce maps using GIS software

Participate in conservation strategic planning

Assist with identifying, procuring, and maintaining seeds of rare and endangered plant species for conservation and research pertaining to the new seed banking initiatives at ABG

Assist in the development of grant proposals and assist in other fund-raising efforts

Publicize the program through presentations, blog and social media posts, articles in popular and professional publications, and brochures.

Organize and train volunteers and student research assistants, as assigned

Develop educational programming and curricula related to botanical conservation for interns and undergraduate & graduate student outreach

Supervise conservation-focused projects of undergraduate researchers/interns

Organize field trips, set deadlines for research results and reports, and gather permits and background literature as needed.

Essential Functions

Coordinate and facilitate meetings, negotiate project details with colleagues from multiple institutions, develop projects into programs, motivate students and volunteers

Coordinate projects with diverse individuals and groups, including the general public, private landowners, gardeners, agency personnel, volunteers, non-profit staff, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and high school-aged children.

Required Minimum Qualifications

M.S. in Ecology, Botany, Plant Biology, Conservation Biology, Restoration Ecology or related field. OR Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 3 years of work experience in coordination of conservation programs or projects.

A self-directed team player who works well independently.
Must have good skills with plant identification at the species, genus, and family levels, preferably of southeastern North America

Must be proficient in English

Must be able to drive a wide variety of vehicles, including 4WD

Evidence of good character, mature attitude, and professional integrity
Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences

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

Please send a cover letter, resume, and name of 3 references to Emily Coffey: ecoffey@atlantabg.org with Conservation Coordinator Application in the subject line.