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.
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: email@example.com with Conservation Coordinator Application in the subject line.