Position Vacancy: Caribbean Plant Conservation Scientist

research@fairchildgarden.org jpipoly at FAIRCHILDGARDEN.ORG
Mon Nov 8 06:30:05 CST 2004

The Center for Tropical Plant Conservation at Fairchild Tropical Botanic
Garden seeks a full-time Caribbean Plant Conservation Scientist. The
Scientist will support and implement plant conservation in the Caribbean
Basin through collaborative projects, including conservation assessments of
important habitats or areas; biogeographic, phylogenetic, monographic and
other analyses; the restoration of species and habitats; coordination of
regional conservation initiatives including the Caribbean Botanic Gardens
for Conservation (CBGC) and the Caribbean Vegetation Monitoring Network
(CaribMoNet). Specific Responsibilities include: • Conduct original plant
conservation research and produce applied products that support in-country
conservation activities. • Carry out studies on the systematics and
conservation of priority vascular plant families in the Caribbean in
conjunction with the Director of Research. • Work with partner conservation
organizations, including IUCN-SSC, Fauna and Flora International, Plant
Life International, with joint grant development activities. • Support
Caribbean regional conservation initiatives, and represent FTBG before the
Caribbean Botanic Gardens for Conservation, Caribbean Vegetation Monitoring
Network, and other relevant conservation networks. • Actively participate
in the Graduate Studies in Tropical Plant Biology Program with Florida
International University and the University of Miami by serving as thesis
committee member, when appropriate. • Recruit and supervise graduate
students, visiting fellows and postdocs in Caribbean plant conservation
research. • Apply GIS technology to Caribbean Plant Conservation
initiatives. • Test the application of conservation and restoration tools
developed at FTBG for application to the Caribbean. • Collaborate with
other FTBG departments to enhance education and public outreach.
Skills needed include: • Ph.D. in conservation biology, systematic botany
or biology, with relevant tropical field and postdoctoral experience. •
Existing publications in relevant areas of systematics and/or conservation
biology. • GIS skills • Experience and expertise in tropical conservation
biology and threatened species assessments • Understanding, or willingness
to learn, the legislative context for Caribbean plant conservation, e.g.
the CBD and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. • Excellent spoken
and written communication skills in the English language, fluency in second
language (French or Spanish) preferred. • Ability to network with the
community of Caribbean conservationists, biologists, foresters,
horticulturists, land planners and other interested parties. • Ability to
work as part of a team within the Department as well as with FTBG Plant
Collections and Landscape Department and the Education Department.   More
details may be found at: http://www.ftg.org/publicprograms/n_employment.html
Application Instructions:
Applicants are to send an electronic application, consisting of: c.v.,
statement of research experience, names, email addresses and telephone
numbers of three referees, to: mailto:research at fairchildgarden.org with the
subject line: "Caribbean Plant Cons Scientist Application". Hard copy
applications will not be accepted. Salary commensurate with experience;
FTBG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Position will be open until a
suitable candidate is found.

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