Overview: This 36-week, 35-hour/week position involves monitoring rare plants in the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) through the Plants of Concern (POC) program, a widely recognized citizen science program. The position is based at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Duties include collecting field monitoring data, helping recruit and train volunteer monitors, entering/analyzing monitoring data including GIS applications, and assisting with reports. There will be occasional weekend work. The position begins early to mid April 2017.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In this role, you will be responsible for the following:
April through September: Attend a POC training workshop. Engage in monitoring field work throughout the Forest Preserves system. Reach out to volunteer stewards at sites where POC monitoring occurs. Help train and provide field support to volunteer monitors as needed. Begin data entry and any analysis projects requested by FPCC.
October through December: Follow up with volunteers regarding report submission. Follow up with site stewards on land management activities. Enter data and assist the POC research assistant in conducting statistical and GIS analysis for presentation to Forest Preserves staff at an advisory group meeting and in grant reports. Help finalize POC reports.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
Physical Demands: Field work involves traversing steep or otherwise difficult terrain, or traversing distances of up to 2 miles while carrying equipment. Bending, stooping, and kneeling are often necessary. Field work may occur during hot weather when insects are active. Office work involves sitting, standing, typing, using computers, and copy machines.
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