Botanist (Full-time)

Hudsonia Ltd

Annandale, New York

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $44,000-54,000 salary based upon experience
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Job Title: Botanist 
Mid-Hudson Valley, New York
Hudsonia Ltd.

About Hudsonia: We are a non-advocacy, non-profit environmental research and education organization committed to the study and preservation of natural ecosystems, with a particular focus on those within the Hudson Valley region of New York State and nearby areas. Our work encompasses a diverse array of research projects centered on biodiversity, ecology, and conservation science. While we are a separate entity, we have a working relationship with Bard College, where our offices are located, in Annandale, NY.

We collaborate closely with government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and private landowners to collect scientific data, conduct field surveys, and evaluate habitat capacity to support biodiversity. Our research endeavors include the study of native plant and animal species, the identification of rare and endangered species habitats, natural history of invasive plants, and long-term monitoring efforts of various taxa. In addition to our research initiatives, we provide technical assistance and training for land use planning, conservation, and environmental management efforts. Our team of experts provides technical proficiency and scientific guidance to inform land management decisions and safeguard vulnerable habitats and species of conservation concern.

Learn more about Hudsonia at www.hudsonia.org

Job Description:
We are seeking a Botanist to identify plants in the field and laboratory, prepare habitat maps and associated reports, conduct biological surveys and reviews of land use proposals, write contract and grant proposals, conduct conservation science research projects, and write technical assistance reports and scientific journal papers. Applicant must have thorough knowledge of northeastern U.S. vascular plants, GIS and data analysis experience, and excellent writing and public speaking skills. Experience with other taxa is a plus.


  • Graduate degree plus 2-5 years of relevant experience
  • Excellent knowledge of northeastern flora
  • Proficiency in technical writing and data management
  • Competent to moderate experience with GIS
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate neutrally with landowners, officials, and the general public in situations of controversy
  • Ability to work alone or with others in long days in the field under varied conditions of heat, cold, and noxious biota, sometimes distant from roads
  • Ownership of a personal vehicle for travel to field sites, and a current and clear driver license
  • Proficiency with binoculars, digital camera, and microscopes


  • Conduct rare species surveys, general flora surveys, invasive species surveys, habitat-based assessments of biodiversity (especially rare species), and assessment of the potential impacts of land use and management projects on habitats and species
  • Prepare habitat maps and associated reports
  • Write contract and grant proposals, technical assistance reports, and scientific journal papers
  • Conduct conservation science research projects
  • Provide technical assistance and professional education to staff of municipal, state, and non-governmental agencies, environmental and citizens’ groups, consulting firms, other businesses, and private landowners
  • Use GIS and other appropriate software for mapping, ground truthing habitat types, data management and analysis
  • Meet deadlines for contract and grant reports

Physical Requirements:
This position involves year-round fieldwork, including outdoor activities in various weather conditions, and in both urban and rural environments and sometimes on rugged terrain in remote areas or in paddlecraft. Applicants must be physically capable of performing field work tasks, including walking on uneven terrain and carrying equipment.

Benefits: Fully paid health insurance and SIMPLE IRA. After three months of satisfactory experience, eligible for up to two days of remote work per week.


To Apply:
Please send résumé or CV, cover letter, three professional references, and two to three samples of scientific or technical writing (including up to one professional presentation example). In your cover letter, please include descriptions of your experience with taxonomy, field work, and writing.

Submit applications to Lea Stickle at lstickle@bard.edu

Hudsonia is an Equal Opportunity employer. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. This announcement may be cancelled or modified. Please indicate where you saw this job posting.

Deadline: 15 July 2024 or until position is filled

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Category Botany, Ecology
Tags GIS