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Rare Plant Curator - Bok Tower Gardens

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TITLE:                          Rare Plant Curator


REPORTS TO:            Conservation Program Manager


CLASSIFICATION:   Permanent-conditional: a regularly renewed, temporary (12-

                                       month) position contingent on annual grant awards; Exempt;



FUNDING:                  Position is funded primarily through the State of Florida Rare and Endangered Plant Conservation Grants Program (DPI, DOACS) and a partnership with IFAS; position is dependent upon the continuation of these funds.





The National Collection is part of a multi-faceted program directed by the Conservation Program Manager to study and conserve the rare plants of Florida.  The Rare Plant Curator is responsible for curation and day-to-day operations of the National Collection, including augmentation, accessions, record keeping, maintaining and updating databases, maintenance of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) National Collection Beds, research on collection species and community education.  The Curator also serves as a Bok Tower Gardens representative and networking liason with CPC, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), National Center for Germplasm Resources Preservation NCGRP), federal, state, regional, local and NGO conservation partners.



·         Graduate degree in the Biological Sciences, Botany, Conservation Biology or similar

·         Experience with plant propagation and endangered plant conservation preferred

·         Basic computer skills, detailed record keeping, and proficiency with Windows Office software essential

·         Data analysis and basic statistics skills preferred

·         Public speaking and educational experience preferred

·         Field work, GIS, BG-Base, and basic molecular biology lab experience a plus

·         Must be passionate about rare plant conservation and self-motivated

·         Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize work load

·         Ability to work independently or as part of a team effectively.  Must be able to follow directions closely and work cooperatively with staff and collaborators

·         Ability to effectively train, supervise and motivate teams of volunteers and students to perform field or on-site group projects

·         Must have reliable transportation to complete necessary field work (in the event that a Conservation Program vehicle is unavailable)

·         Strong organizational skills desired.  Must be detail oriented

·         Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills desired

·         Ability to represent the Rare Plant Conservation Program in the state-wide and national conservation community networks

·         Ability to travel to locations throughout Florida, and occasional overnight stays for meetings or field work.  Some out-of-state travel required.

·         Must have the physical stamina and agility to perform field work, and be able to lift up to 50 pounds


ESSENTIAL DUTIES:  to be performed by the Rare Plant Curator

·         Greenhouse propagation of plants for the CPC National Collection Beds

·         Review collection needs and current population mapping data.  Develop collection schedules, pursue landowner permission and fill out required federal and state collection permit forms

·         Obtain and propagate species (seeds, cuttings or whole plants) as needed, collecting pertinent population survey data in the field, including mapping data

·         Clean, count, test, package and store seeds according to best conservation practices.  Coordinate with the CPC and NCGRP as applicable

·         Design, implement and analyze statistically valid research experiments, developing optimum methods for propagation, seed storage, and to maintain healthy plants

·         Design and maintain thorough Collection records, both internal and with the CPC and BGCI, including assigning accession numbers and maintaining collection databases

·         Maintain the National Collection bed area which involves regular weeding, annual bed inventory, propagation as needed to maintain accessions, weed-eating, blowing, replacing ground cloth, changing irrigation heads, and regular irrigation of plants.

·         Responsible for onsite and offsite community outreach/education, which may involve the development and implementation of educational programs and materials, preparing articles, giving educational presentations on rare plants species, conservation issues, and efforts of the Rare Plant Conservation Program, and leading educational tours

·         Will develop a strong working relationship with conservation partners and represent the Rare Plant Conservation Program in meetings including the Rare Plant Task Force, the Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem Working Group and the national CPC meeting

·         Will ensure compliance with policies and regulations of federal and state agencies, landowners, the CPC, and internally, for permitting, collection guidelines, rare plant distribution, data and information management and sharing, and all curation and research activities.

·         Responsible for recruiting, organizing, training and overseeing volunteers for assisting with National Collection and field projects

·         Collaborate with Supervisor to participate in salvage/rescue efforts for rare species, and serve as lead on assigned recovery projects

·         Regularly prepare data analysis and results for grant proposals, reports, and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals

·         The Curator will interact closely with Conservation Program Manager on all aspects of the position.




·         Oversee the standard operation of the nursery in the temporary absence (vacations, illnesses, workshops, etc.) of the Nursery Manager (irrigation and/or manual watering and volunteer supervision)

·         Handles watering or other duties that occasionally fall outside regular work hours

·         Performs other related duties as requested or assigned

·         Propagate plants for the Endangered Plant Garden as assigned



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Activity Level:  A, B                                          Physical Level:  B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S


Mental Level:  A, B, C, D, E, F                         Working Conditions:  C, E




***Bok Tower Gardens reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the company desires.  This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  This job description is not an employment contract, implied or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “At-will.”  Qualified employees who, because of a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits a major life activity, require a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions of this position should notify their manager or Human Resources.***




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