Field Botany Technician (invasive plants) at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
In collaboration with the Angeles National Forest, you’ll work in a team to assist the field crew lead and director of conservation programs with invasive plant management in the Angeles National Forest. Duties include hand removal of invasive plant species, herbicide application, rugged backcountry hiking, and some GPS mapping of plant populations. Must approach all tasks with respect for natural, cultural, and fiscal resources, as well as co-workers, volunteers, partner agencies, and organizations. This is a full-time temporary position (40 hours a week for one year, with possibility of extension, starting in July or as soon as positions are filled). Learn more here.
Seed Conservation Intern at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Assist the Director of Conservation Programs, Seeds of Success Coordinator, and the Seed Conservation Program Manager in execution of field research and seed collecting activities for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s California Plant Rescue (CaPR) program and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Seeds of Success Program (SOS). CaPR is a collaborative project to secure the future of the state’s native flora by collecting seeds of California native plant species for long-term preservation in secure regional seed banks (ex-situ conservation). SOS is a program coordinated by the BLM to support seed collections from native plant populations to conserve and develop native plant materials for stabilizing, rehabilitating, and restoring lands in the United States. Learn more here.
Horticulturist (Internship) at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
The intern will acquire proficiency in diverse skills involved in installing and maintaining garden areas including: maintenance of cultivated areas, upkeep of garden paths, restoration/renovation of existing garden beds, plant record-keeping and labeling, maintenance of other outdoor facility areas such as the main entrance, parking areas, approaches to buildings, etc. Specific activities include raking, mulching, planting and transplanting, watering, weeding, pruning, answering visitors’ questions, plant record inventory, shoveling of soil, gravel, mulch, etc., and clearing herbaceous and woody material. Learn more here.
PhD research assistantship in the Department of Entomology/Nematology at the University of Florida
Position: PhD research assistantship
Location: The student will be located at the main campus of UF in Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville is a lively college town offering a strong arts and music scene along with plentiful outdoor recreation activities. UF was recently ranked in the top 10 public universities in the U.S., and UF’s Department of Entomology and Nematology was rated best in the world in 2017.
A PhD research assistantship in the Department of Entomology/Nematology at the University of Florida is available starting spring semester 2019 in the laboratory of Dr. Rachel Mallinger. The successful candidate will conduct research on blueberry pollination ecology in collaboration with Dr. Patricio Munoz and the Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Lab at UF. Potential research topics include investigating variation in pollinator visitation across blueberry genotypes, determining the role of floral traits in mediating pollinator attraction, and evaluating factors that influence pollination success including farm size, farm management, or pollinator behavior. The student will join a growing and active research group, and will have the opportunity to engage in extension with Florida blueberry growers. Learn more here.
July 30-August 1, 2018 2nd Seed Longevity Workshop, Fort Collins, Colorado. Hosted by the International Society for Seed Science, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Colorado State University. More information here.
August 26-30, 2018 Association of Zoological Horticulture Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Canada. For more information, click here.
September 13-14, 2018 State of the World’s Fungi Symposium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. More information here.
October 23-25, 2018 Natural Areas Conference, “Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas”. Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington, Indiana. More info here.