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Great Lakes Garden Field Tech
Category: Horticulture

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Great Lakes Garden Field Tech

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, University of Michigan 

Work Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Full Time/Non-Exempt Status
Job Title: Collections/Natural Areas Specialist
Posting Begin/End Date: 7/18/2014-8/11/2014
Working Title: Great Lakes Garden Field Tech
Job Opening ID Number - 98673
Salary Range: $35,000.00 – $40,000.00*
How to Apply:
Please note:  A detailed cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position; include the cover letter as the first page of your resume.  In your cover letter, describe how your skills and experience directly relate to the specific duties and qualifications of this position. You must apply for this position on the UM Jobs Career website, Use the job opening ID number 98673 to search for this position.
Job Summary: Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is seeking a seasonal Native Plant Technician to complete the installation and establishment of the Great Lakes Gardens. *This is a Seasonal Leave of Absence Appointment position with a 9-month period of active employment March 1st through November 30th and a 3-month period of inactive employment beginning December 1st through the end of February. The position is term-limited, terminating December 1, 2016. 
This position works in collaboration with the natural areas team and the horticulture team, under direct supervision of the native plants specialist and collections program coordinator.  Duties include:
  • Work with the natural areas team’s native plant specialist to define appropriate plants for the different GLG ecosystems
  • Lead or assist with native plant seed collection and propagation
  • Work with native plant vendors to purchase appropriate plants for the new gardens
  • Develop weed control strategies and implement them, using ecological restoration techniques as appropriate
  • Establish new desirable plants and ecosystems
  • Assist with hiring, training and supervising summer interns
  • Lead staff and volunteer workdays in the Great Lakes Garden
  • Lead and assist with educational workshops
Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Natural Resources, Horticulture or related field is necessary. Familiarity with Michigan native plants and ecosystems and some experience/familiarity with ecological restoration work. Be willing and able to work outdoors for extended periods in all seasons, exposed to a range of weather conditions, biting insects, poison ivy and other discomforts in garden spaces and natural areas. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide own transportation to work sites. A current Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s license or willingness to obtain one is required.
Desired Qualifications: 
Master’s degree in botany, natural resources, horticulture or related field, and previous work experience in propagation and care of native plants.  Experience with prescribed burning, utility vehicles, and power equipment, including chainsaws and brush cutters, is preferred. Demonstrated project management and leadership experience. Experience working with volunteers.

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