Takla Nation

Takla Nation

POSITION TITLE:

Botanist

DIRECT REPORT:

Nuwh K’un’agh Manager

 

 

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Nation requires a botanist to develop a collection of herbarium specimens for use in ethnobotanical studies. Collections will be made in several areas of the Takla Traditional Territory, representing different ecosystems, in different seasons. This position requires travel within Northern British Columbia.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·       Collaborate with Nation staff and members and with other specialists to co-develop a systematically arranged collection of dried plants.

·       Co-develop the planning, collection, preservation, and display processes with community members.

·       Understanding the traditional and modern uses of the plants, if required documenting use patterns.

·       Conduct plant identification and inventory surveys, rare plant surveys, weed surveys, rangeland and riparian health assessments, and forest ecosite classifications.

·       Conduct field work independently, as a crew member, or as a crew lead.

·       Conduct environmental site evaluations, including identifying site characteristics such as habitat, dominant vegetation, presence of weedy/invasive species, topography, etc.

·       Classify wetlands/riparian areas as they relate to the specimen collection and data requirements.

·       Research taxonomic and geographic data through relevant sources, particularly Indigenous knowledge, and worldview sources.

·       Archival preparation including mounting and labeling of field collected specimens according to standard herbarium practices; and

·       Other related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

·       Good knowledge of Indigenous knowledge systems, co-developing plans, and protocols.

·       Knowledge of government guidelines and protocols as well as provincial and federal regulations (particular focus on species of conservation concern).

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

·       Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, or related natural sciences and minimum two years of relevant experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

·       Demonstrated ability to work with community members in a positive, collegial, and cross-educational manner.

·       Superior written and verbal communication skills.

·       Must be a team player, highly motivated and organized, able to work with a range of personalities, and have a positive attitude.

·       This position entails a substantial amount of field work; thus, applicants must be willing/able to be away for extended periods of time and possibly to camp in remote locations during field work.

·       Field work will regularly require working in rugged terrain; strong outdoor skills, experience working in remote areas, and experience operating trucks with loaded trailers, ATVs, and snowmobiles is an asset.

·       Safety certifications such as First Aid, ATV, and /or UTV are considered a bonus.

PLEASE BE ADVISED, THIS IS A CONTRACT POSITION WITH A DEFINED END DATE.

 

To apply for this job email your details to hr@taklafn.ca