NatureServe seeks a highly collaborative leader with a commitment to conservation to shape and guide NatureServe’s plant conservation program and advance the organization’s mission. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a senior level scientist with a high level of expertise and demonstrated success in developing and applying botanical information to support conservation. NatureServe is an established biodiversity conservation science and technology organization with a new strategic plan that prioritizes making the collection, curation, and delivery of our conservation data more efficient and effective. The work of the individual in this role will be critical to the organization’s ability to meet its strategic goals and priorities. Location for this role is flexible, but Arlington, Virginia is preferred.
The Chief Botanist is a key leadership position at NatureServe and provides strategic direction on the development of scientific methods, data, analyses, and information products designed to promote the lasting conservation of North American plants. The Chief Botanist guides efforts to develop, document, and maintain the most current and robust data on the taxonomy, conservation status, distribution, and conservation requirements of plant species and is responsible for assuring the accuracy, completeness, currency and scientific validity of NatureServe's botanical information. The Chief Botanist promotes high-quality, consistent, and current data by fostering collaboration and communication between NatureServe's botanists and data managers across the NatureServe Network, as well as government agencies, academic institutions, private sector entities, and other conservation organizations. They also collaborate with these partners to provide expert conservation services and produce information products and publications to support the application of our data to meet their conservation goals. The Chief Botanist has responsibility for determining and articulating the long- and short-term goals of NatureServe's botany program, for managing botany projects and budgets and botany staff. They also collaborate with staff throughout the organization to implement NatureServe’s strategic plan, including the information managers, software developers, other scientists, and the executive team. This position leads outreach and business development and philanthropic activities related to plant conservation. The Chief Botanist supervises 2-3 staff.
Develop and implement strategies to improve the accuracy and completeness of NatureServe’s botanical data. Working in collaboration with biologists across the NatureServe Network and partner organizations, advance standards and analytical and data management tools used to document and understand the taxonomy, conservation status, condition, and location of plants in North America.
Collaborate with key national and international organizations, federal agencies, professional societies, academic institutions, and other global conservation initiatives such as the IUCN Red List and the Key Biodiversity Areas Partnerships. Provide expert conservation services and develop information products and publications that help partners and clients advance their conservation and stewardship objectives.
Provide scientific support in the design and implementation of software development initiatives being carried out by NatureServe. Collaborate with NatureServe's ecological science staff to develop approaches to integrate botanical and ecological data in the design and implementation of biodiversity databases, habitat mapping efforts, and conservation assessment and planning projects.
Raise public and private funds to support NatureServe's botanical activities.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has been the authoritative source for biodiversity data throughout the Western Hemisphere. With an international network of nearly 100 natural heritage programs across the United States, Canada, and Latin America, NatureServe is the leading source of information on rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. To protect threatened biodiversity, NatureServe works with over 1,000 conservation scientists to collect, aggregate, and standardize biodiversity statistics, providing comprehensive data to the public for strategic conservation efforts. NatureServe and NatureServe network programs develop and manage the most comprehensive data for over 100,000 species and ecosystems, answering fundamental questions about what exists, where it is found, and how it is doing. NatureServe has an expansive botanical library in its Arlington, VA office and access to online botanical literature to support our work.
NatureServe offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
NATURESERVE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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$90,000 - $105,000
Arlington, VA, USA