Natural Areas Biologist

Holden Forests & Gardens - Kirtland, OH

Holden Forests & Gardens is one of Northeast Ohio’s largest and most important cultural and environmental institutions. It is comprised of two campuses, the urban Cleveland Botanical Garden campus located in Cleveland’s University Circle and the rural Holden Arboretum campus in Kirtland. It is the 12 th largest public garden in the US. The Cleveland Botanical Garden campus is a 10-acre urban environment that includes extensive outdoor plant displays and two indoor glasshouses featuring forest and desert biomes ( ). The Holden Arboretum campus comprises 3,500 acres in a suburban setting, and includes 500 acres of plant collections, gardens and displays and over 3000 acres of natural areas. ( ).

We are seeking a Natural Areas Biologist to join our team. The Natural Areas Biologist will assist in the management of natural areas at the Holden Arboretum which include forested and old field systems. This position will be expected to advance best practice approaches to control invasive plants and will help to develop a volunteer education program in invasive plant control and management. This position will have primary responsibility for implementing a plan for use of volunteer and citizen scientists to help manage invasive plants in natural areas. In addition, the individual will participate in other conservation activities including, monitoring of plant and animal populations, assisting with restoration projects and helping to oversee the collaborative use of the Holden Arboretum’s natural areas for research and conservation. In addition, the Natural Areas Biologist will engage in outreach for public and professional audiences via written or verbal communications. This position is based within Holden Forests & Gardens’ Conservation department but is a close partner to Community Forestry and Research staff.

Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management, or a related field. A Master’s degree is a plus. The successful candidate will also have a minimum of two (2) years of field experience.

We will begin reviewing applications on November 4, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please upload as one document a 1) resume 2) a cover letter describing your experience and qualifications and 3) a list of three professional references with contact information.

Questions concerning the position should be forwarded to David Burke, Chief Program Officer for Science and Conservation ( ).

Holden Forests &Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.