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Title:  Fish and Wildlife Scientist III

Application Deadline Date:  02/13/2023
Req ID:  45880
Department:  Fish & Wildlife

Barre, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.42


The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) is recruiting for the State Botanist – Fish & Wildlife Scientist III.  This position offers a unique opportunity to make important contributions to the conservation and management of Vermont’s flora that will benefit natural communities, habitat, associated wildlife, and the overall health of Vermont’s environment. This position will work within the Department’s Wildlife Diversity Program.  



The VFWD state Botanist leads vascular plant conservation planning and implementation throughout Vermont for plant Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), with a particular emphasis on rare, threatened, and endangered species. They promote stable and resilient populations of SGCN in alignment with the Vermont Wildlife Action Plan by identifying and overseeing activities to reduce or mitigate threats to plant populations. The Botanist implements research and monitoring to determine plant species’ distribution, population status, threats, and conservation needs, and uses plant population data to inform conservation priorities and measures. They work in partnership with state and regional experts, agencies, and organizations to plan, promote, and implement management strategies to address identified conservation needs. The Botanist works with their VFWD colleagues to ensure plant data are included and curated in the Natural Heritage database on an ongoing basis and to contribute to the assessment and inventory of natural communities.


The Botanist reviews development project permits under Act 250 and Section 248 to determine potential impacts on threatened and endangered plant species. They review takings permits, work with applicants to minimize or mitigate impacts, and provide feedback on permit conditions. They also review development proposals and management activities for state lands. 


Serving as the state’s leading expert, the Botanist lends their expertise to Natural Heritage, researchers, agencies, land managers, foresters, conservation organizations, and the general public regarding the biology, status, and management needs of the state’s flora. They summarize and analyze plant data and provide the basis for data products, technical assistance guidance, and content for outreach and media materials. They contribute to the development of recovery plans for state threatened and endangered plant species. 


The Botanist supervises and supports the Assistant Botanist in their role in field data collection, data entry and management, and outreach. The Botanist raises a portion of their funds through successful federal and private grant proposals, and is responsible for project budgets, grant reports, and managing contracts with partner organizations. 

Who May Apply

This position, Fish and Wildlife Scientist III (Job Requisition #45880), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Rosalind Renfrew at


Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in both an office and a field setting. Field work may require traversing rough terrain and bodies of water in all weather conditions. Duties may require work outside of normal office hours. Attendance is required at a variety of public meetings, hearings, and seminars, where strong adversarial opinions and some hostility may be encountered. Private means of transportation must be available for necessary travel.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or higher in a natural resources field AND two (2) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.


Bachelor's degree or higher in natural resources field or biology AND four (4) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.


Two (2) years or more as a Fish & Wildlife Scientist II with the State of Vermont.

Preferred Qualifications

•    Demonstrated ability to identify Vermont flora, and familiarity with their ecology and associated natural communities.
•    Familiarity with Vermont’s natural community classification system.
•    Experience in identifying and mapping plants and their habitats for documentation and management. 
•    Familiarity with Natural Heritage methodology for inventories and assessments of rare species and significant natural communities.
•    Familiarity with interpreting Vermont or northeastern US ecology and physical settings, including bedrock geology, soils, hydrology, natural processes, and land use history in terms of their association with plant species composition.
•    Experience in writing management plans for natural community or plant conservation and management.
•    Ability to coordinate and work productively with others in a team setting and contribute to discussions with groups that include diverging interests.
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
•    Experience with grant writing and project management. 
•    Demonstrated skill in study design, data collection techniques and protocols, and data visualization and analysis.
•    Experience with GPS technology in a field setting and GIS mapping (e.g., ESRI software, ArcPro).
•    Familiarity with Act 250 and Section 248. 
•    Ability to work independently in rugged and remote field settings.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.