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Join our Plant Conservation Section! The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves is hiring a conservation coordinator/field botanist (Environmental Scientist II position (grade 13)) that is a grant funded two-year position with a possibility of extension. This position will focus mostly on coordinating our statewide roadside remnant grassland/pollinator habitat program but will also assist in monitoring and management of rare plant populations and natural communities as well as general floristic surveys on conservation lands. Minimum qualifications include a degree in a conservation/biology discipline plus three years of professional experience as well as a genuine love of plants.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter and direct all inquiries to 502-782-7831 by December 4th, 2019.

We regularly hire 9-month term biological technicians. Check back often for details, or go to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet website and search for "Nature Preserves".

Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to assist in the preservation of Kentucky's finest natural areas? The KNP is looking for volunteers to give us a hand in the field and in the office. Volunteer opportunities are scheduled throughout the year.
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For more information on how you or your group can help please contact our volunteer coordinator at Ask to join our volunteer mailing list and you will be contacted for volunteer opportunities across the state!

Preserve Stewards - Reliable volunteers are always needed to serve as our eyes and ears at nature preserves and natural areas across the Commonwealth. These individuals will be responsible for visiting their assigned preserve at least twice a month and filling out reports on the conditions of the preserve - not a bad job!  Additional training will be provided as needed.

Group Service Projects - We have areas in 72 counties that could use a lot of help with hiking trail improvement, invasive species removal, trash pick-up, and other large-scale projects. If your scout, church, school, or other civic group wants to spend a day lending a hand please let us know!

Volunteer Naturalist - We have opportunities available for individuals who are interested in learning more about Kentucky's rare plants.  In the field, we need assistants to help us continue to locate and monitor rare plant species. Volunteers should have some plant identification skills and be able to work independently.  At the Frankfort office, we need assistance scanning and organizing images of plants -- a great way to learn them.  Additionally there are many plant collections that need labels so they can be sent to larger herbaria. We also would like to computerize our small herbarium. Some low-level familiarity with computer use is needed for this work.

Data Management Assistant - If you are interested in learning more about the KY-BAT database and have at least minimal computer skills, we need your help.  Volunteers are needed for a data management assistant at the Frankfort office. This position involves processing and reviewing data with our data management team using spreadsheets and databases. Time commitment would be at least three to four hours per week.