Employment

Thank you for your interest in employment at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas!  All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. and will be required to provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the U.S.

Current Openings (see summaries below, with links to full descriptions):

  • President and CEO (FT)
  • Conservation Botanist (FT)
  • Customer Service Representatives (1 FT and 3 PT)
  • Public Event Attendant (1 FT and 2 PT)
  • Risk Coordinator (FT)

President and CEO

Reporting directly to BRIT’s highly engaged Board of Directors, the new President & CEO will lead a team of approximately 115 staff members, and an operating budget of over $11M.

In partnership with the Board, the next President & CEO will have the privilege to shape, guide and execute the institution’s vision and strategic plan as the two organizations evolve into one.

The Board seeks a leader who will partner with them in thinking boldly and creatively about this organization’s future. There is an opportunity to capitalize on the synergy of the two institutions for increased engagement, visibility, attendance and to provide an enhanced overall visitor experience. Continuing to work with the Board and key partners to develop sustainable revenue and broad-based philanthropic support in a vibrant, aspirational community will be a core measure of success moving forward.

To learn more about this position, download the description from Kittleman & Associates, LLC here.

 

Conservation Botanist, Full Time

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks a Conservation Botanist to lead the institution’s Plant Conservation Program. The Conservation Botanist pursues original research in plant conservation, primarily in Texas. Areas of focus can include botanical and ecosystem exploration focusing on rare and endangered taxa, restoration ecology, ex situ cultivation, seed banking, conservation genomics, and/or comparable fields in plant conservation. The Conservation Botanist is expected to maintain an active research program as measured by scientific peer-reviewed journal publications, grant-funded proposals in support of research, collections management and development, collaborations with colleagues, outreach activities, participation in professional meetings, and contributions to graduate programs associated with local universities with which BRIT partners. The position often works with state and federal conservation agencies.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Conservation Botanist is responsible for establishing and leading research projects focused on the conservation of the plants of Texas and adjacent areas; overseeing seed collecting projects and managing the BRIT conservation seed lab and collection; writing grant proposals and managing grant-supported projects as a principal investigator or as part of multi-investigator teams; disseminating the results of projects through peer-reviewed publications, professional meetings, project reports, and other venues; supervising grant-funded staff, volunteers, and students as needed; serving as BRIT’s conservation officer to the Center for Plant Conservation; organizing and facilitating the biennial Texas Plant Conservation Conference; and interfacing with other conservation organizations and agencies to strengthen a statewide conservation network.

A Ph.D. degree in conservation biology, botany, natural resources, restoration ecology, or related field is required along with ability and experience conducting and publishing original research, success with raising funds from grants or foundations, state and federal agencies, etc., demonstrated fieldwork competencies, and training and/or experience analyzing biological data.

Please see the full job description for a more detailed list of job tasks and applicant qualifications: Conservation Botanist

BRIT strives to maintain a positive working environment focused on growth and success of individuals, working together in a collaborative, professional manner, with communication a priority. To apply, please submit a cover letter, Research Statement, and CV as a single pdf document to: brithr@brit.org. Application review will begin November 1st, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Earliest start date is January 2021. Actual start date is negotiable. BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Customer Service Representatives 1 Full Time/ 3 Part Time

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks customer service representatives that work in the operations department. The ideal candidate provides excellent customer service to visitors, members, supporters, and employees. Performs a wide variety of basic customer services and clerical tasks. Responds to internal and external customer inquiries and concerns.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Provides a wide variety of general customer services for admission and gift shop operation including actively promoting and securing memberships
  • Performs calculations and handles monetary transactions
  • Responds to customer inquiries and complaints in a timely and efficient manner and resolves problems
  • Interprets, applies, and explains customer service policies and procedures to the public; enforces the adherence to policies as required

Required Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma/GED
  • Experience with basic services and activities of a customer service program and knowledge of effective methods and techniques of customer service
  • Experience providing effective customer service
  • Education in the basic principles and procedures of record keeping, data entry, and filing
  • Education in the practices of accounting and able to perform general accounting functions
  • Experience with modern office procedures, methods, and equipment
  • Experience operating computers and using/learning software programs

Preferred Multi-lingual

Position Type, Expected Hours of Work, Travel

  • This is a full-time position with regular work hours scheduled Saturday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Working on holidays may be required.
  • Flextime is a work schedule arrangement that may or may not be appropriate for this position. 

Special Position Requirements

  • Due to the job responsibilities that include financial transactions and confidential information for this position, a credit check may be conducted.  BRIT complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding the collection, storage, use and disposal of information obtained as part of the credit check.
  • AAP/EEO Statement
  • BRIT is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. See Employee Handbook for detailed policy.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Please see the full job description for a more detailed list of job tasks and applicant qualifications: Customer Service Representative

BRIT strives to maintain a positive working environment focused on growth and success of individuals, working together in a collaborative, professional manner, with communication a priority. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter as a single document to: brithr@brit.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Public Event Attendant 1 Full Time/ 2 Part Time

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks public event attendants that works in the operations department. The position performs event preparation duties relating to the assembly and disassembly of public event activities. Cleans assigned buildings and facilities. Participates in other assigned manual labor tasks related to public events setups.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Performs a wide variety of duties in the preparation of public events related to set-ups, which includes installing bleachers, portable risers, fence panels and portable stairs; moving temporary walls; delivering supplies and various kinds of materials. Assembles, arranges, and disassembles furniture, tables and chairs.
  • Cleans meeting rooms exhibit halls, corridors, restroom, and lobby
  • Sweeps, scrubs, strips, waxes, mops, washes, polishes, vacuums floors and shampoos carpets
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Required Education and Experience

  • High School diploma/GED
  • Experience operating audio-video equipment
  • Experience in maintenance tasks including floor care utilizing floor cleaning equipment
  • Fire code and chemical safety training
  • Experience in janitorial best practices
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply general safety principles and practices
  • Knowledge of general departmental policies and regulations
  • Ability to plan and manage time, prioritize tasks, and correspond duties with events
  • Ability to follow instructions and adhere to policies and procedures
  • Supervision and observation skills with attention to detail
  • Internal and External customer service skills with ability to anticipate customer needs and answer questions
  • Ability to make sound decisions using good judgement
  • Ability to read diagrams
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Physically able to perform strenuous manual labor tasks related to assigned responsibilities

Preferred: Multi-lingual

Position Type, Expected Hours of Work, Travel

  • This is a full-time position, and regular hours of work and days are Monday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.; however, this position can regularly require long hours and occasional weekend work. Local daytime travel may be required. 
  • Flextime is a work schedule arrangement that may or may not be appropriate for this position. 

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to see, talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, push, pull and lift. Position requires use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and may use repetitive motions.
  • Employee can expect to be required to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly having to move objects.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Special Position Requirements

  • Valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • Employee is required to undergo a physical exam to assess whether the person is able to perform the duties of the position with or without accommodation.

AAP/EEO Statement

BRIT is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. See Employee Handbook for detailed policy.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Please see the full job description for a more detailed list of job tasks and applicant qualifications: Public Event Attendant

BRIT strives to maintain a positive working environment focused on growth and success of individuals, working together in a collaborative, professional manner, with communication a priority. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter as a single document to: brithr@brit.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Risk Coordinator, Full Time

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks a full-time entry-level Risk Coordinator to create and maintain an annual risk management calendar for the organization and methods of tracking safety training, reporting requirements, certification renewals, inspections, etc. The Risk Coordinator will work to become familiar with all aspects of operations to identify opportunities for safety improvement, accident reduction, and procedure implementation. This position will track and maintain safety information including inspections, investigations, workers compensation, and reporting. The Risk Coordinator will also help develop and implement a robust safety program for the organization.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Keeping up to date on industry safety standards, recommendations, and regulations
  • Identifying opportunities to minimize workplace incidents and accidents
  • Determining the knowledge and skills needed by employees to do their work safely and arranging for training to meet those needs
  • Recommending policies and procedures needed to enhance safety and diminish risk
  • Assisting with investigations to identify causes of accidents or incidents and determining how they might be prevented in the future
  • Developing and Implementing a method of tracking Workers Compensation reporting and claims and working with supervisors to decrease workplace incidents
  • Submitting required Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reporting and maintaining OSHA records
  • Facilitating drug and physical screenings 
  • Orienting new employees on health and safety

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Health and Safety, Risk Management, Environmental Health, or, applicable occupational risk and safety certifications combined with work experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of organizational policies and best practices of risk and safety management
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to influence others
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail

Please see full job description for a more detailed list of job tasks and applicant qualifications: Risk Coordinator

BRIT strives to maintain a positive working environment focused on growth and success of individuals, working together in a collaborative, professional manner, with communication a priority. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter as a single document to: brithr@brit.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.