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What is a Botanist?

A botanist with a government land management agency has the important responsibility of caring for plants and plant communities on public lands. Other resource specialists depend on botanists to advise them about plants and their habitats. Botanists work closely with other agencies, public interest groups, and members of the community to conserve plant resources.

Plant conservation ranges from controlling non-native species and noxious weeds to protecting threatened and endangered species. Botanists may also contribute their skills to a variety of activities including lichen monitoring for air quality, identifying native plant species for watershed restoration projects, and developing nature trails.

As a botanist, you may be assigned to some of the most scenic places in the Nation– places managed not only for their natural resources, but for their natural beauty as well and may work in a variety of conditions, climates, and terrain.

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