Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 5, 2021

Job Opportunity: Plant Genetics Lab Technician


The Laboratory Technician assists with a wide range of lab and office work supporting the inventory, conservation, and restoration of California’s flora and ecological communities. Occasional field work may also be required. This full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position reports to the Conservation Geneticist.

Essential Duties:

  • Perform routine molecular genetics lab work, including: o DNAextraction
    o DNAquantitation
    o Gelelectrophoresis

    o PCR

    o Assistwithadditionallaboratorytasksasassigned(includinghigh-throughputlibrarypreparations)

  • Prepare, database, and help maintain dried plant tissues for SBBG tissue bank;

    o Coordinatewithcollectorstoobtainnecessarymeta-datawhenaccessionsaremadebySBBGcollectors;

  • Enter data, and maintain SBBG DNA database;
  • Upload genetic data to publicly available databases (GenBank, BOLD);
  • Assist with analyses and report preparation;
  • Assist and manage volunteers as needed;

    Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of basic molecular genetic techniques;
  • Experience with and knowledge of basic taxonomic principles in botany;
  • Knowledge of and experience with the California flora (preferred, not required);
  • Ability to follow instructions, work successfully with others, and work independently with minimal


  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills;
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to preform laboratory work and prepare plant tissue specimens;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Computer proficiency including ability to use Microsoft Access, Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and

    ability to learn new computer programs as necessary including Geneious, BOLDsystems;

  • Willingness and ability to work cooperatively with peers at SBBG and other institutions;
  • Support for the Garden’s mission and goals.

    Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in biology, ecology, botany, environmental science, conservation biology, or closely related area;
  • Master’s degree (preferred, not required) or two or more full- time years (or equivalent) of relevant experience.

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Certificates and Licenses:

• Must have valid California Driver License and maintain an acceptable driving record.

Physical Requirements:

Must be capable of occasional strenuous physical work including:

  • Sitting for up to 2.0 hours at a time and using computer for lengthy periods
  • Standing/walking for extended periods of time
  • Bending, squatting, and walking stairs
  • Safely lifting and carrying 40 lbs.

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• Rigors of an outdoor work environment, including temperature fluctuations, rain, dust, allergens, poison oak, insects, wild animals, steep slopes, and sun exposure.

Interested candidates contact:

C. Matt Guilliams, Ph.D., he/him
Ken & Shirley Tucker Plant Systematist
Curator of the Clifton F. Smith Herbarium (SBBG)

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1200 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Garden phone: (805) 682-4726 x 124 (office), x 164 (herbarium)
Cell phone: (619) 857-0145

Est. 2015-06

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