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So I would say you need to be able to push  yourself and be proactive in terms of setting up collaborations with other scientists etc.
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Botanist

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Botanist
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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At a Glance... header image

Studies the cells, evolution, genes, and various species of plants. They look into how and where plants grow and investigate the impact that chemicals and diseases have on them.


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Botanists study plants, including their reproduction and growth, distribution, and how pests and diseases affect them. They study plant life both in the laboratory and in their natural environment.  
 
Botanists often work in research and development for agricultural, forestry or environmental bodies. In agriculture, botanists may study how to stop pests damaging crops, perhaps through biological control (for example, introducing other species to eat the pests). Botanists may change plants' genes through genetic modification (GM) to increase crop yields, or to make crops more resistant to pests and diseases.  
 
Extinction threatens many plant species, so botany and plant ecology have become important aspects of conservation. In fieldwork, botanists may record the number and types of different species in one area or monitor the impact of pollution on a region's plant life.


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Conduct experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates.

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Communicate research or project results to other professionals or the public or teach related courses, seminars, or workshops.

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Investigate soil problems or poor water quality to determine sources and effects.

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Study soil characteristics to classify soils on the basis of factors such as geographic location, landscape position, or soil properties.

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Provide information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land, promote plant growth, or avoid or correct problems such as erosion.

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Investigate responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the use capabilities of soils and the effects of alternative practices on soil productivity.

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Develop methods of conserving or managing soil that can be applied by farmers or forestry companies.

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Conduct experiments investigating how soil forms, changes, or interacts with land-based ecosystems or living organisms.

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Conduct research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, storing, processing, or transporting horticultural products.

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Develop new or improved methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, or insect pests.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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As a botanist, you will need to be accurate and methodical in field and laboratory work, and be prepared to repeat experiments many times. A high level of scientific ability and understanding would be needed especially in biology and chemistry. Knowledge of sophisticated technology as well as good computer skills would also be very helpful.


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Organisation: National Botanic Gardens
Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Tel: (01) 804 0201
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