Become a Seed Collector

We Are Looking For Seed Collectors!!

Just as we depend upon the skills and enthusiasm of volunteers in the lab to clean and process our seeds, we depend upon intrepid botanists in the field to help undertake collections.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR CONTRACT SEED COLLECTORS TO:

Independently collect seeds from species identified on our target list. Each collection will be sent to the seed bank coordinator with:

A minimum of 3,000 seeds from each population, unless otherwise specified as a maternal line collection.

Three herbarium voucher specimens and a DNA voucher per collection.

A completed data sheet

                        

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS:

  1. Experience with identifying native plant species.
  2. Knowledge of the difference between fruit and seed.
  3. Ability to create herbarium specimens and report latitude/longitude location on data forms.

Pay rate per collection

Regular collections: $125/collection

Priority collections: $130/collection

Restoration Garden collections: $135/collection

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT: If needed, training for seed collecting will be provided by CBG staff. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A CONTRACT SEED COLLECTOR: Please contact Dave Sollenberger, Seed Bank Manager, dsollenberger@chicagobotanic.org