Profession botanical technician

Botanical technicians provide technical assistance in researching and testing different plant species to monitor their properties such as growth and structure. They collect and analyse data using laboratory equipment, compile reports and maintain laboratory stock. Botanical technicians also study plants to research their use in areas such as medicine, food and materials.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Laboratory equipment

    The tools and equipment used by scientists and other scientific professionals in a laboratory.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Characteristics of plants

    The varieties, characteristics and structural and functional features of plants, depending on their habitat.

  • Plant species

    The variety of plants, trees and shrubs and their special characteristics. 

  • Botany

    The taxonomy or classification of plant life, phylogeny and evolution, anatomy and morphology, and physiology.

Skills

  • Calibrate laboratory equipment

    Calibrate laboratory equipment by comparing between measurements: one of known magnitude or correctness, made with a trusted device and a second measurement from another piece of laboratory equipment. Make the measurements in as similar a way as possible.

  • Assist in the production of laboratory documentation

    Assist in documenting laboratory work, especially paying attention to policies and standard operating procedures.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Use laboratory equipment

    Make correct use of laboratory equipment when working in a laboratory.

  • Write technical reports

    Compose technical customer reports understandable for people without technical background.

  • Collect biological data

    Collect biological specimens, record and summarise biological data for use in technical studies, developing environmental management plans and biological products.

  • Analyse experimental laboratory data

    Analyse experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Manage inventory

    Control product inventory in balance of availability and storage costs.

Optional knowledge and skills

horticulture principles preserve samples analyse environmental data hazardous waste storage plant care products keep task records variety of botanicals prepare visual data maintain plant health ensure compliance with environmental legislation chemistry create soil and plant improvement programmes label samples maintain database nurse plants analyse cell cultures handling chemical products for soil and plants biosecurity aquatic species environmental legislation write research proposals conduct ecological surveys ecology