Botany / Plant Ecology Research Assistant
As part of MSU Extension (MSUE), the Community, Food and Environment Institute (CFEI), and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), the botany/plant ecology technician will assist scientists with an array of projects requiring expertise in plant and natural community identification and survey, ecosystem valuation, and interpretation of ecological relationships in plant communities. The mission of MNFI is to guide the conservation of Michigan’s biodiversity by providing the highest quality scientific expertise and information. MNFI’s vision is to be the authoritative source of information on biodiversity that is widely used to conserve Michigan’s unique natural heritage for current and future generations. This position has statewide responsibilities.
MNFI maintains the statewide Natural Heritage database documenting the occurrences and status of rare species and exemplary natural communities. This core function is an essential component of many MNFI projects. The database is required by partner agencies who perform legally mandated regulatory functions, allowing them to complete tasks, perform regulatory reviews, produce products, and meet deadlines. This ongoing research is used by federal, state, and local agencies and private organizations to guide land management, development, and conservation decisions. The database forms the foundation for providing information to decision makers. MNFI utilizes the Biotics 5 platform, which is an integrated, web-enabled system for tabular and spatial data management for the Heritage Network. In this position, you will be responsible for data management using Biotics 5 and the full suite of Esri GIS products.
The proportion of time devoted to primary tasks will vary according to project requirements and individual interests but will generally include literature and data search and review (40-60% of year), data management and analysis (15-25% of year), and scientific writing (15-25% of year).
Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)
- Knowledge equivalent to a four-year college degree program in plant biology, ecology, forestry, or closely related field.
- One to three years of work experience in information gathering, literature review and/or data mining.
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Application deadline is August 9, 2022.
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