• Conservation Associate- Botanist/Plant Ecologist

    Posted: 02/02/2021

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    Position Overview
    As part of MSU Extension the Community, Food and Environment Institute (CFEI), and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), this position will collect, analyze, and communicate information about Michigan's rare and declining plant species and natural communities. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will be housed at the MNFI office in Lansing, Michigan and/or alternate location(s) in the State to be determined.
    In this botanical/plant ecology focused position, you will help maintain Michigan’s Natural Heritage Database, and work cooperatively with other MNFI personnel, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals to inform and guide decisions that impact biodiversity conservation. You will assist with an array of projects requiring expertise in plant and natural community identification, ecosystem valuation, and interpretation of ecological relationships in plant communities. It will generally consist of substantial field data collection during the growing season, data management and analysis, scientific writing, and outreach/education activities. All work will be conducted through a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens, and you will be committed to developing core competencies that support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are essential elements vital to the culture MSU Extension endeavors to cultivate.

    Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)‌

    • Master's degree from an accredited institution in plant biology, ecology, forestry, or closely related field, earned by date of hire.
    • Experience in successful contract and grant writing, including securing and managing grant funds and resources. 

    Application Process
    To view the full position description and required qualifications, please visit the applicable Michigan State University careers page at careers.msu.edu. Search for posting number 691519 using the Job Search field.
    Applicants are asked to provide a current resume, cover letter and four (4) professional references including email addresses.
    Application deadline is February 22, 2021.
    MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations.
    The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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