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Oct 10 17

Assistant Data Manager, Archbold Biological Station

by Grace L. Schumaker

Title:  LTAR Assistant Data Manager
Supervisor:      GIS/Data Manager
Department:      Technical Support
Status:                Non-Exempt

This is a one year full-time position that offers health and dental
benefits, retirement plan with matching employer contributions after one
year, paid vacation and sick leave, and 10 paid holidays per year.  The
position may be extended each year with the possibility of future funding.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional
references, to

Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in
the U.S.

Reviewing of applicants will begin November 6th and continue until position
is filled.  EOE/AA Employer


Archbold Biological Station and its partner site University of Florida
Range Cattle Research Center (UF RCREC) are part of the Long-term
Agroecosystem Research Network (LTAR,, a network
of 18 agroecosystems across the United States that seek to address the
grand challenge of maintaining multiple ecosystem services in food
production systems.
The Archbold-UF LTAR sites have a >70-year history of research,
conservation, and education programs focused on enhancing agricultural
production and preserving natural resources associated with subtropical
humid grassland and shrub landscapes in Florida. Interdisciplinary research
at the Archbold-UF LTAR address the complex functioning of agricultural and
natural lands within the region.
The Archbold-UF LTAR consists of three research sites dispersed across
agricultural and conservation lands throughout south central Florida,
totaling nearly 9,000 ha. The sites are strategically located in an
ecologically-sensitive region, including the headwaters of the Everglades.
Encompassing 3 working ranches with 4,800 cattle, they serve as living
laboratories to understand the impacts of agriculture on water and soil
resources, and biodiversity.  Archbold-UF LTAR works closely with ranchers,
conservationists, and policy makers. Research-based information is
disseminated widely to rural and urban stakeholders. Partners include
federal, state and local government agencies, trade organizations (e.g.,
Florida Cattlemen¹s Association), conservation groups (e.g. The Nature
Conservancy), and other academic institutions.

The Archbold-UF LTAR is in search of a dedicated Assistant Data Manager to
assist with organization and dissemination of data associated with their
sites. Our ideal candidate is someone who loves databases and coding but
has a background in (or interest in) agroecology and sustainable food
production and understands its importance to society. We are looking for
someone who doesn¹t mind being on a computer all day working through data
issues, and problem solving our data management needs. We need someone who
is creative and driven, and will take initiative to help Archbold and LTAR
best manage our data. This person will be happy to assist staff at both
sites with their data documentation and organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
€       Day to day responsibilities include data management coordination
for two of the Archbold-UF LTAR sites, MAERC and RCREC (; This will include some travel between the two
sites, which are approximately 60 miles apart.
€       Participate in LTAR network Data Management working group meetings
and conference calls
€       Work alongside the Data Services team to assist researchers with
data management tasks
€       Ability to clearly communicate with project investigators on all
data management related issues
€       Monitoring and trouble-shooting of data flow from streaming sensors
to relational databases, and automated subset data transfers to offsite end
€       Microsoft Access database creation and maintenance, including form
design, to support ongoing research projects at both sites
€       Datasets vary by project and include hydrology, climate,
biodiversity, land management, livestock tracking, among others
€       Provide support for all data management tasks
€       Occasional field support for field technicians
€       Assist GIS and Data Manager with other data management related
tasks as needed.

Minimum Job Qualifications
€       Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Computer Science,
Agricultural Sciences or Engineering or related field, with relevant
coursework/equivalent work experience using relational databases preferred
€       Experience with Microsoft Access, Word and Excel is required
€       Experience with R, Microsoft SQL Server, VBA coding, MS Access form
design and macro creation preferred
€       Ability to troubleshoot network data flow connections, database
errors, VBA code
€       Ability to work with diverse datasets to accommodate ongoing
€       Ability to work with research staff, outside agencies and other
stakeholders such as cattle ranchers
€       Strong organizational skills, detail oriented, and ability to work
independently and prioritize tasks
€       Good verbal and written communication/documentation skills

Working Conditions and Physical Demands
The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by
an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
€       Occasional physical activities including lifting, pushing and
pulling items up to 50 pounds; reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling,
climbing, crouching and prolonged periods of sitting.
€       Ability to work various shifts during occasional emergency
situations, including evenings and weekends, with little or no notice.
€       Travel between the two Archbold-UF LTAR sites will be required
€       Occasional travel to off-site meetings is required

Oct 10 17

Fellowship, U.S. PIRG

by Grace L. Schumaker


Speak For The Public Interest
Every day, whether it¹s in Washington, D.C., a state capitol, or a corporate boardroom, someone is making a decision that will affect all of us — it could be about our health, our safety, or our democracy.


Special interest groups spend billions of dollars to influence these decisions. Someone needs to speak for the public interest. As a U.S. PIRG Fellow, that¹s what you¹ll do.


What It Means To Be A Fellow
You won¹t just sit behind a desk. You¹ll be out in the real world, working on everything from reducing the overuse of antibiotics in the food industry to defending consumer protections on Wall Street. You¹ll be recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to get results.


This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders with U.S. PIRG. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.


Pay & Benefits
The target annual compensation for this position is $26,500 in the first year. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. To learn more visit

Locations & Start Dates
We¹re hiring for positions in Washington, D.C., Boston and Chicago. If you¹re flexible, you can apply for multiple locations. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Positions start in August 2018, or visit our website to see immediate openings.


Are you ready to speak for the public interest?
Send your resume and cover letter to Shelby Luce at


U.S. PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network‹a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to getting things done. Visit to learn more.


U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.


Oct 10 17

Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research

by Grace L. Schumaker
Job Summary
GLANSIS (Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System) is an inter-agency, region-specific database designed as a clearinghouse for state of the science information on both aquatic invasive species that are already present in the Great Lakes and those that have been deemed as having the potential to invade. The GLANSIS Research Associate provides support to the GLANSIS project ( primarily in the development, organization, and quality control of content (records and fact sheets based on literature review and direct communications with partners throughout the region).  The successful candidate will report to the GLANSIS Project Manager and will work together with a team of student research assistants/fellows. The individual may take on special projects to develop new components of the system (e.g., a sub-site for risk assessment) or data analysis as directed by the GLANSIS Project Manager.  This individual may also provide support to the GLANSIS database programmer and Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework Senior GIS Analyst, particularly in improving, beta-testing, and quality control of the interface and website.    


  • Under direction of the GLANSIS Project Manager, assist with the day-to-day project activities of GLANSIS, including but not limited to:
  • adherence to the 5 year maintenance and factsheet update cycle;
  • adding or re-categorizing aquatic nonindigenous species (ANS) in the database;
  • adding or updating information on distribution, ecology, control, and risk assessment for the database¹s ANS; and
  • evaluating user needs to develop and implement new GLANSIS products.


Required Qualifications*


  • Bachelor¹s degree in a life science discipline related to ecology, limnology, natural resources management, or similar field.
  • Experience in reviewing and synthesizing scientific literature.
  • Strong communication skills. Must be able to produce technical reports, summaries, and translate science to the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on individual job responsibilities and goals, but to also work well as part of an interdisciplinary team.


Desired Qualifications*


  • Experience in HTML/CSS for basic website maintenance.
  • Experience in graphics production using the Adobe suite, GIMP, or other publishing software.
  • Experience in spatial data representation, such as use of ArcGIS or other GIS platforms and familiarity with OGC standards.


Additional Information
This is a 12 month term-limited position with the potential extension based on performance and funding. CIGLR is one of multiple centers affiliated with the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), and one of 16 Cooperative Institutes in the United States that represent partnerships between NOAA and academic institutions. CIGLR¹s mission is to help government researchers at NOAA GLERL accomplish their research in the Great Lakes by enhancing collaborations with academic scientists at UM, as well as other institutions throughout the Great Lakes. SEAS¹ overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis. The incumbent will be located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL).
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
Please also submit names and contact information for three references.
Deadline is November 4, 2017. 

Mary E. Ogdahl

Program Manager
Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
University of Michigan | 
440 Church Street | G110 Dana Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041
734-763-3010 (UM) | 734-741-2276 (NOAA GLERL)
Oct 10 17

Research Assistant, The Restoration Ecology & Herpetology Program at Archbold Biological Station

by Grace L. Schumaker
Sunday, October 08, 2017 2:19 PM
The Restoration Ecology & Herpetology Program at Archbold Biological Station
is seeking a research assistant to support ecological research and
monitoring, habitat restoration, and land management on its >8,800 acres of
conservation land on the southern Lake Wales Ridge, Florida. We are seeking
a broadly trained ecologist with excellent field, organizational, and
communication skills to contribute to our research and restoration efforts
in three main areas:  community ecology of seasonal wetlands, restoration
agriculturally modified wetlands (in USDA Wetlands Reserve Program
easements), and behavior and demography of Gopher Tortoises.

This is a full-time, term position for 16 months starting between January
8-15, 2018, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding. The
Restoration Ecology/Herpetology RA will play a central role in coordinating
fieldwork and managing data for a variety of ongoing projects. The RA will
also devote about 10% of his/her time to land management activities,
including exotics control and assisting with prescribed fires on both the
Station ( and adjacent
Archbold Reserve (

Specific field-related duties will include:  sampling amphibians, fish, and
aquatic invertebrates; monitoring wetland and groundwater depths and water
chemistry; collecting data on severity of feral hog rooting; measuring
vegetation responses to hydrological restoration within WRP easements;
mapping and treating exotic plants as part of wetland and sandhill
restoration initiatives; occasionally assisting with prescribed fires;
radiotracking Gopher Tortoises; and mapping and surveying tortoise burrows.

Office/lab duties will include:  entering and managing data; occasionally
supervising volunteers and research interns; and assisting with statistical
analyses and report writing.

– B.S. in biology, environmental science, or a related field
– At least 1 year of relevant work experience
– Experience with wetland/aquatic ecosystem monitoring techniques
– Experience capturing, handling, and identifying amphibians and reptiles
– Familiarity with herpetofauna and plants of Coastal Plain ecosystems of
the southeastern U.S.
– Highly organized and able to work independently
– Proactive approach to project management and communication
– Meticulous attention to data quality
– Ability to safely operate 4WD vehicles in off-road conditions
– Ability to perform physically strenuous activities under hot, humid
subtropical conditions
– Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in
the U.S.

Preference will be given to candidates with at least 2 years of relevant
experience; demonstrated ability to manage multiple field projects; and
familiarity with ArcMap and Microsoft Access.

Salary will be dependent on experience, in the range of $24,000 – $26,500
per year plus benefits.

To apply, email the following (preferably as one attachment in PDF format)
to Dr. Betsie Rothermel at
1) Cover letter describing your qualifications and availability with
to the desired start date
2) Current resumé or CV, including GPA and a list of relevant coursework
3) Contact information for three references

Please include ŒRA position¹ in the subject line of your email. Review of
applications will begin November 5th and continue until the position is

— Archbold is an Equal Opportunity Employer —

Oct 10 17

Monarch Habitat Coordinator, The Pollinator Partnership

by Grace L. Schumaker
Seeking: Monarch Habitat Coordinator
The Pollinator Partnership (P2) seeks to hire a motivated and detail-oriented Monarch Habitat Coordinator for the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Region. The Monarch Habitat Coordinator will provide programmatic support for Monarch Wings Across Eastern Broadleaf Forest, a collaborative monarch habitat initiative with numerous partners across a 5 state region.
MWAEBF is a multi-component project to address the alarming decline in monarchs and the fragmentation of the annual migration through seed collection, technical training, and long-term habitat establishment.
The Monarch Habitat Coordinator should be comfortable working outside, willing and able to work across various habitat setting, and communicate directly with landowners.
·         Organize, plan and lead the development of five technical training courses for landowners on monarch habitat.
·         Develop technical training content with input from partners.
·         Create post-training webinars.
·         Develop a screen process for site selection and an efficient scheduling.
·         Coordinate and conduct 100 long-term monarch habitat site reviews across all 5 project states.
·         Track monarch habitat resources across the 5 project states.
·         Work with partners in developing an equitable means of habitat resource distribution.
·         Manage time efficiently and work independently.
·         Organize and manage travel with a set budget.
·         Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications:
·         Ability to be away from home for a week or more at a time
·         Experience in conservation partnerships, pollinator habitat restoration, and technical training development highly preferred
·         Degree in natural resource management, biology, botany, ecology or related field
·         Dependable, well-organized, and detail-oriented
·         Computer literate (MS Office programs)
·         About the Pollinator Partnership
Location: TBD
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2017 by 3PM PST.
Schedule: This position requires a considerable amount of travel, some weekend work will be necessary. Do not apply for this position if you are unable to be away from home for a week or longer at a time. New hires will be required to travel to Chicago for in-person training with supervisor. Travel costs will be covered by P2.
Compensation: This is a 12 month term position. $32,000 plus benefits (health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays).
How to Apply: Interested candidates should email the following information to Mary Galea at
·         Resume
·         Cover letter describing why you are a good fit for the position
·         Attach the resume and cover letter as 1 PDF
·         Please name the email subject and attached PDF ³Monarch Habitat Coordinator ­ Last Name²
·         An inability to following the instructions above will result in an automatically rejected application. Please follow the instructions.
·         No phone calls please.
Kelly Rourke
Program Coordinator
Pollinator Partnership
423 Washington Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
p:  415.362.1137
Oct 10 17

Digital Communications Coordinator, Center for Science in the Public Interest

by Grace L. Schumaker

We are seeking a creative thinker and energetic individual to coordinate CSPI’s digital communications and advocacy campaigns that inform our supporters and the public, and mobilize them to act. This position reports to the Director of Communications and works collaboratively with staff across the organization using email and social media platforms to help advance CSPI’s public policy objectives.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, DC, that focuses on protecting the public from diet-related health problems.  CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation’s largest‑circulation health newsletter, and has led efforts that resulted in healthier diets, more-nutritious school foods, safer foods, and more honest food labeling.  CSPI provides objective information to the public and represents citizens’ interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies.  CSPI is supported largely by subscribers to Nutrition Action Healthletter, individual donors, and foundation grants.

We are seeking a creative thinker and energetic individual to coordinate CSPI’s digital communications and advocacy campaigns that inform our supporters and the public, and mobilize them to act.  This position reports to the Director of Communications and works collaboratively with staff across the organization using email and social media platforms to help advance CSPI’s public policy objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary coordinator of CSPI’s content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media channels.
  • Manage and nurture CSPI’s social media communities, including responding to messages, moderating comments, and growing number of followers.
  • Work with program staff to devise social media plans that integrate with advocacy campaigns.
  • Use metrics to determine the effectiveness of email campaigns and social media use.
  • Stay current on industry trends and best practices in online communications for advocacy organizations.
  • Coordinate email advocacy program, including building and scheduling outbound action alerts in Engaging Networks.
  • Execute testing strategies, such as A/B testing, to optimize campaigns; and assist program staff with maximizing open- and click-through rates.
  • Help draft action alerts; and social media copy and design graphics with an eye toward maximizing reach.
  • Coordinate and participate in the development and implementation of strategies to grow CSPI’s email list.


  • Experience with social media publishing and reporting tools.
  • One to two years’ experience in digital communications in an advocacy campaign environment.
  • Prior experience in communications, public relations, or issue advocacy is highly desirable.
  • Experience with eCRM systems such as Convio or (preferably) Engaging Networks; Drupal or other content management systems; Photoshop and other photo and video editing software.
  • Experience in using statistics to measure effectiveness of initiatives.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; and strong proofreading skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, an ability to adapt to changing priorities in a news-driven atmosphere.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or journalism, preferred.
  • Interest in nutrition, food safety, or health issues and public interest commitment.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, and résumé, to  Please include “DCC2-Web” in the email subject line.

CSPI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package along with a healthy working environment.  CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Re-posted: October 2017

Oct 6 17

Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion Manager, The National Museum of Natural History

by Grace L. Schumaker
Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion Manager (Supervisory Museum Specialist)
Announcement number 17R-JW-300961
To apply please go to
The National Museum of Natural History is seeking an experienced Manager to oversee its Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion. This position is located in the Branch of Learning Venues and Visitor Experience, within the Office of Education & Outreach (E&O) at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution. This branch is responsible for policy development, management and oversight of a variety of services and programs that enhance the visitor experience at the Museum, including the coordination and the development of the Museum¹s earned revenue-producing activities.
The Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion Manager will lead a 365-day-a-year operation of a complex exhibition featuring a living collection of aquatic and terrestrial arthropods and plants from around the world as well as a paid, immersive, walk-through butterfly environment.
The Manager oversees animal acquisition, care and rearing, budgeting, and supervision of 6 staff and 140 volunteers ensuring the adequate and appropriate maintenance and staffing of the facilities.
They will contribute to the development of an enhanced visitor experience, educational programs, public programs, public events, and new exhibition components and programs.
The Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion Manager will serve as the education arthropod content expert. They will work with their colleagues in the Office of Education & Outreach, Office of Exhibits, and NMNH science departments to link learning opportunities in the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion with those across the museum, including the Education Center and digital outreach, and to ensure proper maintenance and scientific accuracy of exhibition components and programs.
Major Duties include:
·         Oversees the daily maintenance and monitoring of a living collection of aquatic and terrestrial arthropods and plants from around the world and the rearing of arthropods for display in the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion.
·         Serves as an authoritative source of information on content and curatorial practices related to the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion to the NMNH administration and staff and to other museums, government agencies, educational institutions, and the lay public.
·         Prepares and monitors annual budget for the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion, ensuring that the facilities operate within the established budgets.
·         Supervises and trains up to six museum specialist/ technicians and provides for the supervision of a varying number of interns and volunteers.
·         Works collaboratively with representatives of the NMNH science departments, especially the Departments of Entomology, Paleobiology, and Botany, the Office of Development, and Smithsonian Enterprises to ensure that Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion policies and practices align with and support museum priorities for business practice, education and outreach, and scientific accuracy.

For additional information and to apply, please go to The announcement number is 17R-JW-300961

Oct 6 17

Educational Program Manager, Growing Places

by Grace L. Schumaker

Educational Program Manager
Growing Places, a grassroots nonprofit organization based in Leominster,
seeks self-motivated individual who loves being outside, is knowledgeable
about food gardening, is committed to social justice, and enjoys working
people of all backgrounds and ages to join our team.

Organization Description
At Growing Places (GP), we believe in the power of gardening to changes
and use gardening as a platform for social change. We help low-to-moderate-
income communities in North Central Massachusetts realize the many health,
economic, and social benefits of growing and consuming healthy fruits and
vegetables by building food gardens and teaching the skills to grow,
and use fresh produce.

Position Description
The EPM will implement all of Growing Places¹ community-based education
programs, including coordinating all gardening and healthy eating education
programs for backyard gardeners, community gardeners and the public. This
position plays a crucial role in the organization: delivering high-quality
programming, building relationships with residents and community partners,
ensuring program improvement through data-driven evaluation.

Primary Position Responsibilities
€       Design, implement and evaluate hands-on, high-quality education about
growing, harvesting and using fresh produce, including our Community
Gardens, Learn & Grow Workshop Series, Food Gardeners¹ Gathering, Backyard
Gardener Track and Digital Education (Growing Times, social media accounts,
€       Support 85+ community gardeners, including communication, leadership
development and community building activities
€       Provide materials support to include ordering, pick up, and
distribution of materials, seeds and seedlings to participants, including
assisting in garden installations/renovations/expansions
€       Perform outreach, intake and assessment of applicants for all
education programs and volunteer positions
€       Assist with written and oral Spanish translation of education outreach
and program materials
€       Supervise seasonal, part-time Education Assistant

Position Qualifications
€       Demonstrated experience with and intermediate knowledge of food
€       Demonstrated experience in coordination/management of community-based
education programs
€       Experience with leadership development and outreach
€       Passion for food, nutrition, gardening and its impact on community
€       Excellent customer service/people management skills
€       Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
€       Spanish language proficiency
€       Ability to work independently and as part of a team
€       Computer skills required ­ general Internet, Outlook, Microsoft Word
and Excel proficiency
€       Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects
and tasks
€       An undergraduate degree in agriculture, community development or
related field, or equivalent experience
€       Knowledge of North Central MA communities a plus!
€       This position is year-round and full time. Must be available to work
weekends and evenings and have independent and reliable transportation.

Application Process:  Please email a resume, cover letter and three work-
related references by October 20th to: and
EPM in the subject line.

Oct 6 17

TerraCorps position at Grow Food Northampton

by Grace L. Schumaker
TerraCorps, a national service organization located in MA, is looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) to serve with Grow Food Northampton for the coming service year (October 9th , 2017- July 27th, 2018). 
The CEC will help to develop Grow Food Northampton¹s portfolio of public educational and engagement events and refine and implement the overall communications plan to reach potential program participants, event attendees, and general audiences. The CEC will also assist with program evaluation and re-design to increase effective communication and ensure that those who could benefit from programs and events, and the conserved land that Grow Food Northampton steward, are aware of the opportunities to do so. 
Applicants must have: A strong interest in serving diverse program participants, volunteers, and audiences; comfort presenting in front of groups; strong writing, communication, and networking skills; ability to organize and able to balance multiple tasks; ability to serve both independently and as a member of a team; and familiarity with and ability to quickly learn a variety of computer systems. 
TerraCorps members will receive a modest living stipend, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. As a program of AmeriCorps, TerraCorps applicants must also meet the following AmeriCorps requirements: A US citizen, US national, Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. and/or tribal member; At least 18 years old; A minimum of a high school diploma or GED; No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member; Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check. 
For more information about the position, visit our website ( or reach out directly to Hanna Mogensen ( or Clem Clay (  
Oct 6 17

Invasive Plant Coordinator, Florida Natural Areas Inventory

by Grace L. Schumaker
The Florida Natural Areas Inventory is seeking a qualified individual to serve as the program¹s Invasive Plants Coordinator.  Since 2001, invasive species and their impacts on native species biodiversity have been a fundamentally important part of FNAI¹s focus.  Our work has included systematic surveys of invasive plants statewide to inform and help prioritize land management decisions; the development of data standards and data collection protocols; and tools, such as iMapInvasives, to help support data collection, analysis, and management.  FNAI has been involved with Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) and the Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) and wishes to do more through those relationships.  FNAI works closely with the Upland Invasive Plants Management Section at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FNAI is looking for a person with a high level of expertise in Florida invasive plants and familiarity with the community of organizations and people who are working with invasive plants.  A significant part of the position will involve overseeing and completing compliance (effectiveness) inspections following invasive plant management efforts on public conservation lands; FNAI does not conduct spraying or other on-the-ground invasive plant management.  We also want to grow our relationships with CISMAs and FISP and therefore seek someone with excellent communication and organizing skills, and a demonstrated ability to build and sustain productive partnerships.  Additionally, the coordinator will also help plan and coordinate the activities of FNAI staff working on projects related to invasive species.  The position will require frequent travel for fieldwork and meetings.  The Invasive Plants Coordinator will work closely with FNAI¹s Data Manager to incorporate invasive species data into FNAI¹s programmatic databases, so it is desirable that the person filling this position have at least a basic understanding of databases.
·         Strong verbal and written communication skills.
·         Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
·         Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently
·         Experience with invasive plant species issues
·         Experience working with databases
·         Experience in developing and managing projects
Desired Knowledge and Skills:
·         Graduate degree in science-related field and two years of professional experience in natural resources conservation, botany, ecology or related field
·         Experience with and/or course work in the flora, fauna, ecology and/or natural history of Florida or the Southeastern U.S
·         Strong relationship-building skills.
·         Demonstrated expertise in botany/ecology
·         Experience with vegetation monitoring and evaluating results
·         Ability to use and understand botanical technical manuals and identification keys
·         Knowledge of invasive species issues in Florida
·         Ability to communicate invasive species issues clearly to the lay public
·         Knowledge of and appreciation for the power and usefulness of GIS
·         Demonstrated flexibility to changing situations and priorities
For additional information contact Dan Hipes, FNAI Director (
To apply please visit
Posting Title & Job Opening ID#: 42431
Closing Date: 10/26/17
How to Apply:  If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.  Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.
EEO Statement: An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.  FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: