Job: Field plant ecologist

The Fire Ecology Program of Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy (Tallahassee, Florida) is seeking a field plant ecologist for a two-year grant-funded position.  The purpose of the project is to determine the effects of time since restoration of pine savanna on plant species composition, soil characteristics, and associated ecosystem services. 


(1)  Master’s degree completed in biology, forestry, wildlife, natural resources, or related field preferred, Bachelor’s degree completed in similar fields considered,

(2)  plant identification skills and eagerness to learn a large number of new plants,

(3)  confidence in data management and analysis using basic statistics,

(4)  ability and desire to independently write manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication under guidance of the supervisor,

(5)  experience with GIS and GPS preferred,

(6)  willing to work full days in harsh (hot, humid, buggy) outdoor conditions in Florida and Georgia, and

(7)  strong organizational skills and confidence in supervising interns.

Duties under supervision of PIs:

(1) Identify all vascular plant species within upland plots in northern Florida and southern Georgia,

(2) sample and assist with identification of bee species as part of a pollinator census,

(3) collect and process soil samples,

(4) measure forest stand characteristics,

(5) use GIS and GPS to identify and navigate to plot locations,

(6) manage and analyze data, and

(7) take a lead role in preparing manuscripts for publication.

Salary and benefits: $32,000 per year with health insurance and retirement payments.

To apply: Submit by e-mail with a cover letter describing the reason for your interest in the position, provide copy of current resume/CV, college transcripts (if graduated within the past 5 years), a writing sample (publication, thesis chapter, etc.), and contact information for three (3) references, including name, affiliation, email address, and phone number to: Kevin Robertson, PhD, Fire Ecology Program Director,

Application deadline: March 10, 2017, with the goal of starting the position in April, 2017.

Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy was established in 1958 as a non-profit scientific and educational organization.  Its primary goal is to promote exemplary land stewardship on private and public land.  Its areas of focus are ecological research, promoting the use and understanding of prescribed fire, wildlife management, sustainable forestry, and conservation through education and conservation easements.  Tall Timbers Research, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


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