Researcher II (Full-time) (Plant Community Ecologist)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Carbondale, IL

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Researcher II (Full-time) (Plant Community Ecologist)
Department of Forestry
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Position(s): Researcher II - Plant Community Ecologist(s): Two full-time, term, professional researcher positions on a state (MO) funded project leading the plant community ecology portion of a multiple-discipline project developing Ecological Site Descriptions for all terrestrial ecological communities in Missouri.

Qualifications: An M.S. or B.S. with equivalent experience in Ecology, Botany, Forestry, or a closely related field is required. Candidate(s) must exhibit a strong background in field identification of herbaceous and woody species, have a sound understanding of the relationship between soil and site edaphic factors on the development of ecological communities and have proven experience as team member/project leader. Exceptional written and oral communication skills are critical and education and/or experience in Missouri plants and soils are definite pluses. Must have and maintain a valid driver's license.

Duties: May include but are not limited to the following:
  • The position duties include integrating input from individuals from several state and federal agencies across a variety of specialties into a structured classification system.
  • Testing preliminary ecological classifications.
  • Supervision of a 4-person crew in the collection of field data to confirm ecological relationships and describe communities.
  • Develop detailed work-plans, and then conduct the duties in the work-plans with little direct supervision.
  • Ability and desire to work and communicate with a wide variety of individuals.
  • Collaboration with ecologists, soil scientists, and managers from Missouri Department of Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, and University of Missouri.
  • Preparation of reports to funding agencies.
Application Deadline: December 4, 2012 or until filled.

Application Procedure: Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts (official required prior to hire), and the names and contact information of three references to (electric submissions not accepted):

Dr. Eric Holzmueller
Department of Forestry
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1205 Lincoln Drive, MC 4411
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: (618) 453-3708
Departmental webpage:

S IU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a
diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and
will receive consideration.

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