Program Vegetation Ecologist

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Classification:Research Professional 4
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:College of Arts & Sciences
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary: Alaska Center for Conservation Science is hiring a Plant Ecologist to manage the Vegetation Ecology Program and to serve as PI on several extramurally-funded projects related to assessing and monitoring vegetation in arctic and boreal Alaska.

Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS) is a center for research, education, and scholarship at UAA that is committed to providing the public, industry, and agency partners with information to facilitate effective biological conservation and management of the state's natural resources. Our faculty and staff conduct basic and applied research, serve a wide range of data to the public, offer professional services, and provide educational opportunities. http://accs.uaa.alaska.edu/

At ACCS this position will manage the Vegetation Ecology Program and serve as PI on several extramurally­funded projects. The Vegetation Ecology Program assesses the distribution, status, and trend of vegetation types across Alaska. This includes writing ecological description, classification, mapping, and evaluation of vegetation types ranging from community-scale plant associations to landscape-scale biophysical settings. Some of the ongoing projects include identifying ecosystems and plant associations of conservation concern, delineating plant associations/assemblages, landcover mapping, arctic and boreal vegetation monitoring, and vegetation classification (specifically the crafting of the mid- and lower-level vegetation units of the National Vegetation Classification as they apply to arctic and boreal Alaska).

Minimum Starting Bi-Weekly Salary: $2,444.80

Knowledge/ Abilities/ Skills:

Expert-level plant ecological knowledge of northern systems and working knowledge of Alaska's geography, landscape, flora, and ecosystems.

Ability to oversee the ACCS Vegetation Ecology program, including budgets and research staff; ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, lead projects, interpret and apply complex rules and regulations, and develop long range strategic plans. Write proposals and prepare budgets for extramural funding for the ACCS Vegetation Ecology Program. Pursue additional avenues for extramural funding

Knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures to design plant community ecology/vegetation projects, manage data, analyze and interpret results; ability to solve complex ecological research questions using statistical analysis, knowledge of ecological principles, and literature.  Serve as Principal Investigator: track budgets, manage travel encumbrances and manage personnel for externally funded projects.

Ability to conduct field-based plant ecological research in wilderness settings, including prefield season planning of projects, data collection procedures, obtaining necessary permits, staffing needs, travel and remote access logistics, processing of specimens, selecting and buying equipment needed for field studies and travel arrangements. Solve complex plant ecological research questions and/or experience in classification of northern terrestrial biomes using statistical analysis (multivariate approaches), knowledge of ecological principles and literature.

Ability to develop proposals for extramural funding and implement research projects; knowledge of fiscal methods and fiscal restrictions associated with research monies; ability to interpret and apply complex rules and regulations.

Skills in publishing in refereed journals and communication of research findings to the public and other scientists.  Excellent writing and communication skills  Write papers and reports describing methods, collections and results for funding agencies and scientific journals.

Ability to collaborate effectively with biologists, conservation professionals, and resource managers of varying technical levels and with technical and scientific staff.  Work collaboratively with staff and database administrators to conduct projects such as developing an Alaska rare ecosystems database, as well as respond to data requests from the public, agencies, and industry.

Oversee vegetation ecology fieldwork, including pre-field season planning of projects, data collection procedures, obtaining necessary permits, staffing needs, travel and remote access logistics, processing of specimens collected in the field, creating and preparing field data forms, selecting and buying equipment needed for field studies and travel arrangements. Work with other staff to ensure safe and efficient work conditions in remote places in Alaska.  Network with other researchers and collaborate with agencies with others in the regional and/or broader scientific community.

Serve on university or regional committees as assigned, or in areas of interest.

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities include: strong skills in Alaskan floristics, experienced in soil ecology, fire ecology, experience with remote sensing and vegetation mapping.  

Required Experience:

4 years of postgraduate experience in the field of plant ecology.

Typical Education or Training:

Masters or Ph.D. in Biological Science, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, or related field.

Minimal Qualifications:

  • Complete application:  cover letter, comprehensive resume, and three professional references. 
  • Holds a Master's degree in ecology, biology, natural resource management, environmental science, or conservation biology or foreign equivalent/4+ years of experience in the field, or holds a Ph.D. degree in ecology, biology, natural resource management, environmental science, or conservation biology or foreign equivalent.
  • Authorized to work in the US.
  • Experience in terrestrial plant ecology research using field-based methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze plant community or plant ecological data and pursue terrestrial plant ecology research.
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing, scholarly manuscript preparation, and project management.

Application Review Date:

Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on April 16, 2017 to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position. 

Term Positions: 

This Term position will be funded through 31 December 2017 with extension contingent upon available extramural funding.

 

UAA Campus is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.  For more information, please go to: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/about/policy/tobacco-free/index.cshtml

 

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UAA Office of Human Resources at 907-786-4608.

Advertised: Alaskan Standard Time
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Duties

1010% - As a Principle Investigator manage all aspects of grants including prefield season planning of projects, equipment needs, staffing needs, travel and remote access logistics. Work with other staff to ensure safe work conditions in remote places in Alaska.Essential
1010% - Use advanced statistical methods to analyze ecological data, including creating figures and databases as needed.Essential
1515% - Write proposals and prepare budgets for extramural funding for the ACCS ecology unit. Pursue additional avenues for extramural funding.Essential
2020% - Write reports and scientific papers of ecological research/describe communities and ecosystems.Essential
2525% - Oversee the ACCS ecology unit and be responsible for its continued success. This includes overseeing the program and supervising other research professionals and research technicians in both the office and the field. This includes supervising staff on data collection procedures, data entry, processing of specimens collected in the field, creating and preparing field data forms, selecting and buying equipment needed for field studies and travel arrangements and transferring the information via the ACCS web portal.Essential
55% - As Principal Investigator track budgets, travel encumbrances and personnel for externally funded projects.Essential
55% - Network with other researchers and collaborate with others in the scientific community in terrestrial ecology of Alaska and/or higher latitudes.Essential
55% - Serve on university or regional committees as assigned or in areas of interest.Essential
55% - Solve complex ecological research questions using knowledge of ecological principles and literature, plant ecological techniques, vegetation classification, plant taxonomy, and statistical analysis.Essential

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