[ES_JOBS_NET] Ecosystem Restoration Scientist (ERS), The Nature Conservancy

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Mon Sep 11 17:27:27 MDT 2017


The Nature Conservancy

The Ecosystem Restoration Scientist (ERS) will be the on-site lead for
providing technical and scientific support for habitat management and
restoration at Nachusa Grasslands, a 4,000-acre landscape of native and
restored prairies, savannas, streams and wetlands in north-central Illinois.
Nachusa Grasslands has emerged as the premier location for ecological
restoration and management. The success of the project has also attracted
significant scientific interest from faculty and students from numerous
universities throughout the country as well as state and federal agencies.
The ERS ensures that the most beneficial, applied science is conducted and
that it is executed in a manner that maximizes its value to Nachusa
Grasslands and TNC over the long term.

Essential Functions
The Ecosystem Restoration Scientist coordinates with external scientific
partners, TNC staff, and stewardship volunteers to design and implement a
high-impact research program that supports/enhances on-site management and
restoration efforts while further developing Nachusa's status as the premier
site for tallgrass prairie restoration research. The ERS will oversee
scientific surveys of endangered, threatened and unique plant and animal
species at Nachusa Grasslands, collect and manage long-term monitoring data,
and will be responsible for tracking and evaluating the results of multiyear
research projects. S/he will report findings throughout the relevant science
community by publishing in peer-reviewed journals, attending conferences,
workshops, etc. While essential functions of the ERS are focused on science,
s/he will also assist with prescribed fire, bison management, events, and
engage with volunteer stewards, donors, neighbors, and the general public.

Responsibilities And Scope
Supports TNC science goals and Nachusa Grasslands program objectives through
design and implementation of scientific experiments to benefit stewardship
efforts on site and abroad.
Assists with the development of adaptive management plans, conceptual models
and designs of restoration and management strategies.
Administers and enhances Nachusa Science program.
Maintains electronic data bases for scientific tools, biodiversity data,
field services and training for staff and partners.
Provides fieldwork and logistical support for research, project development
and monitoring.
May lead staff, interns or volunteers on a project basis.
Writing grants, the management of grants, contracts and requests for
Assist with prescribed fire, bison management and other preserve functions.
Willing to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in
hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications
Graduate Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or
equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience and deep skillset in experimental design and implementation,
statistical analyses, synthesizing, interpreting, and communicating
scientific information.
Strong knowledge with statistical software applications.
Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
Experience preparing reports of findings.
Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
Desired Qualifications
PhD Degree in science related field such as Plant Biology or Ecology and 1-3
years of experience.
Strong botanical skills.
Strong knowledge of common software applications.
Proven interpersonal skills.
Teaching experience.
A willingness to learn other taxa besides the focus of MS and PhD research.

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the
Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive
Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on
behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see
further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at
www.nature.org/careers .
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle
Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's
motor vehicle record.

To apply to this position, please visit www.nature.org/careers and click on
Current Job Opportunities. Please submit your resume (required) and cover
letter separately using the upload buttons.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer Our commitment to
diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best
advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse
backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create
an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority
and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions,
sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other
status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature
Conservancy's background screening process.


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