Plant Community Ecologists

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.
Start Date: Upon hire.
Project Location: The position will be based in Columbia, MO.

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:

SIU 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.

Columbia, Missouri
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Dr. Eric Holzmueller