Rare Plant Research Assistant

Western North Carolina
Apr 08, 2017
Jun 07, 2017
Job Level
Entry level
Salary Type

Position Description:

Looking for 3 summer research assistants with rappelling experience for rare plant research in Western North Carolina. Your help will contribute to a graduate thesis study of Blue Ridge goldenrod (Solidago spithamaea), a federally listed as threatened plant which only grows on cliffs and rock outcrops above 4,600 feet in elevation. Research sites are primarily on Grandfather Mountain and in the Roan Mountain area. These sites are globally imperiled habitats which require plant identification (taught on site) and delicacy in reducing human impact and damage. We will conduct a population census and study the vegetative morphologies of Blue Ridge goldenrod and skunk goldenrod (Solidago glomerata).


This is an ideal opportunity for undergraduates to gain experience in fieldwork and data collection and to network with federal and state agency ecologists. You will be trained in rare plant monitoring methodology. Training in GIS and field equipment available. A background in biology is not required. The applicant must have rappelling experience.

Applicants should:

1) Be physically fit and capable of undertaking fieldwork in various weather conditions and terrain. With gear packs can weigh as much as 40 pounds. Must be able to hike up to 10 miles

2) Previous experience rappelling and setting natural anchors required

3) Be hardworking and conscientious of impact to rare habitats during data collection

4) Have strong communication and interpersonal skills

5) Previous data collection and fieldwork experience is preferred but not necessary

Support provided:

This is an unpaid position. Housing is provided in cabins during overnight stays (usually 1-2 nights per week).

Term of Appointment:

Approximately July 10th-August 14th. Beginning and end dates flexible.

Application Deadline:

April 30, 2017

To Apply

Please send resume and brief description of rappelling experience to Andrea Thompson (aethomps@ncsu.edu)