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Plant Ecologist - Research Professional

University of Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska, US
Closing date
Oct 19, 2023

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Plant Ecologist - Research Professional

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  • Job Number: 525667
  • Classification:Research Professional 3
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type: Hybrid, On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA College of Arts & Sciences
  • Location: Anchorage
  • Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:Are you a plant ecologist with a passion for working across Alaska's diverse habitats and regions? The Alaska Center for Conservation Science at University of Alaska Anchorage is hiring a Research Professional 3 Ecologist. The person in this position will develop new research projects; work with a team on existing plant ecology-focused projects, from logistical support of field campaigns, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and publication/presentation; develop geospatial products; manage projects; manage budgets; work with a team to developing new proposals and securing funding; collaborate with federal and state agency partners; and supervise technicians and student hires.


10% Works with other research professionals to develop and submit proposals to secure funding for the ecology program. Essential Essential

20% Coordinates work with other research professionals and technicians. Works closely with program staff and cooperators at state and federal agencies. May be responsible for leading the work of lower-level professionals, technicians, and students by providing day-to-day guidance, training, and direction, as well as regularly assigning and reviewing work. Responsible for managing budgets and allocating funds to ensure that charges do not exceed available funds. Essential Essential

30% Composes a diversity of reports based on past, current, and future projects. Duties will include solving complex research questions using advanced research methods and analytical procedures, writing reports for publication, and presenting research results to the general public and scientific community. Essential Essential

40% Leads the collection and analysis of ecological datasets. Job duties include providing logistical support for field campaigns, leading field teams in the collection of ecological data, evaluating ancillary information sources, synthesizing existing information, accurately entering data or overseeing data entry by other staff, analyzing data, developing geospatial products, and supporting vegetation classification work. Essential Essential

The Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS), which is a center for research, education, and scholarship at UAA 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 a range of educational opportunities and outreach.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Key skills:

• Advanced knowledge of plant ecological research methods and analytical procedures.

• Ability to successfully lead the work of others.

Key knowledge and abilities:

• Advanced knowledge of plant ecological research methods and analytical procedures.

• Ability to successfully lead the work of others.


• Excellent scientific writing, research, and communication skills.

• Knowledge of standard reporting procedures and publishing requirements for plant ecology.

• Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects.

• Ability to collaborate effectively with biologists, conservation professionals, and resource managers at varying technical levels.

• Ability to work in remote regions of Alaska and maintain a positive attitude under challenging field conditions.


• Ability to develop research protocols.

• Ability to use computerized tools to organize, analyze and interpret information and communicate findings.

• Ability to identify arctic and boreal plant taxa, classify plant communities, and map land cover types.


• Understanding of budgets to develop proposals, purchase materials, secure services, and manage spending.


• Recruit, hire, coordinate and assign duties to other members of the research team.

Preferred Experience & Education:

• Experience in planning and completing field work in remote areas of Alaska.

• Experience with methods of measuring and monitoring plant communities.

• Experience in managing, analyzing, interpreting, and displaying ecological data in both tabular and spatial formats.

• Experience with vegetation classification and land cover mapping.

• Experience with writing reports and grant proposals, as well as managing budgets and supervising technicians in the field or office.

Required Experience & Education:

• M.S. or M.A. in biological sciences, botany, or ecology and four years research experience at the postgraduate level in a relevant field, or has an equivalent combination of training and experience.

• Experience with relational databases, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS).

• Experience writing professional reports or scientific manuscripts.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, term-funded, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary andfull employee benefits package ( . New hires will be placed on theUA staff salary schedule ( , Grade 80, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, to ensure full consideration you must apply by 11:55 pm, Alaska Standard Time on October 16, 2023.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Lindsey Flagstad with ACCS at or Amber Hartman HR Coordinator,

Advertised: 07 Sep 2023 Alaskan Daylight Time

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