The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate II - Plant Conservation Research Associate II, Conservation Ecologist

Hiring department Wildflower Center
Monthly salary $3,210+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 13-07-19-01-4210
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin, TX (off-campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Position is located at The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, Tx 78739.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


Manages all aspects of the Wildflower Center's Invasive Species programs including the Invaders of Texas Program, the Sentinel Pest Network, and general Program Administration. Serves as the department's GIS specialist.

Essential Functions

Create and maintain partnerships with conservation groups, city state and federal agencies to achieve strategic objectives and organizational goals of the invasive species program. Partner and work with Texas Parks and Wildlife Texas Nature Trackers, Texas Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, and other citizen science organizations to recruit new volunteers to the Invaders of Texas program. Organize and administer workshops in different regions of Texas to train citizen scientists in the use of the Invaders of Texas Early Detection and Reporting Toolkit, the Sentinel Pest Network and other invasive species programs and initiatives. Supervise invasive species programs/projects and develop a vigorous, externally funded program to support invasive species programs/projects. Manage project budgets related to the invasive species program. Manage updates and oversee changes to Function as a community resource through speaking engagements, professional presentations, and publication. Manage GIS database, develop field sampling procedures using GIS, serve as lead project logistician and cartographer during field season, compile and post process field mapping data. Serve as the department's GIS specialist providing support for National Park Service vegetation surveys, logistical expertise for field surveys and other vegetation mapping projects.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned. Position requires weekend work for presentations and mission related events.

Required qualifications

Master's degree and no experience or Bachelor's degree and two years of related experience. Able to work confidently, both independently and in collaboration with project team members. Must be highly organized and able to multi-task. Must demonstrate ability to effectively communicate with the public, volunteers, and management and project team members. Applicant must possess proficient writing and computer skills - MS Office, database management, and computer graphics. Applicant must be proficient in Global Information Systems -GIS- mapping applications. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's Degree and 3 years of experience in ecology, botany, natural resources, biology, invasive species biology, conservation, citizen science, or related field. Familiarity with grant development process. A demonstrated knowledge of invasive species issues in Texas and invasive plant identification. Additional knowledge of invasive pest and animals is preferred.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around standard office conditions Use of manual dexterity Activities include administrative office work as well as moderate to heavy physical activities depending on field conditions. Field work often involves hiking in moderate to difficult terrain carrying field gear. Travel up to 40 percent.

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