Plants of Concern is a collaboration among citizen scientists, natural resource managers, and researchers to collect data on rare plant populations in the Chicago region. Our goal is to uncover the best conservation practices to protect these rare species, while creating awareness and providing education about why their conservation matters.
The postdoc will be advised by Amy Iler, Ph.D. (https://amymarieiler.weebly.com/ ). POC, which was established in 2000, has long-term data for more than 280 rare plant species and 1100 populations in the Chicago region, and these data offer opportunities for asking questions about rare plant population ecology and conservation, including effects of different management techniques on plant population dynamics (prescribed burning, invasive species removal, etc.).
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
- Conduct statistical analyses on long-term data count of rare plants, in addition to population modeling, using the R Environment for Statistical Computing.
- Develop clear, engaging data visualizations for use in publications, presentations, and the popular press (magazine articles, blog posts, etc.).
- Lead writing and preparation of scientific publications arising from analyses.
- Participate in fieldwork as needed and as desired.
- Train and mentor interns, volunteers, and students as agreed upon with advisor (e.g., Research Experiences for Undergraduates [REU] students at part of the Garden’s REU program).
Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired
- Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
- Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
- Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
- Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
- Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
- Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
- Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
- Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
- Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
- Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
- Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
- Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
- Is welcoming of new hires.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
- Ph.D. in ecology or a related field.
- Ideally, the candidate will have experience working with long-term datasets, data cleaning, data manipulation, and analysis of multiple data types.
- Experience analyzing population dynamics using count data or experience with other types of demographic analyses (IPMs, Matrix Models, PVAs, etc.).
- Familiarity with GIS and geospatial analysis is a bonus.
- Ideally, the applicant will share the projects’ interests in rare plants and human impacts on the environment.
To apply, go to chicagobotanic.org/jobs. In addition to the Garden application materials, please submit a cover letter that includes a statement of why you are interested in this position and how it will further your career goals, a CV, and contact information for three references (can be included at end of CV). Review of applications begins April 1, 2020, and will continue until suitable candidates are hired. Contact Amy Iler at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.
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