Employment at the Garden

Research Scientist, Ecology

Job Status:
Requisition Number:
Conservation Science
Reports to:
Senior Director Ecology and Conservation Senior Scientist
To carry out research related to the New Roots for Restoration project, mentor interns and students in community and restoration ecology, and assist with ecological synthesis projects. This is a year-round full-time salaried position anticipated to start July 2022.
Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Conduct research projects funded by the New Roots for Restoration BII grant and collaborate with other partners throughout the Biological Integration Institute.
  • Mentor graduate students and interns working on New Roots and related projects.
  • Assist with ecological synthesis projects related to restoration and the New Roots project.
  • Disseminate research findings through publications and presentations.
  • Prepare grant proposals to fund related research.

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:

  • PhD in botany, ecology or related field; post-doctoral experience preferred
  • Expertise in ecology, functional traits, root biology and belowground phenotyping, restoration biology.
  • Data management, analysis, synthesis, and project management experience, good quantitative and organizational skills.
  • Desire to work with students and interns and good mentoring skills.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. Occasional weekend work may be required.

*The Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires after this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire or may request a medical/religious exemption after an offer is extended.*



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Physical Demands:
Office and field settings. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. In the field, occasional work in extreme conditions, with heat, bugs, rain/humidity, and long days common. Some standing for long periods and walking on uneven terrain. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 30 pounds.
Why Apply?:

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.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

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