Ecological Resource Scientist

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Ecological Resource Scientist

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The Ecological Resource Scientist monitors and curates biodiversity data and advances knowledge of natural history and ecology at Shaw Nature Reserve, providing technical and scientific support for ecological restoration and other programs at the Nature Reserve. This position coordinates with external scientific partners and Missouri Botanical Garden research staff to promote research activities that inform management and restoration efforts while advancing the Nature Reserve’s status as a site for ecological research. The Ecological Resource Scientist participates in all aspects of the SNR ecological restoration program including seed collection, invasive species control, prescribed fire, developing management plans, and mentoring restoration and research technicians, interns, and volunteers. This position coordinates relationships with collaborative partners, governmental, and scientific agencies, secures financial support for restoration and other conservation activities by preparing proposals and obtaining grants and other funding from outside funding sources. The Ecological Resource Scientist supports education and outreach by communicating natural history expertise for diverse audiences including school and public program participants, citizen scientist, land managers, volunteers, and donors.

Ph.D. in Ecology, Restoration Science, Conservation, or related field with appropriate experience. Master’s degree and equivalent combination of skills and experience will be considered.

Thorough knowledge of natural history, ecology, botany and related fields.

Extensive experience with field botany and knowledge of Midwestern flora; strong plant identification and vegetation monitoring skills, including the ability to identify plant species based on both vegetative and floral characteristics.

Demonstrated experience seeking external funding and writing grant proposals, reports, and scientific content for both professional audiences and the public.

Experience and deep skillset in experimental design and implementation, statistical analyses, synthesizing, interpreting, and communicating scientific information.

The full position description and application are available at

Missouri Botanical Garden
Quinn Long

Shaw Nature Reserve
307 Pinetum Loop Rd.
Gray Summit, MO 63089




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