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University of Texas at Austin
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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The Center seeks a Director of Science and Conservation – a new position with the responsibility of building and managing the Department of Science and Conservation and elevating the research program at the Center. The director will continue and build upon the 20-year land management research study, analyze and publish papers from existing data, and develop and implement new research and plant conservation programs. There is tremendous opportunity in this position to connect and collaborate with other researchers at UT Austin to study plant and pollinator population and community ecology, landscape ecology, climate change and biodiversity, among other topics. The director will work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students in the College of Natural Sciences, help foster the growth of a new Texas Field Lab Network (of which the Wildflower Center is a member), and work with regional partners in conservation and landscape restoration to develop and implement research-based practices to restore and manage landscapes. The director will be involved with the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as participating in outreach/extension activities for the Center and field lab network. This person will work collaboratively across all departments at the Wildflower Center – notably the departments of horticulture, education (programs) and land resources – to achieve common goals. The director will manage the Center’s conservation botanist, ecologist and future living collections manager.
Required Qualifications Ph.D. in ecology, botany, bioinformatics, statistics, restoration biology or a related field of study. Three years of related work experience Exceptional skills communicating research to the public Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. Preferred Qualifications Experience working with large and complex datasets Knowledge of Central Texas savanna ecosystems (the current 20-year study evaluates the impacts of prescribed burning and mowing on grassland/savanna systems in Central Texas) Experience with prescribed burns Experience working with grassland data, invasive plants, and/or multi-year field-collected data Demonstrated experience obtaining collaborative multi-investigator grants Experience working at field stations and/or botanic gardens and arboreta Experience mentoring undergraduate students
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