Assistant Researcher Senior - 11755BR

Assistant Researcher Senior

KS Biological Survey
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The lab of Kelly Kindscher will hire an Assistant Researcher Senior at the Kansas Biological Survey that seeks a botanist/ecologist/horticulturalist for an existing research program. The lab is focused on Plant Community Ecology/ Botany/Conservation Biology/Medicinal Plants/Ethnobotany research (see: and Our work is in the realm of plant community ecology, botany, conservation biology, ethnobotany, horticulture, restoration ecology, the study of medicinal plants, and other projects of the lab as they develop. The position will have a major focus on field work. Broad skills in botany and ecology, collection of plants, and experience in the preparation of manuscripts, reports and grants is preferred. We seek a highly motivated and dedicated individual to participate in collaborative work for these projects.

Job Description

40% - Conduct fieldwork, collect, process, and record data on plant species in the field

15% - Oversee research and manage demonstration gardens related to native and medicinal plants

15% - Grant and proposal preparation and writing

10% - Collaborate with supervisor, staff, PIs, and students in data management and analysis, and the preparation of publications and manuscripts

10% - Supervise students, volunteers and others in field collections, garden production and management, the process of data collection and database management, writing educational content, research garden activities, and other tasks

5% - Meet regularly with the lab director to plan work activities as well as meet with other staff, students and others to coordinate work

5% - Paperwork related to office management and other tasks

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in ecology, biology, botany, environmental studies or related fields, and two years botanical, land management, or horticultural experience.
  2. Knowledge of native and cultivated plants and can recognize them in the field.
  3. Knowledge of botany and demonstrated skills in plant species identification and use of dichotomous keys.
  4. Work experience that demonstrates comfort and skills interacting with landowners.
  5. Experience with database management and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), internet, email, and statistical software packages.
  6. Work experience that demonstrates the ability to work independently, manage multiple detailed projects simultaneously and be flexible with changing priorities and deadlines.
Position Requirement: Must possess and be able to show proof of a Valid driver's license by time of appointment.

Physical Requirements: The applicant needs to be, with or without accommodation, physically capable of working under strenuous field conditions, hiking to remote field sites while packing in field supplies and withstanding extreme summer heat.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Extensive knowledge of Great Plains/Midwest or Southwest botany and ecology.
  2. Experience with publishing and preparation of publications
  3. Demonstrated ability to be well organized and work independently
  4. Supervisory experience
  5. Grant-writing experience

Additional Candidate Instructions

Applications are accepted on-line only. A complete application will consist of the on-line application, a cover letter addressing how the candidate meets the required and preferred qualifications of the position, a resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.
  • Application review begins May 7, 2018 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is found
  • For best consideration apply by the review date above.

Contact Information to Applicants

Kelly Kindscher
emailed preferred at

Advertised Salary Range

$17.66 - $20.00 per hour

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KS Biological Survey
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