Botany positions in Mojave/Sonoran deserts, University of Nevada Las Vegas

The Applied Ecology Laboratory at the University of Nevada Las Vegas is hiring four full-time botanists/research assistants (salary position) for February 2020 through May 2020 (4 mo). The latest start date can be February 10 but preferred start date is February 3. Project sites will be in southern Nevada and southeastern California (Mojave Desert and Sonoran Desert). All applicants are encouraged to review climate and spring weather conditions for the southern Nevada and southern California regions before applying.

All applicants must be a United States citizen, have a current and valid state driver’s license, and have no personal at-fault accidents in the last five years. Applicants will be required to fill out an I-9 form and submit personal identification for review.

Qualified applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree in biology or environmental science or a related degree, or equivalent years’ experience (3-4 years); experience using dichotomous keys; experience operating a 4WD truck or other 4WD vehicle; outdoor/field experience (e.g., camping, hiking); and experience with field navigation (compass, map, GPS).

To qualify for this position, field and botany experience are required.

A preference will be given to candidates that have professional or academic experience with plant identification in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, are familiar with and have used regionally applicable dichotomous keys (e.g., Desert Jepson, Arizona Flora, the Flora of Utah), and have some field or laboratory project management experience.

However, this is a great opportunity for those looking for a career bridge out of a college undergraduate program or have little project management experience and want to gain this type of experience to become more competitive for future jobs and graduate programs. Botanists/research assistants will be responsible for aspects of field, laboratory, and greenhouse projects, including organizing a field/laboratory schedule with colleagues, data collection and entry, QA/QC, maintaining a digital photograph and plant database archive, data analysis preparation, and compiling literature.

All camping will be car camping. State vehicles will be provided for projects. Per diem applies to specific out-of-state projects only. No housing is provided.

To apply please send a statement of interest to introduce yourself, a CV or resume, and two-three references to Lindsay Chiquoine ( Please include in the subject line the position (botanist/research assistant position).

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