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Subject: MSUE Vacancy Announcement; Conservation Associate - Lansing, Michigan with Statewide Responsibilities


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MSU Extension

Michigan Natural Features Inventory; Conservation Associate

Located in Lansing, Michigan with statewide responsibilities

Position Overview

The mission of Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) is to guide the conservation of Michigan’s biodiversity by providing the highest quality scientific expertise and information. MNFI’s vision is to be the authoritative source of information on biodiversity that is widely used to conserve Michigan’s unique natural heritage for current and future generations.

As part of MSU Extension and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), the successful candidate will collect, analyze, and communicate information about Michigan's natural communities and rare and declining plants and animals; help maintain Michigan’s Natural Heritage Database; and work cooperatively with public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals to inform and guide decisions that impact biodiversity management and conservation.

Application Process

Interested and qualified candidates should visit the Michigan State University jobs page at to apply for posting number 4326.

Candidates are required to submit an up-to-date resume/CV, letter of interest and the names and contact information (including email addresses) for four professional references.

Application deadline is currently November 20, 2016.

This will be a fixed-term appointment. This appointment is 10 months with potential for extension contingent upon available funding.


·         Master's degree in ecology, zoology, forestry, botany, biology, geography, natural resource management, or closely related field must be earned by date of hire;

·         Experience designing and conducting field-based ecological studies, especially those involving vegetation sampling, mapping, and monitoring, and wildlife surveys;

·         Experience with natural community surveys and evaluation, including both upland and wetland natural communities;

·         Familiarity with botanical and animal identification keys;

·         Knowledge of and experience with natural areas stewardship and ecosystem management;

·         Ability to independently conduct long days of strenuous fieldwork under adverse conditions for prolonged periods of time throughout the State of Michigan including working in remote areas, difficult terrain, and vast tracks of open wetlands and swamp forests;

·         Orienteering, map reading and the ability to navigate in remote areas;

·         Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, ability to complete tasks in a timely fashion, and attention to detail;

·         Ability to work independently and in teams of diverse people;

·         Demonstrated ability to quickly learn new skills and procedures;

·         Experience with Microsoft Office, GPS technology, and electronic data recorders;

·         Demonstrated commitment to the conservation of biological diversity;

·         Use of personal vehicle and travel over weekends and for extended periods of time may be necessary; and a valid driver's license is required;

·         Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;

·         Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.


Keri Rowley

Administrative Assistant II

Michigan State University Extension

Morrill Hall of Agriculture

446 West Circle Drive, Suite 160

East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

Phone: 517-432-7643

Fax: 517-432-4986

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