September Announcements, Events and Employment

Employment Opportunities

US Botanic Garden Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture)

Deadline: 09/27/2018

Overview: This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Public Programs Division. The incumbent serves as an Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture) with emphasis on urban agriculture and assists in educational programs that fulfill the USBG’s mission. The incumbent is responsible for developing partnerships and educational programs, conducting outreach and engagement and developing participation in the program area of urban agriculture.

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OUTREACH: USDA Forest Service, Region 6

The Mt. Hood National Forest will soon be filling a Botanist (GS-0430-7/9) position. This outreach notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity, as well as to help the Responsible Official gain insight into the potentially interested pool of candidates, and the best way to advertise this vacancy for the strongest candidate pool. This position may be considered for a non-competitive reassignment if there is qualified person in the same grade.

This position is located in Parkdale, Oregon at the Hood River Ranger District.

If you are interested in this exciting job opportunity, please contact Christina Mead by e-mail, at

Field Ecologist with NEON

NEON is hiring a new Field Ecologist with a focus on our field and tower instrumentation. This position would primarily maintain and interpret the sensors on the ~110’ tower, in the soil plots, and the DFIR. Secondarily, the person will conduct with plant diversity, vegetation structure, mosquito, beetle, coarse downed wood, and other sampling. The position is based in Hilo, HI and the work will be conducted in Puu Makaala Natural Area Reserve.

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Graduate Assistantship to Study the Effects of Invasive Annual Grasses on Native Species in the Mojave Desert

Deadline: Applications will be considered starting immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is November or December 2018 as a technician to assure sampling for the spring and summer of 2019. Student status may start when appropriate.

Overview: We seek a highly motivated graduate student to examine the interactions among native and invasive plant species in the Mojave Desert. Invasive annual species, including red brome (Bromus rubens), Mediteranean grass (Schismus barbatos), and Russian thistle (Salsola spp.) have become prevalent in the Mojave Desert. This has severe consequences for native wildlife habitat, including the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), as well as rare plant species (ex. white-margined penstemon – Penstemon albomarginatus). The Bureau of Land Management is interested in investigating the effects of rehabilitation treatments (herbicide, seeding, etc.) on native and rare plant species, as well as desert tortoise habitat. Research questions will focus on plant-plant, plant-soil, and plant-animal interactions. Research will be in conjunction with the Las Vegas office of the Bureau of Land Management.

Position: Graduate Assistantship

Location: Fieldwork will be located outside of Las Vegas, NV.

Compensation: The competitive stipend for the research assistantship is $19,200 per year for four years, which includes a tuition and fee waiver. PhD candidates are preferred although MS students may be considered.

Who may apply: Open to all.


  • BS degree in biology, ecology, or related field
  • Field experience and coursework in plant and soil ecology
  • Desire to interact with land managers and help improve land management decisions
  • Previous research experience with good experimental and field skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of statistical knowledge, laboratory analytic skills, and ability to publish research results in refereed journals is highly desired.

Personal Qualifications: The candidate should be self-motivated, focused, and able to work independently and as part of a team. You should be capable of driving to remote sites on 4WD roads, hiking several kilometers, withstanding harsh field conditions, and willing to camp in primitive areas with no facilities.

Please email the following to Beth Newingham at (1) your resume or CV (including GRE scores and percentiles); (2) a letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience, and (3) contact information for three references.

Further questions can be directed to Dr. Newingham at The student would be a UNR student although housed with the USDA Agricultural Research Service on campus. Information about the University of Nevada, Reno’s graduate programs in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science department. Information about the Newingham Lab.


NCBG after Hurricane Florence

NCBG after Hurricane Florence

News Update: from Johnny Randall, Director of Conservation, North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The North Carolina Botanical Garden (proper) weathered Hurricane Florence very well. The Garden received many inches of rain, but were spared the strong winds. Thus the lower-lying areas of Chapel Hill and the garden’s Mason Farm Biological Reserve were impacted by flooding and subsequent damage, yet with limited tree-falls. The image on the right shows the  Mason Farm Biological Reserve boardwalk as an example.

Nevertheless, the issues at the North Carolina Botanical Garden completely pale to those on the NC coastal plain and cities along rivers where water is still rising and flooding vast areas.

The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture

2019 Award – Call for Applications


Purpose: To promote conservation of rare and endangered flora in the United States through the programs of the Center for Plant Conservation in partnership with the Garden Club of America.



Attend the 2018 Natural Areas Conference to access USFS Job Outreach event

This year’s theme is Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas. Environmental change is dramatically impacting the resilience of natural areas and their ability to rebound from disturbance while maintaining biologically important features, and continuing to provide fundamental support to human health. Regardless of region or type, the hope for natural areas rests on planned actions that promote resilient systems in the face of daunting environmental change.

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Get Involved! National Public Lands Day Seed Collection

Saturday, September 22nd at Pelican Point, NV from 10am-1pm hosted by Nevada Bureau of Land Management and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

Volunteers will collect seed from native plants at Pelican Point on Pyramid Lake. Seeds collected from this event will be available for restoration projects on public lands and tribal lands. Refreshments will be provided. For questions, please contact, BLM Office at 775-885-6000 or get more info at their website.

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