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Need a Summer Job in Botany in the Finger Lakes?

April 27, 2016

Region: Finger Lakes
Worksite: Cornell (Corson Hall) and several natural areas and farms in the Finger Lakes region
Term: Summer 2016
Start: mid-May
End: late-August
Title: Field botany and agroecology field and lab research assistant
Description: We are seeking a motivated and independent individual with experience in botanical fieldwork to help conduct plant vegetation surveys and associated lab work this summer. The work will assist in the broader research agenda of understanding how plant resources in agricultural landscapes influence communities of beneficial farmland arthropods, including pollinators and natural enemies. Primary field tasks will include: marking out sampling plots, conducting plant surveys, and collecting plants. Primary lab tasks will include: preparation for fieldwork (possibly including communication with landowners), preserving plant specimens, keying out plants that could not be identified in the field, data entry, and compiling published information on plant characteristics (e.g., flowering period). Plant surveys will occur in plots located in various natural areas and agricultural fields in the Finger Lakes region. Travel to field sites from Ithaca will be provided, although having a driver’s license is preferable to allow for some flexibility.
Individuals with skills in plant identification are encouraged to apply. Exceptional applicants without much botanical experience but a strong desire to learn will also be considered. Fieldwork will occur rain or shine, and may include uncomfortably hot or buggy conditions. Therefore, a strong constitution and love for the outdoors (and getting dirty!) is important.
This position will be a good fit for a hard-working individual who desires to develop a strong skillset in agroecological and botanical research, who enjoys working outside, and who wants to improve their understanding of the ecosystems in the region. Some opportunities may also be available for GIS analysis, if interested. Work will be supervised by Aaron Iverson, a postdoctoral researcher (Alison Power lab), who will work closely with the student.
Special Requirements: Ability to work outdoors all day, even in poor weather. Good attitude, strong work ethic, and a sense of humor. Good communication, organization, and attention to detail.
Work Schedule: Tentatively 7am-5pm Mon through Thurs (full-time, 4 days/week), including travel time.
TO APPLY: Please send a brief note describing why you are interested in the job and your experience in field botany and/or field ecology. Please also include a resume or CV and the names, titles, and email addresses of 2-3 reference contacts (e.g., supervisors from previous/current jobs, professors, mentors). Please send all materials to

Jobs: SUNY Oneonta Needs an Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology

December 10, 2012

Assistant Professor in Aquatic Ecology to Support Master of Science in Lake Management Program

The Department of Biology at SUNY Oneonta invites applications for a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology beginning August 2013. The Biology Department offers five majors tracks, two graduate programs and excellent facilities including the College’s Biological Field Station (BFS) on Lake Otsego in nearby Cooperstown, NY. This position is three quarters time teaching with the remaining time devoted to furthering the research mission of the Biological Field Station.  An internship program and a new Master of Science program in Lake Management utilize BFS resources including permanent and temporary wetlands, uplands, forests, and streams on 2600 acres, and access to Lake Otsego.

 The full announcement and application information can be found at:


Assistant Needed for Giant Hogweed New York Hotline

April 5, 2012

DEC Forest Health and Protection is hiring a giant hogweed hotline assistant to work from May 14 to August 31 out of the New Paltz DEC office. Giant hogweed is a non-native invasive plant with sap capable of causing injury to humans. The hotline assistant will provide information to the public about giant hogweed identification and control methods, view plant photos to verify new giant hogweed sites, and control 24 southeastern NY sites using a root-cutting control method. Last year our hotline received 1,976 calls and 861 emails. More information about giant hogweed can be found HERE.

See attached file for complete job description. Applicants should supply a letter of intent, resume, and contact information for three professional references. First review of applications to begin April 24th.

The contact person for further information is Naja Kraus:

Funds Avialable for Student Research on Aquatic Plants

February 18, 2012

A graduate student research grant in the area of aquatic plant management and ecology is being offered by the Aquatic Plant Management Society’s research and education organization. For more information CLICK HERE.

Help this duck enjoy aquatic plants.

2012 New York Flora Association Research Awards Available

January 28, 2012

Hey students and NYFA members: NYFA has money available to help you with your botanical research in New York. Applications due March 2, 2012.
For more information see: NYFA Research Awards.

Maybe you need funds to travel to the field. Photo: Steve Young

Money Avaliable for College Students Studying Aquatic Plant Management

November 28, 2011

The Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) has graduate scholarships and undergraduate stipends available for students working on projects in the field of aquatic plant management.  Projects from students working within the Northeastern area of the United States are welcome, though projects from students outside of the region may be eligible if the project they are working on relates to an aquatic plant issue within this region.

More information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and rating criteria can be found on the NEAPMS website at  Summaries of past projects are also highlighted on the site as well.

Rochester Fundraiser for the Christine Sevilla Wetland Preserve

March 5, 2011

Christine was a noted photographer and nature enthusiast of the Rochester area. Christine’s family and friends envision a natural area, including wetlands, preserved in her memory.  This vision includes an educational component, like an interpretive trail to help others recognize what Christine saw – an interconnected natural community of flora and fauna, soil and water. Perhaps even an  Arts and Music Festival to celebrate what Christine so treasured. Below is information about a fund-raising auction of her artwork on April 5 to raise money for the preserve. Click on it for a larger version or CLICK HERE for a link to the website where you can see samples of her beautiful work.


NYS DEC Lands and Forests Job Openings for Giant Hogweed Control

February 15, 2011

There are 8 positions open this summer for controlling giant hogweed.  Five positions for manual control and three for herbicide control.

The beginning compensation rate as of April 1, 2010 is $13.27.

To Apply
For more information on how to apply contact Naja Kraus at or 845-255-1701 (Fax). First review of applications to begin March 1st.

DEC’s giant hogweed page

This is why it is called giant.

Job Opening for Assistant Plant Inspector for Emerald Ash Borer in Otsego County

February 3, 2011

POSITION: Assistant Plant Inspector
SALARY: $15.93/hour
APPOINTMENT: Temporary, Non-Competitive
LOCATION: Otsego County

POSITION DESCRIPTION: As an Assistant Plant Inspector, you will be assigned to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Control Program.  The objective of the EAB Control Program is to minimize human assisted spread of this insect within New York and to adjacent states.  This position will ensure regulated material is properly transported, the appropriate documents are used, and that regulated establishments are in compliance.  Some duties will include, but not limited to:  participate in tradeshows, fairs, present at industry meetings to gain compliance of regulated parties, schedule quarterly mulch inspections for establishments holding a mulch agreement, conduct regulatory enforcement checkpoints along key routes out of the regulated area and major transportation routes within the State, and also follow up on any suspect emerald ash borer reports by the public or industry.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 30 College Credits – preferably in horticulture, forestry, plant pathology, botany, entomology, environmental studies/plant science, or a biological science primarily related to the scientific study of plants or animals.

TO APPLY: Forward resume by February 25, 2011 to:

Ms. Christine A. Pettograsso
NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets
Human Resources Management
10B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235
Telephone:  (518) 457-3216
Fax:  (518) 457-8852

Support the Long Island Plant Atlas!

December 17, 2010

The Long Island Botanical Society is raising funds to publish their Atlas of Vascular Plants of Long Island. If you would like to help, the contribution form is below.  Click on it for a larger image.