Research Coordinator, Oak Ecosystem Restoration
Company: The Morton Arboretum
Type: Full Time
The Morton Arboretum has a Research Coordinator position open. This position will coordinate laboratory and field operations and implement data and sample collection with staff, students, and external collaborators for an experimental and field-based study of oak ecosystem restoration techniques. The position is supported by a Walder Foundation Biota award, “The consequences of burn pile scars for oak ecosystem biodiversity.” Funding for this position is temporary with an expected duration through May 2025. Essential Functions:
- Conduct and coordinate research activities in the laboratory and field in order to meet assigned research goals, including coordinating field sampling with external collaborators.
- Plan and implement research methods and procedures, and adapt and update as necessary to meet project objectives and deadlines.
- Work with managers, stewards, and volunteers to identify project sites; characterize brush pile construction, composition, and burn properties; and establish a burn scar restoration experiment.
- Perform assigned research activities in the field, lab, and greenhouse. Establish sampling schemes, conduct plant community assessments, and collect soil samples in the field. Evaluate soil seed bank and mycorrhizal inoculum potentials in the greenhouse. Assess fungal community composition using molecular lab techniques. Conduct soil biological, chemical, and physical analyses in the laboratory.
- Provide training and supervision to temporary employees, students, interns, and/or volunteers in assisting with sampling activities, and communicate with external collaborators.
- Communicate project objectives, plans, and outcomes to stewards, managers, and the restoration community by producing written documents and providing oral presentations.
- Organize data for analysis, and as time allows, collaborate in analysis.