Research/Extension Associate in Sustainable Landscaping Design and Ecosystem Services
Overview: The Residential Landscape Ecology (RLE) Lab (https://rle-iannone.com/) of Dr. Basil Iannone in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida is looking for a creative and motivated person interested in sustainable urban landscaping, urban biodiversity, ecosystem services, and promoting sustainable landscaping practices in current and future urban landscapes. This is an 18-month position with competitive pay and benefits. Extension of position dependent upon funding.
Duties: The associate would work with an interdisciplinary group of researchers and Extension professionals, landscaping stakeholders, and Master Gardener Volunteers to (1) collect data from yards of urban landscapes on vegetation diversity and structure, maintenance costs/inputs, and ecosystem services, (2) use these data to develop landscaping design principles aimed at reducing maintenance costs/inputs and maximizing ecosystem services, and (3) develop outreach products/tools to promote the early adoption of these principles in future urban developments.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a master’s degree focused on a relevant topic (e.g. urban ecology, environmental horticulture, landscape architecture, and sustainability), an interest in research and outreach pertaining to urban landscaping and ecology, good writing skills, and proven experience working with citizen scientists and stakeholders.
To apply: Email: (1) Cover Letter stating your career goals, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and how you meet the required qualifications; (2) C.V./Resume; (3) unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for three professional references to Dr. Basil Iannone (email@example.com) and Dr. Vitor Vieira Vasconcelos (firstname.lastname@example.org). Place “Sustainable Landscaping” in the email subject line.
Please contact Dr. Basil Iannone with any questions about the position.