Research Manager Seek in the Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP)

06/14/ 2017

The Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico is seeking a Research Manager to assist scientists conducting research in the Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP) in Puerto Rico. The LFDP is a 16 ha gridded forest plot where all saplings, shrubs, and trees are identified, mapped, and measured every five years to address questions of forest diversity and management. Seedling censuses in small plots dispersed throughout the LFDP are conducted annually and additional census plots extend the LFDP into areas of younger forest. The LFDP is part of a network of large forest plots coordinated by the Center for Tropical Science ( and is a keystone project of the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program (

We seek a self-motivated individual with a Bachelor of Science or Masters of Science in Biology, Ecology, Forestry, or Environmental Science with an interest in rainforest plant ecology and taxonomy, and the ability to collect data in a difficult forest environment. Required skills include knowledge of ecology and forestry issues, and experience in plant identification. The candidate should be comfortable with word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and data management software. Preferred skills include experience with programming in R, GIS packages such as ArcGIS, Paradox, and the ability to assist with manuscript preparation. People management skills are important, as the candidate will work with students and scientists, and lead teams of volunteers to collect data. A working knowledge of Spanish is desirable.

The position is based at El Verde Field Station, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico . Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent, statement of career goals, curriculum vitae, copy of University transcripts, and contact information for three references to Sarah Stankavich (

Deadline for applications is July 5, 2017.