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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  Applications submitted without a cover letter will be considered incomplete.

Job Summary

The Data & GIS Specialist will assist the curators in managing a diverse assemblage of geospatial and tabular data on our living collections of plants, animals, and natural communities. The position requires working as part a team, with staff from multiple UM schools, colleges, and departments, to design and maintain a Geographic Information Systems for curating abiotic and biotic data collected on multiple UM properties.  

This is a two-year Term-Limited position with possibility of extension based on funding.


-Take a lead role in working with staff on designing, building, and maintaining a Geographic Information System for documenting, managing, and disseminating information about our collections.

-Serve as a team player in working with staff across the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum and other departments, including UM Biological Station, E.S. George Reserve, School of Natural Resources and Environment, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and others.

-Work with staff, faculty, and students to manage data and integrate GIS technologies with ongoing collections and lands management, research, and teaching practices.

-Assist in training staff, faculty, and students to use the collections database and GIS tools.

-Work with staff from the UM Herbarium and UM Museum of Zoology to integrate their data into our collections database.

-Identify historical and recent collections data from our properties published in the scientific literature and incorporate it into the collections database.

-Conduct fieldwork to document our living collections.

Required Qualifications*

-Bachelor’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems, Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Botany, or closely related field.

-At least two-years of experience in classroom or professional settings using geospatial databases and ESRI’s ArcGIS platform.

-Ability to work as part of team in an academic setting.

-Ability to learn to accurately identify and describe plants, animals, and natural communities.

-Position requires a willingness and ability to work outdoors, exposed to a range of weather conditions, traveling off-trail through a variety of natural areas while transporting and operating field equipment.

-Must be able to reliably provide own transportation to and from work sites located throughout Southeast Michigan.

Desired Qualifications*

-Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geospatial Analysis and Mapping, Environmental Informatics, Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Botany, or closely related field.

-Experience designing, implementing, and managing geospatial databases using ESRI’s ArcGIS platform.

-Experience using ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS.

-Field experience using GPS units.

Additional Information

We believe that diversity strengthens our ability to accomplish our mission.

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.