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Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document by copying and pasting this link into your web browser:

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1)  a cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position
2)  a resume or curriculum vita
3) copy of the undergraduate and graduate transcript (unofficial is fine)
4)  teaching history (list course and department)
5) any available teaching evaluations

Name the .PDF file as follows: last name.first name.course number. For example: Doe.John.Environ421

Verify your own course schedule against the schedule for the course to which you are applying as a GSI. All GSIs are required to attend the lecture and discussion times as posted.

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Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the science, policy, and social issues around ecological restoration. We examine and discuss a multitude of restoration projects, including consideration of roles of agriculture, in urban, rural, and natural areas through the use of case studies, field work, field trips, and guest lectures. Field work is mostly conducted at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and is to participate in conducting standard restoration practices and learn to collect data for site inventory, monitoring, and assessing restoration success.


1. Assistance Preparing Lab activities and Lab materials - Assistance with planning activities according to restoration projects taken place at the Botanical Gardens during the Fall semester (seed collection, prescribed burns, invasive plant species removals, stream bank stabilizations, monitoring of biodiversity of ongoing projects).

2. Preparation of Lab materials during class period - Assistance with acquiring and creating identification sheets for plant and invertebrate invasive / native species. Assistance with preparation of materials to conduct field activities and perform measurements at selected sites.

-Identifying, acquiring and creating data sets (time series of terrestrial species abundance from several areas, time series Huron River stream biotic and abiotic characteristics and land use)  

3. Assistance during Labs - Assist with coordinating with land/ site managers.  Assistance to demonstrate sampling, carry on sampling, technical aspects of compiling and analyzing data, and GIS exercises.

4. Assistance with planning and coordinating course Team Projects - Assistance with identifying projects suitable to engage students in the time available during the course, and help students identify restoration goals and directing the student project process.

5.  Assistance with organizing group dynamics with assigned readings

6. Grade assignments - Each class will start with student reflections on the previous class and lab. This in-class assignment will consist of two to three questions with the goal of getting feedback as the course progresses, and which will be incorporated to make adjustment as needed. The GSI will help compile and summarize the student answers which will be reported back to the class.

The course includes a Volunteer Field Work experience (service learning) and a paper reflecting the service work. Also, two short essays and the Team Projects require a project paper. The GSI will assist reviewing the volunteer work papers, the essays and the project report draft and final paper.

Required Qualifications*

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Previous coursework in Restoration Ecology, GIS, Statistics and Ecology.
  • Knowledge of C-Tools and proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Applicant must be in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. If the language of instruction at a students undergraduate institution was not English, they must be evaluated by the English Language Institute (ELI) for English proficiency and either pass the GSI-OET or have this test waived by the ELI before they can be eligible for a GSI appointment in LS&A.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior completion of courses in design, woody plants, soil ecology, aquatic ecology, stream ecology.
  • Familiarity with The Mattheai Botanical Garden programs.
  • Proficiency using R (programming language).

Contact Information

Please contact instructor for questions about job responsibilities: Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez -

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Faculty review applications for positions in their courses and indicate their ranked preferences. They are also asked to indicate whether they regard any applicants as unqualified and why.

Selection Process

A committee comprised of the Associate Director and the Department Administrator reviews faculty recommendations to determine and move forward with selection preferences where possible. The Associate Director determines appointments where no clear selection is possible.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified. The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at and for the University Ombuds at

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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