Shaver's Creek Plant Sciences GA, Fall 2020

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center


The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is a world-class department in the College of Agricultural Sciences and is Pennsylvania’s leader in preparing students for careers in sustainable management of natural resources. Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center (SCEC) is a field lab for Penn State students seeking experience in wildlife conservation education, environmental education, and human-nature connections. Shaver’s Creek collaborates across all colleges in the University, as well as serving the wider community through engagement with schools, government agencies, and the general public. We are looking for a graduate student whose research interests are in the areas of native or invasive forest plants, ethnobotany, non-timber forest products and/or plant conservation. The chair of the student’s committee will be Ecosystem Science and Management faculty member and Shaver’s Creek Appalachian Botany and Ethnobotany Program Director, Dr. Eric Burkhart. His research program focused on developing sustainable forest-based stewardship and cropping systems for Appalachian specialty forest products (i.e., non-timber forest products) including American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), and ramps (Allium tricoccum). Dr. Burkhart and his students conduct interdisciplinary research on questions pertaining to botany, ethnobotany, ecology, phytochemistry, and horticulture. Further information about his research program can be found here: The assistantship for this research is for a 2-year period (Master’s degree) or a 5-year period (Ph.D.). The successful candidate will be a student in Ecosystem Science and Management where they will work each semester for 5 hours per week as a research assistant. For Shaver’s Creek, they will work in the fall semester for 15 hours per week primarily as a teaching assistant for FOR 203 (Field Dendrology); in the spring, they will work for 15 hours per week primarily as a teaching assistant for FOR 303 (Forest Herbaceous Plants) and/or FOR 403 (Invasive Forest Plant Identification, Ecology and Management) or FOR 418 (Agroforestry). The logistics of working between campus and Shaver’s Creek means that use of personal car is necessary. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and have a demonstrable interest and background in botany, ethnobotany, plant sciences and/or forest ecology and management. It is expected that the student will conduct research of sufficient quality that he/she will publish at least one (M.S. level) or two (Ph.D. level) peer-reviewed publications resulting from this research near or at the conclusion of the degree program. The assistantship covers tuition fees and a generous stipend for 9 months of the year (fall and spring semesters). We will begin seeking applicants during the spring of 2020, and the successful candidate will begin studies in August 2020 (fall semester). Further information: Please direct questions to Dr. Eric Burkhart (Ecosystem Science and Management faculty and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center faculty) or Dr. Lucy McClain (Graduate Assistant Coordinator, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center), Application Procedure: For more information on graduate studies and application processes see:

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088