Research Assistant - Arborist with Ecology Background

WORK LOCATION: Botanic Gardens, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position will report to the Director of the Botanic Gardens and assists faculty, staff and students with research and outreach projects studying the ecology of urban forests, wetlands and meadows.  The Burden Woods and adjoining wetlands, meadows and Barton Arboretum serve as an outdoor laboratory and classroom for hands-on learning experiences.  As such the RA will be required to assist with the development and implementation of research and educational programs that include the environmental and ecological aspects of these areas. The RA will assist with the planting of new trees and maintaining the mature trees in the arboretum and woodlands. It is the responsibility of this position to assist with, identify and care for the needs of all major and ornamental trees to assure proper form and optimum health. This position will also be responsible for supervising student interns and volunteers.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A bachelor’s or master’s degree in plant sciences, horticulture, forestry or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Other degree may be accepted with experience or education related to job duties.  Licensure as a Chemical Applicator and Arborist is expected to be obtained within one year of employment and maintained through proper testing, licensing, and ongoing professional course work. The RA is expected to safely operate arborist equipment such as chainsaws, pruners and facility equipment.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 2019 or until suitable candidate is located.


DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, university transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. For more information contact: Jeff Kuehny, Director.

Conservation Leadership Training Program

Interested in being a leader in conservation? Interested in having your voice heard on conservation issues by Louisiana and National policymakers? The Louisiana Wildlife Federation has created a Conservation Leadership Training Program just for you! Students in the Conservation Leadership Corps will receive training in conservation leadership, conservation policy development and how to advocate for sound conservation policies. Training will be provided by experienced conservation leaders and will provide an excellent opportunity to network with state, federal, and private conservation organizations. All expenses for involvement in the program will be paid for by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. At the successful completion of the program you will receive a $250 scholarship to further your conservation education! We welcome applications from high school seniors and college freshman, sophomores, and juniors. 


Visit our website: for further details. You may also contact the LWF Conservation Leadership Corps Coordinator at or Rebecca Triche, LWF Executive Director at with any questions or to express your interest in the program.