Employment and Volunteering

Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) Director

Position Overview

The mission of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) is to guide the conservation of Michigan’s biodiversity by providing the highest quality scientific expertise and information. MNFI’s vision is to be the authoritative source of information on biodiversity that is widely used to conserve Michigan’s unique natural heritage for current and future generations.

The MNFI Director will provide statewide leadership for the direction, management, and fiscal sustainability of MNFI, while providing biodiversity and conservation expertise, fostering, and building relationships between MNFI scientists, conservation partners, researchers, and educators. The director will work directly with MNFI staff to facilitate strategic planning, program development, and fundraising, while serving as the key contact to government agencies, NatureServe, and the Natural Heritage network, numerous conservations organizations, foundations, and other funders and cooperators.

The director will understand, support, and communicate information about Michigan’s rare and declining plant species and natural communities, support the maintenance of Michigan’s Natural Heritage Database, and work cooperatively with other MNFI personnel, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals to inform and guide decisions that impact biodiversity conservation.

This position may be eligible to utilize a flexible work environment. However, there is an expectation to work from the MNFI office located in downtown Lansing, Michigan.


Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)

  • Master of Science from an accredited institution in a field of study related to botany, zoology, ecology, conservation biology, natural resources management or related field.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant scientific and administrative experience, including program, financial, and project management, supervision, and fundraising.

Application Process

View full description and apply through the MSU Careers page. Search for posting 873626 using the Job Search field.

Application deadline is 1/16/2024, with applicant review beginning week of November 27, 2023.


MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations.

The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.