Organization of Biological Field Stations
Field Station Director - Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) invites applications for the tenure-line position of Field Station Director within the Department of Biological Sciences to begin Fall Semester, 2018.  This search is taking place during an exciting time of rapid growth for the department, and the successful candidate will play a major role in further growth of the program in accordance with Missouri S&T’s Strategic Plan (http://strategicplan.mst.edu/). Candidates must have a Ph.D., a strong publication record, and an active, externally funded research program in an area related to field biology. Appointment of the position can be at associate or full professor, depending on experience.

This founding field station director will take the lead in the development of a newly established field station, located 30 minutes from campus. The program has recently been awarded an NSF planning grant, and is an OBFS institutional member.  There are several habitats in the area around the field station, including aquatic systems (ponds, wetlands, and streams), terrestrial systems (forests, old fields, glades), and more unique systems (karst areas and caves). Candidates can be active researchers on animals, plants, or microbes, and examine their study organisms at a variety of scales, from population genetics to ecosystem ecology. In addition to being director of the field station, the candidate will teach classes both on campus and at the field station and advise graduate (M.S.) and undergraduate students in research. The director will also collaborate with researchers and instructors from other departments, including geology, chemistry, environmental engineering, social science, and humanities.

Missouri S&T, one of four campuses comprising the University of Missouri, enrolls approximately 6,800 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students and is among the top technological research universities in the country.  Its 284-acre campus, about 90 minutes from the city of St. Louis, is situated amid the scenic Missouri Ozarks. The Department of Biological Sciences offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in Biology and an M.S. degree in Applied and Environmental Biology. Biology faculty and students are affiliated with several campus interdisciplinary research and education centers and have funding from NSF, NIH, NASA, US Forest Service, Missouri Research Board, and Missouri Department of Higher Education. Additional information on the department is available on the web athttp://biosci.mst.edu.

Interested candidates should electronically submit an application consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statements to the Missouri University of Science and Technology's Human Resources Office at http://hr.mst.edu/careers/academic/. Review of applications will begin December 1st. Specific questions about the position can be addressed to Dev Niyogi at niyogid@mst.edu.

Human Resource Services

Reference Number:

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Reference # 0070215

1870 Miner Circle

Rolla, MO 65409

 

Missouri S&T is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Females, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 
Deputy Director/Operations Manager

For more than 40 years, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) has supported year-round education and research on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. BMSC is owned and managed by a not-for-profit organization, the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society, whose members are University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria.

Reporting to the Director, the Deputy Director/Operations Manager is responsible for the day-to-day provision, operation and maintenance of the BMSC’s facilities, building systems and infrastructure. The Deputy Director/Operations Manager supports the BMSC’s long-term goals, strategic plans and organizational change; and is committed to innovative and evolving programs and services. The Deputy Director/Operations Manager facilitates and participates in initiatives to enhance community engagement and partnerships for the BMSC.

The Deputy Director/Operations Manager has a degree, diploma and/or other professional qualifications in a relevant field, with a minimum of seven years of facility supervisory or building operations experience.  The Deputy Director/Operations Manager has a collaborative leadership style, with an ability to lead organizational change and engage across with multiple and diverse stakeholders. The Deputy Director/Operations Manager is expected to live on or near campus.

Should you be interested in learning more about this unique leadership opportunity, please contact Carol Robinson or Paul Philips at 604-998-4032 or forward your resumé, a letter of introduction and the names and contact information for three referees, in confidence, to info@hwest.ca.

We will respond to all who express interest.

 
Fall REU program at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)

Fall REU program at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)

 
Friend of OBFS

Friend of OBFS

Scientists working at field stations and marine laboratories strive to understand natural processes at every scale, from the molecular to the global, from milliseconds to eons. The mission of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) is to help member stations increase their effectiveness in supporting critical research, education, and outreach programs. We pursue this goal in a manner that maximizes diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, and transparency. Biological field stations provide critical infrastructure and support for students and scientists to conduct research in field settings from underwater reefs to icy mountaintops. 

For the past few years, the OBFS Board of Directors has presented the Friend of OBFS Award to an individual whose support and assistance have helped to further our scientific mission and educational goals in the US and worldwide.  For 2017, OBFS has selected Mark Ruffalo for his work promoting scientific literacy and involvement on college campuses and in the national realm. Mr. Ruffalo has been a friend to OBFS, serving as a guest speaker for OBFS events and meetings in 2015 and 2016. 
OBFS President Paul Foster noted "Mark presented an especially inspiring talk at our friendraising event in New York City last October. He urged the scientists and students present to feel uncomfortable and to become more active politically in environmental issues."


Mr. Ruffalo has won previous awards relative to the environment and science. In 2011, he co-founded the non-profit group Water Defense to raise awareness about the impact of energy extraction on water and public health. Ruffalo also co-founded The Solutions Project, which launched in 2012 as part of his mission to share the science of and demonstrate the feasibility of renewable energy. Ruffalo has received the Global Green Millennium Award for Environmental Leadership and the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Foundation Award. He also is the recent recipient of the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Humanitarian Award for his environmental work. His most recent award is the Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism.

Past Award Winners:

2016: Peter Connors

2015: Miles O'BrienIn 2015, OBFS recognized its first ‘Friend of OBFS’, Miles O’Brien. Miles is a wonderful advocate for science and for OBFS, was our guest of honor at our 2014 OBFS Development Event in Nantucket. For those of you who were able to join us at our OBFS Annual Meeting at Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in September 2015, Miles joined us via Skype and provided a wonderful overview of his passion and advocacy for field science and education.

 

 
Director, Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 

 

Position Summary:

National Audubon Society (NAS) is committed to protecting birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. The Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch (AWRR) contributes to the science and conservation programs of NAS, including, in particular, the grassland, climate, and water programs – all of which support birds and their habitats. The Research Ranch is an ecological field station and sanctuary for native biota in southeastern Arizona, USA. The mission of the AWRR is to be a living laboratory to determine and demonstrate methods to safeguard and rehabilitate grasslands and related ecosystems, and to assist policy makers and other citizens in the care and protection of our native ecosystems, natural resources, and quality of life. The Research Ranch is a cooperative partnership among NAS, U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, The Research Ranch Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and Swift Current Land and Cattle Co. The facility was established in 1969, when cattle were first excluded from the land by the Appleton Family, and has been managed by Audubon since 1980. The Research Ranch is located 65 miles southeast of Tucson, AZ.

 

The Director of the AWRR is required to live on-site in housing provided by Audubon. S/he will lead all aspects of the research, conservation, and education programs of this unique Audubon field station. The Director will be the visible leader of the AWRR to the community, and will guide the integration of the AWRR into the programs and strategies of the National Audubon Society. He or she will oversee a staff of two and work with volunteers, agencies, researchers, and community leaders to ensure the long-term viability of the AWRR as a center for grassland and bird research and conservation in the Southwestern US. The Director is responsible for all aspects of planning, operating, managing, and fundraising for the AWRR, and for advancing the missions of the AWRR, Audubon Arizona and National Audubon Society (NAS)

 

The director will report to Audubon Arizona Executive Director and work closely with Audubon Arizona Conservation and Development Staff, NAS staff, and senior leadership.

Essential Functions:

Conservation and Land Management

  • Supervise management of the 8,000-acre semi-arid grassland and oak savannah sanctuary to support a broad diversity of native plants and animals and to provide an environment for non-disruptive research.
  • Update and implement AWRR’s Coordinated Resource Management Plan including maintaining fences, updating and implementing wildfire prevention and response plans, and preventing spread of invasive species.
  • Work closely with Audubon Arizona to position the AWRR as a key partner in regional efforts to develop and implement conservation activities that conserve and restore semi-arid grasslands and bird habitat in southeastern Arizona.

Research

  • Promote AWRR as an outstanding site for non-destructive ecological research.
  • Coordinate with the NAS science team and Audubon Arizona conservation staff to identify and recruit research projects and researchers that support Audubon’s science and conservation priorities, particularly those associated with the grassland, climate, and water programs.
  • Supervise ongoing monitoring efforts and promote efforts that are consistent with AWRR’s mission and with contractual agreements with partners.
  • Evaluate research proposals based on established research guidelines. Facilitate and supervise research projects to ensure compliance with approved proposals.

Outreach

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with numerous local, state and federal agencies, universities, specialists in ecology and other sciences, conservation NGO’s, private landowners, ranchers, volunteers, donors/supporters (individual, corporate, foundation, and state or federal agencies), community leaders and Audubon chapters in southeastern Arizona.
  • Build and maintain a close working relationship with the national network of Audubon scientists to communicate, integrate, and leverage grassland and bird conservation research and stewardship activities throughout the country.
  • Expand and implement a program of community engagement opportunities to position the AWRR as a key conservation partner in broad conservation and scientific initiatives in Southeastern Arizona.
  • Oversee AWRR’s website and Facebook page, host appropriate field trips and give presentations related to AWRR.

Budget and Fundraising

  • Manage and fundraise for the AWRR operating budget, including collaborative fundraising efforts with regional conservation partners, as appropriate.
  • A significant portion of the operating budget is funded through an endowment. However, additional fundraising through grant writing and individual appeals is required for land management activities, capital improvements, and a portion of the annual operating expenses.
  • Assure AWRR is managed in a financially responsible and accurate manner using Audubon’s standard procedures and policies.

Administration

  • Oversee all operational aspects of the AWRR facilities, budgets and programs including hiring and supervising staff (currently 2 FTEs) and volunteers.
  • Seek input from staff to develop measurable goals and action plans, as well as a process for monitoring and assessing progress.
  • Cultivate and manage a local advisory committee of community leaders, agency and NGO partners, and Audubon Arizona staff and board members to guide the direction of the AWRR and to extend its reach into the community.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in biology, plant or wildlife ecology, or related fields and 10+ years of relevant professional experience
  • PhD in a related field is preferred, and expertise in ornithology is a plus
  • Excellent organizational, budget management, speaking, writing, editing, and statistical analysis skills are required
  • Ability to identify the biota of the Southwest and associated habitat requirements a plus
  • Knowledge of conservation issues specific to arid or semi-arid ecosystems
  • Passion for conservation and natural resources
  • Demonstrated fundraising ability, including grant writing and administration, is mandatory
  • Ability to handle emergency maintenance on indoor and outdoor facilities, including emergency road and building maintenance
  • Familiarity with use of field equipment (including chainsaws, hand tools, and light power tools) and herbicides
  • Possess collaborative and team-oriented mentality
  • Can-do attitude and friendly personality with a great sense of humor
  • The individual must be able to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and live and work in a rural environment
  • Flexible schedule and willingness to work long hours and occasional out-of-town travel
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and direct and inspire staff and volunteers
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in rugged conditions
  • Ability to lift and transport up to 30 pounds
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must live onsite
 
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