Organization of Biological Field Stations
Toolik Field Station Facility Supervisor

The Toolik Field Station (TFS) Facility Supervisor manages many aspects of on-site operations at Toolik Field Station including supervising up to 20 staff members and providing high-level service to a wide variety of users of the station.  This position splits time in residence on site at the station and at the administrative offices on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. 

The Toolik Field Station, a unit of the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks is a world-renowned Arctic field station located 360 road miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska on the rural Dalton Highway. The remote station supports researchers, students, and others from around the world. The population of the station can vary from 3 to 150 residents throughout the year (over 400 different individuals annually) and is open 365 days a year.

The ideal candidate has experience in remote operations, leadership, supervising multiple staff, and professional and high-level customer service. 

For a full description of the position and to apply:

For questions about the position contact:  Brett Biebuyck, (907)474-2466,

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.


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

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






(13-week position available beginning May 14, 2018)


For thirteen weeks in May-August 2018, twenty college-age students will join dozens of visiting and staff scientists at Harvard Forest in researching the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems.  The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components to the summer program.  S/he provides information, advising, support and discipline required to create a hospitable academic work environment.


Duties and Responsibilities (work under the supervision of the Summer Program Coordinator)

Assistant Program Coordinator

Assist with student arrival and orientation (May 20th – 22nd)

Inform students of Harvard Forest activities, policies, and expectations

Coordinate weekly evening workshops and seminars

Work with Summer Program Coordinator to resolve student issues

Organize Summer Student Symposium in early-August

Work on various tasks as needed to facilitate summer research program               

Resident Advisor
Responsible for day-to-day activities related to the successful operation of a student residence

Hold weekly house meetings

Plan, organize, and direct student committees (recycling, social activities, etc.)
Serve as advisor to student on matters concerning community development, conflict resolution and counseling

Required Skills, Training and Experience

Excellent listening, negotiation, organizational, and problem solving skills

Strong communication (verbal and written) and computer skills, comfortable using email and list-serves

Capable of performing a variety of tasks simultaneously

Work independently with moderate supervision

Previous experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse population preferred

Must have completed undergraduate degree as of Spring 2018


Time Commitment and Compensation

Compensation is $14.25/hour for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (May 14 to August 10, 2018).  The assistant has a private room (room and board provided), shared office space with computer and access to Harvard Forest vehicles. The position requires on site residence with weeknight and weekend work. Must have a valid driver’s license.



Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to the address below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional information about Harvard Forest and the summer program is available at  


For questions, please contact:


Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator         

Harvard Forest                                  

      324 N. Main Street                                          

      Petersham, MA  01366 ;

      NO PHONE CALLS, please.

Shoals Scientist-in-Residence Fellowship

Shoals Scientist-in-Residence Fellowships Accepting Applications! Shoals Scientist-in-Residence Fellowships (SIRF) support early career and postdoctoral scientists for up to three-month residencies at Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) on Appledore Island, Maine. This program provides financial support for residential research time that can be used for data analysis, manuscript preparation, experimentation, and collaboration, among others. Priority will be given to fellows engaged in SML-based science. Financial support includes: travel allowance, room and board, an honorarium, and research allowance. Fellows will be given lab/office space. Opportunities exist for fellows to have undergraduates work directly on their own research projects (advanced planning is required and is subject to the availability of funding). The aim of this program is to provide robust training for undergraduate marine science students while simultaneously enhancing the research breadth at SML. The program also seeks to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups; however, all qualified scientists are encouraged to apply.


Fellows are asked to give at least one seminar talk to the island community during their fellowship. Fellows are expected to spend 10 hrs/week mentoring 8-12 undergraduate students in SML’s Research Internship Program. Fellows will serve as the secondary mentors, complementing the guidance of each student's primary research mentor (aka the Principle Investigators). Fellows will attend weekly internship meetings where they may be called on to provide a lecture or expertise on field research methodology or some other aspect of independent research training. Lecture time will count towards the 10 hr/week commitment. Opportunities exist for public outreach and additional income via SML’s Adult & Family Programs in August and September.


To Apply:

A complete application will be a single PDF file containing, in the order shown:

1. Cover letter describing your interest and availability, including current employment status and eligibility. If you are a postdoc, please include the name and contact information of your supervisor. Please highlight teaching and/or mentoring experience as well as research accomplishments.

2. Curriculum vitae, including 3 professional references.

3. A 1-2 page essay describing your intended research at SML. Please include provide sufficient information regarding facilities needs for your work.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Send applications by email to Dr. Jennifer Seavey ( using the subject line “Shoals SIRF Application.”

Deadline for applications is 11:59pm on February 15, 2018, and finalists will be announced by the end of February.

Questions? Contact Dr. Jennifer Seavey (

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