Director of Research - Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station
Thursday, March 17, 2016 01:07 PM

Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Lacawac’s545 acre property includes a pristine 52acre glacial lake and its watershed, bogs, forests with hiking trails, and a Great Camp listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since its inception in 1966, the Lacawac Sanctuary’s mission has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; and offer public education on environmental and conservation issues. For nearly 50 years, Lacawac has accomplished this mission by offering a diverse set of natural areas, facilities, and programs for K-12 and post-secondary educators and students, area residents, scientific researchers, and summer visitors to the region.

 We are seeking a Director of Research and Education (DRE) who will provide strategic leadership for research and educational programs at Lacawac.  The DRE’s primary responsibility will be to promote and coordinate use of Lacawac's facilities by colleges and universities. Through collaborations with Lacawac Environmental Research and Education Consortium (LEREC) members and other institutions, the DRE will be active in research by conducting field sampling, maintaining instrumentation, supervising undergraduate interns, and interacting with students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members.  The DRE will be provided with modest funds to support an independent research program and encouraged to seek additional support from other sources.  The DRE will supervise K-12 educational activities and direct outreach programs to engage local citizens in lake monitoring and sustainable management practices.  Finally, the DRE will actively seek external funding to support the continued growth of research and educational programs at Lacawac.


Application Process: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in the natural sciences, primary expertise in freshwater ecology, and a strong commitment to Lacawac’s mission. Applications will be accepted via email to[email protected]. Interested candidates should submit a single PDF document consisting of a cover letter describing qualifications for the position and  a curriculum vitae.  In addition, applicants should make arrangements for the submission of three letters of reference.  Evaluation of applications will begin on April 15.