Resident Manager Position - The Ouachita Mountains Biological Station
Thursday, March 17, 2016 01:10 PM

The Ouachita Mountains Biological Station - Resident Manager Position

Job Description

The Resident Manager lives at the Ouachita Mountains Biological Station (OMBS;; Arkansas, Polk Co., near Big Fork in the Ouachita Mountains) in a modern 2-bedroom home with central AC/heat.  The OMBS is about 25 miles from the closest town (Mena, AR) and in mountainous terrain.  The position includes a modest salary, a newly renovated residence with central AC/Heat, fireplace, new appliances, all utilities, a monthly travel allowance, internet, and two weeks paid leave per year.  The Resident Manager is expected to be available 24/7; however, visitation by college groups is infrequent, averaging about 4-5 groups per month (about 50 per year) with little activity in winter and late summer.  This position will provide excellent experience in the operation of a biology station.  The 600 acres of land owned by the OMBS plus the surrounding Ouachita National Forest provides much habitat diversity.  There is great potential for independent research.

The following duties of the Resident Manager are required:

This position is for 40 hours of work per week, with two days off per week when there are no visitors at the station.  The Resident Manager must communicate, in advance, with the Director, when the Resident Manager will be gone from the station for any days, including leave days.  The Resident Manager is on duty at all times when visitors are present.

Recording weather data (temperature and precipitation) daily (we are a US Weather Bureau station)

Greet visiting groups and interact with them as needed

Walk all of the trails to check for down trees, damage, etc. – 1 time per week

Monitor and maintain station water system

Make simple repairs when needed

Take care of the OMBS by performing routine maintenance and/or repairs at any time

Clean rooms/buildings when groups depart (make ready for next group)

Wash towels, linens, empty trash, etc.

Maintain large-tree database and record DBH measurements – 1 time per year

Interact as needed with Mena Nature Club, Rich Mountain Community College, and Arkansas Academy of Science

Take care of everything related to the OMBS

Communicate with Director, Board, and community as needed

Prepare simple meals for visiting groups as requested (see menu on web site)

Have dependable vehicle

Be in good health

Be an ambassador of good will for the OMBS

Work alone


The following additional duties of the Resident Manager are preferred:

Be competent with computers or willing to learn (Office, internet, etc.)

Record biological observations when necessary (or be willing to learn)

Preserve scientific specimens of plants and animals when necessary (or be willing to learn)

Some knowledge of GIS/GPS is helpful

Demonstrate a willingness to learn

Enjoy biology and the out-of-doors (knowledge of biology is preferred)

Know OMBS boundaries (or be willing to learn)


The OMBS provides Workman’s Compensation insurance but no medical insurance, other than Medicare.  The OMBS will check references and do a background check.

 The Compensation Package for the OMBS (annual basis):

Salary (includes 2 weeks paid leave)                                                                      $15,000

Travel Allowance for OMBS business                                                                        4,500

               (Potential [maximum] take-home pay, annually = $19,500)

SS and Medicare (7.65% of salary; paid by OMBS)                                                 1,148

Housing value                                                                                                                  6,000

Telephone                                                                                                                           300

All utilities                                                                                                                       1,200

DirecTv                                                                                                                                600 

Internet service (Hughes Net)                                                                                          900

               Value of Total Package                                                                               29,648


The Ouachita Mountains Biological Station is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

The OMBS is a private field station with a Board of Governors and a Board of Advisors.  The OMBS is funded by the Richard K. and Betty Speairs Charitable Foundation.  The funding is perpetual but modest.  Both the OMBS and the Foundation are 501(C)(3) organizations and the OMBS is a full member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

To Apply for this position, please send the following to Dr. Hardy ([email protected]):

  • ·        Resume
  • ·        A brief statement of why you want this position
  • ·        Your strengths that would benefit the station
  • ·        Complete contact information

 Closing Date for applications for this position:  April 15, 2016

The starting date for the position is as soon as possible, but is negotiable.