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Field Operations Manager - NEON
Monday, April 10, 2017 08:09 AM

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Program is currently seeking a Field Operations ManagerThis position is located in Gainesville, FL and manages NEON operations at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (Gainesville, FL), Disney Wilderness Preserve (Poinciana, FL), and Jones Ecological Research Center (Newton, GA).

Occasional travel outside the region will be required.

NEON is a continental-scale ecological observation facility sponsored by the National Science Foundation that gathers and synthesizes data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity. The observatory is designed to collect high-quality, standardized data from field sites across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Gainesville, FL is home to the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Located in north-central Florida, Gainesville (http://www.visitgainesville.com/) is 2 hours from both the Atlantic and Gulf Coast. Gainesville boasts world-class fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, diving and kayaking and offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy the unique natural environment of the Florida peninsula.

JOB DESCRIPTION

This position manages a broad scope of scientific inquiry, managing a multi-disciplinary team of field scientists who collect measurements related to botany, mammalogy, limnology, micrometeorology, eddy flux and water quality at three NEON sites in Domain 03-Florida (Southeast).

 MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan, schedule and ensure accurate execution, within NEON scientific parameters and annual budget, of all maintenance, repair and field sampling activities for 3 NEON field sites.
    • Coordination for instrument maintenance is required for approximately 40 different sensors, data acquisition system, power distribution system and supporting infrastructure (i.e. tower, instrument hut, boardwalks).
    • Coordination for field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple SOP’s with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions.
  • Recruit, train and manage all regular and temporary personnel supporting field office, lab and field site tasks.
  • Act as liaison between regional stakeholders, including educational and research organizations, local property owners and the general public and NEON Headquarters. 
  • Communicate NEON status and activities, local activities and partnerships, and regional issues and concerns to appropriate regional stakeholders and NEON staff. Work with regional stakeholders to resolve issues or concerns.
  • Plan and participate in local/regional community engagement activities (i.e. local/regional conferences or meetings, invited talks).
  • Ensure compliance with NEON safety policy and procedures.
  • Ensure appropriate equipment, materials and supplies are available to support required field activities. Ensure accuracy and efficient use of funds within assigned region.

THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in life science field.
  • 5 years previous experience supervising personnel including participating in hiring, training, and evaluating performance.
  • Previous experience developing and managing budgets and schedules.
  • Previous experience performing ecology related lab and field activities and/or maintaining scientific instrumentation (e.g. meteorological and aquatic sensors).
  • Previous experience communicating with external stakeholders such as customers, funding agencies, regulatory agencies, etc.
  • Requires critical human relation skills to understand, select, develop and motivate others.
  • Permanent U.S. Work Authorization required

 THE FOLLOWING IS DESIRED, BUT NOT REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:

  • Previous experience managing a technical field operations group.
  • Graduate study in biology, ecology, environmental science or related field.
  • Previous experience leading or participating in outdoor activities in remote areas.

 Apply: https://jobs.battelle.org/ShowJob/Id/1168147/Manager,-Field-Operations/

BENEFITS

Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected classes covered under federal or applicable state and local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.”

 
Director, Boyd Deep Canyon Research Center
Thursday, April 06, 2017 10:49 AM

Boyd Deep Canyon Research Center is a field station within the Natural Reserve System (NRS) of the University of California. It is located in a largely natural and pristine portion of the Colorado Desert near Palm Desert, California. This position requires knowledge of arid land habitats and facilitation of teaching and research activities on the field station. The director has responsibility for evaluation and approval of reserve use in line with the mission of the UC NRS as a whole. The director is responsible for management of the budget of the reserve. In addition the director must participate in donor development activities. The director manages other employees including an assistant director and a steward as well as others from time to time. The director is responsible for completing annual reports to both the Systemwide NRS Office and the UCR NRS faculty director.  The position is full time; salary range is $65,150 - $90,600.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required
Ph.D. degree or equivalent post BA/BS experience in research. Preferred

Experience

Minimum of 8 years of related experience. Required
Demonstrated ability to coordinate with full-time and part-time research users with large and often complex needs and requirements. Preferred
Experience with endowments and fundraising. Preferred
Previous experience working with government/federal agencies. Preferred
Demonstrated experience in the management and supervision of a multiple staff or student population and the ability to hire, train, motivate and discipline staff. Required
Demonstrated experience with maintenance, modifications and improvements of deployed instrumentation and supporting infrastructure. Preferred
Knowledge of University of California policies and procedures. Preferred
Previous work experience at a teaching/research reserve. Preferred
Knowledge of resource management and land use planning . Preferred
General knowledge of environmental issues in remote natural areas. Preferred
Demonstrated experience with outreach to other educational entities and the public sector. Preferred
Demonstrated experience in writing and preparation of documents, including grant proposals, progress reports, final reports and annual reports. Required

Minimum requirements

Demonstrated ability to articulate oral presentation and discussion.
Knowledge of research and/or operations being conducted at field stations(s)/remote sites.
Ability to learn names of plants, animals, geological formations, places and basic natural history of region around reserve.
Ability to execute physical characteristics of job functions, including occasional work performed outside under adverse weather conditions and be able to drive 4WD vehicles on poor roads.
Demonstrated experience with applicable skills in research, collecting, analyzing and publishing scientific data.
General knowledge of environmental issues relating to reserve management.
Knowledge of management of museum data collections.
Knowledge and experience with basic maintenance techniques for electrical, plumbing, fencing, roads and physical plant.
Knowledge of safety and regulatory requirements relative to field station responsibility.

Preferred qualifications

Awareness of research and management issues relating to reserves in urbanizing landscapes.
Knowledge of state and federal regulations regarding sampling and collection of plants and animals.
Ability to use geographical information software.
Knowledge of NRS policies and procedures.
Knowledge of environmental health and safety policy, both generally and specific wilderness hazards.

 

Complete job description

For a more complete description of the position, and to apply, visit UCR Jobs.

 
Site Manager, Capitol Reef Field Station
Monday, March 20, 2017 10:40 AM

Site Manager, Capitol Reef Field Station

Capitol Reef Field Station (CRFS) is located within Capitol Reef National Park and functions as an education and research center under the direction of Utah Valley University (UVU) in partnership with Capitol Reef National Park (CARE). The CRFS Site Manager resides at the field station during periods of station visitation and works on site on a regular basis to maintain safety and manage operations. First contact for guests visiting the station and is responsible for providing an orientation and for facilitating some guest activities. Reports directly to the Capitol Reef Field Station Director.

 

Preferred qualifications are: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required. Master’s degree preferred. Degree(s) or experience in one or more of the following fields preferred: Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Outdoor Recreation, Interpretation, or related areas.
Additionally, at least 1 year of documented experience in field work or interpretive employment is required.

 

For more details and to apply, please go to https://www.uvu.jobs/postings/26903

 
Director of Programs, Schoodic Institute
Monday, March 20, 2017 09:52 AM

Director of Programs, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

About Schoodic Institute: Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  The mission of Schoodic Institute is to advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages through its unique partnership with Acadia National Park.  The Institute’s goal is to be the national leader for research that inspires environmental stewardship.  From its Acadia National Park campus, the Institute engages scientists, educators, students, and the public in research and learning.  Schoodic Institute’s programs build understanding and appreciation for science and the natural world and contribute to addressing complex challenges in a changing environment.  

Primary Responsibility: Provide strategic leadership, vision, and direction for the Schoodic Institute research and education programs team.  Lead the development of new programs and partnerships, seek funding to advance the mission of Schoodic Institute, and build cooperation and teamwork among research and education staff.  The Director of Programs will work closely with the President as a key leader within the organization. 

Complete Position Description, Qualifications, and Application Instructions:

https://www.schoodicinstitute.org/about/employment-opportunities/director-programs/  

 
Director of the Lake Erie Center
Monday, March 06, 2017 02:49 PM

The University of Toledo seeks a Director for the Lake Erie Center. The Lake Erie Center (LEC) is a 30,000 ft2 research facility on the shore of Lake Erie, 25 minutes from main campus. Facilities include: wet-lab with flow-through lake and city water, an instrumentation laboratory, 25ft and 28ft research vessels plus smaller trailered boats, lake-deployed sensors, offices for faculty and students, classrooms, a library, a public lobby and support facilities (http://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/lec/). The LEC’s mission is to serve as a nexus for interdisciplinary and collaborative research and education on aquatic ecosystems and the linkages among land-use practices, water quality, habitat, economics, natural resources, and sustainability. Much of the current research at the LEC addresses questions in natural resource management and conservation including causes and responses to harmful algal blooms, nutrient transport, fisheries ecology, and invasive species. We seek a Director who will build initiatives that complement and strengthen research programs and expand the university’s position as a leader in water research with a focus on Lake Erie and the Great Lakes.

We seek a Director who has substantial professional achievement and national standing in research relevant to the LEC mission. Applicants from diverse disciplines will be considered. While candidates with experience in Great Lakes issues are sought, exceptional candidates with experience working in other aquatic ecosystems are invited to apply. A successful candidate will be at a senior level and have both the experience and desire to provide leadership on water or water ecosystems research with faculty, staff, and students across UT, and to develop external partnerships with other universities, agencies, and other organizations to address the challenges of the Great Lakes. Possible approaches include: 1) developing mechanisms for LEC researchers to provide local governments and natural resource agencies with information that supports policy and decision making; 2) working with educators and agencies to meaningfully transfer LEC and UT research findings to the public (students and adults) and conversely, to engage the public in the work of the LEC; 3) developing large externally funded programs led at the Center that bring in expertise from other universities to address critical problems.

Therefore, a successful candidate would need to demonstrate the ability to lead programmatic grant proposals, and to build relationships with local, regional, and federal agencies and organizations. The Director would also have oversight (in collaboration with resident faculty) of the LEC budget, facility, staff and advisory boards.

Required qualifications include: 1) a minimum of 10 years of post-graduate experience working on issues relevant to the mission of the Center; 2) an advanced degree in in any area of Environmental Science or related discipline, or substantial administrative experience with an agency or organization working on issues relevant to the Great Lakes 3) demonstrated experience in leading interdisciplinary collaborations; 4) evidence of successful administrative activity; 5) documented familiarity with the Great Lakes ecosystem or other large managed ecosystem; and 6) evidence of national standing as an expert on issues central to the mission of the Center such as significant publications, grants, or high profile agency or institute positions.

While this is expected to be primarily an administrative position, there also could be an opportunity for a concurrent appointment as tenured faculty in an appropriate academic department, depending on the candidate’s educational, professional background and career goals. For a tenured faculty position, a Ph.D. or J.D. degree is required with professional and scholarly achievements sufficient to be tenured and hold the rank of Professor.

The University of Toledo is the third largest public university in Ohio. It is a Carnegie classified doctoral university of higher research activity, and is a comprehensive state institution with an enrollment of approximately 23,000 students spread across 14 colleges and two attractive suburban campuses. Associated with the LEC is the UT Water Quality Task Force, an interdisciplinary group of more than 25 researchers across seven colleges working to address Lake Erie water quality issues.

Situated in the heart of the Midwest, Toledo, Ohio is a convergence of highways, railways and waterways that have long made Toledo a transportation hub. Located at the intersection of I-75 and I-80/90, the two busiest highways in the country, Toledo is where things get built. Smart things like solar panels and biotech. Iconic things like Jeep® brand SUVs and Libbey glass; home to several corporate entities – Owens Corning, Owens Illinois, Dana Corporation, Jeep and First Solar. Strengths in bioscience, agribusiness, transportation and logistics, result in a thriving arts and cultural scene with diverse career opportunities and growth for our region.

Submit inquires and submissions to the search committee chair, Dr. Jonathan Bossenbroek. Applications must include a cover letter addressed to Professor Bossenbroek, along with names and contact information for three references willing to submit a recommendation, and a curriculum vitae. The cover letter should address how the candidate’s background and skills would advance the mission of the LEC and describe programmatic initiatives that (s)he would be prepared to undertake as Director. For information about the Department of Environmental Sciences, go to: http://www.utoledo.edu/as/envsciences/. Applications will be reviewed in early April with the intent for a July 1, 2017 start.

The University of Toledo is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

 
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