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Research Grant Opportunity - Huyck Preserve
Monday, January 15, 2018 01:48 PM
The Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, Inc. and Biological Research Station in Rensselaerville, NY is pleased to be accepting applications for this year's Huyck Research Grants.
Grant money is available to graduate, postdoctoral and professional researchers in the natural sciences doing work at the Preserve.  
Applications must be submitted by February 23rd.
 
Field Station Program and Development Manager
Monday, January 15, 2018 01:45 PM

Field Station Program and Development Manager
Harrison Lewis Centre (HLC)
East Port L’Hebert, Nova Scotia
Rate of Pay: Salary, to be negotiated
Term: 6 months, with possibility of extension
Hours: Flexible, averaging 37.5 hours per week.
The not-for-profit Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre (HLC) is seeking a Manager with
interests in natural history, small-scale farming, forestry, and rural economic planning, who will
develop and maintain a robust programming and funding portfolio for the organization. The
HLC is an established field station and folk school located on a 19th Century farm overlooking
the Atlantic Ocean on Nova Scotia’s South Shore (see HarrisonLewisCentre.org)
Job Description: The candidate will, under the direction of the Board and the current HLC
caretaker, develop activities, events, and public offerings, either independently or in
collaboration with instructors or facilitators for the coming 2018 season; manage bookings and
reservations; seek out funding opportunities and write proposals; develop advertising; manage
the HLC website; and maintain an engaging and robust social media presence.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will be a creative and energetic individual with a
passion for natural history and sustainable living. They must have strong oral and written English
communication skills, be proficient in the use of computers, and typical office software. A
background in grant application and proposal writing is a must. Experience in maintaining a
professional social media profile is preferred. Capacity for self-guided and independent work is
required. Connection with the South Shore outdoors, farming/fishing, and artistic communities is
advantageous.
Work Location: While a South Shore resident is preferred, significant portions of this work may
be carried out remotely, at a home office. On-site accommodation available.
Correspondence, including a covering letter expressing interest and a resumé, should be directed
to Dirk van Loon, at [email protected] Our mailing address is 357 Sandy Bay Rd., East Port
L’Hebert, RR 1 Port Joli, NS B0T 1S0.

 
Field Station Outreach Survey
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 08:00 PM

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Colorado State University have received NSF funding (NSF-DRL 1713359 and NSF-DRL 1713351) to study outreach at field stations. They are asking all field stations in the United States to complete a survey on their outreach programming. 

Even if your field station does not have an outreach program, they would like to hear from you! 

Take their survey and your station will be eligible to win $100!!

 
Director, Santa Rosa Island Research Station
Friday, December 08, 2017 09:01 AM

Position announcement:  Director, Santa Rosa Island Research Station

California State University Channel Islands (CI) partners with Channel Islands National Park through a cooperative agreement to operate a research station on Santa Rosa Island.  The research station plays a prominent role in CI’s undergraduate research efforts and provides opportunities for diverse groups of students to participate in field science and other life-changing experiences.

The research station director is responsible for leadership and day-to-day operations of the Santa Rosa Island Research Station.  The director serves as the station’s representative to the Park Service, other partner organizations and the general public.  The director manages the use of facilities, programming, and logistical support activities for research station guests.  The director leads planning for physical and organizational needs of the research station.  The director serves as the primary contact for those visiting the station and is responsible for providing orientation, facilitating station activities, and ensuring compliance with operating procedures and protocols.  The director has responsibility for fulfilling all elements of the research station mission including research, education and outreach to diverse populations.  The director initiates and supports both program and fund development activities in support of the research station.

A graduate degree in a field science related to the scope of research station operations (including, but not limited to, archeology, biology, environmental science, geology) is required.  The director must have experience working in a field setting involving research and service activities equivalent to those occurring at the research station.

Review of applications begins January 10, 2018.  Full description and link to application are available at https://www.csucijobs.com/ (search staff jobs)

 

For questions please contact Dr. Dan Wakelee ([email protected]).

 
FACILITY MANAGER, GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE
Saturday, December 02, 2017 08:46 AM

JOB TITLE:

FACILITY MANAGER, GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE

TYPE OF VACANCY:

MIDDLE MANAGEMENT

INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE: 

The University of The Bahamas (UB) is a vital catalyst for national development.  Chartered on 10th November 2016, UB had its genesis in The College of The Bahamas which was established in 1974.  UB operates from the Oakes Field Campus and the Grosvenor Close Centre in New Providence; UB-North in Grand Bahama; and the Gerace Research Facility in San Salvador.  The Gerace Research Facility offers amenities for students, professors and researchers from around the world to study in a tropical environment. Gerace lies on eight acres of land and can provide accommodations for up to 200 people. It has a full service cafeteria, nine laboratory/classroom spaces, a library, computer lab, specimen repository, wet lab with sea water aquaria, analytical laboratory, dive shop and recreational spaces.

POSITION SUMMARY: 

The University invites applications for the position of a Facility Manager, Gerace Research Facility, who is able to maintain and improve 15 brick buildings, a fleet of vehicles, a boat and multiple systems including a water filtration and pressure system, backup electrical generator, cafeteria refrigeration and freezer equipment, SCUBA dive shop and wireless internet network.  Maintenance of these facilities involves coping with a corrosive salt-air environment, the age of the buildings with related electrical and plumbing challenges, as well as the modernization of the station to suit advanced academic pursuits. 

 

As Gerace is a complex facility with a wide variety of tools, equipment and technology, it is not expected that any one individual will have mastery over all intricacies of the station. However, it is expected that the Facility Manager will possess a working knowledge of the aspects of the facility and will have the ability to learn new skills.  The position’s duties and responsibilities can be modified to best fit the strengths of the successful candidate supplemented by current staff and local expertise.

 

The Facility Manager is expected to reside at Gerace during the entire business season (November to August) and will be responsible for directing the overall operations of the physical plant. The job requires the maintenance of old buildings (including plumbing and electric), repairing and maintaining equipment (including water pumps, automobiles, refrigerators, etc.), conducting small construction projects and assisting researchers and students with their needs.  In addition to performing maintenance tasks during regular business hours, the Facility Manager is expected to be “on-call” whenever visitors are on campus. This position is physically demanding and requires working long hours with almost no days off during the busiest weeks, including weekends.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Directing the overall operations of the physical plant including maintaining the vehicles and boats, buildings, guest rooms, fresh and salt water plumbing, food preparatory equipment, and sustaining and upgrading the aging systems;
  • Supervising the physical plant staff;
  • Managing and administering minor construction/renovation projects;
  • Keeping an inventory of all parts and supplies and providing the Executive Director with items to order to ensure the rapid repair of equipment in the event of breakdown;
  • Establishing a preventative, predictive and replacement programme for vital equipment;
  • Coordinating the setup of rooms and laboratory spaces for use by various college and university groups;
  • Assisting faculty with equipment for research and educational needs and maintaining research and laboratory equipment; and
  • Maintaining a small dive shop and dive compressor.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Sound mechanical competence: A sound knowledge of electricity, motors, pumps, plumbing, refrigeration, building and construction tools, and automotive equipment is required.
  • Outstanding people and human resource skills: Interactions with both staff and visitors must be handled in a professional manner. This position requires the meticulous management and delegation of tasks to the physical plant personnel. Requests made of the Facility Manager by visitors are common, complex and time consuming and must always be dealt with in a calm, uncritical and personable manner.
  • Exceptional organizational skills: Time is often limited and multiple tasks often need to be accomplished quickly during the busy season. The Facility Manager must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer contact and administrative capacity.
  • Ingenuity and adaptability: Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking is required in order to keep aging equipment functioning in an extreme salt-air environment.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • A minimum of an associate’s degree in an engineering related field or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience directly related to physical plant management; or an equivalent combination of considerable education, training and experience with the aspects of physical plant management, personnel management, automotive expertise and safety practices.
  • Previous experience managing personnel.

SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS: 

 

  • Materials should be submitted electronically, attention Office of the Provost, University of The Bahamas via e-mail at [email protected] by 15th December 2017. 
  • Send all documents together, including: (a) Cover letter of interest highlighting experiences and abilities relevant to the position; (b) Copies of academic and other relevant qualifications; (c) Up‐to‐date transcripts; (d) Up‐to‐date resume or curriculum vitae, including details of physical plant management experience as well as details of other experiences relevant to the position, duties and responsibilities; (e) Police record; (f) Medical certificate of fitness; (g) Copy of Bahamian national insurance ID card, if applicable; (h) Copy of relevant pages of valid passport (showing photo ID, passport number and expiration date); (i) Three letters of reference that speak to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position; and (j) A completed UB Application for Employment form available at this link: http://www.ub.edu.bs/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Application-for-Employment-Staff.pdf
  • Note GRC Facility Manager in the subject field of the email.  Hard copy submissions will not be accepted. 

REPORTS TO:

Executive Director, Gerace Research Centre

TERMS:

Two-year contract after an initial probation period; renewable upon positive performance review

ANNUAL SALARY:

Negotiable based on qualifications and experience

APPLICATION END DATE:

Until Filled

DATE PUBLISHED:

November 2017

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the Facilities Manager.

To inquire about this position, please direct emails to [email protected]

 
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