Post-Doc in Yellowstone
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:00 PM

Yellowstone Ecological Research Center (YERC) seeks an enthusiastic, highly motivated, and experienced scientist to coordinate research and grants.  The position is located in Bozeman, MT and will consist of three primary tasks:

  1. project coordination on multiple research grants and contracts in a lab setting,
  2. facilitating grant writing and publications within a team-setting for continuance of our long-term research goals, and
  3. conducting their own research.

Highly organized individuals with management experience are encouraged to apply.  This is an initial 2 year funded position with potential to become long term.  Salary range is $42,000 to $52,000 commensurate with experience. Please send a 1 page cover letter briefly explaining how you meet the 3 tasks, CV, and names of 3 references by 02/15/2012 to [email protected].

See for more information.

2012 Annual Meeting: Call for Session proposals
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 08:24 PM

The Archbold Biological Station, located in central Florida near the town of Lake Placid, will be hosting the annual meeting of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) on September 19-23, 2012.

The theme of the meeting will be "Full STEAM Ahead: building bridges between science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics at our field stations."   For example, how are architects, scientists and engineers working together to "green" a field station? How can field stations bring writers and scientists together to explain science to a general audience?  How is social media technology used for outreach and image management by field stations?  What bridges would you like to see built?

We would like your input on topic ideas for plenary and concurrent sessions addressing this theme.  We are also looking for plenary speakers and discussion leaders, so please let us know if you would like to give a presentation or organize a session, or if you would like to nominate someone.
If you have a topic you would like to see addressed at the meeting, please submit a half-page proposal to Karie Slavik ([email protected]) by Friday, February 3. The proposal should define the items you would like to see covered. We will contact you for more details once we collect all of the proposals.
Thank you for helping to make the 2012 OBFS Annual Meeting a valuable and interesting event. Information about the meeting location and agenda will be available at in February.
We hope you will be joining us at the September 2012 OBFS annual meeting at the Archbold Biological Station!
Karie Slavik,
OBFS Vice President & Associate Director, Univ. of Michigan Biological Station
Hilary Swain,
Director, Archbold Biological Station
Rio Mesa Field Station Manager
Monday, January 23, 2012 06:38 PM

If you are interested in applying for this position, click the Quicklink for Posting above, or search for this Posting Number at The University of Utah employment site:

Open Date 01/19/2012

Job Title: Project Administrator

Working Title" Station Manager

This position is responsible for the administration of Rio Mesa Center, a remote interdisciplinary research and education field station 40 miles northeast of Moab Utah, and approximately 4.5 hours drive from the University of Utah’s main campus. This position oversees the ongoing facility development and the on-site manager, coordination with the advisory committee, recruits faculty to bring their students to this multi-disciplinary outdoor laboratory, continues to foster community outreach programs, raises funding, writes grants, writes promotional material, administers operating budget, and maintains and cultivates new entity relationships. On-campus office. Travel to site as needed.


  • Prepares an operating budget, monitors status of the budget, reviews all expenditures.
  • Coordinates the total financial and personnel management functions with the corresponding support activity on-campus.
  • Recruits, interviews, selects, orients, and supervises the non-professional staff. Acts as resource person and coordinator for explaining and complying with the University Policies and Procedures.
  • Reviews staff performance through periodic performance and salary reviews.
  • Helps in the coordination of Center’s planned facilities with the contractors, architects, Grand County and State officials, University facilities personnel and Legal Counsel.
  • Conducts the advisory committee meetings and reports on a myriad of topics relating to the Center’s construction, Center visitors, teaching programs, fund raising, student research projects, fellowships, community outreach events, and many more. Is the primary liaison to the Research Director.
  • Writes grants, raises funds, and develops relationships with potential funding organizations. Monitors the Rio Mesa Center’s website and database.
  • Writes and creates publishable material as a marketing tool. Responsible for outreach and program development and implementation within the Moab community, the Grand County Council, the Moab Mayor’s office, nonprofits, and K-12 teachers.
  • Maintains and cultivates entity relationships.
  • Stays current on scientific, political and social issues relevant to the Colorado Plateau in relation to the Center’s development, current and future operations, as well as long-term sustainability of the Center. Daily communication with facility manager to make sure he is physically safe and things are well at the Center.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or a related field, or equivalency; six years of progressively more responsible related experience; and demonstrated human relation and effective communications skills required. Master’s degree in an area related to the program is preferred.


PhD degree is preferred. Experience and degree in a field-based scientific discipline is preferred. Flexibility in work schedule. Excellent verbal and writing skills. Ability to work independently and with diverse groups. Able to drive to the remote field station site and work in an outdoor setting; often required to stay overnight at site for extended days. Demonstrated ability to make rational decisions in emergencies.

Job: Assoc. Director, Highlands Bio Station
Sunday, January 15, 2012 09:22 AM


The Highlands Biological Station, an Inter-institutional Center of the University of North Carolina located in Highlands, North Carolina and administered by Western Carolina University seeks a full-time Associate Director whose duties will be split between Station administration duties and (fall semesters) program coordination with some academic instruction.  Salary is $43,000-$46,000 per year, commensurate with experience, plus full NC State benefits.

Position Description
(1) Assist with administration of the Highlands Biological Station, including assisting the Executive Director with staff supervision, operations and planning, budget oversight, grant-writing, and other efforts aimed at institutional improvement as well as scheduling, implementation, and oversight of instructional and research activities at the Biological Station.

(2) Co-direct, with the Executive Director, an annual fall semester-in-residence program held at HBS in cooperation with UNC-Chapel Hill's Institute for the Environment.  Responsibilities for this program include planning and coordination, some teaching at the advanced undergraduate level (likely to include modules in conservation biology, biodiversity, biogeography, and related topics), and assistance with coordinating student research internships and group project.

Education, Skills, and Abilities Required
The successful candidate must have a PhD in biological sciences, environmental sciences, or a related field.  Applicants should have experience and a strong interest in teaching undergraduates, and be capable of taking on administrative responsibilities related to program planning, management, and grant-writing.  Excellent organizational and written and oral communication skills, as well as an ability to work effectively with diverse personalities (colleagues, general public, students, researchers, Board members, etc.) are required.  Experience in project/program management, website maintenance, and grant writing is desirable.

To apply, please go to  Western Carolina University is an AA/EOE and conducts background checks.

Job: Field Station Manager, MLBS
Sunday, January 15, 2012 09:07 AM

Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia

The Mountain Lake Biological Station ( in Giles County, VA is accepting applications for a Station Manager to oversee daily operations. This position will support the research, educational and outreach activities at the Station and will work closely with the Associate Director, Director and other faculty members, staff, students and visiting researchers. 

The Station Manager will provide a wide range of functions that include managing Station housing and dining operations and the Station office. Manager also provides technical, logistical, and administrative support to research and teaching programs, supervises summer staff, coordinates subcontracts and Station projects, and supervises general activities of the grounds, especially when Associate Director and Director are not in residence. Manager oversees use of laboratories, equipment, woodworking shop and vehicles.

Candidate should have knowledge of various technical, mechanical, and administrative functions pertinent to supporting academic activities, including basic laboratory skills, record keeping, billing, account management, library skills, computer competency, skills and safety knowledge related to biological fieldwork, vehicle safety and maintenance, and woodworking shop skills. This position requires the ability to interact and communicate positively with a large number of faculty, researchers, students, and public associated with the Station.

Link to full announcement:

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