Job: Field Station Director
Monday, October 17, 2011 07:41 PM

Full Job Description at INHS website

Assistant Research Program Leader in Large River Ecology/Field Station Director with an emphasis on ecology, management, and conservation of aquatic species (especially fishes) and their associated riverine habitats.
Location: Illinois River Biological Station, Havana, Illinois.

Job Description: The INHS seeks an outstanding scientist to lead an established and nationally recognized riverine research and monitoring program at the Illinois River Biological Station. The successful candidate for this position will conduct basic and applied research, translate findings and provide scientific advice to natural resource management agencies, and supervise graduate students and staff at the Illinois River Biological Station in Havana, IL.

We seek a scientist and program leader who can develop a robust, externally-funded research program on large river ecology. As part of that program, the Director will be the Principal Investigator for one of the trend areas (the La Grange Reach of the Illinois River) of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP), an established multi-state and federal agency program. This program provides consistent funding for 4-6 staff with an annual budget of approximately $350,000. In addition, the Director will be a Co-Principal Investigator for State's Long-Term Electrofishing monitoring program (with an annual budget to the Station of approximately $300,000). Facilities at the Illinois River Biological Station include wet and dry laboratories, offices, research boats, vehicles, and large-river sampling equipment. The Director will disseminate research results through peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, and presentations at scientific and professional meetings. Research Program Leaders at INHS serve as research faculty for the University of Illinois and often serve as academic adjunct faculty members, mentoring graduate students within the University of Illinois or other universities, and have the opportunity to teach undergraduate or graduate classes in an area of their specialty. Excellent collaborative opportunities exist with the other field stations associated with the Illinois Natural History Survey, as well as with The Nature Conservancy, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NWRs, USGS, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. by date of hire; have research expertise closely related to the ecology of large rivers or other large freshwater ecosystems; and have a proven history of or potential for attracting grant or private funding. Post-doctoral experience with demonstrated ability to work with interdisciplinary teams is highly desirable. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to supervise, mentor, and motivate staff at an off-campus location are critical to this position. Other essential requirements include a strong record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals and the ability to translate research findings into management recommendations and expressing those findings coherently to a broad set of partners and constituencies. Experience working in large systems (large rivers or comparable freshwater ecosystems), and managing budgets, facilities, and personnel is highly desirable. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative and research skills (specific disciplines could include aquatic invertebrate ecology, malacology, aquatic vegetation, microbial ecology, fish ecology, or floodplain/lateral wetland ecology) that will complement the INHS's traditionally progressive approaches to large-river ecology. Candidates with expertise or interest in applications of research to species conservation, habitat restoration, and adaptive resource management issues are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary: $65,000 to $70,000/year commensurate with experience; 12-month, state funded, research faculty position;

Available: Summer 2012

Application: To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 2, 2011. Interested candidates must submit an online profile through by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload cover letter, CV, statement of research experience and interest, and contact information for three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete application will not be reviewed.

Job: Marine Laboratory Facilities Manager
Monday, October 17, 2011 07:32 PM

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center is accepting applications for a full-time Facilities Manager.  Responsibilities include all aspects of HMSC’s facilities, including OSU buildings with classrooms and laboratories, grounds, housing, seawater system, oversight of permits, coordination with other on-site agencies, project design, liaison, safety, and supervision of facilities staff.  This position works in a variety of construction environments.  Must have the ability to prepare and execute budgets, create an annual work plan for facilities as well as write proposals and grant applications for facility- related and capital funding.  Bachelor’s degree required.

To view the posting with a complete list of qualifications and to apply, go to, see posting # 0008172.  Closing date is 11/13/2011.

Strategic Planning Updates
Thursday, October 06, 2011 11:01 AM

The Organization of Biological Field Stations and the National Association of Marine Labs are conducting strategic planning for field stations and marine labs.  We want to make certain that field stations and marine labs are positioning themselves for the future-- what do scientists, educators, and resource managers need us to be?

There will be a workshop addressing these issues in mid-November in which scientists, educators, policy managers, and field station directors discuss these issues face to face.  We are in the process of developing our agenda for the meeting and would appreciate any thoughts the field station community has. 

You can get more information about this planning effort from

We have set up a discussion board that allows people to submit comments and engage in discussion at:

If you have thoughts about field stations and marine labs, please join the discussion board and share your opinion.

Thank you!

Ian Billick

Executive Director RMBL

STATION MANAGER - Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 06:31 PM

Please note: This position has not been formally posted by the University yet. This is an unofficial PRE-posting announcement only. You will not find the position at the UVA HR site yet, and the description below is unapproved and subject to change.

The Mountain Lake Biological Station (, Department of Biology, University of Virginia is accepting applications for a full time staff-level Station Manager to oversee Station office and daily operations. This position will support the research, educational and outreach activities at the Station.

Manager works closely with the Associate Director, Director, campus Office Manager, Facilities Caretaker, and interacts daily with faculty members, university staff, students and visiting field station users. MLBS is a 100-bed residential full-service biological field station on 642 forested acres of a 4,000ft mountaintop in the rural Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. It is a half hour drive west of the prospering college town of Blacksburg Virginia (home of Virginia Tech).

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. The successful candidate will have exceptional organizational and office skills, enjoy working independently, be physically fit, willing to embrace physical labor, a demanding work environment, and occasional long hours outside in the field in all weather conditions.

Manager must be able to take primary day-to-day responsibility for field station operations during much of the year when the Director and Associate Director are not in residence, including irregular hours and weekend days as needed. An understanding of field biology is desirable. A graduate degree in biology or a related field with knowledge of field-based research and teaching is desired. Experience at a field station or research facility, and experience with experiential education, supervision, managing or the hospitality industry will be useful. First aid, EMT, CPR, or other medical and/or emergency training/certification would be beneficial. Station Manager will report to the Associate Director. On-site housing may be provided but residency on Station grounds is not required.

For more information or questions about the position please contact Butch Brodie (Director [email protected] 434-243-1068) or Eric Nagy (Associate Director [email protected] 434-243-4989). Applications will require online Virginia State Application as soon as position is posted. Cover letter, CV, statements of interest and experience, and two letters of recommendation (submitted separately by the reference) will also be required.

Resident Director, Hastings Natural History Reservation
Sunday, August 28, 2011 01:40 PM
Resident Director

Hastings Natural History Reservation

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology – University of California, Berkeley

The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking applications for a Resident Director for the Hastings Natural History Reservation.  Hastings is a 2500-acre field station located in the Carmel valley of Monterey County, California.  As part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Hastings serves as a center for field research and field-based educational activities.  The Resident Director plays an essential role in promoting the mission of the Reservation and is pivotal in its success.  A one-year position is available starting November 1, 2011 (renewable annually) with a salary range of $73,776 to $88,548 per year, commensurate with experience.

  The Resident Director will oversee all day-to-day aspects of the operations at Hastings, including maintenance and development of physical facilities, coordination of visitor activities, and management of financial resources.  In addition, the Resident Director is expected to engage in significant public outreach efforts such as (1) interacting with land trusts, NGOs, and government agencies to promote understanding of the Reservation and (2) encouraging use of Hastings for workshops, symposia, and small conferences that are consistent with the research and education goals of the Reservation.  The Resident Director will also play an active role in fundraising to support the Reservation, including preparing competitive grants proposals and interfacing with Campus fundraising efforts.

 The Resident Director will supervise the activities of the Reserve Steward and will work closely with the faculty director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology to shape the research and education goals of the Reservation.  Strong interpersonal and communications skills and a passion for the mission of field research are required.  A background in research (e.g., PhD in Biology or comparable training) is strongly desired, ideally, with an emphasis in ecology, conservation, or ecosystems management.  Experience with staff supervision, contractors and maintenance, and of physical facilities is preferred.

 Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and three Letters of Recommendation to:

Sandra Richmond

HR Manager

Research Enterprise Services, UC Berkeley

c/o Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

3101a Valley Life Sciences Building

Berkeley, CA  94720-3160

The cover letter should address interest in and vision for field station value within the academic and research mission of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.  Electronic submissions are acceptable, but all materials must be uploaded into Adobe PDF, attached, and sent to [email protected], with the subject:  HASTINGS RESERVE – [Applicant Name]

Application deadline is September 23, 2011.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the closing date.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Applicants should ask referees to review the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality found at

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