News
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
http://fsmlfuture.weebly.com/index.html

We have set up a discussion board that allows people to submit comments and engage in discussion at:
http://groups.google.com/group/fsml-general-comments

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 (www.mlbs.org), 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 http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.

 
Ride Share Board for Annual Meeting 2011
Friday, August 05, 2011 09:37 AM

OBFS is using the Ride Share service RideBuzz to help members traveling to the 2011 Annual Meeting coordinate their travel and cut a little carbon.

How do I get started on Ridebuzz?
The first step is to register and create an account at the RideBuzz site. Unfortunately, we can’t link your OBFS account directly to RideBuzz. You can register here

After filling out their simple form, they will send you an email with a verification link. You will be prompted to edit your brief profile, which can be as detailed or as vague as you like.  This is also where you can set your preferences for notification of ride matches.

 

Posting and finding a ride:

Navigate to the OBFS Ride Share Board:

http://www.ridebuzz.org/events-group/organization-biological-field-stations-15254.html

In order to post a ride, you must be logged in! If you are looking for a ride to share, check the posted rides, and see who is a match. If you don’t see a match, then post your trip details too, and maybe you’ll be able to combine trips.

The form will ask you for this information:

  • Choose whether you need a ride, or can offer a ride
  • Enter the date you will be traveling
  • Specify exact location
  • For this meeting, this is a onetime trip, not a commute
  • Enter any notes you feel are pertinent (e.g. “I’ll bring yummy snacks”, or “I’m allergic to fragrances”)
  • Select your audience. We recommend selecting any groups you may want to notify, as well as leaving the post public in order to maximize your chances of finding a ride.
  • Submit!

How private is my information at RideBuzz?
According to their privacy policy, unless you chose to give it out, your name and email will not be published or given to another Ridebuzz user. Your profile is as private as you chose to make it.

Your posts, however, have varying degrees of privacy - you can make it so only specific groups can see your posting, or so that unregistered visitors to the site can see, depending on your levels of comfort/need for a ride.  I have not experienced any spam in over a month of using RideBuzz.

 
Seeking stable 50-year-old landscapes with long, wide corridors
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 07:10 AM

We (Paul Beier and Andy Gregory) need your help to find study sites at which we can assess the ability of big corridors (the sort of corridors typically proposed as conservation interventions) to promote long-term gene flow.

Many studies have demonstrated that short linear features promote animal movement over short distances when the area outside the corridor is relatively natural, but we are interested in corridors over a half-mile long embedded in urban, row crop, or industrial areas. And we don’t want to measure success in terms of movement of individual animals; instead we will measure success in terms of long-term gene flow.

Thus we need landscapes that have been stable for 20 to 50 years – long enough that the pattern of corridors and patches will have affected genetic patterns. We seek about 100 landscapes (each with 1 or more corridors) for our study, and we will study landscapes on all continents. We need many landscapes because doubtless some corridors provide gene flow across human-dominated areas, and other corridors fail to do so. With a large sample, we can identify what traits are associated with successful corridors. 

 

Although we are highly selective about what landscapes we will study, we will study any reptile, amphibian, mammal, flightless arthropod, or sedentary bird that is likely to be found in the corridor, but not in the human-dominated matrix.

 

Please suggest appropriate landscapes for this study (and learn more about the study design and rationale) at docorridorswork.org. We are offering finders a small finder’s fee, and immediate access to the genetic data from your site. Please forward this email to anyone you think may be able to help! Thank you.

 

Paul & Andy  

 
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