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Field Station Director/Research program leader
Thursday, June 30, 2011 06:42 AM

Assistant Research Program Leader in Waterbird and Wetland Ecology and Field Station Director with an emphasis on ecology and management of waterfowl, waterbirds, or wetlands.

Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, http://www.inhs.illinois.edu

Location: Forbes Biological Station / Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center, Havana, Illinois. www.bellrose.org.

Job Description: The INHS seeks an outstanding scientist to lead an established and nationally recognized research program at the Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center. The candidate will join the Survey’s well respected wildlife and large-river ecology programs, and will be responsible for planning, developing, and conducting research on waterfowl. Candidates who also have expertise in wading bird/shorebird or wetland/riverine ecology with applications to conservation, habitat restoration, and management issues are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must maintain a strong record of peer-reviewed publications in nationally-recognized scientific journals; develop grant proposals (especially for Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration and State Wildlife Grant Programs) and attract funding; supervise staff; participate in outreach programs to the public and relevant stakeholders; be willing to work with state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and universities; be able to serve on professional committees; and review manuscripts, proposals, and plans. The successful candidate will be encouraged to serve as adjunct faculty and mentor graduate students within the University of Illinois and/or other regional universities.

The Forbes Biological Station / Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center is located along the Illinois River on Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Research infrastructure and equipment available at the field station include boats, trucks, all terrain vehicles, tractors, and a fully functional laboratory. Excellent collaborative opportunities exist with nearby field stations and offices operated by the Illinois Natural History Survey, The Nature Conservancy, University of Illinois Springfield, Western Illinois University, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NWRs, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

 

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in wildlife biology, ecology, or related field with experience in conducting scientific investigations and have a proven history of attracting grant or private funding. Preference will be given to candidates who show ability to expand the field station’s current research program to include wading bird/shore bird ecology, wetlands, or related areas. Experience with agro-ecosystems and farm policy would be

beneficial. Research approaches that can be applied to large rivers, habitat restoration projects, and conservation and management issues in Illinois and the Midwest are preferred. The successful candidate must possess a record of publication in peer-reviewed, nationally recognized, scientific journals; demonstrate abilities to plan, attract funding, and conduct scientific investigations; and have the ability to communicate verbally and interact well with the public, professionals, and staff. An interest and ability to interact with land managers, stakeholders, and the public is desirable.

 

Salary and Benefits: $65,000 to $70,000/year commensurate with experience; 12 month, state funded, academic professional position; generous vacation and sick leave; State Universities Retirement System; health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits.

 

To Apply: To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by July 25, 2011. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through jobs.illinois.edu 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 information will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, 217-333-6897, [email protected]

Technical questions should be referred to Aaron Yetter, [email protected]; or Greg Sass, [email protected]

Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 
Strategic Planning for FSML
Saturday, June 18, 2011 05:35 PM

Positioning Field Stations and Marine Laboratories for Emerging Initiatives in Scientific Research and Training

This project will position marine laboratories and field stations to meet emerging scientific trends.

As the human population grows and natural resource consumption increases, understanding and managing the environment for sustainability has never been more important. As institutions that foster place-based research, field stations and marine laboratories (FSMLs) are a critical part of the nation’s infrastructure needed to address a wide range of environmental issues.

With over 350 field stations and marine laboratories distributed among all 50 states managing a large amount of scientific equipment, research vessels, laboratories, living accommodations, and land, there is a huge existing investment in the FSML network. Because of the diversity, complexity, and enduring nature of field stations and marine laboratories, strategic planning is critical for ensuring that such institutions are well positioned to meet the dynamic and changing needs of scientists, students, and public they serve.  

Please visit our website to learn more and participate:

Building and Operating the Field Stations and Marine Laboratories of the Future

Please let me know if you have questions.

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Sonda Donovan
Project Manager, FSML Emerging Initiatives
 
2011 Annual Meeting Registration
Friday, June 03, 2011 02:10 PM

Registration for the 2011 OBFS Annual Meeting is now open!

The Bodega Marine Laboratory and Reserve will be your host for the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Organization of Biological Field Stations, Sept. 22-25.  The theme for this year's meeting is "Facilitating field research and education in changing landscapes". 

Arrival and check in for field trip participants and board of directors will be held on Wednesday, September 21st, from noon to 5 pm, followed by a reception, dinner, and the Board of Directors meeting (during dinner, open to all).

Arrival and check in for all other participants will be held on Thursday, September 22nd, from 1-6pm.

Find details of housing, travel, and the meeting agenda on the BML website


 
Engineering Field Deployment Manager - NEON
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 03:55 PM

Overview

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology.  For the next three decades NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems.  NEON will use cutting edge technology including an airborne observation platform that will capture images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who will observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data.  A leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information.  The Observatory will grow to 300+ personnel and will be the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

 Term:

This position is a term position for approximately five years during the construction period of the Observatory Project.  

Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Engineering, the Engineering Field Deployment Manager is responsible for managing several Field Deployment Teams that coordinate the deployment, checkout, test and commissioning of all instrumentation at all of the domain locations in the NEON Observatory.  The Engineering Field Deployment Manager is also responsible for assuring all deployment related contracts, instruments and personnel are shovel ready to efficiently support domain operations.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Remotely and onsite, manage and coordinate the Field Deployment Team Leads and their personnel, who are responsible for deploying instrumentation at all of the NEON FIU and Aquatic domain locations
  • Manage budgets, schedules, resources and personnel for all deployment related activities
  • Develop and document field deployment plans for all necessary deployment activities, to ensure efficient deployment of equipment to domain locations
  • Select and oversee contractors and vendors assigned to provide equipment, repair and services; assure contractors maintain project schedules, contract terms and budgeted costs to determine materials planning and ordering
  • Oversee the development, control, maintenance and change process of all related documentation and databases
  • Oversee quality and product assurance pre and post deployment to the domain locations
  • Mentors and evaluates Field Deployment Team Leads and their personnel
  • Coordinates with other product teams and departments to assure work meets company requirements and standards of quality
  • test, troubleshoot and operate instrumentation, calibration equipment and test fixtures

Education:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree

Required Experience:

  • 8 years or more experience in  operations with an emphasis on field deployment
  • Strong understanding of equipment calibration and maintenance techniques
  • Experience working with ERP materials planning and management
  • Experience managing line operations, resource and personnel
  • Ability to select and manage vendors and suppliers of deployment equipment, materials and repair services
  • 5 or more years direct supervisory experience of 5-15 personnel

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience deploying instrumentation at remote field locations
  • Background in quality assurance, document control, and configuration management
  • Experience with mechanical, electrical, software, IT, requirement documentation
  • Experience working with electrical, mechanical, chemical, gas handling, network, RF communication and power systems
  • Experience working in a repair center or customer service center 
  • Experience with medium to low volume assembly manufacturing
  • Experience coordinating and managing outsourced product manufacturing

Skills and Abilities:

  • Highly organized with the ability to multitask.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate with and direct others.
  • Able to travel 25% of the time.

Physical Abilities:

 
  • Work environment involves slight physical risks requiring basic safety precautions
    • Able to lift at least 40 pounds. 
    • Able to work outdoors in all types of weather, environmental conditions and remote locations.
    • Able to climb tall towers and work at elevations.
Apply to:  www.neoninc.org

NEON Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.

 

 
Reserve Steward Position
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 03:54 PM
Reserve Steward
Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center

UC Riverside Natural Reserve System
Position Number:  11-03-018
Salary Range (Monthly): $2,846 - $3,478
An opportunity to assist in the management of a large University of California research unit located in the scenic eastern Mojave Desert.  Located at the hub of the Mojave, Great Basin and Sonoran Deserts, the 4,000 ha Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center (GMDRC) is one of the fastest growing field stations in the southwestern U.S. With more than 175 current academic research projects, the Center also supports a thriving teaching program.  Ranging from 3,700 to 6,800 ft in elevation, Center lands include sweeping bajadas that give way to spectacular granitic boulder topography leading up to sky-island peaks covered by pinyon pine woodland.  Facilities include the 2,500 sq ft Allanson Laboratory and researcher dormitories and the Norris Camp teaching cabin and campground.  All facilities are solar powered and incorporate other alternative technologies for self-sustaining life in this remote natural area.  Recent improvements include T-1 high-speed internet, a lecture hall/conference room and upgrades to staff.  The GMDRC supports multidisciplinary research ranging from organismal biology, plant and animal ecology and physiology, geology, archaeology and other environmental sciences.
 
*Responsibilities.  “Reserve Steward” title (which falls within the payroll title “senior building maintenance worker”) more accurately reflects the importance of the position.  The Reserve Steward is a key member of the GMDRC team and will work directly with the GMDRC Director, Administrative Director, and UCR Campus Director.  Primary responsibilities of the position are to maintain daily operations of facilities and grounds at the Center, including structures, vehicles, roads, utilities as well as systems and infrastructure related to research projects.  The steward will also assist with other daily operational aspects of the GMDRC, including occasional administration and user management, information systems, biological monitoring, meetings and events, research and educational programs, database management, museum collections, and public outreach activities.  Self-motivation, ingenuity, an interest in alternative technologies, and strong interpersonal skills are desired.  Applicants must feel comfortable living in a wilderness setting where amenities are sometimes lacking.  A minimum of two years construction experience and basic computer skills including word processing, use of spreadsheets and e-mail are required.  Salary based on experience and qualifications.  This career position comes with housing and most utilities at minimal cost, as well as the UC comprehensive compensation and benefits package. To apply, visit http://humanresources.ucr.edu/jobs/.  Please submit a statement of career goals and your interest in the GMDRC, Curriculum Vitae and references.  The position remains open until filled.  Position number: 11-03-018.  For a detailed copy of the position description or for additional questions email: James M. André, Director, [email protected]     And to learn more about the GMDRC, please visit our website at:  http://granites.ucnrs.org/

 
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