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Resident Manager Position - The Ouachita Mountains Biological Station
Thursday, March 17, 2016 01:10 PM

The Ouachita Mountains Biological Station - Resident Manager Position

Job Description

The Resident Manager lives at the Ouachita Mountains Biological Station (OMBS; www.theombs.org; Arkansas, Polk Co., near Big Fork in the Ouachita Mountains) in a modern 2-bedroom home with central AC/heat.  The OMBS is about 25 miles from the closest town (Mena, AR) and in mountainous terrain.  The position includes a modest salary, a newly renovated residence with central AC/Heat, fireplace, new appliances, all utilities, a monthly travel allowance, internet, and two weeks paid leave per year.  The Resident Manager is expected to be available 24/7; however, visitation by college groups is infrequent, averaging about 4-5 groups per month (about 50 per year) with little activity in winter and late summer.  This position will provide excellent experience in the operation of a biology station.  The 600 acres of land owned by the OMBS plus the surrounding Ouachita National Forest provides much habitat diversity.  There is great potential for independent research.

The following duties of the Resident Manager are required:

This position is for 40 hours of work per week, with two days off per week when there are no visitors at the station.  The Resident Manager must communicate, in advance, with the Director, when the Resident Manager will be gone from the station for any days, including leave days.  The Resident Manager is on duty at all times when visitors are present.

Recording weather data (temperature and precipitation) daily (we are a US Weather Bureau station)

Greet visiting groups and interact with them as needed

Walk all of the trails to check for down trees, damage, etc. – 1 time per week

Monitor and maintain station water system

Make simple repairs when needed

Take care of the OMBS by performing routine maintenance and/or repairs at any time

Clean rooms/buildings when groups depart (make ready for next group)

Wash towels, linens, empty trash, etc.

Maintain large-tree database and record DBH measurements – 1 time per year

Interact as needed with Mena Nature Club, Rich Mountain Community College, and Arkansas Academy of Science

Take care of everything related to the OMBS

Communicate with Director, Board, and community as needed

Prepare simple meals for visiting groups as requested (see menu on web site)

Have dependable vehicle

Be in good health

Be an ambassador of good will for the OMBS

Work alone

 

The following additional duties of the Resident Manager are preferred:

Be competent with computers or willing to learn (Office, internet, etc.)

Record biological observations when necessary (or be willing to learn)

Preserve scientific specimens of plants and animals when necessary (or be willing to learn)

Some knowledge of GIS/GPS is helpful

Demonstrate a willingness to learn

Enjoy biology and the out-of-doors (knowledge of biology is preferred)

Know OMBS boundaries (or be willing to learn)

 

The OMBS provides Workman’s Compensation insurance but no medical insurance, other than Medicare.  The OMBS will check references and do a background check.


 The Compensation Package for the OMBS (annual basis):

Salary (includes 2 weeks paid leave)                                                                      $15,000

Travel Allowance for OMBS business                                                                        4,500

               (Potential [maximum] take-home pay, annually = $19,500)

SS and Medicare (7.65% of salary; paid by OMBS)                                                 1,148

Housing value                                                                                                                  6,000

Telephone                                                                                                                           300

All utilities                                                                                                                       1,200

DirecTv                                                                                                                                600 

Internet service (Hughes Net)                                                                                          900

               Value of Total Package                                                                               29,648

 

The Ouachita Mountains Biological Station is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

The OMBS is a private field station with a Board of Governors and a Board of Advisors.  The OMBS is funded by the Richard K. and Betty Speairs Charitable Foundation.  The funding is perpetual but modest.  Both the OMBS and the Foundation are 501(C)(3) organizations and the OMBS is a full member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

To Apply for this position, please send the following to Dr. Hardy (lhardy@lsus.edu):

  • ·        Resume
  • ·        A brief statement of why you want this position
  • ·        Your strengths that would benefit the station
  • ·        Complete contact information

 Closing Date for applications for this position:  April 15, 2016

The starting date for the position is as soon as possible, but is negotiable.

 
Director of Research - Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station
Thursday, March 17, 2016 01:07 PM

Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Lacawac’s545 acre property includes a pristine 52acre glacial lake and its watershed, bogs, forests with hiking trails, and a Great Camp listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since its inception in 1966, the Lacawac Sanctuary’s mission has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; and offer public education on environmental and conservation issues. For nearly 50 years, Lacawac has accomplished this mission by offering a diverse set of natural areas, facilities, and programs for K-12 and post-secondary educators and students, area residents, scientific researchers, and summer visitors to the region.

 We are seeking a Director of Research and Education (DRE) who will provide strategic leadership for research and educational programs at Lacawac.  The DRE’s primary responsibility will be to promote and coordinate use of Lacawac's facilities by colleges and universities. Through collaborations with Lacawac Environmental Research and Education Consortium (LEREC) members and other institutions, the DRE will be active in research by conducting field sampling, maintaining instrumentation, supervising undergraduate interns, and interacting with students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members.  The DRE will be provided with modest funds to support an independent research program and encouraged to seek additional support from other sources.  The DRE will supervise K-12 educational activities and direct outreach programs to engage local citizens in lake monitoring and sustainable management practices.  Finally, the DRE will actively seek external funding to support the continued growth of research and educational programs at Lacawac.

 

Application Process: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in the natural sciences, primary expertise in freshwater ecology, and a strong commitment to Lacawac’s mission. Applications will be accepted via email tocraig.lukatch@lacawac.org. Interested candidates should submit a single PDF document consisting of a cover letter describing qualifications for the position and  a curriculum vitae.  In addition, applicants should make arrangements for the submission of three letters of reference.  Evaluation of applications will begin on April 15.

 
Executive Assistant, Archbold Biological Station
Thursday, March 03, 2016 03:46 PM

Executive Assistant, Archbold Biological Station


Archbold, a not-for-profit dedicated to long-term ecological research, education and conservation in south central Florida, seeks a detail oriented individual to provide complete administrative support to Executive Director.  Incumbent must enjoy multi-tasking and be able to work independently under pressure in a fast-pace environment.  Excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to effectively interact with individuals from the Board of Trustees to general public. Advance computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.  Graphic skills with Photoshop and experience with Access or Adobe Illustrator a plus.  Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.  Science background helpful but not required.  Position is FT with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.  


Additional information at http://www.archbold-station.org/html/aboutus/employ.html. Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references, to hr@archbold-station.org.  Open until filled, with anticipated start date early to mid-April.  EOE/AA Employer



Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Administrative Duties for Executive Director

  • Oversees and coordinates the daily administrative support needs for the Executive Director, including maintaining records of correspondence, scheduling meetings and appointments, managing Outlook calendars, and updating contact information

  • Serves as liaison between the Executive Director, Board of Trustees, staff, visiting researchers, collaborating agencies and organizations, the media, and the public

  • Independently researches, prioritizes, and follows up on multiple issues and concerns addressed to the Executive Director, including those of a sensitive and/or confidential nature; determines appropriate course of action, referral, and/or response

  • Manages the development, coordination, and material preparation/proofing of a variety of  special reports/projects,  grant applications, and grant reports for the Executive Director, some of which may have significant organizational impact


Administrative Duties for Board of Trustees

  • Provides administrative support to Board Chair and all Board Committees maintaining official Board records, both electronic and hard copy, except for financial reporting (maintained by the CFO)

  • Provides clerical and technical support at all Board of Trustee meetings

  • Assists and coordinates logistics for Trustees attending annual meetings/special events, including travel arrangements, expense reimbursement, etc.


Communication Duties

  • Administers, updates, and maintains social media pages

  • Issues press releases under direction of Executive Director and post information on social media and the web site about Archbold events and press

 
Academic Program Manager - University of Michigan Biological Station
Monday, February 29, 2016 03:30 PM

The University of Michigan Biological Station, located in northern Michigan, has provided student research experiences in biology, ecology and climate science since 1909.  A new UM Biological Station Initiative (http://thirdcentury.umich.edu/biological-station-initiative/) will provide opportunities to develop a unique, field-based research learning community bridging gaps between environmental sciences and a wide range of design, health, law and policy disciplines working on the forefront of complex environmental challenges. Emphasis will be on climate change impacts, the Great Lakes system, biodiversity protection and stressed ecosystems. This program, “Field-based Student Engagement and the Academy program” (FSEA) is aimed at expanding the field-based teaching and research programs at the Biological Station.  

We seek to hire a Program Manager to develop, implement, and work to sustain the FSEA program.  Funding for this term-limited position runs from March 2016 through December 2020.  This position will be based in Ann Arbor most of the winter and fall terms and will require a several weeks spent at the Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan during May – September.  With the direction of the Biological Station Director and Associate Director, the Program Manager’s responsibilities are outlined below.

  • Manage partnerships across the University of Michigan (35%)

    • Organize and facilitate the efforts of a faculty–led steering committee to evaluate new course proposals.

    • Recruit and engage faculty fellows from multiple U-M units and work with them to develop courses that include a summer field placement at the Biological Station. These courses will engage students not only from biology, ecology, and climate science, but also from other environmental sciences, public health, engineering, urban planning, and art and design, as well as the humanities and social sciences.

  • Manage program activities (35%)

    • Organize and administer the interdisciplinary programming designed to supplement and enhance FSEA courses. Courses will include field-based research and projects focused on solving environmental problems and sustaining healthy people and ecosystems.  

    • Ensure the processing of new FSEA courses by multiple units, schools and colleges.

    • Lead the interdisciplinary efforts on the Ann Arbor and Pellston campuses, by organizing spring-summer faculty orientation programming at the Biological Station and an annual Winter Term “Bringing the Academy to the Field” symposium on main campus.

  • Financial management and fundraising (20%)

    • Prepare annual budget for approval by UMBS and ensure compliance with all College and University policies and procedures, monitor expenses and prepare annual report summarizing program activities and results

    • Lead short and long term fundraising efforts to sustain program beyond current funding cycle.

  • Program evaluation (10%)

    • Work directly with the UM Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) and the program’s postdoctoral researcher to develop, deploy and evaluate the FSEA program throughout the duration of the project.

Required Qualifications:  Master’s or higher degree with experience in curriculum development and educational or research program management, preferably in the sciences.  Demonstrated ability to coordinate large research and/or educational programs in a higher education setting.  Must be able to spend several weeks at the Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan.

To Apply:  Job posting (ID 121969) and application instructions may be found at http://umjobs.org.  Please contact UM Biological Station Associate Director, Karie Slavik with questions at slavik@umich.edu.
 
NEON Field Operations Manager
Monday, February 29, 2016 03:28 PM

COMPANY 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, re-locatable, 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 cyber-infrastructure 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.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The NEON Field Operations Manager is responsible for managing all personnel and activities coordinated from the assigned field office.  Field office activities include (1) preventative and corrective maintenance of scientific instrumentation, field infrastructure and equipment, office and laboratory equipment, (2) field observations, (3) specimen collection, handling, preparation and shipment according to NEON scientific protocols.  Personnel management includes (1) selecting, (2) training, (3) scheduling, and (4) performance management for 5-10 regular full-time field technicians and 20-30 seasonal field technicians according to NEON, Inc. Policies and Procedures.

 

Location

The Domain 10/ 13 Field Operations Manager’s primary work location is Boulder, CO. This position supports sites in the Southern Rockies- Colorado Plateau and Central Plains Domains. These domains include parts of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. The Southern Rockies- Colorado Plateau and Central Plains candidate sites are located in Colorado at the Central Plains Experimental Range (CPER) near Nunn CO, in an Agricultural site near Sterling CO, in Rocky Mountain National Park, at Fox Ranch near Idalia CO, and at The University of Colorado Mountain Research Center and Como creek at Niwot Ridge, CO.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise all regular and seasonal field personnel supporting field office, lab and collection sites.
  • Perform and oversee the recruitment and training of regular and seasonal field personnel.
  • Ensure that safety policies, procedures, and practices are followed within their area of authority.  Reinforce positive attitudes toward safety and sets the example for staff by enabling compliance with safety requirements.
  • Coordinate logistics and schedules, within NEON scientific parameters, for all maintenance, repair and field activities. 
  • Perform and oversee maintenance, repair and field activities according to NEON scientific protocols.
  • Administer the operation of the office and laboratory.  Oversees maintenance of office and lab areas including lab equipment and coordinates necessary repair or replacement.
  • Act as liaison between regional stakeholders, including educational and research organizations, local property owners and the general public and NEON, Inc. 
  • Communicate NEON status and activities, local activities and partnerships, and regional issues and concerns to appropriate regional stakeholders and NEON staff.  Work with regional stakeholders to resolve issues or concerns.
  • Prepare annual operating budget for assigned office, lab and collection sites in collaboration with the Director of Field Operations.  Ensure NEON funds are used appropriately and within budget.
  • Record activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol.
  • Perform field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes).
  • May carry, move and lift field supplies (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (diverse and uneven terrain).
  • Follow and ensure all NEON, Inc. policy and procedure including administrative, safety, and financial requirements for field station operations are followed.

 

REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE  AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s Degree biology, ecology, environmental science or related field. Equivalent education and work experience may be considered.
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience supervising at least 5 personnel including hiring, evaluating performance, implementing performance improvement plans and terminating employees.
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience in management including budgeting, monthly status reporting.
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience developing complex work or task schedules (e.g. 24x7 operations with full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff).
  • Previous experience performing ecology related lab and field activities and/or maintaining scientific instrumentation (e.g. meteorological and aquatic sensors).
  • Previous experience communicating with external stakeholders such as customers, funding agencies, regulatory agencies, etc.
  • Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities.
  • Effective problem solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
  • Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others.
  • Displays good judgment in ensuring safety and operational standards are met.
  • Ability and willingness to adopt new technologies as needed.
  • Ability to travel frequently within assigned domain.
  • Depending on assignment, current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor Vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by NEON’s insurance provider.
  • Willingness to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult or hazardous terrain.
  • Ability to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs on instrument towers.
  • Willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned Domain).
  • Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise.
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PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE  AND SKILLS

  • Graduate study in biology, ecology, environmental science or related field.
  • Previous experience managing a technical field operations services group.
  • Previous experience leading or participating in outdoor activities in remote areas.
  • Familiarity with federal and state employment and safety regulations.

Must possess a valid US driver’s license. Must have permanent authorization for US employment. NEON, Inc. will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship.

This position offers competitive total rewards including 401(k), health, vision and dental insurance, generous paid time off and the opportunity to work with at an organization with a great mission.

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

Please apply to: www.neoninc.org

 
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