Reserve Director, (Project Scientist) Vernal Pools and Grass Lands - NRS
Thursday, May 12, 2016 01:59 PM


Open April 25th, 2016 through June 30th, 2016


The University of California, Merced is seeking a Reserve Director for the Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve (MVPGR). The MVPGR is one of 39 sites that comprise the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS), a network of protected natural areas encompassing more than 756,000 acres throughout California. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the NRS contributes to understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. The MVPGR consists of approximately 6500 acres of vernal pools and grasslands at the base of the Sierra Nevada adjacent to the UC Merced campus. Established in 2014, it is the first natural reserve in the San Joaquin Valley and home to numerous endangered species. The land set aside for the reserve is part of the mitigation for the campus and is integral to the growth of the campus. With the reserve contiguous to campus, there are many opportunities to integrate the reserve programs into campus research, activities and curricula. The Reserve Director will have a key role in developing reserve practices and traditions.

The Reserve Director reports to the UCM NRS Faculty Director and is responsible for operations, programs, administration, and further development of the Reserve. The Reserve Director: 1) designs and implements programs, policies, procedures, and budgets for the Research Station, in cooperation with the Faculty Reserve Director and the Campus Advisory Committee; 2) cooperates with the Office of Planning and Budget to meet the UC Merced mitigation obligations; 3) facilitates research, education, and outreach programs based out of the research station, including occasional instructional activities and promotional events; 4) provides daily management of the MVPGR; 5) coordinates reserve maintenance activities with UC Merced's Facilities Management staff; 6) enhances research station facilities and programs through extramural proposals and development activities, in cooperation with the Faculty Reserve Director and others; 7) carries out both collaborative and independent research at least 15% time, supported by extramural funds that leverage research station resources and expands intercollegiate-interagency collaborations; and 8) demonstrates a willingness to assume responsibility readily and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.

Qualifications: Ph.D. required with 5-8 years experience conducting field research in environmental science or a related field, 8-10 years preferred.

Demonstrated significant, original, and creative contributions to a research or creative program or project. Experience with operations at a field station, experience with working with federal and state agencies, track record of leading successful grant proposals, and skills in information technology. Strong skills and knowledge to: engage and collaborate with a diverse set of constituents; and plan, organize, administer, budget, and report on programs and operations.

The Reserve Director should routinely be present on campus or the reserve. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours. Travel is required between UC Merced and to University of California offices in Oakland, California.

Salary is commensurate with education & experience based on the University of California Academic Salary scale.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

To apply: Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, Reference List of 3 references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and email address. The cover letter should include why you are seeking this position and your relevant experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of June 30, 2016. Starting dates are negotiable.


Merced, CA



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Deputy Director for Operations, VCU Rice Rivers Center and Faculty Member in Environmental Studies
Thursday, May 12, 2016 01:55 PM

Virginia Commonwealth University


Deputy Director for Operations, VCU Rice Rivers Center and Faculty Member in Environmental Studies


The Rice Rivers Center at Virginia Commonwealth University is searching for a Deputy Director for Operations.  This is a twelve month, term (non-tenured) faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor, Associate, or Assistant Professor in the Center for Environmental Studies with an assignment that reports directly to the Director of the Rice Rivers Center.


The primary function of the position is to oversee the operations of the Center, which is VCU’s environmental field station on the tidal James River.  Responsibilities will include coordinating the daily use of the Center for research, teaching and education programs; coordinating the scheduling and use of Center buildings and approximately 350 acres; making presentations concerning the Center’s mission and programs; coordinating with VCU personnel in maintaining the buildings, grounds and operational infrastructure of the Center; representing the Center’s Director at university meetings and meetings with external agencies and groups as needed; working with the Center’s Director and advisory board to implement long range strategic and operational plans for the Center. The successful applicant also will teach one course per semester in an appropriate discipline at the undergraduate or graduate level through the Center for Environmental Studies. The faculty member will also mentor undergraduate and graduate students in their research projects and will support ecological monitoring and research associated with ongoing stream and wetlands restoration at the Center.


Required qualifications for this position include an earned Ph.D. in environmental science, biology or closely related discipline; experience with the day-to-day operations of environmental field stations; university teaching experience and the demonstrated ability to teach courses in environmental data analysis and freshwater science; research experience related to large rivers, wetlands, or aquatic ecology; the ability to work with faculty, staff and students to conduct and enhance research, teaching and community engagement programs within a field station environment; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. 


Applicants must include a letter of intent, a resume or CV, and the names/contact information of three professional references who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications. To apply, please visit


Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

Marine Invertebrate Zoology Instructor
Thursday, May 12, 2016 01:52 PM

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is seeking an instructor for the Marine Invertebrate Zoology (MIZ) course and the Marine Biology and Oceanographic Research (MBOR) course offered in the 2016 Fall Semester Program. MIZ is offered in the first 10 weeks, and MBOR is offered in the final 4 weeks, of the Semester Program. ( )


BIOS is situated at the northern edge of the subtropical climate zone, with easy access to a great variety of marine habitats that are accessible year round for scientific research and education. Education programs at BIOS offer university students the opportunity to gain practical scientific experience, academic credit at their home institution through course participation, and to become fully immersed in a residential community of researchers and students. Education programs benefit from BIOS’s on-campus housing, dining facilities, lecture rooms, teaching labs, plus a small boats and diving facility.


The Fall Semester Program at BIOS, established in 2000, is a 14-week program offered in partnership with the University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University. However, students from other universities may apply to this program. Three courses run concurrently for the first 10 weeks of the Program: Coral Reef Ecology (2 days/week), Marine Invertebrate Zoology (2 days/week), and Research Diving Methods (1 day/week). The Marine Biology and Oceanographic Research course, which runs for the final 4 weeks of the Program, allows students to undertake an independent research project supervised by the instructors.


The Marine Invertebrate Zoology course has a well-established syllabus and accompanying instruction materials but there is sufficient flexibility to accommodate the successful candidate’s areas of expertise. The student projects that comprise the Marine Biology and Oceanographic Research course reflect the students’ interests and the diversity of instructors’ research experience.


The successful candidate will be post-doctorate and will have extensive knowledge of the diversity and ecology of marine invertebrates and be able to present animal diversity from a phylogenetic perspective. Previous experience in teaching undergraduate marine field courses is required. Experience supervising undergraduate research projects, as well as working or teaching in tropical or semi-tropical environments, including coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds, are assets.


This is a contract position for the 2016 Fall Semester Program only. Salary will be based on the courses’ teaching days, the BIOS salary scale and will be commensurate with experience. Return airfare to/from Bermuda and on-campus accommodation (up to a defined maximum) will be provided by BIOS. Health insurance coverage is the responsibility of the individual.


Applications should include an up-to-date CV, a cover letter outlining suitability for this position and two letters of reference. Applications will be accepted until June 15th, 2016 and should be submitted to


Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to Dr. Penelope Barnes, Director of University Programs -



BIOS is an equal opportunity employer and operates a drug-free workplace and learning environment.



Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

17 Biological Station, St. George's GE 01, Bermuda

441 297 1880                    F 441 297 8143


The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an independent U.S. not-for-profit marine research and educational organization with 501(c)(3) status and a Bermuda Registered Charity (#116). 
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OBFS Human Diversity Award
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:39 PM

The OBFS Human Diversity Award provides recognition for unique activities, programs, or approaches (funded or unfunded) that increases the involvement, engagement, and sustainability of underrepresented groups in field science. Broadly speaking, underrepresented groups in field science may include, but are not limited to, ethnic minorities (blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, etc.), women, inner-city youth, disadvantaged rural communities, K-12 groups, tribal colleges, community colleges, undergraduate institutions with small programs, and citizen monitoring programs.

Promoting Human Diversity may be accomplished by disseminating materials and using, rearranging, or creating infrastructure to facilitate transitions between the field and classroom. Activities should stimulate both applied and individualized approaches to experiential scientific learning.

We will also recognize stations that demonstrate how retention and application of new scientific concepts are promoted to facilitate further discovery and increase scientific dialog among diverse user groups. This may include a pedagogy for the basic knowledge needed by underrepresented groups to address the current challenges in environmental and natural resources management and research at all educational levels (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education).

Application for 2017 Human Diversity Award

The nomination deadline is April 21, 2017. We are looking for self-nominations from stations as well as nominations of activities, programs, and stations that have impressed you regarding their human diversity impact. We strongly encourage resubmissions from past applicants who have not won.

Application deadline is May 8, 2017. Send nominations and application materials to

Please feel free to contact any of the OBFS Diversity Committee members with questions regarding the Human Diversity Award. We look forward to your nominations and applications.

Executive Director, UCSB Natural Reserve System
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 09:18 AM


The Executive Director of the UCSB Natural Reserve System (NRS; oversees the personnel,administration, programs, and budgets including fundraising for the seven UCSB-managed Reserves within the thirty-nine Reserves of the University of California NRS ( The Executive Director works in consultation and under the general direction of the UCSB NRS Director, but is largely responsible for strategically leading and administering the UCSB NRS, in fulfillment of the NRS mission of supporting university field research, education, public outreach, and natural resource stewardship. Job #20160130

Minimum Requirements:

Earned Ph.D. in field ecology or similar environmental science.

Experience in strategic organizational leadership and initiative, and in personnel supervision, administration, budgets, and

data analysis.

Experience in program development, fundraising, and project management.

Excellent problem solving skills, and outstanding oral and written communication skills.

Experience working with diverse groups, stakeholders, and external agencies.

Computer literacy including web based research and office productivity software.

Willingness to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.

Preferred qualifications: fundraising success; experience supporting field research and University classes; experience

with land stewardship, and facilitating infrastructure and facilities maintenance and improvement projects; experience in

environmental communications, data management, and information technologies.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications up to $110,000/yr, plus generous UC


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For primary consideration apply by 4/07/16, thereafter open until filled.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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