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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

 
Environmental Education Coordinator - SUNY-ESFs Newcomb Campus
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:30 AM

DESCRIPTIVE TITLE: Environmental Education Coordinator


STATE TITLE: Senior Education Specialist


UNIT: Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education and Leadership Training (NFI), Newcomb, NY


SALARY: Minimum $38,000

EXPECTED DURATION:  2 year; possible renewal

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position is based at SUNY-ESFs Newcomb Campus (Adirondack Ecological Center at Huntington Wildlife Forest) in Newcomb, NY.

The Senior Education Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day management of NFI?s informal science education program, and for increasing program reach through the number of user groups and the number of programs delivered.  Responsibilities including recruiting and managing educational group contacts; design, development and delivery of educational programs; managing communication between group contacts and appropriate Newcomb Campus staff,  special assignments as identified by Newcomb Campus leadership.

Activities and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Development and delivery of educational programming
  • Recruitment of new user groups through identification, contact, and cultivation
  • Management of education program contacts, calendar, and logistics
  • Travel to regional schools, agencies, institutions and organizations for planning meetings and to provide programming
  • Assist, as appropriate, with coordination and supervision of volunteers and interns
  • Assist in day-to-day management of public education facilities at the Newcomb Campus
  • Identification of and collaboration in pursuit of funding opportunities for educational programs
  • Work nights and weekends as necessary


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Interpretation,  Informal Science Education, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management or Education
  • Work experience using interpretive approaches in informal science  education
  • Minimum 1 year previous or current employment with a state, municipal or private educational institution, nature or environmental educational center, with a job focus on program development, delivery,  and supervision
  • Natural history knowledge of Adirondack flora and fauna, and ecology of northern forest ecosystems
  • Experience with common word processing, graphic design and desk-top publishing software
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and guest service skills


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High level of organization and reliability
  • Work effectively unsupervised
  • Ability to live and work in an isolated environment
  • Specific familiarity with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; Adobe Photoshop and InDesign


Date to Be Filled:  As soon as possible

Application Deadline:  Although the college will accept applications until the position is filled, interested candidates should submit their materials by March 11, 2016 to ensure optimal consideration.

Application Procedure: Employment application is required to be submitted on-line at http://www.esf.edu/hr/search/.

 
Assistant Station Manager - Toolik Field Station
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:25 AM

Toolik Field Station (TFS) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced individuals for the two identical

positions of Assistant Station Manager. Toolik Field Station is located in the northern foothills of the

Brooks Range, Alaska (10 hour drive north of Fairbanks) and has been a major site for national and

international scientific research in the North American Arctic since 1975. The station is operated by the

Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with support from the National Science

Foundation. TFS provides year-round housing, meals, laboratories, and science support services for

500+ scientists and students from 100+ institutions annually.

The Assistant Station Managers will act as the Toolik Field Station (TFS) camp manager during times

when the TFS Facility Supervisor (Camp Manager) is not on-site and assist the Camp Manager when he is

on-site at TFS. The two Assistant Station Managers will alternate on a schedule of roughly two weeks on-

site and two weeks on-break year round, allowing for 100% on-site coverage of the functions of this

position. However, shifts will sometimes need to be shorter or longer than what is detailed above. TFS

provides transportation between Fairbanks and Toolik Field Station.

These are full-time positions with benefits. To learn more and apply, use the following address:

www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=89115

For more information about the position, contact Brett Biebuyck (babiebuyck@alaska.edu, 907-474-

2466) or Chad Diesinger (cmdiesinger@alaska.edu, 907-474-7833).

UAF is an EO/AA Employer and Educational Institution.

 
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