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 [email protected].


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



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

Promoting Human Diversity in Field Science

The Organization of Biological Field Stations

2018 Annual Human Diversity Award

Application Material Deadline: July 23, 2018



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 (African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and others), women, first-generation college students, 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 dialogue 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).



In addition to the honor and recognition of peers, the  OBFS Human Diversity Award includes a permanent plaque for the winning station; an official award letter that can be included in the official materials, grant applications of the winning station; a second traveling OBFS plaque that will record previous winners and be housed at the most recent recipients facility; and recognition on the OBFS website.  The award may include a travel reimbursement of up to $1000 for the awardee to attend the annual OBFS meeting if travel funds are limiting for the winning institution.


Application for 2018 Human Diversity Award

The nomination deadline is July 23, 2018. 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.

Send nominations and application materials to Amy Whipple ([email protected]).

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


Note: Fingerprinting required

Apply online at:

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.

Santa Cruz Island Preserve Coordinator – The Nature Conservancy
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 09:11 AM


The Santa Cruz Island Preserve Coordinator manages and participates in preserve operations, as part of the California Islands Project team, working to accomplish the program’s conservation, research and philanthropic cultivation goals. The work-site is a remote island environment, 25 miles offshore, where operational self-sufficiency in all aspects is a necessity. The Coordinator will be required to work both independently, and in collaboration with a team of staff, contractors and partners. The communication and organizational skills s/he contributes in the three areas described below are foundational to the team’s overall success. S/he must be able to shift between intersecting priorities and timelines, and exercises considerable latitude and autonomy to achieve individual and team objectives.


The rotating Island staff schedule necessitates cross-training and coordination in the three focal areas of visitation, facilities and conservation. The Coordinator will have a regularly scheduled two-week tour consisting of 8 days on-island, 1 day in the mainland office and 5 days off. This schedule may fluctuate based on programmatic needs. The optimal candidate will be results-oriented and desire a mix of physical and administrative work.

Visitation: Santa Cruz Island is a premier showcase for the work of The Nature Conservancy, and an important platform for donor cultivation. The Preserve Coordinator participates in and supports planning and execution of regularly hosted trips and annual island events. S/he assists with scheduling and oversight of the catering providers, and is also responsible for housekeeping, facilities preparation and management of recreational equipment. S/he helps adapt timelines to changing conditions and needs, mindful foremost of participant safety and trip objectives. Where needed s/he guides TNC highest-level donors on technically challenging terrain in vehicles or on foot. S/he actively participates in communicating the Conservancy’s mission and vision, exercising considerable discretion, judgment and tact.

Facilities: The Preserve Coordinator works with the Ranch Manager for the oversight and maintenance of island facilities, grounds, roads, infrastructure and equipment. With basic repair knowledge and skills, s/he directly fixes, troubleshoots or escalates repairs to professional contractors as needed. S/he frequently supervises volunteers and contractors carrying out infrastructure projects. On a regular basis the Preserve Coordinator will assist with the procurement, transportation and use of fuels, equipment, tools and supplies. S/he directs staff and Preserve users on the proper use and care of these resources and coordinates their allocation. Growth opportunities may include attaining specialized technical knowledge in mechanics, boat and heavy equipment operation.

Conservation: The Coordinator serves as a key on-island Conservancy representative to researchers, contractors and staff, and also supports the science team in carrying out habitat restoration and resilience projects. S/he will be responsible for orienting users to their environment while communicating and upholding preserve policies and Conservancy standards. The Preserve Coordinator will have the opportunity to learn in depth about the island’s unique ecology and share this knowledge with visitors.

Due to the remote location, rugged geography, and communication technology challenges s/he must exercise independent judgment, communicate proactively and operate with flexibility and responsiveness. S/he makes safety decisions in the absence of supervision, applying established policies and protocols in response to emergencies on a 24-hour basis. Ability to attain Wilderness First Responder certification and maintain first aid supplies is required. The Coordinator will also have an exceptional opportunity to learn from to a wide range of Conservancy staff (science, executive, fundraising), collaborators from leading research institutions, and an array of special guests.


  • ·         Be personable and professional with diverse groups including conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public and support the cultivation efforts aimed at these groups.
  • ·         Frequently works under limited direct supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments.
  • ·         May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on challenging terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • ·         Supervises work groups consisting of staff, contractors, researchers, interns and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • ·         Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, and assisting with budget development.
  • ·         Work schedule may vary depending on programmatic needs and circumstances, requiring ability to adjust to changing priorities.


  • ·         BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree and 1 year related experience in land and facilities management, and/or the outdoor education, outfitting, or adventure hospitality industries, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • ·         Experience supervising staff, contractors, volunteers or groups working in the outdoors.
  • ·         Ability to perform physical work, often under adverse conditions or in inclement weather, including lifting 45lbs, bending, kneeling and walking up to 5 miles on moderately steep terrain.
  • ·         Must have a valid driver's license.
  • ·         Must have prior CPR and First Aid training.


The candidate should preferably have some combination of the types of experience listed below

  • ·         1-2 years of experience, at any level, with the stewardship of protected areas (e.g. national or state parks, national forests or BLM lands or conservation preserves, or equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • ·         Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
  • ·         Ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • ·         Proven commitment to applying the principles of conservation and ecology in day-to-day decision-making.
  • ·         Proven ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • ·         1-2 years of experience working in the outdoor recreational industry or the maintenance and oversight of a guest or research facility.
  • ·         1-2 years related experience in event management including logistical planning and customer service.
  • ·         Ability to maintain and operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner. (e.g. forklift, riding mower, chainsaw, tractor, power tools, two-way radio, etc.)
  • ·         Automotive diagnostic and repair skills.
  • ·         Experience working in and around the marine environment with boats and ocean recreational equipment.
  • ·         Willingness to obtain related licenses or certifications such as Wilderness First Responder, ATV operation, herbicide application, for example.


TO APPLY: For more information and to apply, click here or please visit and search for job ID# 44076 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is April 14th at 11:59pm EST.  The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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