Resident Biologist - University of Michigan Biological Station
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 02:35 PM

Resident Biologist Position at the University of Michigan Biological Station

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) seeks to hire a full-time, year-round Resident Biologist based in Pellston, Michigan.   The Resident Biologist will collaborate with the UMBS Associate Director, Facilities Manager and Information Manager to provide comprehensive research support to students, faculty and researchers.  

The UMBS is one of the oldest continuously running research field stations in the country.  It offers several credit bearing courses annually, fosters undergraduate and graduate student research, and hosts year-round interdisciplinary research on biosphere-climate interactions, biodiversity, field ecology and organismal biology.

Apply at to Job ID # 126447.  Please submit your cover letter as the first page of your resume or CV.  Year-round housing will be provided at the UM Biological Station in Pellston, MI.  Housing will be considered compensation along with an annual salary. 

Essential duties of the Resident Biologist include the following:

Research support & data management

  • Review and evaluate all research applications and projects submitted to the UMBS
  • Advise researchers and students with laboratory and field methods, study designs and locations
  • Coordinate and assign lab space and use of research facilities, in consultation with facilities managers
  • Apply for and maintain permits with the Michigan DEQ, DNR, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for use/monitoring of flora and fauna
  • Work with station Information Manager to conduct permanent research plot data collection
  • Coordinate institutional OSEH and Animal Care & Use Committee site visits, applications and approval processes
  • Maintain and deploy research equipment (lake buoy, meteorological monitoring stations, and environmental sensors)
  • Collect and manage monitoring data (acid rain deposition, mercury, UV-B, temperature, etc.)
  • Manage research collections (mammals, parasites, herbaria, etc.)

Property management

  • Steward UM property (~13,000 acres) for research and education
  • Work with UMBS Facilities and Land Use Committee to update land use guidelines
  • Monitor property boundaries and habitats
  • Maintain property signs and public information displays
  • Monitor property use by non-UMBS users
  • Coordinate land management initiatives (research, harvesting, etc.)

Academic course and lab support

  • Organize and set up classroom laboratories for all courses based at the station
  • Advise and assist student researchers and faculty with research projects
  • Train users in research techniques and equipment operation
  • Order, maintain and assign research equipment, instrumentation and facilities
  • Supervise stockroom manager and laboratory assistant
  • Manage on-site IT infrastructure and troubleshoot problems with LSA IT
  • Help supervise summer IT support
  • Arrange for AV support for classes, workshops, and lecture series events
  • Maintain research project reports from all students and collect necessary permissions

Outreach & education

  • Liaise with local community and communicate science and Biological Station mission
  • Design and give presentations and lead tours for regional educational organizations and public

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in science with 4-5 years of experience in field studies. 

Desired Qualifications:

A strong natural science background, with experience in project management, experimental design, data collection, and management of research infrastructure, physical samples, information, and data.   An interest in the history of research at UMBS and organisms and ecosystems.  Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.  Supervisory experience desired.

The Resident Biologist should expect to manage large portable instrumentation (up to 40 pounds), operate station vehicles, such as trucks, boats and snowmobiles.  In addition, the Resident Biologist will be responsible for moving about the property to maintain field sites, collect samples, visually inspect property damage, and clear trails within the 13,000-acre property.

Visiting Scientist Awards - Rutgers University Marine Field Station
Thursday, May 12, 2016 02:02 PM

Rutgers University Marine Field Station

Visiting Scientist Awards for 2016 & 2017

Visiting Scientist Awards support investigators interested in spending 2 to 4 weeks in residence at the

Rutgers University Marine Field Station on the Mullica River – Great Bay estuary (Tuckerton, NJ) during

the summer and fall of 2016 and 2017 field seasons.

Faculty level investigators who are interested in the close proximity of a variety of estuarine habitats are

encouraged to apply. Proposals for field‐based studies that can be supported by existing infrastructure

and extant long‐term databases will be given higher priority. Information on the facilities, the study site,

current research projects, and the faculty associated with RUMFS and the Department of Marine and

Coastal Sciences can be found at A history of this unique facility and

its environmental setting is also available (Able, K. W. 2015. Station 119: From Lifesaving to Marine

Research. Down the Shore Publishing, West Creek, NJ. 128 p.)

Each award will provide up to $3,000 of support for research expenses and travel. In addition, we are

offering laboratory/office space, access to equipment, use of small boats, and accommodations onsite at

no charge. Awardees will be expected to present a research seminar during their stay.

A letter of introduction and intent with the following information:

• current area of research and work you would initiate while on site,

• previous or potential collaborations with resident of campus‐based researchers,

• period(s) you would like to spend in residence,

• specific field and equipment access you would require.

A budget for the planned expenditure of the $3,000 award

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be received at least six weeks prior to the desired

start date of the research. Email submissions are preferred.

Please direct inquiries and applications to: Dr. Ken Able

Rutgers University Marine Field Station

800 c/o 132 Great Bay Blvd

Tuckerton, NJ 08087

609‐296‐5260 X230/[email protected]

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



  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Reference Contact Information - Please submit the contact information of three references, include the mailing address, phone number and email address.


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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 [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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