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Director, Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch
Friday, September 08, 2017 08:19 AM

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 

 

Position Summary:

National Audubon Society (NAS) is committed to protecting birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. The Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch (AWRR) contributes to the science and conservation programs of NAS, including, in particular, the grassland, climate, and water programs – all of which support birds and their habitats. The Research Ranch is an ecological field station and sanctuary for native biota in southeastern Arizona, USA. The mission of the AWRR is to be a living laboratory to determine and demonstrate methods to safeguard and rehabilitate grasslands and related ecosystems, and to assist policy makers and other citizens in the care and protection of our native ecosystems, natural resources, and quality of life. The Research Ranch is a cooperative partnership among NAS, U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, The Research Ranch Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and Swift Current Land and Cattle Co. The facility was established in 1969, when cattle were first excluded from the land by the Appleton Family, and has been managed by Audubon since 1980. The Research Ranch is located 65 miles southeast of Tucson, AZ.

 

The Director of the AWRR is required to live on-site in housing provided by Audubon. S/he will lead all aspects of the research, conservation, and education programs of this unique Audubon field station. The Director will be the visible leader of the AWRR to the community, and will guide the integration of the AWRR into the programs and strategies of the National Audubon Society. He or she will oversee a staff of two and work with volunteers, agencies, researchers, and community leaders to ensure the long-term viability of the AWRR as a center for grassland and bird research and conservation in the Southwestern US. The Director is responsible for all aspects of planning, operating, managing, and fundraising for the AWRR, and for advancing the missions of the AWRR, Audubon Arizona and National Audubon Society (NAS)

 

The director will report to Audubon Arizona Executive Director and work closely with Audubon Arizona Conservation and Development Staff, NAS staff, and senior leadership.

Essential Functions:

Conservation and Land Management

  • Supervise management of the 8,000-acre semi-arid grassland and oak savannah sanctuary to support a broad diversity of native plants and animals and to provide an environment for non-disruptive research.
  • Update and implement AWRR’s Coordinated Resource Management Plan including maintaining fences, updating and implementing wildfire prevention and response plans, and preventing spread of invasive species.
  • Work closely with Audubon Arizona to position the AWRR as a key partner in regional efforts to develop and implement conservation activities that conserve and restore semi-arid grasslands and bird habitat in southeastern Arizona.

Research

  • Promote AWRR as an outstanding site for non-destructive ecological research.
  • Coordinate with the NAS science team and Audubon Arizona conservation staff to identify and recruit research projects and researchers that support Audubon’s science and conservation priorities, particularly those associated with the grassland, climate, and water programs.
  • Supervise ongoing monitoring efforts and promote efforts that are consistent with AWRR’s mission and with contractual agreements with partners.
  • Evaluate research proposals based on established research guidelines. Facilitate and supervise research projects to ensure compliance with approved proposals.

Outreach

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with numerous local, state and federal agencies, universities, specialists in ecology and other sciences, conservation NGO’s, private landowners, ranchers, volunteers, donors/supporters (individual, corporate, foundation, and state or federal agencies), community leaders and Audubon chapters in southeastern Arizona.
  • Build and maintain a close working relationship with the national network of Audubon scientists to communicate, integrate, and leverage grassland and bird conservation research and stewardship activities throughout the country.
  • Expand and implement a program of community engagement opportunities to position the AWRR as a key conservation partner in broad conservation and scientific initiatives in Southeastern Arizona.
  • Oversee AWRR’s website and Facebook page, host appropriate field trips and give presentations related to AWRR.

Budget and Fundraising

  • Manage and fundraise for the AWRR operating budget, including collaborative fundraising efforts with regional conservation partners, as appropriate.
  • A significant portion of the operating budget is funded through an endowment. However, additional fundraising through grant writing and individual appeals is required for land management activities, capital improvements, and a portion of the annual operating expenses.
  • Assure AWRR is managed in a financially responsible and accurate manner using Audubon’s standard procedures and policies.

Administration

  • Oversee all operational aspects of the AWRR facilities, budgets and programs including hiring and supervising staff (currently 2 FTEs) and volunteers.
  • Seek input from staff to develop measurable goals and action plans, as well as a process for monitoring and assessing progress.
  • Cultivate and manage a local advisory committee of community leaders, agency and NGO partners, and Audubon Arizona staff and board members to guide the direction of the AWRR and to extend its reach into the community.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in biology, plant or wildlife ecology, or related fields and 10+ years of relevant professional experience
  • PhD in a related field is preferred, and expertise in ornithology is a plus
  • Excellent organizational, budget management, speaking, writing, editing, and statistical analysis skills are required
  • Ability to identify the biota of the Southwest and associated habitat requirements a plus
  • Knowledge of conservation issues specific to arid or semi-arid ecosystems
  • Passion for conservation and natural resources
  • Demonstrated fundraising ability, including grant writing and administration, is mandatory
  • Ability to handle emergency maintenance on indoor and outdoor facilities, including emergency road and building maintenance
  • Familiarity with use of field equipment (including chainsaws, hand tools, and light power tools) and herbicides
  • Possess collaborative and team-oriented mentality
  • Can-do attitude and friendly personality with a great sense of humor
  • The individual must be able to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and live and work in a rural environment
  • Flexible schedule and willingness to work long hours and occasional out-of-town travel
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and direct and inspire staff and volunteers
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in rugged conditions
  • Ability to lift and transport up to 30 pounds
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must live onsite
 
Director of Mountain Campus – Colorado State University
Friday, September 01, 2017 10:53 AM

DESCRIPTION OF WORK UNIT – Nestled in a beautiful, secluded mountain valley at an elevation of 9,000 ft. (2,743 m) lies Colorado State University’s 1,600-acre Mountain Campus. Established in 1914, the Mountain Campus serves as a destination campus for research and education, local, national, and international conferences. Programs and activities at the Mountain Campus shape and inspire current and future leaders’ lives through learning and immersion experiences in the Rocky Mountains, and facilitate research addressing critical issues in ecology, environmental science, and natural resources.
The Mountain Campus operates from mid-May to mid-October each year, and is located 53 miles west of Fort Collins, approximately a 2-hour drive, the last 16 miles of which are on a gravel road. The campus is adjacent to the northern border of Rocky Mountain National Park and shares boundaries with Roosevelt National Forest. Abundant opportunities exist for hiking and backpacking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and fishing. There is no cell phone service or TV reception and internet access is limited. Basic first aid is provided by the campus nurse, but definitive medical care (hospital/ER) is located in Fort Collins. Room and board is included for all staff during operations. The Mountain Campus is managed by the Department of Housing & Dining Services, and includes six career staff and 30 student and nonstudent seasonal staff and interns.

WORKING AT CSU – Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff. CSU offers a full benefit package and CSU’s Commitment to Campus offers employees a healthy work-life balance through a wide variety of programs, discounts, and special benefits. This includes Employee Study Privilege, Family Tuition Scholarship Program, Discounted Veterinary Care, and much more. Visit www.facultyandstaff.colostate.edu to learn more about working at CSU.

 

POSITION SUMMARY - The Director of the Mountain Campus administers the vision, leadership, supervision, financial management, evaluation and overall day-to-day operations of a comprehensive academic, research and conference facility in a remote mountain setting including crisis, emergency and risk management. In addition to administrative and leadership responsibilities, the Director has overall responsibility for the academic and educational programs in collaboration with Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) faculty for the summer field courses, the environmental and outdoor education program Eco Week in partnership with the Poudre School District and City of Fort Collins, and the challenge ropes course program. The Director also oversees the campus research proposal and approval processes, campus sustainability programs, marketing, communications, publications, website, social media and outreach efforts. The Director oversees the conference and dining services operations. The Director is a spokesperson for the university in their connections with clients, a key administrative leader within Housing & Dining Services and Student Affairs, and maintains important liaison relationships with a broad array of University offices The individual carries out their responsibilities under the supervision of the Associate Executive Director of Housing & Dining Services. It is a full-time position divided between approximately six months live-in at the Mountain Campus and six months on the Colorado State University main campus in Fort Collins.

 

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS –

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Five years professional experience working in a supervisory capacity
  • Minimum of two years live-in work at a remote location

 

PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS –

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Experience in program development, coordination, and implementation
  • Experience working with conference and/or event operations
  • Communication, marketing, and outreach experience
  • Budgeting and financial management experience
  • Experience in supervision, training, evaluation, and student/employee mentoring
  • Experience working as a challenge ropes course facilitator; mountain recreation (hiking, backpacking, etc.) and Leave No Trace (LNT) skills, Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Well organized, able to work effectively under pressure with multiple and changing deadlines and priorities, and adept at problem-solving and decision-making
  • Competency and leadership ability in interpersonal communication, working with diverse teams, able to collaborate successfully with campus and community stakeholders.
  • Able to thrive in a remote mountain setting, possesses a passion for leadership and staff development, has strong business instincts in the areas of operational management, and excellent skills in interpersonal and written communication.
  • Willing to work outside of the standard university business hours on a regular basis, including many weekends.
  • Experience collaborating with educational programs/courses and/or research efforts.

 

APPLICATION DETAILS - For full consideration, please apply by submitting a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, resume and 3 professional references by 09/5/2017, 11:59 pm (MST).

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

 

For the full position description and to apply see: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/49012

For more information about the Mountain Campus see: http://www.mountaincampus.colostate.edu/

 
Director of Trout Lake Station, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 09:45 AM

The Center for Limnology, UW-Madison invites applications for a Director whose responsibility would be to direct Trout Lake Station (TLS). We seek an outstanding scientist with a track record of publication and extramural funding and an internationally-recognized research program in any area of freshwater science, including but not exclusive to limnology, aquatic ecology, fisheries, stream ecology, aquatic biogeochemistry, or global change biology. We also seek a candidate with administrative leadership who can build community partnerships, and shape and implement a compelling vision for the future of the station.  A full description of the position can be found on the Center for Limnology website: https://limnology.wisc.edu/employment/director-of-trout-lake-station-vacancy/

Trout Lake Station is a year-round field station situated on 72 acres of mixed forest on the shores of Trout Lake near Boulder Junction, Vilas County, in Wisconsin’s northern highlands lake district. It provides access to a diversity of aquatic systems, with more than 2,500 lakes within 50 km. Facilities include a 10,000 sq. ft. laboratory with meeting rooms, library, computing facilities, storage, research boats and sampling equipment, and 10 cabins capable of housing 48. The director is expected to be based at the station year-round and resides off station. The station is part of the Center for Limnology (http://limnology.wisc.edu/) at UW–Madison and offers diverse collaborative opportunities (www.water.wisc.edu), including involvement with the North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research program (https://lter.limnology.wisc.edu/).


Duties and Responsibilities:
Research activities 40%

The candidate will serve as Principal Investigator (PI) and is expected to build an externally-funded research program in the aquatic sciences based at the station. The candidate will be expected to publish peer-review publications, supervise research staff, engage in professional activities, and interact with students, postdocs, and faculty colleagues at UW-Madison and beyond.

 

Oversight of TLS 35%

The candidate will oversee TLS activities and expenditures, including deployment of TLS resources, construction and maintenance of buildings, supervision of employees and students, and creation of a positive and inclusive environment at TLS. The candidate will also be expected to promote use of TLS by a broad base of faculty and institutions, and provide leadership in new initiatives aimed at expanding the research, teaching, and outreach mission of TLS and UW-Madison.

Community outreach and engagement 25%

The candidate will interact with the public on science-related matters, host events at TLS, build community partnerships, and engage with resource professionals, the media, local communities, lake users and civic leaders. The candidate will also be expected to build and maintain connections with UW alumni, donors, and supporters.  

 

Qualifications:
-PhD required. Preferably in limnology, aquatic sciences or related discipline.
-Minimum of 5 years of experience in a research setting.

-Strong record of research, peer-review publication, and extramural research funding.

-Experience or potential for excellence in administration and program building.

-Experience with outreach, community engagement, and communicating with diverse audiences.

-Leadership in fostering a collaborative environment, and commitment to equity and diversity.

Your application must be received through Jobs at UW (http://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/cw/en-us/job/495704/trout-lake-station-director)  portal to be considered as a candidate. Please click on the "Apply Now" button to begin the application process. To apply for this position you must submit ONE document in pdf (preferred) or word format that contains the following information: 1. Cover letter (your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed). 2. Complete CV 3. Contact information for three references (References will not be contacted without advanced notice) 4. Research statement (approximately 1000 words)  5. Vision statement for TLS, including a statement on diversity (approximately 500 words.) Review of applications will begin October 12, 2017, with a target start date in 2018. Further questions can be directed to Professor Jake Vander Zanden at mjvanderzand@wisc.edu.

The University of Wisconsin is an EOE/AA Employer.
 
President and CEO - Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 09:20 AM

SCHOODIC INSTITUTE AT ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

PRESIDENT AND CEO SEARCH ANNOUNCEMENT

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is seeking a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead a growing research and education organization located amid the breathtaking scenic beauty of Acadia National Park’s Schoodic District in Winter Harbor, Maine.

Schoodic Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages through a unique partnership with Acadia National Park. The Institute’s goal is to be an international leader for research that inspires environmental stewardship. Through cooperative agreements, the Institute manages Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Education and Research Center and administers the Schoodic Marine Center, a separate LLC. Private philanthropy and grants enable Schoodic Institute to leverage the National Park Service’s investment for greater impact at the local, regional and national levels.

Schoodic Institute currently facilitates and develops research programs in bird ecology, forest ecology, intertidal ecology, citizen science and education. Its Second Century Stewardship initiative, a partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Park Service, is advancing conservation science, and strengthening the public understanding of the importance of science for the parks and the parks for science. The Institute also offers education programs for teachers, students and professionals in partnership with Acadia National Park and other organizations and institutions. Schoodic Institute’s programs directly reach over 700 students and 100 teachers each year; outreach and other programs impact thousands more students and learners of all ages. For more detailed information about Schoodic Institute and its programs please visit www.schoodicinstitute.org or review the 2016 Annual Report (www.schoodicinstitute.org/about/key-documents/).

The President/CEO works closely with Schoodic Institute’s Board of Directors and staff, Acadia National Park’s senior managers and other partners to provide the vision, strategic direction and leadership to advance the Institute’s mission. The person in this position oversees a complex and growing organization and serves as an ambassador for the Institute with a diverse group of stakeholders. Please read the detailed “Job Description and Qualifications” for a complete list of responsibilities and position requirements.

While a range of backgrounds will be considered, the President/CEO should possess a strong understanding of and a commitment to science, education and conservation. An ideal candidate would be a talented, strategic leader with a vision to build an internationally recognized institution with a strong scientific and educational mission. He or she should be successful at raising funds, skillful in establishing close working relationships, and an articulate spokesperson with proven communication skills.

For more information about this position and how to apply, please review the detailed job description:

www.schoodicinstitute.org/about/employment-opportunities/president-ceo-position-description/.

Inquires may be directed to Ms. CJ Langley at 207-288-1385 or CJLangley@schoodicinstitute.org.

 
Assistant Reserve Manager
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 01:11 PM

The UC Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System is hiring an Assistant Reserve Manager at the Sedgwick Reserve.  Application review will begin on May 17, 2017.

View and submit the application materials here:

https://jobs.ucsb.edu/

Job Title: Assistant Reserve Manager       

Department: NRSS-Natural Reserve System          

Job Number: 20170189 

Summary of Job Duties: 
Under the supervision of the Reserve Director, uses advanced concepts in environmental research and facilities management to effectively assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of research activities and operational policies for Sedgwick Reserve, a UCNRS field station and the new La Kretz Research Center at Sedgwick Reserve. The Assistant Reserve Manager will support Sedgwick Reserve and Research Center administration and facilitate and assist with the implementation of research activities that occur at the Reserve. Requires expertise related to field station responsibility, such as wildlife biology, forestry, agriculture, ecosystem research, etc. Regularly works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Oversees and directs students and/or researchers carrying out experimental or research activities on the Reserve.

Minimum Requirements:

* Master's degree in environmental or related science or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

* Demonstrated knowledge and experience in ecology, ecological restoration, stewardship of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, eradication and control of non-native invasive species. 

* Ability to conceive, plan, test, and troubleshoot laboratory and/or field experimental procedures, including innovating as required. 

* Ability to communicate broad ecological and environmental knowledge to researchers, students, governmental workers, etc. 

* Experience with general maintenance of facilities involving well water systems, solar photovoltaic power, AC electrical, tool upkeep, general electronics operation. 

* Experience with computer operation of Macintosh and Windows OS, use of Global Positioning Systems. 

* Must possess basic skills in use of software including Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, Internet research, accessing campus web-based resources and email. 

* Excellent problem solving skills. 

* Experience in project management and excellent organizational skills. 

* Demonstrated experience with administration and budget management, staff supervision, facilities and equipment operations and maintenance, land stewardship and resource monitoring. 

* Must be available to work and be on call outside of normal business hours. All work must be carried out onsite except for brief intervals offsite on Sedgwick business, or on authorized days off and vacation periods.  

 

Department Profile:

The University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) consists of 39 reserve sites throughout the State. Seven of these sites are administered by the UCSB campus. These reserves provide sites for University-level classes, and for researchers and public outreach organizations to do research or explore the native habitats. For more information on the UCSB NRS:http://nrs.ucsb.edu, about Sedgwick Reserve: http://sedgwick.nrs.ucsb.edu/ and the UC NRS: http://www.ucnrs.org/

 
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