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.

Resident Manager Position - The Ouachita Mountains Biological Station
Thursday, March 17, 2016 01:10 PM

The Ouachita Mountains Biological Station - Resident Manager Position

Job Description

The Resident Manager lives at the Ouachita Mountains Biological Station (OMBS;; Arkansas, Polk Co., near Big Fork in the Ouachita Mountains) in a modern 2-bedroom home with central AC/heat.  The OMBS is about 25 miles from the closest town (Mena, AR) and in mountainous terrain.  The position includes a modest salary, a newly renovated residence with central AC/Heat, fireplace, new appliances, all utilities, a monthly travel allowance, internet, and two weeks paid leave per year.  The Resident Manager is expected to be available 24/7; however, visitation by college groups is infrequent, averaging about 4-5 groups per month (about 50 per year) with little activity in winter and late summer.  This position will provide excellent experience in the operation of a biology station.  The 600 acres of land owned by the OMBS plus the surrounding Ouachita National Forest provides much habitat diversity.  There is great potential for independent research.

The following duties of the Resident Manager are required:

This position is for 40 hours of work per week, with two days off per week when there are no visitors at the station.  The Resident Manager must communicate, in advance, with the Director, when the Resident Manager will be gone from the station for any days, including leave days.  The Resident Manager is on duty at all times when visitors are present.

Recording weather data (temperature and precipitation) daily (we are a US Weather Bureau station)

Greet visiting groups and interact with them as needed

Walk all of the trails to check for down trees, damage, etc. – 1 time per week

Monitor and maintain station water system

Make simple repairs when needed

Take care of the OMBS by performing routine maintenance and/or repairs at any time

Clean rooms/buildings when groups depart (make ready for next group)

Wash towels, linens, empty trash, etc.

Maintain large-tree database and record DBH measurements – 1 time per year

Interact as needed with Mena Nature Club, Rich Mountain Community College, and Arkansas Academy of Science

Take care of everything related to the OMBS

Communicate with Director, Board, and community as needed

Prepare simple meals for visiting groups as requested (see menu on web site)

Have dependable vehicle

Be in good health

Be an ambassador of good will for the OMBS

Work alone


The following additional duties of the Resident Manager are preferred:

Be competent with computers or willing to learn (Office, internet, etc.)

Record biological observations when necessary (or be willing to learn)

Preserve scientific specimens of plants and animals when necessary (or be willing to learn)

Some knowledge of GIS/GPS is helpful

Demonstrate a willingness to learn

Enjoy biology and the out-of-doors (knowledge of biology is preferred)

Know OMBS boundaries (or be willing to learn)


The OMBS provides Workman’s Compensation insurance but no medical insurance, other than Medicare.  The OMBS will check references and do a background check.

 The Compensation Package for the OMBS (annual basis):

Salary (includes 2 weeks paid leave)                                                                      $15,000

Travel Allowance for OMBS business                                                                        4,500

               (Potential [maximum] take-home pay, annually = $19,500)

SS and Medicare (7.65% of salary; paid by OMBS)                                                 1,148

Housing value                                                                                                                  6,000

Telephone                                                                                                                           300

All utilities                                                                                                                       1,200

DirecTv                                                                                                                                600 

Internet service (Hughes Net)                                                                                          900

               Value of Total Package                                                                               29,648


The Ouachita Mountains Biological Station is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

The OMBS is a private field station with a Board of Governors and a Board of Advisors.  The OMBS is funded by the Richard K. and Betty Speairs Charitable Foundation.  The funding is perpetual but modest.  Both the OMBS and the Foundation are 501(C)(3) organizations and the OMBS is a full member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

To Apply for this position, please send the following to Dr. Hardy ([email protected]):

  • ·        Resume
  • ·        A brief statement of why you want this position
  • ·        Your strengths that would benefit the station
  • ·        Complete contact information

 Closing Date for applications for this position:  April 15, 2016

The starting date for the position is as soon as possible, but is negotiable.

Director of Research - Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station
Thursday, March 17, 2016 01:07 PM

Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Lacawac’s545 acre property includes a pristine 52acre glacial lake and its watershed, bogs, forests with hiking trails, and a Great Camp listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since its inception in 1966, the Lacawac Sanctuary’s mission has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; and offer public education on environmental and conservation issues. For nearly 50 years, Lacawac has accomplished this mission by offering a diverse set of natural areas, facilities, and programs for K-12 and post-secondary educators and students, area residents, scientific researchers, and summer visitors to the region.

 We are seeking a Director of Research and Education (DRE) who will provide strategic leadership for research and educational programs at Lacawac.  The DRE’s primary responsibility will be to promote and coordinate use of Lacawac's facilities by colleges and universities. Through collaborations with Lacawac Environmental Research and Education Consortium (LEREC) members and other institutions, the DRE will be active in research by conducting field sampling, maintaining instrumentation, supervising undergraduate interns, and interacting with students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members.  The DRE will be provided with modest funds to support an independent research program and encouraged to seek additional support from other sources.  The DRE will supervise K-12 educational activities and direct outreach programs to engage local citizens in lake monitoring and sustainable management practices.  Finally, the DRE will actively seek external funding to support the continued growth of research and educational programs at Lacawac.


Application Process: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in the natural sciences, primary expertise in freshwater ecology, and a strong commitment to Lacawac’s mission. Applications will be accepted via email to[email protected]. Interested candidates should submit a single PDF document consisting of a cover letter describing qualifications for the position and  a curriculum vitae.  In addition, applicants should make arrangements for the submission of three letters of reference.  Evaluation of applications will begin on April 15.

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