NEON Field Operations Manager
Monday, February 29, 2016 03:28 PM


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.



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.



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.



  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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:

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


  • 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


  • 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

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:

For more information about the position, contact Brett Biebuyck ([email protected], 907-474-

2466) or Chad Diesinger ([email protected], 907-474-7833).

UAF is an EO/AA Employer and Educational Institution.

Job Opening: Southwest Experimental Garden Array Program Manager
Thursday, January 28, 2016 09:13 AM

Job Opening: Southwest Experimental Garden Array Program Manager

Application Deadline: Open until further notice. We will begin reviewing application on February 9, 2016

Job Description: The Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research at Northern Arizona University seeks a Program Manager for the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA) for the study of climate change and genetics. The Program Manager will oversee the operation of the array of 10 field sites as a multi-user field research facility. The SEGA Program Manager is primarily responsible for the continued development of sites for research, managing researcher use of the SEGA garden sites, including experiment application processing, correspondence, invoicing, orientation, tracking, and scheduling. The position also includes responsibility for oversight of infrastructure deployment and operation including water supply and fencing infrastructure. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Development and implementation of procedures for ensuring safety and compliance with permits and regulations
  • Budget management
  • Coordination between researchers and the sensing and data management team.
  • Coordination with landowners and managers
  • Supervision of interns, part-time staff, contractors, and volunteers
  • Preparation of use summaries for reports and proposals
  • Organizing meetings of SEGA governing and advisory groups
  • Soliciting, organizing, and editing materials for website updates
  • Assisting in grant development to promote use of SEGA sites

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment & five years administrative/coordinative program experience; or Master’s degree in field appropriate to area of assignment & three years administrative/coordinative program experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in an academic or applied research environment
  • Administrative or supervisory experience
  • Experience in field ecology, botany, horticulture, forestry, or related field
  • Experience working in remote field sites
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with design, specification, and maintenance of field site infrastructure, including communication systems, irrigation systems, and fencing. 


Salary $53,199

To Apply see the full listing at NAU HR: . Complete an NAU online application form and submit the following with the application: a cover letter, resume or cv, and two letters of recommendation (emailed directly from your recommenders). Any questions may be directed to [email protected] or [email protected]


Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. NAU is an Employer of National Service.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Adjunct Instructor - Biology of Fishes - Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
Monday, January 18, 2016 12:51 PM
Adjunct Instructor - Biology of Fishes - Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

The University of Oregon’s Institute of Marine Biology maintains a pool of applicants for temporary instructional position for an upper division undergraduate Biology of Fishes course during the Institute’s summer session (June 20 - August 12).   Position will be part-time, temporary, limited duration appointments with the possibility of renewal for up to a total of three years at the discretion of the hiring authority and taking into consideration need, funding and/or performance. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and pool will remain active through October 31, 2016. Screening of applications will take place as positions become available and continue until positions are filled. A Ph.D. with strength in marine biology is required for all positions. Information on the Institute’s summer session is at

To apply, send curriculum vitae and names of three references to:
2016 Instructional Pool Search
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
University of Oregon
P.O. Box 5389
OR 97420

The University of Oregon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired.
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