Job: Communications/Technology at LEC
Thursday, July 24, 2014 04:37 PM

University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center
Position Code: 20803
Closing Date: 09/01/2014
Salary: $45,000 or higher Annually, Great Benefits and Raises
Location: Lake Erie Center, Toledo, Ohio

We are seeking a career-oriented individual to be in charge of communications and technology for the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center, located on the shores of Lake Erie about 20-30 minutes from our main campus. The job involves writing, designing, proofing, and updating the website, brochures, and communications for the research, education, and outreach programs of the Lake Erie Center (see The position also entails being in charge of AV logistics and p.r. for on-site conferences and meetings, and being in charge of day-to-day computers and server needs, interfacing with support from IT on the main campus. Beautiful location, lake-front office with view, great working conditions.

Qualifications: • 4 year university degree (Master’s degree preferred) • 1 year or more professional website design & brochure design experience • Great Proofreading, English & Writing Skills • AV and Computer Database Skills/Experience • AV and Computer Database Skills/Experience • Superior Communication & People Skills • Knowledge of Science, Nature & the Great Lakes is a plus.

Full Position Description and Application

The University of Toledo is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer

National Research Council FSML Report released
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 03:38 PM

The Pre-publication report was released July 23, 2014.  Download a PDF Copy, or read online:

National Research Council. Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014.

Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century summarizes field stations' value to science, education, and outreach and evaluates their contributions to research, innovation, and education. This report suggests strategies to meet future research, education, outreach, infrastructure, funding, and logistical needs of field stations. Today's technologies - such as streaming data, remote sensing, robot-driven monitoring, automated DNA sequencing, and nanoparticle environmental sensors - provide means for field stations to retain their special connection to nature and still interact with the rest of the world in ways that can fuel breakthroughs in the environmental, physical, natural, and social sciences. The intellectual and natural capital of today's field stations present a solid platform, but many need enhancements of infrastructure and dynamic leadership if they are to meet the challenges of the complex problems facing the world. This report focuses on the capability of field stations to address societal needs today and in the future.


Public Briefing, Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century
Friday, July 11, 2014 02:30 PM

Value and Sustainability of Biological Field Stations, Marine Laboratories, and Natural Reserves in 21st Century Science, Education, and Public Outreach

The National Research Council invites you to a public briefing for the release of Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century.

9:30 AM (Eastern)  July 23, 2014

Location: Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001

Field stations and marine labs connect scientists, educators, and communities to their environments by bringing the basic tools of science out into the field. These living laboratories place scientists on the front lines of our changing Earth. But to fulfill their unique role, field stations must evolve. This report explores strategies to harness the power and potential of field stations, for example by adapting new technologies, developing stronger networks, and incorporating more entrepreneurial leadership.

The briefing will include a presentation from Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific and Chair of the report's authoring committee, followed by a Q & A session with Dr. Schubel and committee member Dr. Felicia Coleman, Director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory.

Register here to attend the public briefing in person, or via the web.

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Job: Maintenance Specialist
Friday, June 20, 2014 07:44 AM

Maintenance Specialist at the Sierra Nevada Research Stations, Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon.

Job Category: Managerial/Professional
Unit: Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Position Code: SSNRI5442A
Closing Date: 07/08/2014
Salary: $36,600 - $54,400 Annually
Location: Yosemite National Park

We are looking for an individual to be the Maintenance Specialist at the Sierra Nevada Research Stations, Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon. These field stations are located within the National Parks, and the job involves managing the facilities and interacting with the people who stay in them. We are looking for an individual to apply campus policies and procedures to resolve a variety of facilities management issues at the Sierra Nevada Research Stations.

They will work on facilities management problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors. Under the general direction of the Sierra Nevada Research Station Director, the SNRS Maintenance Specialist will be responsible for the maintenance of the Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon Field Stations facilities to include the Office Building, Classroom Building and 7 houses in Yosemite National Park along with 2 buildings (cabin and work space) in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. (S)He will be responsible for coordinating periodic maintenance year-round functions and perform repairs on the facilities structures and equipment. This position will also be responsible for minor improvements and general projects, as well as overseeing the general grounds of the facilities.


• Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
• Working knowledge of practices and procedures relating to facility maintenance.
• Working knowledge of practices and procedures of safety and emergency preparedness. • Skills to work under pressure of deadlines in a stressful environment.
• Working organizational skills to work on multiple projects with competing deadlines, to establish goals and work load priorities, and to meet project deadlines within budget and time constraints.
• Written communication skills to prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, policies and procedures, and training documents.
• Active listening, interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills to effectively resolve questions, concerns, issues or problems and ensure cooperative and productive working relationships with the UC and NPS. • Skills to work independently and as part of a team.
• Experience in general building, construction and building maintenance.
• Customer service skills to liaise with guests at the field stations

Job: Little Cayman Field Operations Manager
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 08:01 AM

JOB VACANCY: Field Operations Manager for the Little Cayman Research Centre, located at Little Cayman, Cayman Islands.

START DATE: August 1, 2014
REPORTS TO: President of CCMI

SUMMARY: We seek a Field Operations Manager who is responsible for the effective day to day operations of the Little Cayman Research Centre. The successful candidate will manage and maintain the physical facilities, manage field station operational personnel, establish and maintain controls on field station budgets, and provide support for diverse research and educational programs. The incumbent will provide the technical oversight to maintain the highest level of field operations for the laboratories, dive and boat operations, solar, composting, water catchment system, and scientific equipment including the CCMI/NOAA- Coral Reef Early Warning System buoy based at Little Cayman. This position requires a diverse individual who can maintain excellent community, local and international government, and sponsor relations. We seek a strong operational leader who can assure safety, excellence, and who is capable of providing field support for leading marine scientists and universities. CCMI aims to become a world-class marine research institute in the Caribbean. CCMI is an international, independent non-government organization with U.S., UK. and Cayman Islands status and maintains well-funded internal research and education programs. The Field Operations Manager reports directly to the President.

RESPONSIBILITIES: OPERATIONAL • Manage the business of the field operations -- develop and manage the field station budget, reconciliations, invoicing and managing revenues, and maintaining strict budgetary controls – in conjunction with the research, education, and executive teams to meet CCMI strategic goals • Schedule facilities, vehicles and equipment for visiting groups • Manage the annual maintenance plan for the facility and grounds, keeping boats, vehicles, and dive equipment in excellent repair, conducting repairs and maintenance in-house • Maintain the highest level of safety standards including all in-water activities including boat and dive operations, facilities and insurance • Manage and hire as needed seasonal, part-time and full-time operational staff, conduct annual reviews for operations staff • Manage office admin and HR personnel • Provide operational information and statistics to our Account and Grant Coordinator • Manage time and effort reporting for supervised staff • Establish Emergency Management program to minimize risk to staff and visitors including for all on water activities and for major storm and hurricane preparations • Provide President and Board of Directors with reports as required • Provide support for the educational and scientific groups • Enforce and develop sustainable practices including reducing water/energy use and minimizing waste disposal and introducing new potential technologies • Develop a sustainable garden using compost, gray water, and other eco-friendly approaches • Oversee construction and capital development projects, including all logistics, permits, customs, inspections, installations, start-ups, and other related activities • Develop short- and long-term facility and operation plans/budgets • Secure funding and donations for facility and operations (e.g. furniture, appliances, tools, machinery, equipment, walk-in freezer, building materials, boat/engine parts and services.) • Responsible for station inventory (e.g. food, office supplies, kitchen and dorm supplies) • Receive and ship supplies and equipment (e.g. barge, airport), including all customs, duty, permits, and fees • Maintain, troubleshoot, and upgrade all utilities (e.g. phone, electricity, internet, water, sanitation)

BENEFITS AND SALARY: • Competitive salary commensurate with experience • Benefits include financial contribution to health insurance, and a 5% matching pension plan, vacation pay, room and meals at the field station.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications include: • Capable of being a strong leader with excellent decision making skills. • Ability to diagnose, troubleshoot, and maintain all systems including computers (IT) at a remote field site, including boats, vehicle, dive compressor, solar, utilities, and other off-the-grid systems. • Diver certified (min Instructor or Divemaster certification), extensive boat handling experience, and good working understanding of scientific research operations. • Ability to manage budgets, work on several projects simultaneously and to manage priorities accordingly. • Capable of working a six day work week in a remote island setting and long hours to complete field projects. • Experience coordinating efforts and establishing excellent working relationships in a small community, with Government agencies, and with Board members, • Bachelor’s degree (preferred) and 5 or more years experience in marine operations management at a remote field site or similar management and operational experience. • Background in marine science, coral reef ecosystems, environmental education, and/or conservation a plus. • Familiarity with Microsoft Office; working knowledge of QuickBooks a plus

For consideration, please forward Resume and Letter of Interest along with salary requirements to: Closing Date: June 30, 2014. CCMI is an equal opportunity employer.

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