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The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Program is currently seeking a Field Operations Manager. This position is located in Tuscaloosa, AL and manages NEON operations in Talladega National Forest (Brent, AL), Dead Lake (Demopolis, AL) and Lenoir Landing/Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge (Coffeeville, AL).
Occasional travel outside the region will be required.
NEON is a continental-scale ecological observation facility sponsored by the National Science Foundation that gathers and synthesizes data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity. The observatory is designed to collect high-quality, standardized data from field sites across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Tuscaloosa, AL is located along the banks of the Black Warrior River in west-central Alabama. Home to University of Alabama and the Crimson Tide, Tuscaloosa (http://visittuscaloosa.com/) serves as a regional center for business, education and healthcare in West Alabama and offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities from performing arts to tailgating. Nearby Lake Lurleen State Park offers camping, picnicking, fishing piers, boat rentals and a boat launch.
This position manages a broad scope of scientific inquiry, managing a multi-disciplinary team of field scientists who collect measurements related to botany, mammalogy, limnology, micrometeorology, eddy flux and water quality at six NEON sites in Domain 08-Ozarks Complex.
- Plan, schedule and ensure accurate execution, within NEON scientific parameters and annual budget, of all maintenance, repair and field sampling activities for 6 NEON field sites.
- Coordination for instrument maintenance is required for approximately 40 different sensors, data acquisition system, power distribution system and supporting infrastructure (i.e. tower, instrument hut, boardwalks).
- Coordination for field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple SOP’s with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions.
- Recruit, train and manage all regular and temporary personnel supporting field office, lab and field site tasks.
- Act as liaison between regional stakeholders, including educational and research organizations, local property owners and the general public and NEON Headquarters.
- 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.
- Plan and participate in local/regional community engagement activities (i.e. local/regional conferences or meetings, invited talks).
- Ensure compliance with NEON safety policy and procedures.
- Ensure appropriate equipment, materials and supplies are available to support required field activities. Ensure accuracy and efficient use of funds within assigned region.
THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:
- Bachelors’ Degree in life science field or equivalent work experience.
- 5 years previous experience supervising personnel including participating in hiring, training, and evaluating performance.
- Previous experience developing and managing budgets and schedules.
- 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.
- Requires critical human relation skills to understand, select, develop and motivate others.
- Permanent U.S. Work Authorization required
THE FOLLOWING IS DESIRED, BUT NOT REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:
- Previous experience managing a technical field operations group.
- Graduate study in biology, ecology, environmental science or related field.
- Previous experience leading or participating in outdoor activities in remote areas.
Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.
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