Research Collections & Citizen Science Coordinator
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:17 AM

Research Collections & Citizen Science Coordinator

Full Time The Mohonk Preserve helps to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. The Preserve manages 8,000 acres of the northern Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County, NY through four integrated programs – Conservation Science, Education, Land Stewardship, and Land Protection, and is a regional model for large-scale conservation planning. We have an annual budget of $3.8 million, 35 year-round staff, over 350 volunteers, and a diverse support base of over 16,000 members. Our Daniel Smiley Research Center, located near Mohonk Lake (where Conservation Science operations are centered), provides a great work environment!

Natural and cultural history research generated at the Preserve underpins the Preserve’s land management strategies, informs our public interpretive programs and environmental education field studies, facilitates protection of wildlife and natural resources across the Shawangunk Mountain region, and deepens the public’s understanding of our legacy of landscape conservation. Long-term observational data, specimen collections, and archives are used to conduct and support a wide range of comparative studies by partner institutions, academic faculty, and agency scientists.

As part of our commitment to expanding our Conservation Science programming, we are recruiting for a 2-year full-time, partially grant-funded position, renewable contingent upon funding. The successful candidate will carry out the ecological monitoring and Citizen Science Program of the Mohonk Preserve, and curate the research, specimen, and data collections at the Daniel Smiley Research Center. Considerable time will be dedicated to developing a new Citizen Science Program in conjunction with a Watershed Monitoring and Inventory Program, as well as to overseeing efforts to digitize our vast natural history records database.

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, or related field required; MS preferred. Expertise in any area of Ecology/Biology will be considered, though preference may be given to candidates with expertise in botany or pollination biology;
  • Ability to work well with volunteers, interns, external researchers, the general public, partner organizations, Board members, donors and Preserve staff. Experience with cross-disciplinary partnerships, collaborative research efforts, or networked organizations preferred ;
  • Fluency with standard computer software. Proficiency with one or more programming languages (e.g. Python, Perl, R, shell scripting) and experience working with specimen/records-based databases (e.g. Specify, Emu, Sybmiota) a plus;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of biostatistics and standard ecological research methodology;
  • Exemplary communication and presentation skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to balance multiple projects per season;
  • Familiarity with natural history/specimen collections
  • Knowledge of leading trends in environmental and ecological research; strongly preferred: experience in field studies and/or familiarity with field station or similar natural area research program;
  • Willingness to work occasional (sometimes frequent) weekends and holidays; some irregular hours, including evenings, required. Mohonk Preserve has a flex policy to balance hours worked during the pay period.
  • Ability to navigate and traverse back-country, off-trail land conditions over mountainous terrain, sometimes while carrying equipment for several hours at a time; willingness and ability to work in difficult weather conditions including heat, rain, and snow.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record to ensure ability to drive Mohonk Preserve vehicles.

Excellent work environment with generous benefits including health, life, long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, and access privileges to the lands of the Mohonk Preserve and the Mohonk Mountain House resort. Salary: Mid to upper $30’s based on experience.

Applications accepted via e-mail only. Please submit as a single PDF: cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for 3 references by November 25, 2016 to:

This job announcement is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.

No phone calls please. For more information about the Preserve, visit our website: Mohonk Preserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Geographic Information Systems Instructor Position - UMBS
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:14 AM

Geographic Information Systems Instructor Position
University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, Michigan
Summer 2017

An Visiting Faculty or Lecturer position is available to teach a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Explorations field course in summer 2017 at the University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, Michigan.  The term of this appointment will be from June 24 to August 19, 2017. This field-based course will meet 2 days per week, Wednesdays and Saturdays, for 8 weeks. 

The goal is for the students to learn the basic concepts and applications of GIS through classroom activities and field work experiences that engage students in all aspects of the data management lifecycle, including collection, analysis, collaboration, and dissemination.  In addition, students will learn to share their work at all stages in ways that enable actionable insights for decision-making.  The course will take advantage of its location at the Biological Station by collaborating with and empowering other field courses to address interesting research questions using GIS tools and methods.  GIS exercises should emphasize hands-on activities that leverage environmentally themed data sets and field trips to diverse habitats and long-term research sites in the region. 

The UM Biological Station is a field research facility located in northern Michigan on Douglas Lake, approximately 260 miles north of Ann Arbor. Instructors are required to reside at the Station during the summer term.  Food and private housing will be provided for each instructor.

Applicants should upload a letter explaining interest in the position and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references.  Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled for summer term 2017.


Minimum Department Qualifications: A Ph.D. and professional experience in GIS, preferably in the sciences.


For Lecture candidates (Job ID 134278, posted at terms and conditions of employment for this position are subject to the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturers' Employee Organization (LEO). 

Questions regarding this position and the UM Biological Station may be directed to Karie Slavik, Associate Director, UM Biological Station, or 734-763-4462

Plant Ecologist - Eastern Michigan University
Thursday, October 06, 2016 08:05 AM

The Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Plant Ecology at the level

of Assistant Professor, beginning September 2017. We seek individuals with a Ph.D., postdoctoral

research experience, and evidence of teaching excellence and research productivity. Successful

candidates should have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and

be able to develop a productive research program involving undergraduate and Master's-level students.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach Ecology lecture, a writing-intensive laboratory

course, and an upper level course in plant biology. Preference will be given to candidates who seek to

understand the functional mechanisms underlying plant performance in the environment and who

complement the expertise of the department.

Eastern Michigan University, with an enrollment of 23,000 students, is located in Ypsilanti, adjacent to

Ann Arbor, in southeastern Michigan. The Biology Department ( is housed in

the new science complex, has 24 faculty members, and offers masters-level graduate programs in

Ecology, Evolution, Organismal Biology; Cellular and Molecular Biology; and General Biology. An

undergraduate program in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science & Society offers majors with a

concentration in Biology.

Please submit the following materials to 1) letter of interest; 2) curriculum vita;

3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy; 4) statement of research interests; and 5) up to three

current reprints. The emujobs site is limited in the number of files that can be uploaded so you will

need to combine some of these materials into one file. Please send three letters of reference to: Dr.

Marianne Laporte, Head, Department of Biology, 441 Mark Jefferson Science Complex, Ypsilanti, MI

48197; Review of applications will begin October 28, 2016 and continue until

the successful candidate is hired. For additional information, contact Dr. Laporte at (734) 487-4242 or

by email.

Eastern Michigan University is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women and members of

minority groups to consider this opportunity.

Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 10:04 AM

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is seeking to hire a new staff member to coordinate student recruitment and station outreach.  This full-time position will be based in Ann Arbor during the fall and winter terms and at the Biological Station’s northern Michigan campus May through August. 


 With the direction of the Biological Station Director and Associate Director, the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator’s responsibilities are listed below.

  • Develop a marketing plan and lead undergraduate and graduate student recruitment for all Biological Station programs, including producing and distributing marketing materials, giving recruitment and orientation presentations and advising students on and off the Ann Arbor campus.
  • Develop, coordinate and participate in all station community, donor, alumni and public events for the Biological Station in Ann Arbor, Pellston and Midwestern region, including the winter research meeting, open houses, tours, alumni/friend events, and the summer lecture and events series.
  • Manage website content and function and maintain regular social media promotional postings.  Document program activities using audio and visual tools, including all camp photos and field work in the spring and summer terms.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with UM and Northern Michigan news outlets by promoting, writing and distributing information in the form of articles and press releases.  Produce annual newsletters (2-3).   
  • Support development efforts through gift stewardship, correspondence, and External Advisory Board meeting coordination and documentation.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and two to three years of communications and outreach experience is required (or equivalent combination of education and experience).  Excellent oral presentation, written and verbal communication skills.  Experience interacting with diverse populations.  Previous experience creating and implementing recruitment/marketing communication plans and demonstrated experience in producing print, website, social media, digital advertising, and other media communications.  Proficiency with social media promotion.  Must be able to spend a total of 8-12 weeks at the Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan, mainly during the summer months with fall trips likely. 

Desired Qualifications

Experience in a higher education setting and a familiarity with field stations.  Experience using Google Analytics.  Event and meeting coordination experience is also desired.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


Apply to Job ID # 131073 at


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Data Internship opportunity at the Lacawac Sanctuary
Friday, August 26, 2016 01:23 PM

The Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Lacawac’s 545-acre property includes a pristine 52-acre 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.


The Lacawac Sanctuary has an opening for a self-motivated Master’s level intern with a focus on creation of a database for information on biological, physical and chemical parameters for lakes, rivers and streams. This project is part of a grant received from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wild Resource Conservation Program. The intern will work closely with the Lacawac Sanctuary’s Director of Research and Education to compile data sources for freshwaters across the state of Pennsylvania. The database will be used for future projects aimed at understanding how climate change is shaping freshwater ecosystems and will be important for state agencies tasked with understanding how climate change is impacting freshwaters. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research and educational projects.


Responsibilities include (1) Communication with potential sources of data including federal, state and county agencies, academic researchers, and non-profit institutions working within the state of Pennsylvania.(2) Collection and organization of long-term metadata. (3) Dissemination of findings to the scientific community.

Job Requirements: (1) A Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, ecology or related field. Master’s degree preferred. (2) Previous experience in data compilation efforts and proficiency in information technology/computing. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required. (3) Ability to work independently. (4) Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. (5) Broad training in ecology with a thorough understanding of freshwater ecosystems. (6) Preference will be given to candidates with experience in biological/environmental research projects.

Starting Date is as soon as possible.  Intern is expected to commit 24 weeks of work for 32 hours/week. Competitive hourly wages will be provided. Free lodging is available at the Lacawac Sanctuary for a proportion of the commitment time. Work can be completed remotely with weekly meetings with Director of Research and Education.

To apply: Submit a CV, letter of interest, unofficial copies of transcripts and at least one letter of reference to Dr. Sarah Princiotta, Director of Research and Education ( with “FW Intern Application” in the subject line.

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