Job: Research Coordinator, CaƱo Palma Biological Station
Sunday, July 12, 2015 01:03 PM

The Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC) seeks a full-time Research Coordinator to administer and operate the research projects at Caño Palma Biological Station.

Our mission is to provide leadership in education, research, conservation, and the educated use of natural resources in the tropics. The Biological Station is located next to the Caribbean Sea within the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge and north of Tortuguero National Park; a region renowned for its sea turtles and lowland rainforest with high diversity. The position is full time, starting mid-September, with a commitment of at least 12 months. This position encourages independent research to be carried out by the Research Coordinator. Preference will be given to candidates with an excellent work ethic and experience in biological/environmental research projects. A record of excellence in dealing with volunteers, student groups, researchers, difficult work situations and conflict resolution is crucial.

Candidates should be fluent in English and have a high level of spoken/written Spanish as presentations, meetings and reports/permit applications to local authorities must in Spanish.

An MSc in biology or ecology with experience working in remote tropical ecosystems, conservation, research/monitoring and sustainable development is preferred. The position entails project report writing and permit application paperwork throughout the year. You will also be expected to give logistical support and mentoring to visiting researchers and groups, including providing international undergraduates with appropriate research ideas across a variety of taxa, and guiding them in the formation and execution of research.

We are looking for someone who is open-minded and with a recognizable level of maturity and professionalism when presented with cultural differences, and an ability to relate conservation/scientific concepts to lay people. Applicants must be willing and able to work under hot and humid conditions in a remote area. To varying degrees, depending on the number of interns and volunteers at the station, the research coordinator will lead and participate in monitoring programs including several long-term projects run by the station. Caño Palma Biological Station hosts researchers as individuals and groups from various international educational institutions who work on independent permitted research projects, some of which are tied to our monitoring and conservation programs. We also host undergraduate classes, student interns, and volunteers, all working on various monitoring and community conservation programs. The successful candidate is foremost expected to work in collaboration and development of wildlife monitoring programs, which includes marine sea turtles, migratory and resident birds, large mammals, and herpetological studies.

As well, the research coordinator works in concert with the station manager to ensure the overall quality of experience of user groups and visitors and to ensure compliance with Health and Safety standards. Special attention is to be given to issues of education, community conservation, sustainability, and working with a local village.

The research coordinator reports directly to station manager, coordinates with COTERC, and completes assigned tasks as requested by the Board. To apply and for further details, please contact Director of Research, Nathan Lovejoy, at

Applications are to include a cover letter, CV, and three references. You can find more information about COTERC/CPBS on our website: ( Salary is $600.00 per month plus food and lodging (valued at $150/week). There is a $200 VISA renewal stipend, to cover costs of 3-monthly trips across the border, and a $1000 flight bonus at the end of the fulfilled contract.

Job: NEON Operations Mgr, Domain 10
Sunday, July 12, 2015 12:50 PM

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 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.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
    •    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.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Skills

  • 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.
Preferred Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
  •  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.

To apply:

Must possess a valid US driver’s license. 
Must have permanent authorization for US employment.

Job: Vassar College EMMA Coordinator
Sunday, July 12, 2015 12:34 PM

Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance Coordinator

Vassar College's Conservation and Environmental Engagement Cooperative (VCEE-COOP) is seeking applicants for the grant-funded position of Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA) Coordinator. The EMMA network is comprised of sites throughout the Hudson Valley where land managers, scientists and conservationists are developing a regionally coordinated ecological monitoring network dedicated to protecting ecological systems and developing sustainable stewardship practices through scientific research and public participation. Current EMMA projects include studying the role of deer in forest structure and biodiversity and how plant phenology is changing as climate patterns shift locally. Additional detail can be found on the EMMA website: The EMMA Coordinator will provide oversight for and coordinate the current EMMA projects and will be expected to develop new research initiatives that can be implemented across EMMA sites. An important component of the VCEE-COOP is to foster and promote a conservation ethic through environmental engagement and outreach; other responsibilities of this position will therefore include developing outreach activities and promoting environmental engagement throughout the
Hudson Valley in coordination with VCEE-COOP and other EMMA sites. This position is funded through a major grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for 2 years with a prospective start date of September 1, 2015.

The successful candidate will:
1. Have a strong motivation to apply interdisciplinary science in the intersection of field research, land management and
citizen science;
2. Pilot new projects on the Vassar Ecological Preserve, that once developed, can be implemented at other EMMA sites;
3. Develop methods to increase citizen science engagement across sites and generating site-specific educational materials;
4. Create an online database that will make monitoring data accessible and manageable;
5. Generate research questions that will expand EMMA's influence and monitoring capacity potentially including
weather, wildlife and forest monitoring;
6. Create a framework for expansion of the EMMA network to include more preserves and assist with the development
of a strategic plan for the EMMA network;
7. Supervise and encourage a post-baccalaureate fellow to accomplish individual projects;
8. Promote a team ethic within the VCEE-COOP and EMMA.

This job requires a highly organized and collegial individual that is interested in creative approaches to environmental research, land management and conservation. The successful candidate will have experience with field research and community outreach; additional experience with communications or interagency coordination will be considered favorable attributes. The position will require that the candidate travel throughout the Hudson Valley visiting affiliated preserves and those interested in joining. The successful candidate must be able to maintain a positive disposition while working outside with ticks, poison ivy and mosquitoes and in all weather conditions. The position requires working productively with diverse groups of people and groups of varying interests.

Skills in project management, website design and writing for a variety of audiences are a plus. A bachelors degree in a relevant field is required with 3 - 5 years experience in environmental outreach or research expected; masters degree preferred.

To Apply:
 Please visit us at complete your application, you will be required to
attach your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references (Word or PDF format required).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Vassar is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering a community that
reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and
respect for difference. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups encouraged.

Job: Itasca Station Biologist
Sunday, July 12, 2015 12:14 PM

Summary of Position: The University of Minnesota seeks a full-time Station Biologist to contribute directly to its teaching and research mission and to direct day-to-day, on-site research related operations of the Lake Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. This position is responsible for coordinating, with the Director and Program Administrator, all research and classroom/lab activities at the Station including obtaining local, state and federal permits, making lab assignments, orienting new researchers/instructors and assisting with field research when needed.

This position will also oversee the day-today operations of IBSL in conjunction with the Maintenance Supervisor, Director, and Program Administrator to ensure highly effective management of fiscal resources and field/laboratory operations. The Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is located in Itasca State Park in north central Minnesota. It is the premier biological field station of the the University of Minnesota and is located a short distance from three major biomes in the upper Midwest. It is a self-contained residential learning and research center with housing and dining facilities for approximately 120+ people.

Duties and Responsibilities:
30% Research - Develop a small collaborative or independent research program based on discipline; Assist the Director in writing and submitting grant proposals for the Station
25% Research Site and Field Operations - Maintain/repair/calibrate/schedule/inventory/purchase all laboratory and field related equipment; Serve as Station Research Safety Officer (RSO), Station Network Administrator, Controlled Substances Officer; Update research databases, faculty/student papers, annual lake monitoring data, and real time weather data to the web; Ensure all watercraft are maintained, safe and operational; Coordinate work efforts of employees in conjunction with the Resident Manager including maintenance, dining hall, and custodial staff; Coordinate with contractors and vendors as needed
25% - Teaching - Prepare for and teach in the first-year student Nature of Life program (ca. 4 weeks, midsummer); Develop a field biology course in the field biology program for the College of Biological Sciences appropriate to candidate's disciplinary field and experience; Lecture in field courses as/if requested based on your discipline; Assist professors in field courses when needed 10% Outreach and Community Engagement - Host and orient workshops, professional meetings, training sessions and conduct field trips for visitors as needed; Develop partnership with Itasca State Park administrators; Provide presentations and Station tours to all visitors to the Station; Develop excellent working relationships with the local public
10% Strategic Planning and Budgeting - Assist Director and Program Administrator in developing strategic and business plans for the Station in line with College and University goals; Assist the Director, Program Administrator, and Resident Manager in planning, forecasting, monitoring and approving budgets for the Station Minimum Qualifications: PhD in ecology or related scientific field and one or more years of research experience + 2 years experience managing a biological field station or similar field operation Preferred

Qualifications: PhD in ecology or related scientific field with a minimum of 4 years or more experience in managing a biological field station or similar field operation; must have excellent organization and leadership skills; Must be highly self-motivated and work independently; Should be broadly trained in ecology i.e. has a good understanding of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; Must be well-spoken, outgoing, personable and willing to work with people of all educational levels; Must be physically fit and able to work outdoors under all weather conditions

Housing: The candidate will be expected to find housing in the immediate area of the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. The Station is located within Itasca State Park in a rural area of southern Clearwater County, MN. The nearest major towns are Park Rapids, MN and Bemidji, MN. Some funds are available from the University of Minnesota for relocation expenses.

Supervision: This position reports directly to the Station Director.

To apply: Visit and search Job ID 302134

Job: Director, Southwestern Research Station
Friday, July 10, 2015 12:00 AM
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York invites applications and nominations for an outstanding researcher/administrator to serve as the Director of the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS). The Director is charged with leadership of a remote field station which provides scientists, educators, and students from the Museum and other institutions, as well as the public, the opportunity to participate in and conduct scientific research, workshops, and classes in one of the most biodiversity-rich environments in the United States. Since 1955, SWRS has served those interested in studying the diverse environments and biotas of southeastern Arizona. Visitors live in comfortable accommodations with meal service and enjoy use of laboratory and equipment, library, outdoor animal facilities, gift shop, and recreational facilities. The station is located in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona with proximity to pristine Spruce forest and Chiricahuan Desert habitats, with trails for hiking and climbing in spectacular scenery.  

The Director is responsible for operation and administration of facilities, education and research programs, budget, purchasing, and personnel.  We particularly seek applications from, or nominations of, candidates with previous experience and high standards in administration, education, and scientific research and a compelling vision for the future trajectory of biological field stations in general.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in one of the natural sciences, outstanding communication skills in engaging diverse user communities, experience in field station and/or laboratory management, and proclivity for obtaining external funding in support of infrastructure and operational needs and scientific, educational and outreach objectives. Preferred qualifications: scientific research interests in an area commensurate with SWRS location and opportunities; track record of successful grantsmanship in research, instrumentation, and field station support; interest in establishing collaborations with neighboring universities; previous experience in successful community relations.  

Applications are accepted online at
Requisition number 91940.

In addition to applications, we invite recommendations or nominations of potential candidates, and request that these include a resume and contact information for the nominee. Nomination materials may be submitted electronically, preferably as PDF files, via a single email message to Dr. Scott Schaefer, Associate Dean of Science,

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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