Field Technician- Fairbanks, AK
Friday, November 06, 2015 10:23 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 Domain 18/19 Field Operations Manager’s primary work location is in Fairbanks, AK. This position supports sites in the Taiga and Tundra Domains. Taiga Domain candidate sites are located at the Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed near Chatanika, AK, south of Delta Junction, AK and near Healy, AK. Tundra Domain candidates sites are located at Toolik Field Station south of Prudhoe Bay and at Barrow Environmental Observatory. The Taiga and Tundra domains include most of Alaska.


The Field Technician reports to the Field Operations Manager and will be hired as a Field Technician I, II, or III level depending on skills, experience, and education.

Field Technician I

The Field Technician I is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. Seasonal field sampling is conducted with the assistance of temporary field crews under the guidance of the Field Technician.

Field Technician II

The Field Technician II is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. The Field Technician II will be the technical lead for performing routine maintenance and inventory management on all terrestrial sampling equipment. The Field Technician II will provide guidance to temporary field crews while working in the field and laboratory.

Field Technician III

The Field Technician III is the shift lead performing and supervising seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. The Field Technician III will have primary responsibility for coordinating sampling and laboratory activities at terrestrial sampling sites. The Field Technician III will have additional roles and responsibilities assisting the Field Operations Manager with management of the Domain Support Facility, hiring and training seasonal field staff, and acting as manager in the absence of the Field Operations Manager.


NEON will be selecting individuals for each of the following:

Instrumentation (tower) emphasis:

  • Test, troubleshoot and operate instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures.
  • Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts.
  • Assist the NEON Systems Engineering Product Team with instrument installation and testing (approximately the first 6 months).
  • Record activities, completed work and trouble tickets according to Field Operations protocol.

Mammalogy emphasis:

  • Lead, perform and coordinate teams performing small mammal trapping.
  • Obtain measurements and record observations of captured rodents including animal identification of local species.
  • Collect tissue and blood samples from captured rodents.
  • Train domain staff on best practices for animal handling and sample collection techniques.

General duties include:

  • Report activities, completed work, and sampling problems according to Field Operations protocols.
  • Inspect, maintain and operate field, safety and laboratory equipment.
  • Operate laboratory equipment (e.g. Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical balance, centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace).
  • Assist the Field Operations Manager with recruiting and training of seasonal field personnel.
  • Provide instruction and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel.
  • Perform plot establishment by locating plots with GPS navigation as well as measuring and marking plots.
  • Assist the Field Operations Manager with materials planning, inventory and ordering as well as day-to-day oversight of personnel and scheduling of activities coordinated from the field office.
  • Follow NEON safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.

Field activities may include:

  • Follow established, standardized field protocols for sample collection and handling; record and verify accuracy of data from sample collections; process samples in the laboratory; send samples to external analytical labs. Train and lead field crews performing the aforementioned items.
  • Perform other field sampling activities as assigned including: ground beetle collection (pitfall trapping), mosquito collection (CO2 light traps, tick collection (dragging and flagging) and soil core collection.
  • Test, troubleshoot and operate tower, soil and aquatic instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures.
  • Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts.
  • Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators and physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping).

Physical demands: The work is physical and involves walking, hiking, prolonged standing, walking and bending. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 40 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

Work environment: Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Tower work involves performing work on instrument towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet which will include ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs.


All Technician Levels:

  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience should include performing scientific data entry and data management.
  • Ability to hike off-trail to assigned field site for long distances carrying field equipment (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods of time.
  • Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights).

NEON will be selecting individuals for Field Technician I, II and III levels. Equivalent education and experience may be considered. Indicate the level you are most qualified for on the application.

Field Technician I

  • Bachelor’s degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline.
  • One (1) or more years’ of related experience.

Field Technician II

  • Bachelor’s Degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline.
  • Three (3) or more years’ of related experience.

Field Technician III

  • Bachelor’s Degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline.
  • Five (5) or more years’ related experience. Previous experience in scheduling, training, leading and auditing the performance of field crews required.

NEON will take into consideration qualifications for specific and diverse experience in the following areas:


  • Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others.
  • Effective problem solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
  • Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities.


  • Ability to perform minor troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of field equipment.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and adopt new technologies as needed.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to make effective decisions that take into consideration safety and operational standards.

Working conditions:

  • Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends.
  • Ability and willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet including ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on instrument towers.
  • Perform field assignments in a variety of terrain and of weather conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.
  • Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise.
  • Ability and willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet including ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on instrument towers.

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:

Job: Reserve Director (Project Scientist) Sierra Nevada Research Stations-NRS
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 09:55 AM

Reserve Director (Project Scientist) Sierra Nevada Research Stations-NRS

Campuswide Programs
Reserve Director (Project Scientist) Sierra Nevada Research Stations-NRS
JPF00258 Apply by Jan 31, 2016

UC Merced is seeking a Reserve Director for the Sierra Nevada Research Stations, there are two stations that comprise the UC Merced Natural Reserve System (NRS), which is part of the larger UC Natural Reserve System. The Yosemite Field Station (YFS), located in Yosemite National Park, is the hub of the Research Station and the Sequoia Field Station (SFS), located in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, is a smaller facility with the potential for further development. The Reserve Director will live on site in a residence in Yosemite National Park. The responsibilities of the position are year round, weather-independent, and full-time.

The Reserve Director reports to the UCM NRS Faculty Director and is responsible for operations, programs, administration and further development of the Research Station. The Station Manager: 1) designs and implements programs, policies, procedures and budgets for the Research Station, in cooperation with the Faculty Reserve Director and the reserve advisory committee; 2) serves as the primary liaison between the National Parks, Research Station users, and other UC Merced faculty and staff; 3) facilitates research,  education and outreach programs based out of the Field Station, including occasional instructional activities and promotional events; 4) provides daily management of the YFS, and general oversight of SFS operations; 5) coordinates Field Station operations and maintenance activities with UC Merced's Facilities Management staff: 6) enhances Research Station facilities and programs through extramural proposals and development activities, in cooperation with the Faculty Reserve Director and others; 7) carries out both collaborative and independent research up to 15% time, extramurally funded research/scholarships that leverage field-station resources and expands intercollegiate interagency collaborations; and 8) a willingness to assume responsibility readily, and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.

Qualifications: Requirements include strong skills and knowledge to: engage and collaborate with a diverse set of constituents; and plan, organize, administer, budget and report on programs and operations. A Master's Degree in environmental science or a related field and experience with field research.

Preferred: A Ph.D. in environmental science or similar, experience with operations at a remote field station, experience living in a rural community under winter conditions, track record of leading successful grant proposals and skills in information technology.

The Reserve Director resides at the Yosemite Field Station, located in Yosemite National Park, except for brief intervals on SNRS business, or on authorized days off and vacation periods. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours. Travel is required to UC Merced and University offices in Oakland.

Salary is commensurate with education & experience based on the University of California Academic Salary scale.

To apply: Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, Reference List of 3 references with contact information including mailing address, phone numbers and email address.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2016.

Job: Naturalist, Environmental Learning Center
Thursday, October 08, 2015 08:00 PM

Naturalist (Environmental Educator), Environmental Learning Center

About the Organization

The mission of the Environmental Learning Center (ELC), a not-for-profit nature center located in Vero Beach, FL, is to educate, inspire and empower all people, including those with minimal access to nature, to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being. Now in its 27th year, the ELC serves on- and off-site nearly 20,000 children and adults through school excursion, camp, adult education, professional development and other programs. Its 64-acre campus is surrounded on three sides by the Indian River Lagoon, an estuary of national significance, and is 1.4 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The campus includes native plant gardens, an interactive museum including aquaria and touch tank, pontoon boat and canoes, children’s nature play area, visitor center, gift shop, picnic facilities and more. One and a half miles of raised boardwalks, trails, docks and elevated lookout stations with educational signage and a wireless audio tour also allow guests an educational first-hand experience of mangrove forests and the lagoon.

Position Summary

The Naturalist is an invaluable team member of the ELC, helping to strengthen current programs and create new nature education and outreach initiatives focused on building a positive relationship between people and the environment. Reporting to the Education Director, the Naturalist is responsible for working closely with the organization’s fellow staff and large volunteer core in planning, developing, and implementing environmental education and enrichment activities for youth and adults on- and off-campus, with particular focus on expanding the organization’s offerings for diverse audiences including those who have minimal contact with nature and/or are facing financial, physical and/or psychological challenges. This is a new position for the organization.

Representative Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and teach cross-disciplinary, participatory programs including but not limited to school field trip, camp, professional development and adult enrichment programs. Collaborate with other organizations in developing, maintaining and assessing impact of nature-based programs that serve community needs. Contribute to the expansion and maintenance of interpretive exhibits and displays, including aquaria. Assist in project and funding proposal development in collaboration with fellow staff and community members. Represent the organization at community events and in other venues, as applicable. Other duties as required.


Required: Bachelor’s degree in an area related to the organization’s mission and initiatives, e.g. environmental education, environmental social sciences, environmental communications, ecological or conservation-based biological sciences, or human health. Minimum of two years relevant professional experience. Positive, energetic, and outgoing attitude with a strong work ethic, team-player mentality, and willingness and ability to adapt to changing scenarios. Creativity and passion for engaging diverse audiences with nature in a variety of settings. Out-of-the-box strategic thinking and ability to implement plans that support moving the organization forward. Self-motivated, and committed to working with audiences who have minimal contact with nature. A willingness to continually learn. Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle for transportation to off-site programs (mileage reimbursed). Two years of professional experience.

Preferred: Master’s degree in Environmental Education or Environmental/Conservation Psychology, or an area related to the organization’s mission as described above, with a minimum of three years’ relevant professional experience. Strong educational or professional experience using nature as therapy or to improve quality of life for diverse audiences. Experience in project planning, funding proposal development and assessment. Experience in interpretive techniques and teaching Master Naturalist programs. Knowledge of Florida plants and ecology.

Physical and Sensory Requirements

Physical requirements include working outdoors under physically demanding conditions, sitting, standing, walking, lifting and carrying objects up to 30 pounds. Sensory requirements include the ability to communicate with and respond to staff, volunteers and the public in a friendly manner.

Hours and Benefits

Full-time position with benefits. Some weekend and evening programming required.

To Apply

Submit a resume, cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the position, and salary requirements to  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary commensurate with experience.


Revisions, additions or deletions to this job description may be made at any point. 

The Environmental Learning Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job: Preserve Manager, Joseph Pines Preserve
Friday, August 28, 2015 10:42 PM

Preserve Manager
The Center for Biodiversity at Joseph Pines Preserve (a.k.a the Center), Sussex County, VA

Close date on application:  November 30, 2015
Start Date: April 2016

Compensation    $15,000/year for a two year term, a free place to live, hunting and garden privileges.

To apply: Please visit for job application.  Complete applications include application form, cover letter, resume, college transcripts, three letters of reference, health report, and a VA State Police Sex Offender and Criminal History background check (SP-167).
Position Description & Requirements
The Meadowview Preserve Manager will primarily oversee activities on the 232 acre Joseph Pines Preserve in Sussex County, VA and occasionally assist with activities on our 17 acre Central Virginia Preserve in Caroline County, VA.  The applicant should have a B.S. or B.A. degree in the biological sciences or a related field (e.g. wildlife management, conservation biology, etc.). Minimum GPA requirement is 3.2. 

The preserve manager should be knowledgeable in managing longleaf pine/pitcher plant ecosystems and have a record of having successfully worked in those areas with prescribed burning experience.  Experience in agronomy or a plant nursery preferred. 

The preserve manager must:

  • be able to produce well written reports; be skilled in the use of a computer including MS products such as Excel, Word, Publisher, Access and be competent in the use of social media such as Facebook;
  • be in excellent physical condition and be able to lift 50 pounds;
  • possess a valid driver’s license and have an insured motor vehicle;
  • have a Virginia prescribed burn manager certificate from the Virginia Dept. of Forestry;
  • have a Virginia applicators license for pesticides and herbicides;
  • be skilled at using and maintaining equipment such as chainsaws, estate tractors, bush-hog, riding mowers, string trimmers, log splitters, etc.;
  • have a basic knowledge and elementary proficiency in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical;
  • be familiar and proficient with scientific methods, techniques, and tools;
  • be neat, organized, and consistently demonstrate that he/she can maintain the Center in a clean, organized, sanitary, and professional manner for staff, students, research fellows,  and public use. 
  • Possess and demonstrate the aptitude and ability to work harmoniously and productively with staff, employees, and the public, representing Meadowview in an ethical and professional manner. 

 The Preserve Manager is expected to be prepared with proper field gear including: steel toed work boots, rubber boots, gloves, safety glasses, work clothing, and Permethrin (Repel or similar product) tick repellant for field work safety.  

Specific Duties

  • Responsible for habitat restoration, invasive species control, and data collection on Meadowview preserves.  Activities include, but are not limited to: control hardwood competition in longleaf pine stands, plant longleaf pine seedlings, perform controlled pollinations on longleaf pine, map and census rare plant and animal populations and record other remarkable observations, collect and process cordwood for use in preserve wood furnace, remove competing or invasive hardwoods in pitcher plant habitats, collect and process rare plant seeds for propagation in nursery, assist and in some cases lead prescribed burns of preserves, collect data from monitoring wells on a daily basis
  • Patrol Joseph Pines Preserve daily and log status report on security, remarkable observations concerning plants, animals, habitat conditions, trails, roads, firebreaks, bogs, research plots/projects, gardens, plant beds, etc.
  • Provide general oversight and maintenance of equipment and the Center
  • Interface with the general public, distribute Meadowview literature, answer questions, guide visitors through the preserve, and have visitors sign guestbook.
  • Maintain public and personal living quarters at the Center and living quarters by mopping, vacuuming, and dusting on a weekly basis.
  • Plant and maintain vegetable garden to provide food for preserve manager, staff, and interns.  Supervise intern maintenance of vegetable garden and processing and storage (dried, canned, or frozen) of produce
  • Assist in development of rare plant nursery for preserve and regional habitat restoration
  • Other duties as assigned by the President/CEO

We recognize that a potential candidate may not have every specific aspect mentioned in the job description.  However, a successful candidate should possess as many of the specified attributes and qualifications as possible.  Where deficiencies exist, an action plan will be developed and employment will be considered conditional. 

What we’re looking for is a person who is familiar with the ecosystem, willing to be trained in our methods or certified for prescribed fire or herbicide/pesticide application, and PASSIONATE about what we’re doing.  If you think you have what it takes to perform this job, please contact us.

Questions?  Please contact or call 804-633-4336.

2015 OBFS Officer Nominations Open
Friday, August 28, 2015 09:12 PM

Nominations are open  for three officers of the Organization of Biological Field Stations. The positions are President, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large.

Terms run for two years beginning on April 1 and all three of these officers serve on the Board of Directors that governs OBFS. Self nominations are welcome.

The nomination period will close on the morning of September 20, the last day of the 2015 Annual Meeting. More information on duties of the positions can be found in the Governance section of the website. Please send names of nominees to me or to any of the current OBFS officers. We will need a short bio and photo of each nominee which will be distributed to all OBFS members along with a ballot this fall. Results of the election will be announced in January.

Bill Schuster
OBFS Past President

Executive Director
Black Rock Forest Consortium

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