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Job Opening: Southwest Experimental Garden Array Program Manager
Thursday, January 28, 2016 09:13 AM

Job Opening: Southwest Experimental Garden Array Program Manager

Application Deadline: Open until further notice. We will begin reviewing application on February 9, 2016

Job Description: The Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research at Northern Arizona University seeks a Program Manager for the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA) for the study of climate change and genetics. The Program Manager will oversee the operation of the array of 10 field sites as a multi-user field research facility. The SEGA Program Manager is primarily responsible for the continued development of sites for research, managing researcher use of the SEGA garden sites, including experiment application processing, correspondence, invoicing, orientation, tracking, and scheduling. The position also includes responsibility for oversight of infrastructure deployment and operation including water supply and fencing infrastructure. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Development and implementation of procedures for ensuring safety and compliance with permits and regulations
  • Budget management
  • Coordination between researchers and the sensing and data management team.
  • Coordination with landowners and managers
  • Supervision of interns, part-time staff, contractors, and volunteers
  • Preparation of use summaries for reports and proposals
  • Organizing meetings of SEGA governing and advisory groups
  • Soliciting, organizing, and editing materials for website updates
  • Assisting in grant development to promote use of SEGA sites

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment & five years administrative/coordinative program experience; or Master’s degree in field appropriate to area of assignment & three years administrative/coordinative program experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in an academic or applied research environment
  • Administrative or supervisory experience
  • Experience in field ecology, botany, horticulture, forestry, or related field
  • Experience working in remote field sites
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with design, specification, and maintenance of field site infrastructure, including communication systems, irrigation systems, and fencing. 

 

Salary $53,199

To Apply see the full listing at NAU HR: http://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Careers/Staff-Welcome-Page/ . Complete an NAU online application form and submit the following with the application: a cover letter, resume or cv, and two letters of recommendation (emailed directly from your recommenders). Any questions may be directed to Amy.Whipple@nau.edu or Marie.Saul@nau.edu

 

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. NAU is an Employer of National Service.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

 
Adjunct Instructor - Biology of Fishes - Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
Monday, January 18, 2016 12:51 PM
Adjunct Instructor - Biology of Fishes - Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

The University of Oregon’s Institute of Marine Biology maintains a pool of applicants for temporary instructional position for an upper division undergraduate Biology of Fishes course during the Institute’s summer session (June 20 - August 12).   Position will be part-time, temporary, limited duration appointments with the possibility of renewal for up to a total of three years at the discretion of the hiring authority and taking into consideration need, funding and/or performance. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and pool will remain active through October 31, 2016. Screening of applications will take place as positions become available and continue until positions are filled. A Ph.D. with strength in marine biology is required for all positions. Information on the Institute’s summer session is at oimb.uoregon.edu/

To apply, send curriculum vitae and names of three references to:
2016 Instructional Pool Search
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
University of Oregon
P.O. Box 5389
Charleston
OR 97420

The University of Oregon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired.
 
Field Technician- Fairbanks, AK
Friday, November 06, 2015 10:23 PM

COMPANY OVERVIEW

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.


LOCATION


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.


JOB SUMMARY


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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

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:

Leadership:

  • 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.

Skills:

  • 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: www.neoninc.org

 
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.

https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/apply

 
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.

Qualifications

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 employment@discoverelc.org.  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.

 
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