Job: Site Manager, LTER Puerto Rico
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 07:32 PM

The Department of Environmental Science of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus is seeking a Site Manager to assist the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LUQ) Principal Investigators in coordinating research taking place in and around El Yunque National Forest in eastern Puerto Rico.

LUQ is part of a network of LTER sites located in the US, Antarctica, and the south Pacific committed to place-based, long-term studies of key ecological issues.

We seek a dynamic and resourceful individual with a Master's of Science or a Ph.D. in Biology, Ecology, Earth, or Environmental Science with broad interests and experiences as well as strong organizational skills. Required abilities include:

  1. excellent interpersonal and leadership skills to communicate verbally and in writing with scientists and support staff, and to supervise technicians, interns, and students who assist with data collection and entry;
  2. experience with fieldwork and strong managerial and quantitative faculties, in order to coordinate day-to-day research activities at El Verde Field Station, a key LUQ field site;
  3. administrative skills that will facilitate ability to serve as a liaison among various individuals, institutions and agencies conducting LUQ research, including US university partners and the USDA Forest Service; and
  4. a high level of proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, relational databases, and graphics software.

Preferred skills include knowledge of Spanish, budget and grant preparation, and experience working in tropical countries.

This is a full-time Special Appointment based at El Verde Field Station in Río Grande, Puerto Rico. Compensation is commensurate with experience, and includes a benefits package with health care. A Special Appointment signifies that time served at the position cannot contribute to time served in any future tenure-track or other permanent position at the University of Puerto Rico.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent including a statement of career goals, curriculum vitae, copy of university transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Nick Brokaw (

Review of applications will begin 1 May 2014.

Job: NEON Project Scientist
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 01:49 PM

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Project Scientist is responsible for the day-to-day management of the science product teams assuring the quality of science and meeting schedules, budgets and the production of work products. The Project Scientist coordinates the design, development and implementation of the scientific activities of the Project and assures the overall scientific integrity of the information and facilities produced by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).

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.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:

  • PhD with at least 10 years of expertise and established record of outstanding scholarly achievement in ecology or other discipline related to the NEON Science mission.
  • Very effective program management experience to include leading and managing large and interdisciplinary teams of scientists, as well as coordinating the design, development, and implementation of multiple, diverse projects and the teams of scientists supporting them.
  • Very effective interpersonal/communication skills, especially with regard to team building among diverse professional and technically-trained staff, with the ability to translate the needs/responsibilities of the project to the science teams.
  • Extensive experience successfully advocating for a scientific organization to government agencies, funding organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Highly regarded scientific credentials, with an outstanding record of achievement.

Please see full job posting for details and application instructions.

Job: University of Minnesota CCESR
Monday, April 21, 2014 08:50 AM

The University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences is recruiting a PhD level, Associate Program Director for the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) to foster CCESR's research, education, and outreach missions and direct day-to-day Reserve operations.

Duties include development and teaching of undergraduate field courses, collaborative or independent research, participation in an ongoing K-12 education and community outreach program, coordination of research and site usage, and management and development of site facilities. Located 40 minutes north of the Twin Cities in East Bethel, MN, CCESR is a 5400 acre, internationally renowned ecological research facility that focuses on understanding the fundamental processes that control the functioning of ecosystems and the services that ecosystems provide to society.

A team of 50-70 faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students conduct research at CCESR. CCESR is a long-term ecological research (LTER) site that has been funded by NSF since 1982. Review of applications will begin on 30 May 2014, and applications received by that time will receive the fullest attention.

A more detailed list of duties/responsibilities, job qualifications, and instructions for application can be found at

OBFS Human Diversity Award 2014: Call for Nominations
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 07:41 PM

The OBFS Human Diversity Award provides recognition for unique activities, programs, or approaches (funded or unfunded) that increases the involvement, engagement, and sustainability of underrepresented groups in field science. Broadly speaking, underrepresented groups in field science may include, but are not limited to, ethnic minorities (blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, etc.), women, inner-city youth, disadvantaged rural communities, K-12 groups, tribal colleges, community colleges, undergraduate institutions with small programs, and citizen monitoring programs.

Promoting Human Diversity may be accomplished by disseminating materials and using, rearranging, or creating infrastructure to facilitate transitions between the field and classroom. Activities should stimulate both applied and individualized approaches to experiential scientific learning.

We will also recognize stations that demonstrate how retention and application of new scientific concepts are promoted to facilitate further discovery and increase scientific dialog among diverse user groups. This may include a pedagogy for the basic knowledge needed by underrepresented groups to address the current challenges in environmental and natural resources management and research at all educational levels (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education).

The nomination deadline is Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Please send nominations to We are looking for self-nominations from stations as well as nominations of activities, programs, and stations that have impressed you regarding their human diversity impact. We strongly encourage resubmissions from past applicants who have not won. Application material deadline is May 15.

Award announcement and application

Please feel free to contact me or any of the OBFS Diversity Committee members with questions regarding the Human Diversity Award. We look forward to your nominations and applications.

In Memoriam: Ray Highsmith
Thursday, March 27, 2014 08:43 AM

Ray Highsmith, Director of the University of Mississippi Field Station, died of pancreatic cancer on July 10, 2013. Ray was also the Executive Director of the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology at the University of Mississippi, and the Director of the Center for Water and Wetlands Resources.

All three appointments began in 2005. An extremely competent administrator, he was also a national leader in the study of recovery from oil spills, natural oil seeps, and gas hydrates in marine ecosystems, leading efforts in the Gulf of Mexico (the Deepwater Horizon fiasco) and, before that, the Gulf of Alaska.

Ray quickly became a welcome member of the OBFS community, and a staunch champion of the value of field stations for both undergraduate and graduate research and education across all colleges within the University of Mississippi.

He will be missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.

For additional information, read the University of Mississippi press release and newspaper obituary.

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