Job: Harvard Forest Research Assistant
Friday, May 01, 2015 08:05 PM

Research Assistant I - Sustainable Working Landscapes
Petersham, Massachusetts

The newly established Sustainable Working Landscape Program (SWL) at the Harvard Forest, headed by Drs. Brian Donahue and David Foster seeks to:

- explore the consequences of plausible forest, farm, and habitable landscape futures in terms of their consequences for the environment and human well-being

- establish demonstration projects highlighting integrated landscape management and long-term studies through Stewardship Science across New England at six to eight signature landscapes comprised variously of wildlands, woodlands, and farmlands;

- advance research, education and work with landowners and communities;

- integrate sustainable farming and forestry with fundamental environmental concerns such as protection of water quality, reduced carbon emissions, and protection of wildlife and biodiversity.

Duties and Responsibilities
The RA will work with senior researchers at the Harvard Forest and Highstead Foundation in developing demonstration projects in Stewardship Science in New England and New York.

Major tasks will include: helping to design, lay out, and sample vegetation plots and transects; assisting with hiring and supervising summer interns; analyzing data; developing written materials for the project including case studies, research protocols, educational outreach materials, and sections of academic articles.

This position involves extensive overnight travel during the field season. Basic Qualifications College level coursework in ecology, natural history or botany required. Vegetation field experience and knowledge of GIS required.

Additional Requirements
Successful applicants will have strong interest in working with interdisciplinary science teams at the intersection of field research, agriculture and conservation. Experience with educational outreach to undergraduate and community groups and citizen science a plus. A valid driver’s license (for at least the past 2 years) and excellent driving record required. Applicants must be in good physical health and capable of walking/hiking several miles each day carrying a heavy pack. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Must have a cheerful attitude while working outdoors under all weather conditions including cold, rainy days and sweltering August heat with mosquitos, ticks and black flies among your companions. Ability to work independently, coordinate research sites in several states, and recruit and supervise summer interns required. Excellent presentation skills for a variety of audiences (academic, community, agriculture and conservation individuals and groups). Excellent writing skills for a variety of formats (web sites, research protocols, outreach materials, academic journals).

Compensation, Benefits and Application Process
This is a one year grant funded position with strong likelihood of continuation depending upon performance and funding. Competitive full time, full benefited position. Anticipated starting salary $40,000. Applications containing a cover letter, CV, contact information for 3 professional references will be considered until position is filled.

Anticipated start date is on or around June 1, 2015.


Harvard Forest Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic research in forest ecology, is one of 25 Long Term Ecological Research sites across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Since 2011, the Forest has been the Northeast Core site for the National Ecological Observatory Network. The Forest facilities include a research and administrative complex, 3700 acres of land and 14 residential buildings which are located in Petersham, a small town in central Massachusetts. For more information about the Forest, visit our website at:

Job: Marine Laboratory Manager
Friday, May 01, 2015 07:52 PM

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is a private not-for-profit organization.

The SCCF Marine Laboratory is a member of NAML/SAML and the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and has 6 resident scientific staff, two of whom are Ph.D. Research Scientists. SCCF is a drug-free workplace.

Position: The SCCF Marine Laboratory seeking an independent, personable, and self-motivated Laboratory Manager. The Laboratory Manager is a full-time position at the SCCF Marine Laboratory on Sanibel Island (near Fort Myers, FL). Working closely with the Marine Lab Director, the Lab Manager’s primary responsibility will be to provide administrative support, financial and grant reports, track lab equipment and supplies, and perform front desk duties associated with the running of a field laboratory.

Preference will be given to those with experience in a laboratory setting familiar with lab safety and/or knowledge of the local environment (bays and Gulf of Mexico). Work will primarily be at the Lab (office) with some weekends and evening hours, as needed. Individual must be able to work independently, have strong oral and written communication skills and be very organized.

Qualifications: This position requires a BA or BS in accounting or business management with relevant administrative support experience. At least 2 years of experience in accounting or bookkeeping is required. Advanced knowledge of spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and databases (Microsoft Access), Adobe Acrobat Professional (forms, bundling multiple spreadsheets and documents to create grant reports) in addition to word processing and presentation software is required.

Specific Duties include: Perform functions of financial administration and reporting to include, but not limited to: preparation and timely submission of grant applications and reports, manages all billing for grants and contracts award, development and adjustment of associated budgets, coordination of budgeted funds, screening and processing expenditures. Perform front desk administrative duties associated with the running of a remote college campus and field laboratory. Works closely with the SCCF Marine Lab Director and Business Manager on billing and other financial matters. Individual oversees time and effort, travel- and leave-related tracking and management. Helps Marine Lab scientific staff to enter data, perform outreach as needed and prepares reports and content for the SCCF Newsletter and other outlets to promote awareness of lab activities. Maintains inventory (Access database) for research equipment, chemicals and field gear. Assists with facility maintenance and transfer to a new Marine Lab facility in 2015.

Hours: Full time. Some weekend and evening hours required.

Work location: SCCF Marine Laboratory, Sanibel Island, FL

Please send C.V., cover letter, and the names and contact information for 3 references who can describe your skills and abilities to accomplish the required duties to Dr. Eric Milbrandt,, 900A Tarpon Bay Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957.

Sensor Training Workshop
Friday, April 24, 2015 07:57 AM
Applications are being accepted for the 2015 offering of our Methods in Environmental Data Acquisition short course, otherwise known as the Remote Data Acquisition (RDA) Sensor Training Workshop (

This intensive course will be held 14-21 June 2015 and is hosted by the University of New Mexico Sevilleta Field Station in beautiful central New Mexico. By using a combination of field demonstrations, lectures, hands-on activities, and discussions, we will cover several topics fundamental to the remote acquisition of environmental sensor data:
  • Basic electronics
  • Photovoltaic power for remote instrumentation
  • TCP/IP networking and Wi-Fi telemetry systems
  • Sensor theory and Campbell Scientific datalogger wiring and programming
This year, we are offering two optional post-course field trips on Saturday, June 20th. We anticipate these field trips will enhance the overall experience of participants.

The number of participants we will be able to accommodate is limited. While preference will be given to technicians, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and early career faculty who demonstrate research needs in one or more of these areas, anyone interested in the topic of remote environmental sensor data acquisition is encouraged to apply.

Please visit our website ( for more detailed information about topics covered, field trips, and course fees.
Job: Univ. of Mississippi Field Station Director
Friday, April 24, 2015 07:50 AM

Applications for the position of Director of the University of Mississippi Field Station (UMFS) are invited. This is a half-time, non-faculty position.

The successful applicant has the option to bring in additional salary from sponsored funding. The applicant should be a recognized scientific leader with a strong background in research administration, including fiscal, personnel and scientific management. A Master of Science degree is required and may be in any discipline related to the mission of the program, which is to foster ecosystem stewardship by providing a natural laboratory and infrastructure for research, education and service, and by cultivating scientific information and understanding of upland watersheds in the lower Mississippi River Basin and similar habitats ( Excellent communication skills are required, with experience related to ecosystem stewardship.

The Director is responsible for the administration and supervision of activities within the UMFS, including fiscal management and budgeting, strategic planning, establishment of research and operations policies, identification and allocation of resources for research support, and safeguarding and enhancing the research environment and reputation of the UMFS. The Director will foster interdisciplinary collaborations between scientists who may have an interest in conducting research at the UMFS and will be responsible for obtaining external funding in support of infrastructure and scientific, educational and outreach objectives.

Applications must include a letter of interest stating how the applicant meets the qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references (who will not be contacted until the latter stages of the search). Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The desired appointment date is July 1, 2015, but is negotiable. Applications should be made online at:

Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Robin C. Buchannon,

Webinar: Repositories of Biodiversity Data
Sunday, April 05, 2015 06:33 AM

The Small Collections Network (SCNet) is pleased to host Hilary Swain, Director of the Archbold Biological Station for its April webinar. 

The webinar is open to everyone, no registration, no cost.  Any common internet browser will work.

SCNet, iDigBio and OBFS are working closely together to explore methods for mobilizing field station data for wider use by scientists and the general public.

Biological Field Stations as Repositories of Biodiversity Data
Presenter: Hilary Swain, Executive Director, Archbold Biological Station
30 April 2015
3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual meeting place:

Field stations throughout N. America, linked by the Organization of Biological Field Stations, provide a network of people, natural observatories, and collection data. In a recent survey, 86% of 48 respondents supported on-site collections. Here we present a case study of one of the largest such collections, at Archbold Biological Station ABS, a renowned not-for-profit in Florida. ABS has a broad scientific research, education and conservation mission but is not formally affiliated with any university or museum. As a component of its long-term research, ABS curates a diverse, multi-taxon, specimen-based, research Collection used by staff scientists and other investigators. The Collection is a unique, irreplaceable record of regional biodiversity, with an emphasis on the Florida scrub habitat including threatened and endangered species, and non-natives. After 75 years of growth, the Collection includes ~270,000 specimens identified to species including arthropods (95%) plants, bryophytes, mammals, birds, fish, and herptiles, representing ~10,392 species.

In the last five years the Collection has contributed to numerous research projects, descriptions of 12 new species, made hundreds of loans, been accessed on-site by 110 investigators, and resulted in 58 publications. ABS has made available on-line ~10,000 specimens of plants and arthropods, and has databased the vertebrates, plants, and bryophytes. Remaining specimen data are not yet accessible online via www-based portals. Archbold is partnering with iDigBio, seeking support to database, image and migrate specimen data to the internet. We describe how such projects at field stations will advance biological research, promote benefits to conservation, and increase educational outreach.

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