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Deadline extended: Evaluation/Assessment Postdoc at UMich Biological Station
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 02:49 PM

Assessment and Evaluation Research Fellow

 

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) has an opening for a Research Fellow with a focus on assessment and evaluation. The successful candidate will work closely with UMBS’s Director and Associate Director, and the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) to evaluate and report on the new Field-based Student Engagement and the Academy (FSEA) program (http://lsa.umich.edu/umbs/field-studies-academy-program.html). This is a term-limited appointment and renewal is based on performance and funding through December 31, 2020.

 

FSEA seeks to promote two key learning goals: first, that students deepen their engagement in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; second, that students develop their skills as systems thinkers who understand relationships among humans, social systems, and the environment. UMBS will rely on this postdoctoral research fellow for assessment of progress toward and recommendations for achieving these goals. The postdoctoral researcher will provide valuable feedback and guidance to the FSEA steering committee, participating faculty, and other biological and marine research field stations.

 

The postdoctoral research associate has the opportunity to support a major university initiative and develop significant evaluation and assessment experience.

 

The position will have the following responsibilities:

 

• In collaboration with UMBS and CRLT staff, develop and implement plans for a holistic assessment and evaluation of the Field-based Student Engagement and the Academy (FSEA) program. This evaluation is along two dimensions of evidence: 1) increasing depth of interdisciplinarity in research, and 2) student development as systems thinkers.

• Provide valuable feedback and guidance to the FSEA steering committee and participating faculty on improving educational outcomes of participating classes.

• Help translate observed outcomes into recommendations for other biological and marine research field stations.

• Assist with events and program development that support the improvement of teaching and learning based on evaluation research findings.

 

General supervision is received from the Director and Associate Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station.

 

Starting Date:  As soon as possible; position posting closes July 29, 2016

 

Job Requirements:  

  • A Ph.D. completed; experience in postsecondary assessment, evaluation and/or educational research; demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work effectively in settings of social and intellectual diversity; strong organizational skills; and sensitivity to teaching and learning needs at a major research university, including both curricular and co-curricular learning environments.
  • Experience with quantitative analysis and working knowledge of statistical, analytic and reporting software. University or college teaching experience.
  • Ability to successfully plan and implement program details.
  • Ability to accommodate occasional work outside of standard business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
  • Willingness and ability to travel between Ann Arbor and the UMBS campus in Pellston, Michigan.
  • Ability to work across disciplinary boundaries and in a collaborative environment.

Note: This position is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but will require extended stays of up to a week at the Biological Station campus near Pellston, Michigan.

To apply: Visit the University of Michigan Job Site (http://umjobs.org/job_detail/127856/). Upload a CV and cover letter as a single document (the system only permits applicants to upload one document). For questions, contact UMBS Associate Director Karie Slavik (slavik@umich.edu).

The Institution: Situated in the heart of the Great Lakes Basin, the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) has been at the leading edge of field-based research and teaching for more than 100 years. Our residential research campus is situated on the southeast shore of Douglas Lake, near Pellston, Michigan; our administrative offices are located on the University of Michigan’s central campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At the height of the summer research season, we have approximately 250 people in camp. They range from undergraduates through senior faculty. Our persistent emphasis has been on understanding natural systems from local through global scales. For more information about UMBS visit lsa.umich.edu/umbs.

 

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

 
Assistant Director of Blue Oak Ranch Reserve
Friday, August 12, 2016 02:40 PM
Founded in 2007,  Blue Oak Ranch Reserve is a 3,280 acre Biological Field Station and Ecological Reserve, one of the 39 units of the UC Natural Reserve System, and is operated jointly by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Berkeley Natural History Museums and the NRS. The Reserve provides a wealth of research and teaching opportunities in a wide range of important Californian habitats.
The shared mission of the 39 Reserves in the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California.

Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Reserve Director, uses advanced concepts in environmental research and facilities management to effectively assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of operational policies for a field station(s). Requires expertise related to field station responsibility, such as wildlife biology, forestry, agriculture, ecosystem research, etc. Regularly works on highly complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Duties include, but are not limited to

•Collaborates with Faculty Director and Reserve Director in leadership of the Reserve to provide support for researchers, university classes and public outreach programs. Responsible for co-directing all aspects of the daily operations.
•Schedules instructional and research activities, assists with research project approvals.
•Assists with budget planning and oversight, purchasing, and annual reporting.
•Responsible for informatics projects including website, sensor databases, weather data, data archives, and social media, and operation of all IT and wireless systems.
•Supervises Reserve Senior Building Maintenance Worker, provides oversight on all facilities, off-grid utility systems, scheduled and preventive maintenance, and equipment.
•Responsible for planning and implementation of strategies for stewardship of natural resources, control of invasive species, and related needs

Required Qualifications
•Knowledge of safety and regulatory requirements relative to field station responsibility.
•Expertise in ecology, ecological restoration, stewardship of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, eradication and control of non-native invasive species.
•Ability to communicate broad ecological and environmental knowledge to researchers, students, governmental workers, etc. 
•Ability to interpret the processes and procedures of local and government agencies.
•Experience with general maintenance of facilities involving well water systems, solar photovoltaic power, AC electrical, tool upkeep, general electronics operation.
•Experience with computer operation of Macintosh and Windows OS, use of Global Positioning Systems.
•Must possess basic skills in use of software including Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, Internet research, accessing campus web-based resources and email. 
•Proven wireless networking and IT experience or ability to learn.
•Excellent problem solving skills.
•Experience in project management.
•Outstanding communication skills.
•Excellent organizational skills.
•Demonstrated experience with administration and budget management, staff supervision, facilities and equipment operations and maintenance, land stewardship and resource monitoring.
•The Assistant Director is required to reside at the Reserve when on duty, except for brief intervals on BORR business, or on authorized days off and vacation periods. Housing is provided. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours. 

Education/Training:
•BS or equivalent work experience

Preferred Qualifications
•Experience with operations at a remote field station.
•Advanced degree in an environmental science or similar field. 
•Demonstrated track record of leading successful grant proposals.
•Experience in information technology and wireless networking.

Salary & Benefits
Annual Salary: $53,800.00 - $81,900.00

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: 

http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Other Information

This is a one year contract position with the possibility of extension.
For any questions please contact:

_______________________________
Michael P. Hamilton PhD | Director
mphamilton@berkeley.edu
 
James San Jacinto Mountains Assistant Director
Thursday, July 21, 2016 08:18 AM

DESCRIPTION

The University of California, Riverside is seeking an Assistant Reserve Director for the James San Jacinto Mountain and Oasis de los Osos Reserves, one of 39 sites that comprise the UC Natural Reserve System (UCNRS), which is the largest universityadministered reserve system in the world. The UCNRS encompasses more than 756,000 throughout California. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education and public service, the NRS contributes to understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. Established in 1966, the James Reserve is located in the San Jacinto Mountains next to the San Bernardino National Forest. The James Reserve is located in the San Jacinto Mountains next to the San Bernardino National forest and is roughly 29 acres that consists of mixed coniferous forest, pine oak woodland, montane chaparral and riparian habitats. Facilities at the Reserve can accommodate 70+ overnight visitors and include a main dormitory style lodge, 3 dormitory-style modular units and a classroom/wet lab. Oasis de los Osos is a satellite reserve to the James. It is about a 45-minute drive from the James Reserve and is located in San Gorgonio Pass, 19 km northwest of Palm Springs. There are no facilities at los Osos.

Each Reserve reports to the James Reserve Director, a Faculty Campus Director and is guided by a Campus Advisory Committee. The Assistant Director 1) provides daily management of the Reserves, including orienting visitors, facilities, road and trail maintenance activities, and collecting and managing data input, e.g. weather station data, camera trap data and accounts for reserve usage; 2) maintains database and other information management, including website, maps using GPS and GIS, catalogue and organize library including historic collections of maps, literature, including incoming publications, and the teaching collection of preserved specimen; 3) ability to operate a range of equipment related work outside, e.g. to split wood (pneumatic splitter), level roads (tractor), clear trails (chainsaw); 4) demonstrates a willingness to assume responsibility readily and the ability to work with minimal supervision.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA required with MS preferred, preferably with specialization in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field. Willingness to perform work outside, under adverse weather conditions, including strenuous physical labor in heavy snowfall. Knowledge of basic maintenance techniques for electrical, plumbing, fencing, roads and physical plant. Willingness to stay overnight at reserve site when necessary. Must be able to operate and/or willing to operate all kinds of equipment needed to perform duties. Must have a valid driver's license, and must be able to drive manual transmission vehicles, and tractors. The Assistant Reserve should routinely be present on the reserve. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours.

The University of California, Riverside is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

Salary: $45,744 - $73,620

To apply: Please visit: https://irecruitportal.ucr.edu/irecruit/!Controller?action=jobs_webui.show_page&page=jo bs_detail&requisition_id=201606228541&profile_id=&module=jobs. You will be asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), References with contact information (3), and an optional cover letter that includes the reasons you are seeking this position and your relevant experience.

Job location: Idyllwild, CA

CLOSING DATE August 19, 2016

 
James San Jacinto Mountains Assistant Director
Thursday, July 21, 2016 08:18 AM

DESCRIPTION

The University of California, Riverside is seeking an Assistant Reserve Director for the James San Jacinto Mountain and Oasis de los Osos Reserves, one of 39 sites that comprise the UC Natural Reserve System (UCNRS), which is the largest universityadministered reserve system in the world. The UCNRS encompasses more than 756,000 throughout California. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education and public service, the NRS contributes to understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. Established in 1966, the James Reserve is located in the San Jacinto Mountains next to the San Bernardino National Forest. The James Reserve is located in the San Jacinto Mountains next to the San Bernardino National forest and is roughly 29 acres that consists of mixed coniferous forest, pine oak woodland, montane chaparral and riparian habitats. Facilities at the Reserve can accommodate 70+ overnight visitors and include a main dormitory style lodge, 3 dormitory-style modular units and a classroom/wet lab. Oasis de los Osos is a satellite reserve to the James. It is about a 45-minute drive from the James Reserve and is located in San Gorgonio Pass, 19 km northwest of Palm Springs. There are no facilities at los Osos.

Each Reserve reports to the James Reserve Director, a Faculty Campus Director and is guided by a Campus Advisory Committee. The Assistant Director 1) provides daily management of the Reserves, including orienting visitors, facilities, road and trail maintenance activities, and collecting and managing data input, e.g. weather station data, camera trap data and accounts for reserve usage; 2) maintains database and other information management, including website, maps using GPS and GIS, catalogue and organize library including historic collections of maps, literature, including incoming publications, and the teaching collection of preserved specimen; 3) ability to operate a range of equipment related work outside, e.g. to split wood (pneumatic splitter), level roads (tractor), clear trails (chainsaw); 4) demonstrates a willingness to assume responsibility readily and the ability to work with minimal supervision.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA required with MS preferred, preferably with specialization in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field. Willingness to perform work outside, under adverse weather conditions, including strenuous physical labor in heavy snowfall. Knowledge of basic maintenance techniques for electrical, plumbing, fencing, roads and physical plant. Willingness to stay overnight at reserve site when necessary. Must be able to operate and/or willing to operate all kinds of equipment needed to perform duties. Must have a valid driver's license, and must be able to drive manual transmission vehicles, and tractors. The Assistant Reserve should routinely be present on the reserve. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours.

The University of California, Riverside is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

Salary: $45,744 - $73,620

To apply: Please visit: https://irecruitportal.ucr.edu/irecruit/!Controller?action=jobs_webui.show_page&page=jo bs_detail&requisition_id=201606228541&profile_id=&module=jobs. You will be asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), References with contact information (3), and an optional cover letter that includes the reasons you are seeking this position and your relevant experience.

Job location: Idyllwild, CA

CLOSING DATE August 19, 2016

 
Natural Areas Coordinator
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:45 PM

The INHS (www.inhs.illinois.edu) and the Committee on Natural Areas (http://www.research.illinois.edu/cna/) is seeking a Natural Areas Coordinator to manage and protect the integrity of the natural communities and the research that occurs on the University of Illinois’ Natural Areas research sites.  The Committee on Natural Areas (CNA) is a standing committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research and is responsible for maintaining and managing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign owned properties which have been acquired to enhance environmental/ecological research and education. The role of the CNA is to provide and facilitate long-term research and teaching opportunities on the University-owned Natural Areas. Sites are managed to protect both the integrity of the ecological systems and the biological research that takes place on them. Twelve University areas are currently under the direct supervision of the Committee on Natural Areas: Brownfield Woods, CCDC Collins Woods, Funk Forest, Nanney Research Area, Nettie Hart Woods, Phillips Tract, Edgar and Sophia Richter Research Area, Rutan Research Area, Trelease Woods, Trelease Prairie, First and Windsor Pond, and the Vermilion River Observatory. Together they compromise about 1010 acres (409 ha.). They are composed of nine woodlands, a reconstructed prairie and a multi-use former farm. The sites also provide direct access to stretches of the Embarras River, Timber Creek, Sangamon River, Saline Ditch, and the Salt Fork River. 

Primary Position Function/Summary: Coordinate and manage the University of Illinois’ Natural Areas and protect the integrity of the research that occurs on the sites. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Manage 12 natural area sites (approximately 1010 acres) in Champaign, McLean and Vermilion counties, IL, involving the following tasks: Protect, maintain, and enhance the natural ecological processes characteristic to each site using scientifically sound management practices including prescribed burning, identification and removal of invasive species, and creation of microhabitats. Manage the use of the sites to enhance scientific research while minimizing human disturbance. Provide unique services and information to users of the sites that enhance the efficiency and quality of research and teaching activities. Manage the annual budget and finances including any special funding. Oversee and regulate all research and teaching access/usage on the sites and broadly oversee all individuals’ activities on the sites. Maintain the Natural Areas office, including communications, budget records, historical information, usage records, site information, and a bibliography of site generated scientific literature. Produce annual reports and budget reports as requested. Serve as liaison to the Committee on Natural Areas (standing committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research); committee currently consists of eight faculty/staff members and is responsible for the policy and long-term decision making for the UIUC Natural Areas. Communicate regularly with Chairperson and provide scientific assessment and reports to the full committee as needed. Conduct original research on the Natural Areas sites that will result in publication or enhance the general knowledge of natural area site ecology. Provide technical and personal assistance as necessary to researchers and instructors. Provide instructional support and teaching duties for class usage of the Natural Areas sites as time allows. Lead occasional tours or give informational presentations on the Natural Areas to outside organizations. Identify and pursue land acquisitions that will protect current holdings, expand site resources, and anticipate future needs. Maintain working relationships with adjacent private landowners and other interested public organizations and governmental agencies. Coordinate with other campus units on common goals related to the Natural Areas. Identify and respond to campus, local municipality, and county/state issues that may affect the long-term usage of the Natural Areas. Mentor, train, evaluate, and assign tasks for assigned employees (e.g., a biologist and student hourlies) Maintain site buildings, fencing, roadways and other infrastructure. Implement procedures that restrict public access to the sites and maintain a secure and safe environment for users. 

 

 

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Education: Required: Master’s degree or PhD in ecology, biology or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. 

Experience: Required: A minimum of two years professional experience in biological or ecological field research or site management. Extensive experience with the ecology of central Illinois with an emphasis on forest and grassland ecology. Experience with land management under research- or preservation-oriented guidelines. Preferred: Experience across a variety of ecological/biological fields. Project management. 

Training, Licenses or Certifications: Required: Possess or be able to obtain a State of Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager certification. Possess or obtain a State of Illinois Public Pesticide Applicator’s license. Possession of a valid driver’s license. 

Knowledge Requirements: Required: Must have excellent communication skills and be able to translate scientific information to the public. Basic knowledge in the use and maintenance of small tractors, vehicles, and a broad array of land management tools and resources. Demonstrated knowledge of a related basic and specialty area and desire to keep abreast of developments in discipline. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as both a team member/leader and independently with minimal supervision, with a strong record of completion of complex tasks/projects. Proficiency with computer applications. Demonstrated skills with preparing and presenting publications and technical reports. Physical ability to work in the field under a variety of weather conditions. Flexibility to work more than 40 hours as needed, dependent on conditions. Preferred: A strong scientific publication, technical report, and presentation record. 

Salary: $58,000 to $62,000 per year commensurate with experience and education.  This is a regular, academic professional, full-time 12-month position located on the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus.  The estimated starting date is September 1, 2016.  

Benefits: Generous vacation and sick leave.  State Universities Retirement System.  Group health, dental, vision and life insurance. 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. 

Applications must be received by July 31, 2016. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing.  For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources Associate, Illinois Natural History Survey, 217-333-6897 or elhanson@illinois.edu.  For technical questions, please contact Steve Buck at sbuck@illinois.edu. 

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran,  status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 
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