STATION MANAGER - Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 06:31 PM

Please note: This position has not been formally posted by the University yet. This is an unofficial PRE-posting announcement only. You will not find the position at the UVA HR site yet, and the description below is unapproved and subject to change.

The Mountain Lake Biological Station (, Department of Biology, University of Virginia is accepting applications for a full time staff-level Station Manager to oversee Station office and daily operations. This position will support the research, educational and outreach activities at the Station.

Manager works closely with the Associate Director, Director, campus Office Manager, Facilities Caretaker, and interacts daily with faculty members, university staff, students and visiting field station users. MLBS is a 100-bed residential full-service biological field station on 642 forested acres of a 4,000ft mountaintop in the rural Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. It is a half hour drive west of the prospering college town of Blacksburg Virginia (home of Virginia Tech).

The Station Manager will provide a wide range of functions that include managing Station housing and dining operations and the Station office. Manager also provides technical, logistical, and administrative support to research and teaching programs, supervises summer staff, coordinates subcontracts and Station projects, and supervises general activities of the grounds, especially when Associate Director and Director are not in residence. Manager oversees use of laboratories, equipment, woodworking shop and vehicles.

Candidate should have knowledge of various technical, mechanical, and administrative functions pertinent to supporting academic activities, including basic laboratory skills, record keeping, billing, account management, library skills, computer competency, skills and safety knowledge related to biological fieldwork, vehicle safety and maintenance, and woodworking shop skills. This position requires the ability to interact and communicate positively with a large number of faculty, researchers, students, and public associated with the Station. The successful candidate will have exceptional organizational and office skills, enjoy working independently, be physically fit, willing to embrace physical labor, a demanding work environment, and occasional long hours outside in the field in all weather conditions.

Manager must be able to take primary day-to-day responsibility for field station operations during much of the year when the Director and Associate Director are not in residence, including irregular hours and weekend days as needed. An understanding of field biology is desirable. A graduate degree in biology or a related field with knowledge of field-based research and teaching is desired. Experience at a field station or research facility, and experience with experiential education, supervision, managing or the hospitality industry will be useful. First aid, EMT, CPR, or other medical and/or emergency training/certification would be beneficial. Station Manager will report to the Associate Director. On-site housing may be provided but residency on Station grounds is not required.

For more information or questions about the position please contact Butch Brodie (Director [email protected] 434-243-1068) or Eric Nagy (Associate Director [email protected] 434-243-4989). Applications will require online Virginia State Application as soon as position is posted. Cover letter, CV, statements of interest and experience, and two letters of recommendation (submitted separately by the reference) will also be required.