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Professor and Director of the U-M Biological Station
Friday, June 07, 2019 07:56 AM

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan solicits applications and nominations for the position of Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS). The UMBS, located in northern Michigan about 20 miles south of the Mackinac Straits and 230 miles from Ann Arbor, encompasses a protected site of more than 10,000 acres of mostly forested land, lakeshores, wetlands and riparian ecosystems that has been largely undisturbed since its establishment in 1909. The UMBS is an NSF Experimental Ecological Reserve, a U.N. International Biosphere Reserve, and a US Department of Energy Ameriflux Core Site. It has hosted research in recent years supported by as many as 39 agency grants from the NSF, the Department of Energy, the US Forest Service, EPA, and various other sources. The UMBS has staff, facilities, a year-round field campus, a modern analytical chemistry laboratory, and a budget to support its mission of teaching and environmental research. It is also the site of several well-established longitudinal studies. Although the Director resides in Ann Arbor during the academic year, she/he will normally occupy the Director’s residence at UMBS during summers.

We seek an individual with a distinguished research record and credentials suitable for a tenured academic appointment as Professor in an LSA Department such as Ecology & Evolutionary Biology or Earth & Environmental Sciences. The Director will play a central role in promoting interactions nationally and with University of Michigan units, such as the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, the College of Engineering, and the School of Public Health, as well as with LSA departments and programs, and will foster and maintain relationships with communities local to UMBS. The successful candidate will have a record of intellectual and administrative leadership, experience in obtaining grant support from public and private sources, and a record of excellence in teaching.

The Director is also charged with sustaining the Biological Station’s diverse course offerings, broadening participation of under-represented groups among UMBS students, faculty, researchers and staff, and fostering an inclusive field station community. She/he will also be responsible for managing and expanding the range of UMBS research, and the continued development of major research initiatives. As a tenured faculty member, she/he is also expected to contribute to teaching in the academic unit of tenure.

Applicants should submit a letter of application that includes a statement of prior leadership and management experience and evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through scholarship/research, teaching/mentoring, or service/engagement; a research statement; curriculum vitae; and names and contact information for at least three references at webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/BioStn. The search committee will begin consideration of applications on September 30, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. This is a university year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2020.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Women and members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Additional information about the Biological Station is at https://lsa.umich.edu/umbs.

 
DISTINGUISHED MARINE SCIENTIST/ DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
Monday, May 20, 2019 10:12 PM

Call for Nominations and Applications for a DISTINGUISHED MARINE SCIENTIST/ DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AT THE CENTRAL CARIBBEAN MARINE INSTITUTE, INC., CAYMAN ISLANDS

Central Caribbean Marine Institute  PO Box 1461    Princeton, NJ  08542

 

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute Inc. (CCMI) in the Cayman Islands will hire a Director to develop and implement a research strategy to establish CCMI as a globally-recognized premier institute. The Research Director will lead a vibrant coral reef research program that incubates new ideas to address contemporary issues facing coral reef ecosystems.  

We seek to recruit a scientist with a distinguished marine science career with a focus on coral reefs, physical sciences or oceanography. Nominees and applicants must have an earned doctoral degree in marine science or related discipline, a minimum of 10 years post-PhD experience, and a strong publication record. Excellent grantsmanship and demonstrated record of receiving major awards for research and equipment/facilities is required.

 

We seek an individual with experience leading collaborations and building networks of interdisciplinary scientists. Managing people (both internal and external stakeholders) and creating a positive environment for excellence is key to the research director role.  Our people are our greatest resource and therefore we seek someone with excellent management and mentoring qualities. The new director must be excellent communicator across all media, with donors, and community members.

 

CCMI’s principal facilities and field operations are located on Little Cayman Islands which is the least populated island in the Caribbean where 50% of the reefs are under marine protection. Therefore, this location provides an important control site for research. It has one of the Caribbean’s most impressive reef systems, the Bloody Bay Marine Park. Research has included over a hundred collaborative and international visiting scientists from Harvard, GEOMAR (Kiel University), Smithsonian Institution, University of Tokyo, University of Essex, University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University, among other academic institutions. REPORTING: The Director reports directly to the President of CCMI Inc.

 

DEADLINE: Recruitment will be ongoing until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 15 with start date preferably by the end of Summer 2019.

 

HOW to APPLY: Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, a vision statement for your research and a separate vision statement for CCMI (all organized as 1 pdf) to Search Committee Secretary, Sue Provost, [email protected]. Include four professional references (address, phone number and email address).

 

COMPENSATION PACKAGE: Excellent salary, health and pension benefits. Caribbean based. Benefits include health insurance, pension, and paid vacation. Employment is contingent upon approval of a Work Permit issued by the Cayman Islands Immigration Department. CCMI is an equal opportunities employer.

 

We will begin reviewing applications May 15th. Link here for more information on the organization and position: https://reefresearch.org/who-we-are/our-people/positions-available

 

CONTACT: [email protected]

 
Aquatic Field Technician - Illinois Natural History Survey
Monday, May 20, 2019 09:33 PM

Job Classification:  Hourly Assistant – 40 hours per week

 

Position:  Aquatic Field Technician (6 possible positions)

                                                                       

Employer:  Illinois River Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois.  Position is located in Havana, Illinois.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Field technicians are needed to conduct applied research in the area of aquatic ecology and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois.  Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Must have or be in the process of working toward a bachelor degree in aquatic ecology, biology, zoology or a biological related field. Must demonstrate a working knowledge of, and ability to collect biological data, such as fisheries and water quality in a large river system.  Understanding and experience with standardized long-term monitoring (LTRM) sampling protocols is preferred. Experience using large boats, outboard motors, trailers, four wheel drive vehicles and maintaining field equipment. Candidate will participate in boat electrofishing, netting and other appropriate gear types as well as be expected to perform field station maintenance duties when needed.  This position requires significant physical exertion (including carrying 40 or more pounds of gear), commitment to safety, and meticulous data recording. The individual must have a valid driver’s license and a strong ability to swim. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, long days with possible nights and weekends.

 

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

           

Salary:             $11.00 to $13.00 per hour depending on experience

                                   

Available:         May-October 2019 with likely extension to December 2019.

 

Application:     For full consideration, applications should be received by 6/15/2019, start date is 6/10/2019, but the position may be filled sooner when a suitable candidate is found.  Electronic applications required.  To apply, please email cover letter, resume/CV and contact information for three professional references to: Levi Solomon at [email protected] - (Reference “IRBS Field Tech” in subject line).

                                     

 

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, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 
Interim Station Manager – Mountain Lake Biological Station
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 09:08 AM

Job Location: On site at field station, 240 Salt Pond Rd., Pembroke, VA

Job Dates: Early July through October or November 2019

Link to Web Announcement:https://mlbs.virginia.edu/MLBS-Interim-Manager-2019

How to Apply:  Apply with UVA HR on line  https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Other-Locations/Interim-Station-Manager--Wage-_R0002603

Application to Include: Cover letter, CV, contact information for three references

Position Compensation: $20.00 - $28.00 per hour

Contact: Eric Nagy, [email protected], 434-923-4508

Job Description Summary

This full-time temporary position (early July through October or November 2019) will provide a managerial presence at the Mountain Lake Biological Station by an individual who understands, supports, and participates in the scientific and educational activities of this remote, full-service residential research facility. The Interim Station Manager will carry out a wide range of functions that include managing station housing and dining operations; staffing and running the main office; financial oversight of local financial operations; technical, logistical, and administrative support to station users; and supervision of staff including Assistants to the Station Manager, student workers, and contract employees. Position oversees station grounds, buildings, woodworking shop, storage areas, stockrooms, library, auditorium, laboratories, other common-use space, basic equipment, and vehicles.  

Mountain Lake Biological Station (MLBS) is a unit of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. MLBS is NOT located on the UVA campus in Charlottesville Virginia. It is a remote mountaintop field station 160 miles southwest of Charlottesville in rural Giles County Virginia, not far from Blacksburg (240 Salt Pond Road, Pembroke VA 24136). On-site free housing is provided with this position. Learn more at MLBS.org.

Job Description

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Excellent office management skills, initiative, problem solving, and self-motivation

  • Ability to self-start projects and to work alone for multiple days

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and other standard computer applications and systems

  • Ability to manage computer files efficiently and ensure safe archiving of records

  • Ability to interact and communicate positively with a large number of university faculty, researchers, students, and public associated with the station

  • Ability to take responsibility for safety, security, and professional presentation of facility

  • Ability to work enthusiastically and creatively as part of a small dynamic and flexible team to provide for needs of station users

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some weekends

  • Comfort in the out-of-doors and with a rustic living and working environment (not all modern conveniences or amenities are available)

  • Willingness to work outside in sometimes harsh weather conditions

  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record


PREFERRED OR USEFUL SKILLS

  • A bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field with knowledge of field-based research and teaching

  • Ability to use Microsoft Access

  • Experience at a field station, research facility, or in experiential education environment

  • Experience supervising staff, and managing an office, laboratory, or other facility

  • Experience overseeing dining and/or housing operations

  • First aid, EMT, CPR, or other medical or emergency training  

  • Knowledge of various technical, mechanical, and administrative functions pertinent to supporting scientific academic activities, including basic laboratory skills, record keeping, computer competency, skills and safety knowledge related to biological fieldwork, vehicle safety and maintenance, and woodworking shop skills

  • Understanding of terrestrial field biology  

  • Basic outdoor or field-based manual labor skills and competency

  • Familiarity with business etiquette and communication skills  


The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will require a DMV check.

This is a wage position which is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year.

 
 
Promoting Human Diversity in Field Science
Friday, March 15, 2019 08:12 AM

The Organization of Biological Field Stations

2019 Annual Human Diversity Award

Application Material Deadline: April 15, 2019

           

 

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 (African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and others), women, first-generation college students, 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 dialogue 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).

 

 

In addition to the honor and recognition of peers, the  OBFS Human Diversity Award includes a permanent plaque for the winning station; an official award letter that can be included in the official materials, grant applications of the winning station; a second traveling OBFS plaque that will record previous winners and be housed at the most recent recipients facility; and recognition on the OBFS website.  The award may include a travel reimbursement of up to $1000 for the awardee to attend the annual OBFS meeting if travel funds are limiting for the winning institution.

 

Timing of Submission, Review and Award

 

April 15, 2019

Applications Due

Mid-May

OBFS Diversity Committee announces recipient as determined by members of the OBFS Diversity Committee who are not from organizations with current applications and approved by the OBFS Board.

September

Award will be presented at the OBFS Annual Meeting. The OBFS Historian will photograph the representative(s) from the field station receiving the award.

 

Send nominations and support material to Amy Whipple ([email protected]).

 

Application

 
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