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

The Organization of Biological Field Stations

2021 Annual Human Diversity Award

Supporting Material Deadline: July 18, 2021


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. Due to COVID-19, travel funds will be allocated for the 2022 in-person meeting and the winning institution will be recognized at the 2021 OBFS virtual conference.

Timing of Submission, Review and Award

January 26

A request for nominations for the award will be announced on the OBFS website and through the OBFS list server. Nomination of institutions by others as well as institutional self-nominations will be accepted.

July 18

Supporting material due.

Early September

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.


Award will be presented at the OBFS Annual Meeting. The OBFS Historian will photograph the representative(s) from the field station receiving the award at the 2021 Annual Meeting.


 Send nominations and support material to Tori McDermott ([email protected]).



Project Wingspan - State Coordinator
Monday, January 07, 2019 10:41 AM

Project Wingspan State Coordinator
Part Time

Project Wingspan State Coordinator (OH, IN, MI, PA, WI)
*Note: One individual will be hired for each state – 5 positions total
Pollinator Partnership (P2) seeks to hire motivated and detail-oriented Project Wingspan State Coordinators in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The Project Wingspan State Coordinators will provide programmatic support for Project Wingspan:Landscape Enhancement for Imperiled Pollinators of the Midwest (PW), a collaborative pollinator habitat initiative with numerous partners across an 8 state region. PW is a multi-component project to address the alarming decline in pollinators and the fragmentation of habitat through seed collection, technical training, enhancing and securing long-term habitat. This project is an expansion of the Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest project (, and part of Pollinator Partnership’s wider Monarch Wings Across America program.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The State Coordinators are responsible for the following duties and others as assigned:

  • Work with and report to project leads to learn program technical content
  • Collaborate with partners and project leads to develop and manage the temporary seed collection network in their state
  • Oversee, plan, and lead volunteer seed collection training, collection team, and shipments
  • Assist with distribution of plant materials their state
  • Develop a screening process for site selection and efficient scheduling
  • Work with project lead to evaluate and verify habitat areas
  • Assist program leads in tracking pollinator habitat resources across the project state
  • Manage time efficiently and work independently
  • Organize and manage travel within a set budget

Personal and Professional Qualifications
The State Coordinators should possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Degree in natural resource management, biology, botany, ecology or related field
  • Experience in conservation partnerships, pollinator habitat restoration, volunteer management, and technical training development highly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong planning and implementation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate directly with volunteers and landowners
  • Dependable, well-organized, and detail-oriented
  • Should be comfortable working outside, willing and able to work across various habitat settings
  • Computer literate (MS Office programs)
  • Occasional, multi-day travel may be required
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • As a remote employee, individuals will need computer access and a work-space

About Pollinator Partnership
The Pollinator Partnership (P2) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect and restore populations of pollinator species. As world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to the preservation of the birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, and bats, P2 plays a key role in preserving terrestrial ecosystems, promoting agricultural productivity, and enhancing local communities through pollinator-centered work. P2 has been actively supporting the conservation and protection of pollinators throughout North America since 1996. A multifaceted approach using original science; habitat preservation and creation; policy outreach; and public education has helped us achieve our goals in pollinator conservation. For more information, visit

Location: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin (one individual will be hired in each state).
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019.
Schedule: This position is part-time and seasonal, with an average commitment of 25 hours per month. Work schedule is flexible.
Compensation: This is a contract position at $6,000 per year. Travel, lodging, mileage, and per diem expenses will be reimbursed, but are not to exceed a set amount.
Duration: This position will begin in February 2019 and continue through November 2020. A one-year contract may also be acceptable.
How to Apply: Interested candidates should email the following information to Amber Barnes at [email protected]:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing why you are a good fit for the position
  • Attach the resume and cover letter as 1 PDF
  • Please name the email subject and attached PDF “Project Wingspan STATE Coordinator – Last Name” (*Please indicate which state you are applying for).
  • An inability to following the instructions above will result in an automatically rejected application.

No phone calls please.

Desert Studies Center Research and Education Coordinator
Thursday, December 06, 2018 03:09 PM

Title:     Desert Studies Center Research and Education Coordinator

Classification:     Admin Analyst/Specialist Exempt II

Work schedule:     Full-time, schedule varies depending on need

Closing date:     January 10, 2019


The California State University Desert Studies Consortium seeks a highly qualified individual to serve as Desert Study Center Research and Education Coordinator.  The R & E Coordinator oversees day-to-day planning, management and execution of academic programs at the Soda Springs Desert Studies Center (DSC) field station located at Zzyzx, CA. The successful candidate will be accountable for short- and long-term academic goals at the DSC, including those developed as partnerships or networks with other agencies and organizations (e.g., Mojave National Preserve).  Responsibilities of the position include: grant-writing and fundraising to support DSC research and education programs, development and teaching of desert-related courses (e.g., extension, intersession classes) using student-centered teaching practices, instructional support of classes from other institutions at the DSC, development of a DSC-based research program in one's specialty that includes student participation, and assistance with many operational needs of this remote field station.

The position is based at the DSC, which is located within the Mojave National Preserve at Zzyzx, California. The DSC is operated by the California State University (CSU) system and governed by the California Desert Studies Consortium (CDSC), which is an academic collaboration among seven CSU campuses: Dominguez Hills, Fullerton (host campus), Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona and San Bernardino. The mission of the CDSC is to encourage the understanding of, and appreciation for, the California deserts by developing student academic skills and public awareness through instruction, research and special programs.

The DSC serves >2500 users annually for classes and other academic activities. The highly variable work schedule and remote location of the DSC often requires being on call outside normal business hours and regular off-site travel for procurement and meetings.  Long-term housing at the DSC and business-related vehicle use are provided by the CDSC.

For job details see:

To apply: Use the link below and select “Location: Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx”
Seaweed Ecology Instructor - Oregon Institute of Marien Biology
Monday, December 03, 2018 03:16 PM

Dear Colleagues,

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology is looking for an adjunct instructor to teach a 4-week, 4-credit Seaweed Ecology course next summer (2019). The course will be three full days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from July 22- Aug. 16, 2019. Please distribute to any interested parties.

Applicants will need to submit a curriculum vitae and names of three references to the link below:

Maya Watts


Education Program Coordinator
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
University of Oregon
P.O. Box 5389
Charleston, OR 97420
(541)888-2581 ext. 201

Adjunct Instructor - Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

The University of Oregon’s Institute of Marine Biology maintains a pool of applicants for temporary instructional positions during the Institute’s spring and summer session. For spring 2019 we are interested in applicants to teach a 12-week Marine Ecology course.  Areas occasionally needed in summer are marine birds and mammals, biology of fishes, invertebrate zoology, and short courses in marine biological invasions, marine biodiversity, seaweed ecology, ocean acidification and biological illustrations. Courses may be taught in other terms of the year.  Positions are limited duration appointments potentially renewable for up to a total of three years. In limited circumstances, there is the possibility of renewal beyond three years based on programmatic need, funding and performance. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and pool will remain active through October 31, 2019. Screening of applications will take place as positions become available and continue until positions are filled. A Ph.D. with strength in marine biology is required for all positions with the exception of the 2-credit short courses that require a MSc and significant experience.  Information on the Institute’s spring and summer session is at

To apply, you will need to submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR - Shoals Marine Laboratory
Monday, December 03, 2018 01:49 PM

Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH Marine Sciences and Ocean Engineering [UZMS00]
Summary of Position

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is a seasonal field station located on Appledore Island, Maine. In operations for over 50 years, SML is the largest and oldest marine laboratory in the country focused on undergraduate education. The SML mission is to provide outstanding experiential, place-based education and to support innovative research programs focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment.

The key objective of the SML Communications and Community Relations Coordinator is to nurture meaningful relationships with our community and the public. Applicants should be excited about developing and implementing plans to increase engagement of target audiences and spread the message about our program and achievements. This position serves as a primary SML ambassador with responsibilities for delivering the SML strategic vision to our community. Reports directly to the Executive Director to perform duties. The role is a varied one that combines elements of relationship building, communications, development coordination, and public programs. Development work with be conducted in coordination with Cornell CALS and UNH development offices. This position will partner with SML leadership to carry out the 2018-2028 SML Strategic Plan.

The incumbent is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with individuals and organizations in support of the SML mission and goals. Strategies include managing donor relations, implementing community outreach programs, organizing events, writing and releasing publicity material such as monthly newsletters, and developing public relations strategies that will promote the organization’s mission. This position requires excellence in organization, interpersonal relations, team-building, and several forms of communications (e.g. writing, social media, graphic design, etc.). Occasional overnight time on Appledore Island is required in the summer. Travel and evening events are to be expected.

Additional Job Information  
Posting Number/Job Order # PS0964FY19
Acceptable minimum level of education Bachelor's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 3-5 years
Other minimum qualifications

1. B.A./B.S. (minimum) or M.A./M.S. (desired) in science, communications, marketing, or public relations (or related field).
2. Minimum of 4 years of directly related experience that demonstrates effectiveness in public relations, donor development, communication, marketing or other related fields. 
3. Demonstrated excellence in written skills, public presentations, verbal communications, negotiations. 
4. Team-oriented, enthusiastic, open-minded, highly flexible, very organized, adaptable, creative, passion about marine science and undergraduate education.
5. Experience with digital design, social media, and web-based portals.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

1. Development experience.
2. Understanding and passion for marine studies and/or for experiential undergraduate education.
3. Event management experience.
4. Public education program management.

Salary Information

Starting pay will be mid to high $40Ks, depending on the finalist’s experience. Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, generous retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Quicklink for Posting
Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.0
Grade 16
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

Posting Details
Posting Date 08/22/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date  
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Grant Funded
If TERM position provide projected end date  
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities


Job Duties

Donor Relations (30%): Assist Executive Director (ED) with development and stewardship activities with an annual fund goal of $250,000 and larger capital projects.
-Coordinate giving efforts with SML development staff (giving day, 603 challenge, wheelhouse day, private tours/visits, salons).
-Track community contacts (same as SML Contact Database).
-Track, manage, and report donation income from university partners.
-Manage donation acknowledgments and appreciation (cards, communication highlights, student cards, annual gifts…).
-Plan and oversee donor visits.
-Educate SML seasonal staff about their role in donor experiences.
-Co-managed capital campaigns with ED.
-SML Alumni Relations program coordination

Job Duties

Communications (30%): Oversee consistency and messaging for SML communications.
-Manage and grow SML’s web, social media, and email communications and marketing programs to produce high quality communications in pace with trends in such media outlets. Achieve a minimum of five published pieces per month.
-Manage SML Community Database (CRM) and train other SML staff
-Ensure a consistence voice for SML in communicating with our community and the public.
-Create and distribute SML press releases and media communications 
-Manage high quality marketing materials (collateral) and advertising public programs.
-Keep current on UNH/Cornell marine science related activities and events
-Work with communication partners at UNH, Cornell, and others to coordinate communication efforts. 
-Build and maintain relationships with university partners, journalists, bloggers, and public audiences that will help advance our work
-Co-write monthly newsletter with ED.
-Manager SML on-island store, procure merchandise, managed finances, & operations, training SML staff in operations.

Job Duties

Community Events (30%): Oversee events aimed at increasing and engaging the SML community.
-Oversee event coordination, with help from SML staff and volunteers, with a goal of at least one event per month (this includes development events). Events are more frequent in the summer season.
-Manage social media and advertisement of events.
-Manage public outreach education program Work with Executive Director to develop and implement programs, towards a goal of 6 per season.
-Educate the SML seasonal staff understanding and establish expectations regarding community/donor relations.
-Event/Program follow up send appreciations, make solicitations, and perform program evaluations

Job Duties

End of year reporting (10%)
-Lead the production of the SML annual report with help from all SML Staff.
-Assess and write the summary for the outreach programming, SML store, and public relations.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the definition of an Internal Candidate? Internal Candidates include: (1) active status employees who have completed the introductory period and (2) adjunct staff members who have been employed within USNH for at least 12 months in total and who have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12 month period preceding the application for the position. Student employment does not apply toward internal status eligibility.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
Optional Documents
  1. Recent Publications (1)
  2. Portfolio 1
  3. Other 1
  4. Other 2
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