Job: Executive Director, Nature Reserve of Orange County
Friday, October 05, 2012 09:20 AM

Under general leadership of the NROC Board of Directors and its President, the Executive Director has overall management responsibility for strategic, programmatic, human resources, administrative, financial, fundraising and marketing operations.

The Executive Director will have oversight of one full-time Science Officer and an operating budget of $1.7
million, an Endowment Fund of $12.5 million and an Acquisition and Restoration Fund of $6.2 million.

For full posting, visit the Nature Reserve website, or view this PDF.

NEON Assistant Director for Scientific Research Collections
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:10 PM
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON, Inc.) is a nonprofit science corporation dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact continental scale ecology. Currently in construction is the NEON project - an observatory comprising more than 60 environmental and biological monitoring locations distributed throughout twenty domains across the United States, Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. We anticipate the need to archive and share a sizable collection of samples and specimens acquired through NEON’s extensive field activities.

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Summary:The AD for Scientific Research Collections will be responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing the archiving of biological, physical and chemical samples, tissues, and specimens collected as part of the field-based research of the NEON Observatory. This person will actively collaborate with NEON scientists to determine, document and establish archiving requirements and spearhead outsourcing of archiving to existing facilities. This person will actively network with museums, collection and archive facilities and related science institutions for the purpose of establishing long-term relationships for archiving NEON Observatory collections, and will pursue appropriate contracting arrangements to support collections requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Develop, cultivate and grow a scientific research collections network

• Develop a robust communication plan and effective engagement strategy to maximize synergies between NEON and the collections community.

• Write articles and present information at meetings, workshops and conferences to promote NEON Inc., exchange ideas, and develop and expand NEON’s visibility among the collections community, partners and stakeholders.

• Responsible for establishing policies, procedures and facility requirements for NEON Observatory archives; document the breadth and scope of NEON samples to be archived

• Responsible for researching and overseeing the bid process for external sites to store and manage NEON collections

• Establish agreements with archive institutions to curate, manage, loan and provide access to NEON samples

• Work with the collection community via technical working groups and related means to explore options for managing a shared collection and associated data and information

• With input from a technical working group define, develop, recommend, and implement best practices, policies and procedures related to archiving proposed ecological collections

• Define cataloguing criteria for NEON collections with input from existing institutions and technical working group

• Work with NEON Cyber-Infrastructure and Data Product groups to establish an appropriate tracking system for all samples

• Provide professional expertise to NEON scientists on issues related to archiving and curation

• Work with the NEON Education and Public Engagement Department to help keep the ecological community informed on the process and substance of NEON archived collections

• Explore and develop opportunities for collaborative research with the museum community and others to advance understanding of continental-scale ecology

Required Experience:

• MS/PhD in a biological or related science7-10 or more years managing, developing and/or curating scientific research collections

• Experience developing high level relationships and partnerships with science, education and research communities, and related collection organizations and institutions

• Experience and high comfort level speaking publicly and persuasively about science related knowledge to diverse audiences.

• Knowledge of standard curation criteria and related information (e.g. typical associated collections metadata; loan practices; deaccessioning)

• Experience working with government and nongovernment agencies and universities

• Experience developing and maintaining professional networks to promote and facilitate scientific collaborations

• Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary science team and in a business-like manner

• Ability to interact well with and coordinate the work of others

• Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills

• Familiarity with databases, particularly the platforms used by many collections in the US, biodiversity data standards, and geo-referencing

Please see full position description for details and instructions for application.

NEON Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to appl
FLBS Lab Manager
Sunday, September 23, 2012 03:52 PM

This position will be responsible for two important tasks in the Freshwater Research Laboratory (FRL) at the Flathead Lake Biological Station: 1) processing and analysis of all samples and analytes, and 2) laboratory resource and research management. In these roles, the employee must show mastery of analytical chemistry and execute water chemistry analyses efficiently and professionally while engaging in the organization and execution of field and laboratory research.

This position requires incumbent to develop or acquire: ability to integrate the two areas of the position while also quickly developing communication skills with the FRL Supervisor, FLBS staff, and the FLBS faculty who will be providing samples for analysis in FRL from their various research projects.

Required Skills
  • Proven expertise in analytical wet chemistry specifically as it applies to low-level assessment of aquatic resources in the context of ecological research.
  • Competence in methodologies associated with pigment content, organic matter form and abundance, and rates of primary production.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of chromatographic, colorimetric, and gravimetric methods in analytical chemistry.
  • Ability to use standard statistical assessment approaches to generate and report data derived from the analytical processes employed in the laboratory.
  • Proven ability in data generation, inference, and synthesis and writing.
  • Experience with bench-top analytical skills and execution of field and laboratory research

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree and Master’s Degree in the field of biological, chemical, or earth sciences and 3 years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Please visit the FLBS website for additional details and application instructions. Note deadline to apply is September 27th, 2012!

Webcast: OBFS and NAML strategic planning
Friday, September 21, 2012 07:17 AM

This Saturday, Sept. 22, 9-10:30 am Eastern, Ivar Babb (Past President of NAML) and Ian Billick (Past President of OBFS) will discuss the planning effort that OBFS and NAML have been conducting for field stations and marine labs. 

You may hear the presentation online by following the directions below.  Participation is limited to 25 individuals.  It is recommended that you contact Debbie Up ([email protected])  and let her know if you plan to participate.

1.  Navigate to the following website

2.  You will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VoIP).  A headset is recommended.

Meeting ID: 949-623-078

Drafts of a workshop report, survey of field stations and marine labs, and a final report, may be found at:

Ian Billick, PhD
Executive Director, RMBL
PO 519
Crested Butte, CO 81224

Director, Bowdoin College Marine Lab
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 06:10 PM

Bowdoin College invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the newly-endowed position of Director of the Bowdoin College Marine Laboratory and Professor of Biology. We seek an established scholar with a record of excellence in teaching and research, with a demonstrated track record of extramural funding and mentoring of undergraduate research. 

Applications and nominations are welcomed from all fields of marine biology, ranging from molecular-genetic to evolution/ecology, with the expectation that the successful candidate will establish and oversee an active research program at Bowdoin’s marine lab.  Ideally, the successful candidate will bring research and teaching expertise that complements that of the Bowdoin faculty to further strengthen the College’s record of excellence. The successful candidate will also possess excellent interpersonal, leadership, and administrative skills.

The Bowdoin College Marine Lab is located at the Coastal Studies Center, a 118-acre College-owned property on Orr’s Island, approximately 8 miles from the Bowdoin campus, occupying a unique and attractive location with direct access to diverse coastal and upland habitats (see  The marine lab offers an excellent wet laboratory with a high-capacity, flowing-seawater system.  Under the leadership of the new marine lab director it is anticipated that additional dry lab facilities will be added. The lab is adjacent to a recently-constructed pier providing year-round water access. The Bowdoin buoy facility ( allows continuous monitoring of Harpswell Sound. The College also owns the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, in the Bay of Fundy (, which offers opportunities for interaction with a second, more remote field station. An endowed postdoctoral position is associated with the Marine Lab, in addition to the possibility of additional, grant-funded, post-doctoral positions. A recent external review of the marine lab concluded that it “has the potential to become an influential regional center for marine research and conservation and unique resource for Bowdoin students and faculty.”

Excellent opportunities exist for disciplinary and interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations with Bowdoin faculty in Biology, Earth and Oceanographic Science, and Environmental Studies along with other departments and programs at the College, as well as with many other institutions in Maine and New England.  The College offers competitive salaries and start-up packages, a 2-1 teaching load, small classes, a culture of student research, and excellent research and grant support infrastructure.

Nominations and expressions of interest may be directed to Cristle Collins Judd, Dean for Academic Affairs at [email protected].

Application for the position must be made electronically.  Please visit to submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin will begin October 19, 2012, and continue until an appointment is made.


A highly selective liberal arts college on the Maine coast with a diverse student body made up of 30% students of color, 4% International students and approximately 15% first generation college students, Bowdoin College is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer.  We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.  Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.  For further information about the college please visit our website:


Bowdoin College offers strong support for faculty research and teaching.  We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners.  To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty.


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