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:

How to Apply:  Apply with UVA HR on line

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

Job Description


  • 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


  • 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

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.

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