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Assistant Director of Blue Oak Ranch Reserve
Friday, August 12, 2016 02:40 PM
Founded in 2007,  Blue Oak Ranch Reserve is a 3,280 acre Biological Field Station and Ecological Reserve, one of the 39 units of the UC Natural Reserve System, and is operated jointly by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Berkeley Natural History Museums and the NRS. The Reserve provides a wealth of research and teaching opportunities in a wide range of important Californian habitats.
The shared mission of the 39 Reserves in the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California.

Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Reserve Director, uses advanced concepts in environmental research and facilities management to effectively assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of operational policies for a field station(s). Requires expertise related to field station responsibility, such as wildlife biology, forestry, agriculture, ecosystem research, etc. Regularly works on highly complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Duties include, but are not limited to

•Collaborates with Faculty Director and Reserve Director in leadership of the Reserve to provide support for researchers, university classes and public outreach programs. Responsible for co-directing all aspects of the daily operations.
•Schedules instructional and research activities, assists with research project approvals.
•Assists with budget planning and oversight, purchasing, and annual reporting.
•Responsible for informatics projects including website, sensor databases, weather data, data archives, and social media, and operation of all IT and wireless systems.
•Supervises Reserve Senior Building Maintenance Worker, provides oversight on all facilities, off-grid utility systems, scheduled and preventive maintenance, and equipment.
•Responsible for planning and implementation of strategies for stewardship of natural resources, control of invasive species, and related needs

Required Qualifications
•Knowledge of safety and regulatory requirements relative to field station responsibility.
•Expertise in ecology, ecological restoration, stewardship of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, eradication and control of non-native invasive species.
•Ability to communicate broad ecological and environmental knowledge to researchers, students, governmental workers, etc. 
•Ability to interpret the processes and procedures of local and government agencies.
•Experience with general maintenance of facilities involving well water systems, solar photovoltaic power, AC electrical, tool upkeep, general electronics operation.
•Experience with computer operation of Macintosh and Windows OS, use of Global Positioning Systems.
•Must possess basic skills in use of software including Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, Internet research, accessing campus web-based resources and email. 
•Proven wireless networking and IT experience or ability to learn.
•Excellent problem solving skills.
•Experience in project management.
•Outstanding communication skills.
•Excellent organizational skills.
•Demonstrated experience with administration and budget management, staff supervision, facilities and equipment operations and maintenance, land stewardship and resource monitoring.
•The Assistant Director is required to reside at the Reserve when on duty, except for brief intervals on BORR business, or on authorized days off and vacation periods. Housing is provided. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours. 

Education/Training:
•BS or equivalent work experience

Preferred Qualifications
•Experience with operations at a remote field station.
•Advanced degree in an environmental science or similar field. 
•Demonstrated track record of leading successful grant proposals.
•Experience in information technology and wireless networking.

Salary & Benefits
Annual Salary: $53,800.00 - $81,900.00

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: 

http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Other Information

This is a one year contract position with the possibility of extension.
For any questions please contact:

_______________________________
Michael P. Hamilton PhD | Director
[email protected]
 
James San Jacinto Mountains Assistant Director
Thursday, July 21, 2016 08:18 AM

DESCRIPTION

The University of California, Riverside is seeking an Assistant Reserve Director for the James San Jacinto Mountain and Oasis de los Osos Reserves, one of 39 sites that comprise the UC Natural Reserve System (UCNRS), which is the largest universityadministered reserve system in the world. The UCNRS encompasses more than 756,000 throughout California. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education and public service, the NRS contributes to understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. Established in 1966, the James Reserve is located in the San Jacinto Mountains next to the San Bernardino National Forest. The James Reserve is located in the San Jacinto Mountains next to the San Bernardino National forest and is roughly 29 acres that consists of mixed coniferous forest, pine oak woodland, montane chaparral and riparian habitats. Facilities at the Reserve can accommodate 70+ overnight visitors and include a main dormitory style lodge, 3 dormitory-style modular units and a classroom/wet lab. Oasis de los Osos is a satellite reserve to the James. It is about a 45-minute drive from the James Reserve and is located in San Gorgonio Pass, 19 km northwest of Palm Springs. There are no facilities at los Osos.

Each Reserve reports to the James Reserve Director, a Faculty Campus Director and is guided by a Campus Advisory Committee. The Assistant Director 1) provides daily management of the Reserves, including orienting visitors, facilities, road and trail maintenance activities, and collecting and managing data input, e.g. weather station data, camera trap data and accounts for reserve usage; 2) maintains database and other information management, including website, maps using GPS and GIS, catalogue and organize library including historic collections of maps, literature, including incoming publications, and the teaching collection of preserved specimen; 3) ability to operate a range of equipment related work outside, e.g. to split wood (pneumatic splitter), level roads (tractor), clear trails (chainsaw); 4) demonstrates a willingness to assume responsibility readily and the ability to work with minimal supervision.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA required with MS preferred, preferably with specialization in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field. Willingness to perform work outside, under adverse weather conditions, including strenuous physical labor in heavy snowfall. Knowledge of basic maintenance techniques for electrical, plumbing, fencing, roads and physical plant. Willingness to stay overnight at reserve site when necessary. Must be able to operate and/or willing to operate all kinds of equipment needed to perform duties. Must have a valid driver's license, and must be able to drive manual transmission vehicles, and tractors. The Assistant Reserve should routinely be present on the reserve. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours.

The University of California, Riverside is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

Salary: $45,744 - $73,620

To apply: Please visit: https://irecruitportal.ucr.edu/irecruit/!Controller?action=jobs_webui.show_page&page=jo bs_detail&requisition_id=201606228541&profile_id=&module=jobs. You will be asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), References with contact information (3), and an optional cover letter that includes the reasons you are seeking this position and your relevant experience.

Job location: Idyllwild, CA

CLOSING DATE August 19, 2016

 
James San Jacinto Mountains Assistant Director
Thursday, July 21, 2016 08:18 AM

DESCRIPTION

The University of California, Riverside is seeking an Assistant Reserve Director for the James San Jacinto Mountain and Oasis de los Osos Reserves, one of 39 sites that comprise the UC Natural Reserve System (UCNRS), which is the largest universityadministered reserve system in the world. The UCNRS encompasses more than 756,000 throughout California. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education and public service, the NRS contributes to understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. Established in 1966, the James Reserve is located in the San Jacinto Mountains next to the San Bernardino National Forest. The James Reserve is located in the San Jacinto Mountains next to the San Bernardino National forest and is roughly 29 acres that consists of mixed coniferous forest, pine oak woodland, montane chaparral and riparian habitats. Facilities at the Reserve can accommodate 70+ overnight visitors and include a main dormitory style lodge, 3 dormitory-style modular units and a classroom/wet lab. Oasis de los Osos is a satellite reserve to the James. It is about a 45-minute drive from the James Reserve and is located in San Gorgonio Pass, 19 km northwest of Palm Springs. There are no facilities at los Osos.

Each Reserve reports to the James Reserve Director, a Faculty Campus Director and is guided by a Campus Advisory Committee. The Assistant Director 1) provides daily management of the Reserves, including orienting visitors, facilities, road and trail maintenance activities, and collecting and managing data input, e.g. weather station data, camera trap data and accounts for reserve usage; 2) maintains database and other information management, including website, maps using GPS and GIS, catalogue and organize library including historic collections of maps, literature, including incoming publications, and the teaching collection of preserved specimen; 3) ability to operate a range of equipment related work outside, e.g. to split wood (pneumatic splitter), level roads (tractor), clear trails (chainsaw); 4) demonstrates a willingness to assume responsibility readily and the ability to work with minimal supervision.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA required with MS preferred, preferably with specialization in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field. Willingness to perform work outside, under adverse weather conditions, including strenuous physical labor in heavy snowfall. Knowledge of basic maintenance techniques for electrical, plumbing, fencing, roads and physical plant. Willingness to stay overnight at reserve site when necessary. Must be able to operate and/or willing to operate all kinds of equipment needed to perform duties. Must have a valid driver's license, and must be able to drive manual transmission vehicles, and tractors. The Assistant Reserve should routinely be present on the reserve. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours.

The University of California, Riverside is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

Salary: $45,744 - $73,620

To apply: Please visit: https://irecruitportal.ucr.edu/irecruit/!Controller?action=jobs_webui.show_page&page=jo bs_detail&requisition_id=201606228541&profile_id=&module=jobs. You will be asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), References with contact information (3), and an optional cover letter that includes the reasons you are seeking this position and your relevant experience.

Job location: Idyllwild, CA

CLOSING DATE August 19, 2016

 
Natural Areas Coordinator
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:45 PM

The INHS (www.inhs.illinois.edu) and the Committee on Natural Areas (http://www.research.illinois.edu/cna/) is seeking a Natural Areas Coordinator to manage and protect the integrity of the natural communities and the research that occurs on the University of Illinois’ Natural Areas research sites.  The Committee on Natural Areas (CNA) is a standing committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research and is responsible for maintaining and managing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign owned properties which have been acquired to enhance environmental/ecological research and education. The role of the CNA is to provide and facilitate long-term research and teaching opportunities on the University-owned Natural Areas. Sites are managed to protect both the integrity of the ecological systems and the biological research that takes place on them. Twelve University areas are currently under the direct supervision of the Committee on Natural Areas: Brownfield Woods, CCDC Collins Woods, Funk Forest, Nanney Research Area, Nettie Hart Woods, Phillips Tract, Edgar and Sophia Richter Research Area, Rutan Research Area, Trelease Woods, Trelease Prairie, First and Windsor Pond, and the Vermilion River Observatory. Together they compromise about 1010 acres (409 ha.). They are composed of nine woodlands, a reconstructed prairie and a multi-use former farm. The sites also provide direct access to stretches of the Embarras River, Timber Creek, Sangamon River, Saline Ditch, and the Salt Fork River. 

Primary Position Function/Summary: Coordinate and manage the University of Illinois’ Natural Areas and protect the integrity of the research that occurs on the sites. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Manage 12 natural area sites (approximately 1010 acres) in Champaign, McLean and Vermilion counties, IL, involving the following tasks: Protect, maintain, and enhance the natural ecological processes characteristic to each site using scientifically sound management practices including prescribed burning, identification and removal of invasive species, and creation of microhabitats. Manage the use of the sites to enhance scientific research while minimizing human disturbance. Provide unique services and information to users of the sites that enhance the efficiency and quality of research and teaching activities. Manage the annual budget and finances including any special funding. Oversee and regulate all research and teaching access/usage on the sites and broadly oversee all individuals’ activities on the sites. Maintain the Natural Areas office, including communications, budget records, historical information, usage records, site information, and a bibliography of site generated scientific literature. Produce annual reports and budget reports as requested. Serve as liaison to the Committee on Natural Areas (standing committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research); committee currently consists of eight faculty/staff members and is responsible for the policy and long-term decision making for the UIUC Natural Areas. Communicate regularly with Chairperson and provide scientific assessment and reports to the full committee as needed. Conduct original research on the Natural Areas sites that will result in publication or enhance the general knowledge of natural area site ecology. Provide technical and personal assistance as necessary to researchers and instructors. Provide instructional support and teaching duties for class usage of the Natural Areas sites as time allows. Lead occasional tours or give informational presentations on the Natural Areas to outside organizations. Identify and pursue land acquisitions that will protect current holdings, expand site resources, and anticipate future needs. Maintain working relationships with adjacent private landowners and other interested public organizations and governmental agencies. Coordinate with other campus units on common goals related to the Natural Areas. Identify and respond to campus, local municipality, and county/state issues that may affect the long-term usage of the Natural Areas. Mentor, train, evaluate, and assign tasks for assigned employees (e.g., a biologist and student hourlies) Maintain site buildings, fencing, roadways and other infrastructure. Implement procedures that restrict public access to the sites and maintain a secure and safe environment for users. 

 

 

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Education: Required: Master’s degree or PhD in ecology, biology or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. 

Experience: Required: A minimum of two years professional experience in biological or ecological field research or site management. Extensive experience with the ecology of central Illinois with an emphasis on forest and grassland ecology. Experience with land management under research- or preservation-oriented guidelines. Preferred: Experience across a variety of ecological/biological fields. Project management. 

Training, Licenses or Certifications: Required: Possess or be able to obtain a State of Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager certification. Possess or obtain a State of Illinois Public Pesticide Applicator’s license. Possession of a valid driver’s license. 

Knowledge Requirements: Required: Must have excellent communication skills and be able to translate scientific information to the public. Basic knowledge in the use and maintenance of small tractors, vehicles, and a broad array of land management tools and resources. Demonstrated knowledge of a related basic and specialty area and desire to keep abreast of developments in discipline. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as both a team member/leader and independently with minimal supervision, with a strong record of completion of complex tasks/projects. Proficiency with computer applications. Demonstrated skills with preparing and presenting publications and technical reports. Physical ability to work in the field under a variety of weather conditions. Flexibility to work more than 40 hours as needed, dependent on conditions. Preferred: A strong scientific publication, technical report, and presentation record. 

Salary: $58,000 to $62,000 per year commensurate with experience and education.  This is a regular, academic professional, full-time 12-month position located on the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus.  The estimated starting date is September 1, 2016.  

Benefits: Generous vacation and sick leave.  State Universities Retirement System.  Group health, dental, vision and life insurance. 

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

Applications must be received by July 31, 2016. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing.  For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources Associate, Illinois Natural History Survey, 217-333-6897 or [email protected].  For technical questions, please contact Steve Buck at [email protected] 

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

 
FACILITY MANAGER – GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE (San Salvador)
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:41 PM

JOB TITLE FACILITY MANAGER – GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE (San Salvador)

TYPE OF VACANCY MID-MANAGER

REPORTS TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE

SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE – SAN SALVADOR

SUMMARY: The Facility Manager will be expected to reside at the Gerace Research Centre during the entire business season (November to August) where he/she will be responsible for directing the overall operations of the physical plant. The island is a harsh environment in which to live and the successful candidate will have to adapt to hot, humid temperatures, irritating plants and insects, and periodic disruptions in electricity and communications. Please note that medical care on the island is limited and major medical emergencies require evacuation by plane from the island. This position is physically demanding and requires working long hours with almost no days off during the busiest weeks, including weekends. The Facility Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and, like the director, is expected to be “on-call” whenever visitors are on campus. The contract for this position will be for two (2) years and is renewable upon positive performance review.

Program and Funding

The basic philosophy of the GRC has not changed over the 45 years of its existence: to provide to as many students, faculty and scientists as possible the opportunity to study and do research in the unique and pristine environment of the Bahamas. To this end the program of the station has four facets: 1) student classes brought to the GRC by their own professors; 2) individual researchers conducting approved research projects in San Salvador; 3) upper-level graduate courses offered directly by the GRC; and 4) conferences and symposia hosted at the station. The GRC receives some indirect support from the College of The Bahamas, but the GRC is basically self-sufficient and relies on student tuition and fees paid by researchers for its operation. Over the years, extensive funds have been allocated for the transformation of the various buildings from their military purposes into accommodations suitable for academic personnel and for supporting educational and research endeavors. This process is continuously being undertaken as the number of participants at the GRC continues to increase. Further, it should be realized that the maintenance of these facilities involves coping with the extreme corrosive salt air environment, the age of the buildings with related electrical and plumbing problems, as well as the modernization of the station to suit advanced academic pursuits. We invite you to view our web site at www.geraceresearchcentre.com, and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GeraceResearchCentre/.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Facility Manager will be expected to reside at the Gerace Research Centre during the entire business season (November to August) where he/she will be responsible for directing the overall operations of the physical plant. The island is a harsh environment in which to live and the successful candidate will have to adapt to hot, humid temperatures, irritating plants and insects, and periodic disruptions in electricity and communications. Please note that medical care on the island is limited and major medical emergencies require evacuation by plane from the island. This position is physically demanding and requires working long hours with almost no days off during the busiest weeks, including weekends. The Facility Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and, like the director, is expected to be “on-call” whenever visitors are on campus. The contract for this position will be for two (2) years and is renewable upon positive performance review.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The position of Facility Manager is required to perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to the following:  Directing the overall operations of the physical plant including maintaining the vehicles and boats, buildings, guest rooms, fresh and salt water plumbing, food preparatory equipment, and sustaining and upgrading the aging electrical system;  Supervising the physical plant staff and conducting performance reviews (currently a staff of two);  Managing and administering minor construction/renovation projects around the Centre;  Establishing a preventative, predictive and replacement program for the Centre’s vital equipment;  Coordinating the setup of rooms and laboratory spaces for use by various college and university groups;  Assisting faculty with equipment for research and educational needs and maintaining research and laboratory equipment;  Coordinating with the Executive Director the purchasing and transportation of parts and supplies for the station;  Maintaining a small dive shop and dive compressor.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The Gerace Research Centre is a complex facility with a wide variety of tools, equipment, and technology. While we do not anticipate that any one individual would have a mastery over all intricacies of the station, we do expect the Facility Manager to possess at least a working knowledge of the aspects of this facility and the ability to learn new skills while employed here. Duties and responsibilities for this position can be modified to best fit the strengths of the successful candidate. Necessary attributes: A sound mechanical competence: It is vital to the station that the Facility Manager has a deep knowledge of electricity, motors, pumps, plumbing, refrigeration, building and construction tools, and automotive equipment. Outstanding people skills and human resource skills: Interactions with both staff and visitors must be handled in a professional manner. This position requires the meticulous management and delegation of tasks to the physical plant personnel. Requests made of the Facility Manager by visitors are common, complex, and time consuming. These requests must always be dealt with in a calm, uncritical, and personable manner. Exceptional organizational skills: Time is often limited and multiple tasks often need to be accomplished quickly during the busy season. The Facility Manager must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer contact and administrative capacity. Ingenuity and adaptability: It is extremely difficult and very expensive to acquire parts and equipment. The Facility Manager must possess creativity and out-of-the-box thinking in order to keep aging equipment functioning in an extreme salt-air environment until improved or replacement parts can be shipped (sometimes taking months). Desirable attributes: A basic scientific background: This position requires locating, devising, and maintaining scientific equipment for research and education in the natural sciences. An understanding of the research needs of the visitors is preferred. Scuba certification and knowledge of dive operations: The GRC has a dive tank air compressor and small dive shop that is utilized by many of the researchers and classes. Having skills as a SCUBA diver and the ability to maintain dive equipment is highly desirable. A competency with computers and networking: The GRC utilizes multiple internet connected computers in our computer lab, library, and administrative offices. Further, a wireless network is in place throughout the faculty residences. The ability of the Facility Manager to troubleshoot computer and network issues would be a positive. Management of an Analytical Laboratory: The GRC has a modernized analytical lab with environmental science and water chemistry research equipment including a DI water filtration system, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, fume hoods, and other standard laboratory equipment. Having a familiarity with analytical equipment and maintenance would be preferable.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT QUALIFICATIONS:  A minimum of an associate’s degree in an engineering related field or equivalent;  A minimum of 5 years’ experience directly related to physical plant management or an equivalent combination of considerable education, training, and experience with the aspects of physical plant management, personnel management, automotive expertise, and safety and budgetary practices;  Previous experience managing personnel;  The ability to begin this position no later than November 1, 2016.

COMPENSATION:  Annual Salary of $30,000 (negotiable based on qualifications and experience);  Fully furnished apartment on campus;  All living expenses on the island (food, utilities, internet);  One month (4 weeks) paid vacation;  Paid travel to Florida twice a year;  Half of the cost of medical insurance. Mailing Information: After reading this and you are still interested in this position, please send the following with the subject line “GRC Facility Manager” to the mailing address below:  Your Résumé or Curriculum Vitae;  A one to two page letter of interest highlighting your experience and abilities relevant to this position;  At least three (3) written professional references that stress your abilities in the above mentioned areas;  Copies of any relevant qualifications (if applicable); Application review will begin August 15th and continue until position is filled. It is anticipated That interviews will be conducted around the first week of September. Mailing Address: Associate Vice President, Human Resources The College of The Bahamas P.O. Box N-4912 OR Email: [email protected] Nassau, Bahamas The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the Facilities Manager – Gerace Research Centre.

 
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