Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 10:04 AM

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is seeking to hire a new staff member to coordinate student recruitment and station outreach.  This full-time position will be based in Ann Arbor during the fall and winter terms and at the Biological Station’s northern Michigan campus May through August. 


 With the direction of the Biological Station Director and Associate Director, the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator’s responsibilities are listed below.

  • Develop a marketing plan and lead undergraduate and graduate student recruitment for all Biological Station programs, including producing and distributing marketing materials, giving recruitment and orientation presentations and advising students on and off the Ann Arbor campus.
  • Develop, coordinate and participate in all station community, donor, alumni and public events for the Biological Station in Ann Arbor, Pellston and Midwestern region, including the winter research meeting, open houses, tours, alumni/friend events, and the summer lecture and events series.
  • Manage website content and function and maintain regular social media promotional postings.  Document program activities using audio and visual tools, including all camp photos and field work in the spring and summer terms.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with UM and Northern Michigan news outlets by promoting, writing and distributing information in the form of articles and press releases.  Produce annual newsletters (2-3).   
  • Support development efforts through gift stewardship, correspondence, and External Advisory Board meeting coordination and documentation.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and two to three years of communications and outreach experience is required (or equivalent combination of education and experience).  Excellent oral presentation, written and verbal communication skills.  Experience interacting with diverse populations.  Previous experience creating and implementing recruitment/marketing communication plans and demonstrated experience in producing print, website, social media, digital advertising, and other media communications.  Proficiency with social media promotion.  Must be able to spend a total of 8-12 weeks at the Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan, mainly during the summer months with fall trips likely. 

Desired Qualifications

Experience in a higher education setting and a familiarity with field stations.  Experience using Google Analytics.  Event and meeting coordination experience is also desired.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


Apply to Job ID # 131073 at


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Data Internship opportunity at the Lacawac Sanctuary
Friday, August 26, 2016 01:23 PM

The Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Lacawac’s 545-acre property includes a pristine 52-acre glacial lake and its watershed, bogs, forests with hiking trails, and a Great Camp listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since its inception in 1966, the Lacawac Sanctuary’s mission has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; and offer public education on environmental and conservation issues.


The Lacawac Sanctuary has an opening for a self-motivated Master’s level intern with a focus on creation of a database for information on biological, physical and chemical parameters for lakes, rivers and streams. This project is part of a grant received from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wild Resource Conservation Program. The intern will work closely with the Lacawac Sanctuary’s Director of Research and Education to compile data sources for freshwaters across the state of Pennsylvania. The database will be used for future projects aimed at understanding how climate change is shaping freshwater ecosystems and will be important for state agencies tasked with understanding how climate change is impacting freshwaters. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research and educational projects.


Responsibilities include (1) Communication with potential sources of data including federal, state and county agencies, academic researchers, and non-profit institutions working within the state of Pennsylvania.(2) Collection and organization of long-term metadata. (3) Dissemination of findings to the scientific community.

Job Requirements: (1) A Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, ecology or related field. Master’s degree preferred. (2) Previous experience in data compilation efforts and proficiency in information technology/computing. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required. (3) Ability to work independently. (4) Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. (5) Broad training in ecology with a thorough understanding of freshwater ecosystems. (6) Preference will be given to candidates with experience in biological/environmental research projects.

Starting Date is as soon as possible.  Intern is expected to commit 24 weeks of work for 32 hours/week. Competitive hourly wages will be provided. Free lodging is available at the Lacawac Sanctuary for a proportion of the commitment time. Work can be completed remotely with weekly meetings with Director of Research and Education.

To apply: Submit a CV, letter of interest, unofficial copies of transcripts and at least one letter of reference to Dr. Sarah Princiotta, Director of Research and Education ([email protected]) with “FW Intern Application” in the subject line.

Deadline extended: Evaluation/Assessment Postdoc at UMich Biological Station
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 02:49 PM

Assessment and Evaluation Research Fellow


The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) has an opening for a Research Fellow with a focus on assessment and evaluation. The successful candidate will work closely with UMBS’s Director and Associate Director, and the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) to evaluate and report on the new Field-based Student Engagement and the Academy (FSEA) program ( This is a term-limited appointment and renewal is based on performance and funding through December 31, 2020.


FSEA seeks to promote two key learning goals: first, that students deepen their engagement in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; second, that students develop their skills as systems thinkers who understand relationships among humans, social systems, and the environment. UMBS will rely on this postdoctoral research fellow for assessment of progress toward and recommendations for achieving these goals. The postdoctoral researcher will provide valuable feedback and guidance to the FSEA steering committee, participating faculty, and other biological and marine research field stations.


The postdoctoral research associate has the opportunity to support a major university initiative and develop significant evaluation and assessment experience.


The position will have the following responsibilities:


• In collaboration with UMBS and CRLT staff, develop and implement plans for a holistic assessment and evaluation of the Field-based Student Engagement and the Academy (FSEA) program. This evaluation is along two dimensions of evidence: 1) increasing depth of interdisciplinarity in research, and 2) student development as systems thinkers.

• Provide valuable feedback and guidance to the FSEA steering committee and participating faculty on improving educational outcomes of participating classes.

• Help translate observed outcomes into recommendations for other biological and marine research field stations.

• Assist with events and program development that support the improvement of teaching and learning based on evaluation research findings.


General supervision is received from the Director and Associate Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station.


Starting Date:  As soon as possible; position posting closes July 29, 2016


Job Requirements:  

  • A Ph.D. completed; experience in postsecondary assessment, evaluation and/or educational research; demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work effectively in settings of social and intellectual diversity; strong organizational skills; and sensitivity to teaching and learning needs at a major research university, including both curricular and co-curricular learning environments.
  • Experience with quantitative analysis and working knowledge of statistical, analytic and reporting software. University or college teaching experience.
  • Ability to successfully plan and implement program details.
  • Ability to accommodate occasional work outside of standard business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
  • Willingness and ability to travel between Ann Arbor and the UMBS campus in Pellston, Michigan.
  • Ability to work across disciplinary boundaries and in a collaborative environment.

Note: This position is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but will require extended stays of up to a week at the Biological Station campus near Pellston, Michigan.

To apply: Visit the University of Michigan Job Site ( Upload a CV and cover letter as a single document (the system only permits applicants to upload one document). For questions, contact UMBS Associate Director Karie Slavik ([email protected]).

The Institution: Situated in the heart of the Great Lakes Basin, the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) has been at the leading edge of field-based research and teaching for more than 100 years. Our residential research campus is situated on the southeast shore of Douglas Lake, near Pellston, Michigan; our administrative offices are located on the University of Michigan’s central campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At the height of the summer research season, we have approximately 250 people in camp. They range from undergraduates through senior faculty. Our persistent emphasis has been on understanding natural systems from local through global scales. For more information about UMBS visit


The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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.

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. 

•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:

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


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:!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

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