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Endowed Director, University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 02:53 PM

The University of Notre Dame invites applications for an Endowed Director of theUniversity of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC). We seek an outstanding scientist with credentials suitable for a tenured academic appointment in theDepartment of Biological Sciences to lead this internationally recognized and NEON-affiliated field station and its education and research programs.

The Director will (1) oversee research and teaching at the field station, which is supported by an endowment, (2) promote and facilitate scientific use of UNDERC by faculty at Notre Dame and other institutions, including NEON, and (3) sustain and advance a long-established research training program for undergraduate students.

As a faculty member, he/she is expected to also lead a vibrant internationally-recognized, collaborative, well-funded research program in ecology, evolution, or environmental science that builds upon the platform provided by UNDERC resources and the University of Notre Dame Land o’ Lakes Facility. Excellent collaborative opportunities exist within the region, including with the USFS Ottawa National Forest, other field stations, and NGOs. UNDERC also houses a NSF-supported NEON core monitoring site for the Great Lakes Domain thereby providing rich avenues for engagement of the broader scientific community.

The Land o’ Lakes property, including UNDERC, consists of 7500 acres of forested land in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan including 30 lakes, wetlands, and streams with a combined surface area of 1350 acres. UNDERC maintains a Director’s residence, winterized laboratory and classroom building, a “wet” laboratory, housing for up to 60 students and researchers, and year-round property management.

The Director is expected to be actively engaged at UNDERC during summer months and at Notre Dame during the academic year, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and supervise year-round staff associated with UNDERC. It is essential that the Director have the skill set and desire to mentor and motivate research and other staff at an off-campus location, while also being able to effectively liaise with the Land o’ Lakes Facility Manager, Advisory Board, and the other users of the facility.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting 1) a cover letter addressing administrative philosophy and interest in field station development, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) brief statements of research interests and teaching philosophy through the Interfolio/Notre Dame online application system:http://apply.interfolio.com/68249.  The search committee will begin consideration of applications on October 15, 2019 but the position will remain open until it is filled. 

The University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates. For more information, visit UNDERC and the Department of Biological Sciences, or contact the search chair, Dr. Jennifer Tank, at [email protected].

 
Organization for Tropical Studies requests applications for two Senior Leadership Positions
Thursday, September 26, 2019 08:47 AM

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) seeks applicants for two senior leadership positions:  one to manage its Costa Rica field stations and a second to provide overall leadership of the organization.

OTS, an organization working in Costa Rica and South Africa to support tropical field research and train future scientists, is a nonprofit consortium of about 50 universities and research institutions from the United States, Latin America, and South Africa. For more than 50 years, OTS has provided leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. Additional information is available at the OTS website. By developing learning experiences and supporting research at its research stations, OTS has made significant contributions to our understanding of tropical biology (e.g. tropical biodiversity conservation, maintaining biodiversity within fragmented landscapes, monitoring and analyzing tropical ecosystems in a changing world, human dimensions of tropical ecology and conservation, etc.).  OTS is poised to address critical environmental and social issues in the tropics through the integration of its education and research programs.

To accomplish its goals, OTS seeks leaders with management skills, a record of scholarly and professional achievement, and dedication to promoting diversity. Because the successful applicants will be expected to lead and administer the major assets and businesses of the organization, to oversee large research initiatives and education programs, and to coordinate fundraising, candidates must be able to work collaboratively and competently with multiple institutions, foundations, and corporate officials. In addition, the candidate should have familiarity with educational, research, conservation, and funding institutions in the U.S. and globally. A doctoral degree, OTS experience, and an ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish are desirable.  While the field station position will preferably be based at the OTS La Selva field station, the overall leadership position will be based at the OTS offices on the campus of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose, CR.

Applicants should submit a cover letter summarizing his/her pertinent experience, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to the OTS Board Chair Elizabeth Braker.  Both positions are now open and the review and consideration of submissions will begin on October 14, 2019.

 

The Organization for Tropical Studies is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

 
 
Baja Field Station Director - Glendale Community College
Monday, September 09, 2019 01:18 PM
Description

Under general direction, oversees, supports and directs facilities and equipment maintenance operations and serves as intercultural liaison at the Glendale Community College (GCC) field station in Mexico (Estación del Mar Cortés, Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California), located within a biological protected area at a site owned by a Mexican Asociación Civil (non-profit organization), a subsidiary of the Glendale Community College District; provides logistical assistance and cultural support to GCC Baja Academic Program Directors, faculty and students, and users from other institutions regarding instructional programming at the site; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervision 

An incumbent in this class works under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Instructional Services.

An incumbent directly and/or indirectly supervises subordinate classified personnel, and coordinates and oversees the work performed by local citizens and contractors in support of the field station. 

 
Biologist and Natural Areas Manager – Baker University Wetlands
Thursday, August 22, 2019 08:31 AM

Baker University Wetlands in Lawrence, KS is seeking a Biologist and Natural Areas Manager. The Biologist and Natural Areas Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a plan for managing wildlife habitats at the Baker University Wetlands. The plan should be based in scientific principles and include the process of managing the Wetlands in such a way that promotes wetland, prairie, and riparian habitats in the appropriate locations as well as maintains or enhances biodiversity while at the same time reducing or eradicating invasive species. In addition, he/she will be responsible for maintaining a functional wetland on a substantial portion of the property as an on-going contractual obligation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. To this end, he/she will ensure water control structures are functional as well as record quarterly water levels on areas that have active water appropriation permits. The Natural Areas Manager will assist in the on-going research efforts at the Wetlands. This includes assisting the Director in solicitation of visiting scientists as well as in grant writing to support research efforts including the purchase of specialized equipment as needed. He/she will also supervise interns as well as perform administrative duties that support management of and research at the Wetlands. The Natural History Biologist reports to the Director of the Baker Wetlands.

 Applicants should have a Master’s degree in biology or related field as well as a strong background (i.e., knowledge and experience) in habitat management, especially wetland, prairie, and riparian habitats. They should be capable of operation and maintenance of various pieces of equipment/power tools, possess skills to interact with a wide variety of audiences, be detail-oriented with good record keeping skills (particularly in reference to permits), and have the ability to set goals for the wetland facility and manage the budget needed for operation. Applicants should have a working knowledge of common wetland plants and vertebrates of E Kansas.

 Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail to Baker University, Human Resources Department, PO Box 65, Baldwin City, KS 66006. Attachments should be in MS Word or Adobe pdf formats. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2019 and will continue until a suitable applicant is selected. Baker University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 
Black Rock Forest - Master Educator Position
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 06:56 AM

The successful candidate will have a strong background in the natural sciences and experience in teaching for diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor settings, providing programs for a variety of age-groups from K-12 to adult audiences. In addition to teaching, the candidate should have experience supervising staff and/or interns and managing programs ranging from day trips to summer camps. Experience in environmental and/or educational research is preferable but not required. The candidate will serve as primary liaison between Black Rock Forest and the institutional members of the Black Rock Forest Consortium and will work closely with research and conservation staff to bring state of the art programming to the varied constituent audiences of Black Rock Forest. The candidate should be creative, dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and willing to work with a variety of audiences including teachers, researchers and conservationists to develop and implement relevant programming in the 3,914 acre forest. 

Job Description: 

● Liaise with consortium member institutions 

● Lead forest explorations and lab investigations in science and other disciplines for groups of students from elementary school age to college 

● Ensure that all educational programs promote cultural competence, diversity, equity, and inclusion 

● Support logistics for the visits of school groups and the public 

● Develop new curriculum modules for consortium members’ use 

● Support consortium teachers as they develop curricular activities 

● Connect forest research and conservation to education programs 

● Support citizen science activities based in the Forest for students and the public 

● Coordinate and manage the BRF Summer Science Camp for youth 

● Manage online access to forest data and curricular materials (e.g. Peck Stacpoole Online Education Collection) 

● Maintain physical educational resources such as field equipment, lab spaces and the new Moretti Education Center 

● Recruit and supervise interns 

● Participate in grant writing activities 

● Support implementation of technological advances in education (e.g. smartphone app innovations and data collection digital tools) 

Qualifications and Experience of the Successful Candidate 

● Bachelor’s and advanced degrees, preferably including environmental or related sciences and/or STEM/STEAM education 

● Significant experience in formal or informal K-12 educational settings teaching disciplines that relate to forest ecology 

● Experience with and affinity for delivering place-based outdoor learning experiences (e.g. NOLS, Outward Bound type experiences), as well as informal science and sustainability lessons. 

● Demonstrated cultural competence and experience with promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and organizations 

● Experience teaching a broad age-range of students (some subset of K -12, college level students, teachers and other adult audiences) 

● Experience designing curriculum, with a view to adapting for different age-groups and diverse populations of youth, including youth of color, immigrants and underserved youth. 

● Experience and knowledge of curriculum development in experiential and transdisciplinary education (e.g. STEM and STEAM) 

● Experience in the use of technologies for teaching and learning 

● Experience with citizen science investigations 

● Excellent communication skills for a wide range of age-levels (writing, oral, and digital) 

● Experience with creating hands-on inquiry-based learning activities 

 

Application Materials- Send the following to Barbara Brady at [email protected] 

● Cover letter + Resume + Three References 

● Statement of Educational Philosophy (max. 2 pages) 

● Recommended: 

○ Brief video (max. 10 min) of sample teaching (outdoor or indoor forest- related lesson) and written reflection on the activity, OR 

○ Forest-related lesson plan that you have used and/or created, and a written reflection on the lesson activity. 

Application Deadline: Ongoing until position has been filled Salary: Commensurate with experience Start Date: Flexible (Fall 2019 or later) Driver’s license necessary 

 
 
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