Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve Director - University of California Merced
Monday, November 25, 2019 07:45 AM
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Office of Research
Position Code:   SOR9277A
Status:   Open
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin 11/12/19 and continue until the position has been filled
Salary:   $63,000 - $72,000
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check is required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job:

The University of California, Merced is seeking a Reserve Director for the Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve (MVPGR). The MVPGR is one of 41 sites that comprise the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS), a network of protected natural areas encompassing more than 756,000 acres 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. The MVPGR consists of approximately 6500 acres of vernal pools and grasslands at the base of the Sierra Nevada adjacent to the UC Merced campus. Established in 2014, it is the first natural reserve in the San Joaquin Valley and home to numerous endangered species. The land set aside for the reserve is part of the mitigation for the campus and is integral to the growth of the campus. With the reserve contiguous to campus, there are many opportunities to integrate the reserve programs into campus research, activities and curricula. The Reserve Director will have a key role in developing reserve practices and traditions. The Reserve Director may also have responsibility for overseeing operations at a new reserve at the Circle J Ranch, in collaboration with SCICON in Springville, CA.

The Reserve Director reports to the UCM NRS Faculty Director and is responsible for operations, programs, administration, and further development of the Reserve.

Essential Duties:
- Provides daily management and general oversight of the reserve
- Designs and implements programs, policies, procedures, and budget for the reserve
- Facilitates research and education by university faculty and students
- Monitors and oversees environmental conditions and sensitive habitats in the reserve and implements adaptive management strategies (e.g., invasive plant removal, grazing monitoring, rare and threatened plant and animal species surveys) in coordination with the Office of Physical and Environmental Planning
- Supervises Reserve staff, university interns, and student volunteers
- Operates and manages the reserve in accord with the mission, purposes, and policies of the UC Natural Reserve System
- Develops educational outreach programs for the reserve, including instructional activities, community science events, and promotional activities
- Coordinates operations, maintenance, and monitoring activities with Facilities Management and the Office of Physical and Environmental Planning
- Enhances research, facilities, and programs through extramural proposals and developmental activities, in coordination with the Faculty Director and others, including leading the development of a new field station
- Collaborates and engages, as appropriate, with external partners and stakeholders in support of the reserve
- Prepares annual reports, business plans, and strategic management plans
- Demonstrates a willingness to assume responsibility readily and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision

Qualifications:   • Bachelor's degree in related area and 5 years of related experience or 9 years equivalent experience / training.

• Master's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training preferred.

• In-depth knowledge of safety, legal, cultural and regulatory requirements relative to field research responsibility.

• Advanced knowledge of research discipline, principles, concepts, analysis and / or operations being conducted at field / remote sites.

• In-depth knowledge of local customs and operations at field / remote sites.

• Advanced ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with remote research partners.

• Advanced ability to lead research activities and project team independently, and to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

• Advanced attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

• Advanced ability to work in ambiguous conditions and lead team to take relevant responsible action as required.

• Advanced research and analytical skills.

• Advanced communication skills with broad range of research partners and project team members.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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    The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy:

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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Field Research Technician, Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Project
Friday, October 25, 2019 08:01 AM

The GCE LTER program seeks a research technician to assist with studies of coastal ecology. Work will involve studies of water quality, soils, and wetland plants and animals. This Research Technician II position is based at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, GA. The selected individual will work with other technicians, faculty and students at the field site.

The minimum qualification for the position is an Associate’s degree and some relevant experience; however, candidates with 4-year degrees in an environmental field (Biology, Chemistry, Geology) and significant experience will be the most competitive. Candidates must be able to operate pickup trucks, and have basic computer skills, including experience with email, word-processing, and spreadsheet programs. Let us know if you have any of the following useful skills or training: US Coast Guard Captains license, small boat piloting experience, drone pilot license, drone piloting experience, GIS. 

Physical Demands: The position will occasionally require strenuous physical activity and irregular hours. Much of the work is done outdoors in hot, muddy, and buggy conditions. Work Hours: Generally, 8:30 – 5:00 M – F; although field work may require early or late hours and occasional weekends.

Salary Range: $28,000 

Posting Number: S04184P

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RESEARCH SPECIALIST - University of Wisconsin - Madison, Center for Limnology
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 02:57 PM

The University of Wisconsin - Madison, Center for Limnology is accepting applications for the open position of RESEARCH SPECIALIST. This is a full-time academic staff-renewable position funded by the University of Wisconsin. Application deadline is 05 November 2019. For more information and application guidelines, please see:

Background: The Center for Limnology (CFL) is a research center devoted to research and graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The CFL provides access to the Madison-area lakes and other water bodies through the Hasler Laboratory of Limnology (Hasler Lab) and to the Northern Highland Lakes District through the Trout Lake Station (TLS). Research in the CFL includes nearly every aspect of the physical, chemical, and biological functioning of inland waters, as well as their landscape and social contexts.

This position provides guidance and oversight of field-based programs and operates at the interface between scientists and supporting equipment and facilities. This position provides technical expertise for the building's research programs at a comprehensive and independent level, assists with the instructional tasks as needed, and manages and coordinates CFL research field activities and facilities. The individual often designs, modifies and/or adapts unique one-of-a-kind systems in support of research or instruction. The position is responsible for managing and maintaining all facilities (laboratory and boat facilities, vehicles, office and common spaces); managing and operating the Hasler Lab workshop; instructing other UW personnel on safe use of CFL boats and equipment; and serving as liaison with Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M). This position is located at the Hasler Lab, but collaborates with colleagues at Trout Lake Station.

UW-Madison is committed to providing opportunities to people from all Backgrounds to help create a welcoming, empowered, and inclusive community. UW-Madison is an affirmative action/equal employment employer and we encourage women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Bachelor's degree required. Degree in environmental science or related field preferred. Master's degree preferred in the above named discipline.

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:  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.

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