Manager, Field Operations: NEON
Monday, January 30, 2017 10:43 PM

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.


Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.


The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Program is currently seeking a Field Operations Manager. This position is located in Tuscaloosa, AL and manages NEON operations in Talladega National Forest (Brent, AL), Dead Lake (Demopolis, AL) and Lenoir Landing/Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge (Coffeeville, AL).


Occasional travel outside the region will be required.


NEON is a continental-scale ecological observation facility sponsored by the National Science Foundation that gathers and synthesizes data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity. The observatory is designed to collect high-quality, standardized data from field sites across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.


Tuscaloosa, AL is located along the banks of the Black Warrior River in west-central Alabama. Home to University of Alabama and the Crimson Tide, Tuscaloosa ( serves as a regional center for business, education and healthcare in West Alabama and offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities from performing arts to tailgating. Nearby Lake Lurleen State Park offers camping, picnicking, fishing piers, boat rentals and a boat launch.




This position manages a broad scope of scientific inquiry, managing a multi-disciplinary team of field scientists who collect measurements related to botany, mammalogy, limnology, micrometeorology, eddy flux and water quality at six NEON sites in Domain 08-Ozarks Complex.




  • Plan, schedule and ensure accurate execution, within NEON scientific parameters and annual budget, of all maintenance, repair and field sampling activities for 6 NEON field sites.
    • Coordination for instrument maintenance is required for approximately 40 different sensors, data acquisition system, power distribution system and supporting infrastructure (i.e. tower, instrument hut, boardwalks).
    • Coordination for field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple SOP’s with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions.
  • Recruit, train and manage all regular and temporary personnel supporting field office, lab and field site tasks.
  • Act as liaison between regional stakeholders, including educational and research organizations, local property owners and the general public and NEON Headquarters. 
  • Communicate NEON status and activities, local activities and partnerships, and regional issues and concerns to appropriate regional stakeholders and NEON staff. Work with regional stakeholders to resolve issues or concerns.
  • Plan and participate in local/regional community engagement activities (i.e. local/regional conferences or meetings, invited talks).
  • Ensure compliance with NEON safety policy and procedures.
  • Ensure appropriate equipment, materials and supplies are available to support required field activities. Ensure accuracy and efficient use of funds within assigned region.




  • Bachelors’ Degree in life science field or equivalent work experience.
  • 5 years previous experience supervising personnel including participating in hiring, training, and evaluating performance.
  • Previous experience developing and managing budgets and schedules.
  • Previous experience performing ecology related lab and field activities and/or maintaining scientific instrumentation (e.g. meteorological and aquatic sensors).
  • Previous experience communicating with external stakeholders such as customers, funding agencies, regulatory agencies, etc.
  • Requires critical human relation skills to understand, select, develop and motivate others.
  • Permanent U.S. Work Authorization required




  • Previous experience managing a technical field operations group.
  • Graduate study in biology, ecology, environmental science or related field.
  • Previous experience leading or participating in outdoor activities in remote areas.







Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.


Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected classes covered under federal or applicable state and local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.”

Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre Opportunity
Thursday, October 20, 2016 08:55 AM

Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre

Sandy Bay, E. Port L’Hebert, NS B0T 1S0

Nova Scotia

The not-for-profit Harrison Lewis Centre, a registered Canadian charity, seeks an individual with interests and knowledge in both natural history and small farming to operate our field station and programs from our campus located on a 19th Century salt water farm on Nova Scotia’s South (Atlantic coast) Shore near Thomas Raddall Park.

 Named in honour of Harrison Flint Lewis, first director of the Canadian Wildlife Service, the ten-year-old station with a 150-year old adjacent farmstead owned by our current executive director and founder provides a home for university summer school programs and organizes its own workshops relating to natural history and traditional rural home, farm, and woodlot management skills. Up to the present time, operations have been seasonal, May to October.

 Despite a decade of solvency, the Harrison Lewis Centre is financially a bare-bones operation with neither debt nor endowment. Directors have relied heavily on volunteers and government aid allowing them to hire summer student help.

 We wish to correspond with individuals in a position, initially, to donate a portion of their time and talent in lieu of a full salary toward operating the centre and reaching its goal, which is to become a solvent, first rate research and education centre catering to those who strive to understand natural systems and to acquire skills necessary to live in harmony with the environment. Ultimately we hope to have such a person take over as executive director.

 We invite proposals from those interested in taking up this challenge. More information and a website peek at our location and facilities can be found at Correspondence should be directed to the current executive director, Dirk van Loon, at

Duties, tasks, skills


            Grant writing

            Effective communication (speaking and writing)


            Directing employees/ volunteers

            Marketing/public relations

            Food/housekeeping management
Plant Ecologist - Eastern Michigan University
Thursday, October 06, 2016 08:05 AM

The Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Plant Ecology at the level

of Assistant Professor, beginning September 2017. We seek individuals with a Ph.D., postdoctoral

research experience, and evidence of teaching excellence and research productivity. Successful

candidates should have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and

be able to develop a productive research program involving undergraduate and Master's-level students.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach Ecology lecture, a writing-intensive laboratory

course, and an upper level course in plant biology. Preference will be given to candidates who seek to

understand the functional mechanisms underlying plant performance in the environment and who

complement the expertise of the department.

Eastern Michigan University, with an enrollment of 23,000 students, is located in Ypsilanti, adjacent to

Ann Arbor, in southeastern Michigan. The Biology Department ( is housed in

the new science complex, has 24 faculty members, and offers masters-level graduate programs in

Ecology, Evolution, Organismal Biology; Cellular and Molecular Biology; and General Biology. An

undergraduate program in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science & Society offers majors with a

concentration in Biology.

Please submit the following materials to 1) letter of interest; 2) curriculum vita;

3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy; 4) statement of research interests; and 5) up to three

current reprints. The emujobs site is limited in the number of files that can be uploaded so you will

need to combine some of these materials into one file. Please send three letters of reference to: Dr.

Marianne Laporte, Head, Department of Biology, 441 Mark Jefferson Science Complex, Ypsilanti, MI

48197; [email protected] Review of applications will begin October 28, 2016 and continue until

the successful candidate is hired. For additional information, contact Dr. Laporte at (734) 487-4242 or

by email.

Eastern Michigan University is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women and members of

minority groups to consider this opportunity.

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.

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