Director of Programs, Schoodic Institute
Monday, March 20, 2017 09:52 AM

Director of Programs, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

About Schoodic Institute: Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  The mission of Schoodic Institute is to advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages through its unique partnership with Acadia National Park.  The Institute’s goal is to be the national leader for research that inspires environmental stewardship.  From its Acadia National Park campus, the Institute engages scientists, educators, students, and the public in research and learning.  Schoodic Institute’s programs build understanding and appreciation for science and the natural world and contribute to addressing complex challenges in a changing environment.  

Primary Responsibility: Provide strategic leadership, vision, and direction for the Schoodic Institute research and education programs team.  Lead the development of new programs and partnerships, seek funding to advance the mission of Schoodic Institute, and build cooperation and teamwork among research and education staff.  The Director of Programs will work closely with the President as a key leader within the organization. 

Complete Position Description, Qualifications, and Application Instructions:  

Director of the Lake Erie Center
Monday, March 06, 2017 02:49 PM

The University of Toledo seeks a Director for the Lake Erie Center. The Lake Erie Center (LEC) is a 30,000 ft2 research facility on the shore of Lake Erie, 25 minutes from main campus. Facilities include: wet-lab with flow-through lake and city water, an instrumentation laboratory, 25ft and 28ft research vessels plus smaller trailered boats, lake-deployed sensors, offices for faculty and students, classrooms, a library, a public lobby and support facilities ( The LEC’s mission is to serve as a nexus for interdisciplinary and collaborative research and education on aquatic ecosystems and the linkages among land-use practices, water quality, habitat, economics, natural resources, and sustainability. Much of the current research at the LEC addresses questions in natural resource management and conservation including causes and responses to harmful algal blooms, nutrient transport, fisheries ecology, and invasive species. We seek a Director who will build initiatives that complement and strengthen research programs and expand the university’s position as a leader in water research with a focus on Lake Erie and the Great Lakes.

We seek a Director who has substantial professional achievement and national standing in research relevant to the LEC mission. Applicants from diverse disciplines will be considered. While candidates with experience in Great Lakes issues are sought, exceptional candidates with experience working in other aquatic ecosystems are invited to apply. A successful candidate will be at a senior level and have both the experience and desire to provide leadership on water or water ecosystems research with faculty, staff, and students across UT, and to develop external partnerships with other universities, agencies, and other organizations to address the challenges of the Great Lakes. Possible approaches include: 1) developing mechanisms for LEC researchers to provide local governments and natural resource agencies with information that supports policy and decision making; 2) working with educators and agencies to meaningfully transfer LEC and UT research findings to the public (students and adults) and conversely, to engage the public in the work of the LEC; 3) developing large externally funded programs led at the Center that bring in expertise from other universities to address critical problems.

Therefore, a successful candidate would need to demonstrate the ability to lead programmatic grant proposals, and to build relationships with local, regional, and federal agencies and organizations. The Director would also have oversight (in collaboration with resident faculty) of the LEC budget, facility, staff and advisory boards.

Required qualifications include: 1) a minimum of 10 years of post-graduate experience working on issues relevant to the mission of the Center; 2) an advanced degree in in any area of Environmental Science or related discipline, or substantial administrative experience with an agency or organization working on issues relevant to the Great Lakes 3) demonstrated experience in leading interdisciplinary collaborations; 4) evidence of successful administrative activity; 5) documented familiarity with the Great Lakes ecosystem or other large managed ecosystem; and 6) evidence of national standing as an expert on issues central to the mission of the Center such as significant publications, grants, or high profile agency or institute positions.

While this is expected to be primarily an administrative position, there also could be an opportunity for a concurrent appointment as tenured faculty in an appropriate academic department, depending on the candidate’s educational, professional background and career goals. For a tenured faculty position, a Ph.D. or J.D. degree is required with professional and scholarly achievements sufficient to be tenured and hold the rank of Professor.

The University of Toledo is the third largest public university in Ohio. It is a Carnegie classified doctoral university of higher research activity, and is a comprehensive state institution with an enrollment of approximately 23,000 students spread across 14 colleges and two attractive suburban campuses. Associated with the LEC is the UT Water Quality Task Force, an interdisciplinary group of more than 25 researchers across seven colleges working to address Lake Erie water quality issues.

Situated in the heart of the Midwest, Toledo, Ohio is a convergence of highways, railways and waterways that have long made Toledo a transportation hub. Located at the intersection of I-75 and I-80/90, the two busiest highways in the country, Toledo is where things get built. Smart things like solar panels and biotech. Iconic things like Jeep® brand SUVs and Libbey glass; home to several corporate entities – Owens Corning, Owens Illinois, Dana Corporation, Jeep and First Solar. Strengths in bioscience, agribusiness, transportation and logistics, result in a thriving arts and cultural scene with diverse career opportunities and growth for our region.

Submit inquires and submissions to the search committee chair, Dr. Jonathan Bossenbroek. Applications must include a cover letter addressed to Professor Bossenbroek, along with names and contact information for three references willing to submit a recommendation, and a curriculum vitae. The cover letter should address how the candidate’s background and skills would advance the mission of the LEC and describe programmatic initiatives that (s)he would be prepared to undertake as Director. For information about the Department of Environmental Sciences, go to: Applications will be reviewed in early April with the intent for a July 1, 2017 start.

The University of Toledo is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

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.

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