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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 

 
 
Campus Administrative Officer for the University of California Riverside’s Natural Reserves
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 09:31 AM

The University of California Riverside Natural Reserve System (UCR NRS) administers 6 of 39 reserves within the University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS). In addition there are three satellite reserves under UCR's purview. As a Campus Administrative Director for the Natural Reserves, the incumbent will work on-campus to provide essential administrative & logistical support to site staff & their operations. The incumbent will be responsible for supporting and facilitating programmatic activities for UCR NRS with joint responsibility for most administrative, budgetary and development activities. Working within an administrative unit and reporting to UCR's Campus Faculty Director the incumbent works to support personnel of the UCR NRS in a variety of ways to include grant writing to bolster research, teaching and outreach, fund raising to increase NRS philanthropy and donorship, strategic planning in support of consensus related to long-range goals for UCR NRS and implementing programmatic initiatives, both directly and in a supporting role, to increase visibility of UCR NRS sites. A key component of this role is responsibility for administrative oversight to the UCR NRS Advisory Committee. In addition to working closely with committee members & Faculty Director, the incumbent also interacts with a broad audience of stakeholders to include UC NRS Systemwide office, all staff of the UCR NRS, the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) Dean, the Financial & Administrative Officer within the administrative unit and campus affiliates providing services to UCR NRS. The incumbent will also engage external stakeholders to include government & private agencies, academic bodies and other sectors as appropriate. This recruitment is for a career position. Please note that 3 years of funding has been secured at this time. It is our goal to retain this position in career status beyond three year commitment, subject to funding availability. Interviews are expected to be scheduled during late July or early August 2019.


To learn more and apply go to:  https://irecruitportal.ucr.edu/irecruit/!Controller?action=jobs_webui.show_page&page=jobs_detail&requisition_id=201905282441&profile_id=&module=jobs

 
 
Professor and Director of the U-M Biological Station
Friday, June 07, 2019 07:56 AM

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan solicits applications and nominations for the position of Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS). The UMBS, located in northern Michigan about 20 miles south of the Mackinac Straits and 230 miles from Ann Arbor, encompasses a protected site of more than 10,000 acres of mostly forested land, lakeshores, wetlands and riparian ecosystems that has been largely undisturbed since its establishment in 1909. The UMBS is an NSF Experimental Ecological Reserve, a U.N. International Biosphere Reserve, and a US Department of Energy Ameriflux Core Site. It has hosted research in recent years supported by as many as 39 agency grants from the NSF, the Department of Energy, the US Forest Service, EPA, and various other sources. The UMBS has staff, facilities, a year-round field campus, a modern analytical chemistry laboratory, and a budget to support its mission of teaching and environmental research. It is also the site of several well-established longitudinal studies. Although the Director resides in Ann Arbor during the academic year, she/he will normally occupy the Director’s residence at UMBS during summers.

We seek an individual with a distinguished research record and credentials suitable for a tenured academic appointment as Professor in an LSA Department such as Ecology & Evolutionary Biology or Earth & Environmental Sciences. The Director will play a central role in promoting interactions nationally and with University of Michigan units, such as the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, the College of Engineering, and the School of Public Health, as well as with LSA departments and programs, and will foster and maintain relationships with communities local to UMBS. The successful candidate will have a record of intellectual and administrative leadership, experience in obtaining grant support from public and private sources, and a record of excellence in teaching.

The Director is also charged with sustaining the Biological Station’s diverse course offerings, broadening participation of under-represented groups among UMBS students, faculty, researchers and staff, and fostering an inclusive field station community. She/he will also be responsible for managing and expanding the range of UMBS research, and the continued development of major research initiatives. As a tenured faculty member, she/he is also expected to contribute to teaching in the academic unit of tenure.

Applicants should submit a letter of application that includes a statement of prior leadership and management experience and evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through scholarship/research, teaching/mentoring, or service/engagement; a research statement; curriculum vitae; and names and contact information for at least three references at webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/BioStn. The search committee will begin consideration of applications on August 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. This is a university year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2020.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Women and members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Additional information about the Biological Station is at https://lsa.umich.edu/umbs.

 
DISTINGUISHED MARINE SCIENTIST/ DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
Monday, May 20, 2019 10:12 PM

Call for Nominations and Applications for a DISTINGUISHED MARINE SCIENTIST/ DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AT THE CENTRAL CARIBBEAN MARINE INSTITUTE, INC., CAYMAN ISLANDS

Central Caribbean Marine Institute  PO Box 1461    Princeton, NJ  08542

 

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute Inc. (CCMI) in the Cayman Islands will hire a Director to develop and implement a research strategy to establish CCMI as a globally-recognized premier institute. The Research Director will lead a vibrant coral reef research program that incubates new ideas to address contemporary issues facing coral reef ecosystems.  

We seek to recruit a scientist with a distinguished marine science career with a focus on coral reefs, physical sciences or oceanography. Nominees and applicants must have an earned doctoral degree in marine science or related discipline, a minimum of 10 years post-PhD experience, and a strong publication record. Excellent grantsmanship and demonstrated record of receiving major awards for research and equipment/facilities is required.

 

We seek an individual with experience leading collaborations and building networks of interdisciplinary scientists. Managing people (both internal and external stakeholders) and creating a positive environment for excellence is key to the research director role.  Our people are our greatest resource and therefore we seek someone with excellent management and mentoring qualities. The new director must be excellent communicator across all media, with donors, and community members.

 

CCMI’s principal facilities and field operations are located on Little Cayman Islands which is the least populated island in the Caribbean where 50% of the reefs are under marine protection. Therefore, this location provides an important control site for research. It has one of the Caribbean’s most impressive reef systems, the Bloody Bay Marine Park. Research has included over a hundred collaborative and international visiting scientists from Harvard, GEOMAR (Kiel University), Smithsonian Institution, University of Tokyo, University of Essex, University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University, among other academic institutions. REPORTING: The Director reports directly to the President of CCMI Inc.

 

DEADLINE: Recruitment will be ongoing until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 15 with start date preferably by the end of Summer 2019.

 

HOW to APPLY: Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, a vision statement for your research and a separate vision statement for CCMI (all organized as 1 pdf) to Search Committee Secretary, Sue Provost, [email protected]. Include four professional references (address, phone number and email address).

 

COMPENSATION PACKAGE: Excellent salary, health and pension benefits. Caribbean based. Benefits include health insurance, pension, and paid vacation. Employment is contingent upon approval of a Work Permit issued by the Cayman Islands Immigration Department. CCMI is an equal opportunities employer.

 

We will begin reviewing applications May 15th. Link here for more information on the organization and position: https://reefresearch.org/who-we-are/our-people/positions-available

 

CONTACT: [email protected]

 
Aquatic Field Technician - Illinois Natural History Survey
Monday, May 20, 2019 09:33 PM

Job Classification:  Hourly Assistant – 40 hours per week

 

Position:  Aquatic Field Technician (6 possible positions)

                                                                       

Employer:  Illinois River Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois.  Position is located in Havana, Illinois.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Field technicians are needed to conduct applied research in the area of aquatic ecology and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois.  Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Must have or be in the process of working toward a bachelor degree in aquatic ecology, biology, zoology or a biological related field. Must demonstrate a working knowledge of, and ability to collect biological data, such as fisheries and water quality in a large river system.  Understanding and experience with standardized long-term monitoring (LTRM) sampling protocols is preferred. Experience using large boats, outboard motors, trailers, four wheel drive vehicles and maintaining field equipment. Candidate will participate in boat electrofishing, netting and other appropriate gear types as well as be expected to perform field station maintenance duties when needed.  This position requires significant physical exertion (including carrying 40 or more pounds of gear), commitment to safety, and meticulous data recording. The individual must have a valid driver’s license and a strong ability to swim. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, long days with possible nights and weekends.

 

“The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.”

           

Salary:             $11.00 to $13.00 per hour depending on experience

                                   

Available:         May-October 2019 with likely extension to December 2019.

 

Application:     For full consideration, applications should be received by 6/15/2019, start date is 6/10/2019, but the position may be filled sooner when a suitable candidate is found.  Electronic applications required.  To apply, please email cover letter, resume/CV and contact information for three professional references to: Levi Solomon at [email protected] - (Reference “IRBS Field Tech” in subject line).

                                     

 

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 
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