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Position at Itasca Biological Station, University of Minnesota

06 July 2015
Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in ecology or related scientific field and one or more years of research experience 2 years experience managing a biological field station or similar field operation.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in ecology or related scientific field with minimum of 4 years or more of experience in managing a biological field station or similar field operation.
  • Must have excellent organization and leadership skills.
  • Must be highly self motivated and work independently.
  • Should be broadly trained in ecology, i.e., has a good understanding of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Must be well-spoken, out-going, personable and willing to work with people of all educational levels.
  • Must be physically fit and able to work outdoors under all weather conditions.
Summary of Position
The University of Minnesota seeks a full-time Station Biologist to contribute directly to its teaching and research mission and direct day-to-day on-site research related operations of the Lake Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. This position is responsible for coordinating with the Director and Program Administrator all research and classroom/lab activities at the Station including obtaining local, state, federal permits, making lab assignments, orienting new researchers / instructors, and assisting with field research when needed.
This position will also oversee the day-to-day operations of IBSL in conjunction with the Maintenance Supervisor, Director, and Program Administrator to ensure highly effective management of fiscal resources and field/laboratory operations
The Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is located in Itasca State Park in north central Minnesota. It is the premier biological field station of the University of Minnesota and located a short distance from three major biomes in the upper Midwest. It is a self-contained residential learning and research center with housing and dining facilities for approximately 120 people.
30% Research
  • Develop a small collaborative or independent research program based on discipline . Assist the Director in writing and submitting grant proposals for the Station.
25% Research Site and Field Operations
  • Maintain/repair/calibrate/schedule/inventory/purchase all laboratory and field related equipment . Serve as station Research Safety Officer (RSO), Station Network Administrator, Controlled Substances Officer.
  • Update research databases, faculty/student papers, annual lake monitoring data, and real time weather data to the web . Ensure all watercraft are maintained, safe and operational.
  • Coordinate work efforts of employees in conjunction with the resident manager including maintenance, dining hall, and custodial staff.
  • Coordinate with contractors and vendors as needed.
25% Teach
  • Prepare for and teach in the first-year student Nature of Life program (ca. 4 weeks, midsummer).
  • Develop a field biology course in the field biology program for the College of Biological Sciences appropriate to candidate's disciplinary field and experience.
  • Lecture in field courses if requested based on your discipline.
  • Assist professors in field courses when needed.
10% Outreach and Community Engagement
  • Host and orient workshops, professional meetings, training sessions and conduct field trips for visitors as needed.
  • Develop partnership with Itasca State Park administrators.
  • Provide presentations and Station tours to all visitors to the Station.
  • Develop excellent working relationships with the local public.
10% Strategic Planning and Budgeting
  • Assist Director and Program Administrator in developing strategic and business plans for the Station in line with College and University goals
  • Assist the Director, Program Administrator, and resident manager in planning, forecasting, monitoring and approving budgets for the Station
How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online (job ID:302134) .  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.
This position will remain open until filled.

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