Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation
|Position Available:||Year Round|
|Hourly Rate or Pay Range:||$65,000–$75,000 annually|
|Application Deadline:||Position open until filled.|
Northland College is a private liberal arts college with a progressive focus on the environment, sustainability, and social justice. Adjacent to Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and nearly a million acres of national forest, Northland has access to an unparalleled living laboratory and natural playground just beyond our doors. The College was named first in sustainable curriculum by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and is featured as one of the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools for its environmental curriculum and sustainability achievements.
The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College promotes the health and sustainable use of the world’s freshwater resources, one of the greatest global challenges of our time. The Burke Center integrates scientific research, applied resource management, environmental communications and policy, education, and thought leadership on freshwater issues in northwest Wisconsin, the Great Lakes, and beyond.
The Burke Center at Northland College is seeking a research scientist to serve as the center’s associate director—inland lakes, who will be responsible for leading the center into the future by collaborating with other center staff to develop and implement scientific strategic priorities for the inland lakes region of northwest Wisconsin. The anticipated start date for this 12-month position is January 3, 2022. Review of applications will begin September 12 and will continue until the position is filled.
The associate director—inland lakes will provide oversight and direction to the center’s inland lakes science initiatives, analytical lab, and strategic planning for other inland lake field-based analytical facilities. This will include hiring and supervising Burke Center staff (both student and non-student employees) to implement inland lake and analytical initiatives. In addition, the associate director—inland lakes will participate in center-wide strategic planning, assist with implementation of the center’s undergraduate student research program, manage budgets at the project-scale, and collaborate with the center’s associate director—Great Lakes and operations manager on the development and vision of the overall center budget. The associate director—inland lakes is also expected to serve as a principal investigator on research grants and to work directly with grant administrators at the College to manage and execute grant-funded programs.
Responsibilities and Qualifications
- Coordinate Burke Center science initiatives, with a focus on the Inland Lakes Research Program (50%)
- Develop a long-term research agenda to address current and future challenges in inland lake management
- Develop and implement annual goals for inland lake freshwater research, monitoring, and assessment
- Provide technical support for regional water resource management initiatives, with a focus on inland lakes
- Conduct and supervise field work to characterize the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of inland lakes and associated streams, rivers, and wetlands
- Conduct data analysis, interpretation and presentation, and report writing
- Conduct annual QA/QC audits to ensure quality field and laboratory data
- Assist with strategic planning for the student research program, including annual student work plans, and appropriate student staffing needs.
- Help recruit, interview and hire undergraduate student workers and non-student staff
- Provide leadership, training, and technical direction to student and non-student staff for applied learning projects, experiential field work, and lab sample analysis
- Train and supervise students in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data
- Coordinate and oversee the Burke Center Laboratory (20%)
- Raise funds to support lab operations via grants, contracts, and/or gifts
- Hire and supervise student and non-student staff to operate the Burke Center analytical lab
- Provide laboratory support for the center’s research initiatives
- Oversee sample analysis and equipment calibration/maintenance
- Maintain laboratory equipment and desired certifications
- Coordinate grant writing and reporting to support programmatic goals (20%)
- Seek external funding to support scientific research and applied learning opportunities
- Create and administer project budgets
- Coordinate interim and final project completion reporting
- Ensure completion of contract deliverables and fiscal compliance, including any associated publications or reports
- Serve as a key member of the Burke Center management team (10%)
- Participate in meetings with internal staff, affiliated faculty, partner agencies and institutions, and undergraduate students
- Support recruitment and retention of undergraduate students at Northland College through collaborative partnerships
- Fulfill Burke Center endowment obligations through research, education and outreach efforts
- Help implement the center’s strategic plan
- Collaborate to produce technical reports, publications, white papers, and videos that feature Burke Center research or other center activities
- Work with other Northland College faculty and staff to facilitate experiences that support the Northland College curriculum
- Help ensure prudent and strategic spending of Burke Center endowment revenue, grant and contract funds, gifts to the center, and other program revenue through development, oversight, and tracking of budgeting and expenditures
- Other duties as assigned
- May include the option to assist with, teach, and/or develop new undergraduate courses
Supervision of full-time, part-time, and temporary staff and/or undergraduate students. Size of staff can range from 1–10 individuals, depending on time of year and current research projects.
- Doctoral degree in a field related to freshwater science, with a focus on inland lakes preferred, or master’s degree and at least five years of experience in a freshwater science-related discipline
- Demonstrated ability to manage and operate an environmental analytical laboratory, preferably with experience related to obtaining and maintaining state and federal laboratory certifications
- Demonstrated ability to collaboratively organize and coordinate the work of others in conducting field and laboratory research projects
- Familiarity with a variety of field sampling techniques and equipment, particularly those used in inland lakes (e.g., water quality sampling, sonde profile measurement, aquatic plant surveys)
- Demonstrated ability with data management, analysis, reporting, publications, and presentation
- Demonstrated success in acquiring project funding through the development of grants and contracts, as well as successful grant and contract management
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Northland College faculty and staff, governmental agencies, indigenous communities, homeowner or lake associations, volunteer groups, the general public, NGOs, and other stakeholders
- Working knowledge of nonpoint source pollution management, water resource monitoring program design, limnology and stream ecology, watershed restoration and best management practices
- Experience working with indigenous communities and knowledge of treaty rights and resource management approaches, particularly within the ceded territory of Ojibwe people, is desired
- Commitment to the Burke Center’s collaborative multidisciplinary culture, including an adept understanding of the important role that communication can play in translating the center’s applied scientific research into nonpartisan policy outcomes
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative, close-knit team atmosphere
- Excellent ability to operate various watercraft, with experience loading and backing boat trailers
- Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
Local travel required to complete research initiatives; approximately 1–2 trips outside the local area annually to attend conferences or other professional meetings.
While performing the duties of this 12-month position, the employee must have the ability to perform physical labor commonly encountered in aquatic field studies. The employee is regularly required to stand in the field or laboratory environment, and walk on uneven and rough terrain as well as paved and unpaved trails, often in wild, remote, and off-grid field locations. The employee must be comfortable around the water and riding in various watercraft. The employee must be able to handle and manipulate objects, tools, or controls. The employee must regularly lift and/or move materials weighing more than 50 pounds over distances that can range up to 150 to 300 feet. The employee must be able to launch and land a boat from/onto a trailer independently, and be able to drive and back-up a boat trailer.
The office environment is quiet with exposure to computer screens. The employee will have frequent contact with staff, students, faculty, college administration, and trustees—either in person, by telephone, or electronically. Office work may require sitting for prolonged periods of time, and extensive use of a computer keyboard.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
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