Web Updates: Special Characters
Monday, March 12, 2012 06:14 AM

I wanted to update everyone on some behind-the-scenes technical stuff we're working on to make the OBFS site better!

Right now, our site has an issue with what are known online as "special characters"--basically, words with accents or diacritical marks: Ñ, Ç, and Ý, for example.  When those go into the database, they come back out again as...well, not words.  And you may see your station name, or your name, suddenly transformed into something strange.

We are aware of this problem, and have received word from the server folks that they think they will be able to allow "special characters" by the end of 2012.  There is extensive testing involved, since sometimes databases think those characters are command codes.

So, while I can't offer you that feature today, I wanted you to know that we know it's a problem, and are working on a solution that appropriately supports the international membership and diversity of OBFS.

A note from the übernerd/webmaster

QUERC Field Station Manager
Saturday, March 10, 2012 07:10 PM
Availability: August 1, 2012
Responsibility: On-site Coordinator: Coordinate all Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC) activities on site. Manage travel logistics and contacts for educational activities. Provide orientation for students, establish
on-site policies and procedures for students and guests. Development and Networking: Actively maintain contacts with scientific and educational communities throughout Costa Rica. Provide appropriate services to researchers in the San Gerardo area. Actively cultivate the exchange of research and educational resources. Seek to position QERC as the recognized scientific and educational resource in the Upper Savegre Watershed.

Community Relations: facilitate annual meeting between the QERC Director and the local community in order to develop shared vision to evaluate the effectiveness of QERC in meeting shared goals, discuss issues identified with regard to the operation of QERC or its role in the community, and ensure that QERC operates in good standing with the terms of the lease. Meet with the leasor at least one other time during the year to update them on the QERC operations and develop a mutually beneficial partnership. Develop school programs that educate the children of the San Gerardo school about the valley environment, environmental conservation, science, cross-cultural interaction, or other relative topics within the domain of QERC expertise. Track research in the valley, gather data (raw and interpreted), and disseminate the products of QERC research to residents of the valley in general and to the Chacon family in particular. Publish a biannual QERC newsletter distributed to the San Gerardo community informing readers of the ongoing work at QERC.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or related area with at least two years experience in a relevant field. A graduate degree in biology or related field is preferable. Conversational fluency in Spanish is required in addition to excellent communication skills with faculty, students, and local residents. Committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the mission and core values of the Church of the Nazarene.

Please see Full Job posing at:

RMBL Physical Plant Supervisor
Thursday, March 08, 2012 07:00 AM

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) has a year-round full-time Physical Plant Supervisor position available in Gothic, Colorado.

Between May and October the Physical Plant Supervisor is responsible for maintaining RMBL’s complex physical plant and infrastructure in a rustic environment. During the winter months, the Physical Plant Supervisor will help with facility planning, budgeting, remote operation and monitoring. Applicants should have facility management experience, a strong customer-service orientation, ability to solve multifaceted problems and to prioritize projects, the ability to organize staff, and have appropriate related computer skills.

For a complete job description visit: Submit a cover letter and resume with three references via email to [email protected]. This position will be open until filled. Initial review of applications will start April 1. RMBL is a non-profit biological research facility located at 9,500 ft in the West Elk Mountains of Colorado just north of Crested Butte.

NRS Program Coordinator, CA
Thursday, February 16, 2012 07:04 PM

NRS Program Coordinator
University of California, Office of the President
Salary: $66,900-$98,400 (Minimum - Midpoint of Range)
NOTE: This is a 65%-time position; the listed salary is for a full-time appointment.

Location: Oakland, CA;  Requisition #20120049
Closing Date: 03/02/2012

The UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) makes available, to the University community and to qualified research, educational, and public service users, an array of reserves that broadly represents California's ecological diversity, managing these reserves as study sites, outdoor laboratories, and "classrooms without walls." The systemwide NRS staff in the UC Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Division of Academic Affairs, coordinates capital improvements, academic programs, management planning, acquisitions, administrative guidelines, budget proposals, fundraising campaigns, databases, and informational materials for 37 sites that include more than 750,000 acres throughout the state, the most extensive University system of protected natural areas in the world.

Under general direction of the Director, the NRS Program Coordinator leads the development of NRS systemwide initiatives, programs, projects, reviews, reserve management plans, policies, and guidelines on behalf of the NRS. Efforts involve coordinating, planning, and administering complex initiatives with multiple stakeholders, managing multiple projects on an ongoing basis. The Coordinator works in close collaboration with and garners support from units within UCOP, the NRS system, the UC campuses, other institutions, government agencies, NGOs, and other state, national, and international organizations. The Coordinator's role as NRS representative will influence the way in which the NRS is viewed within the global environmental community, and accordingly, great tact, sensitivity, and diplomacy are essential.

As the lead responsible for spearheading NRS systemwide initiatives, the Coordinator will address issues of significant complexity and scope and exercise independent judgment. The Coordinator conducts research and analysis on science and policy matters gathering, synthesizing, and applying leading edge knowledge, standards, and techniques in ecosystem management; and researching and engaging with existing UC administrative systems, policies, and procedures, to develop novel multi-campus programs on behalf of the NRS.


  • Graduate degree required in the biological or related natural sciences, with advanced knowledge of and experience in the field sciences, field research, and ecosystem management, demonstrated by at least ten years of progressively responsible experience in ecosystem management, preferably within a field station setting.
  • Significant knowledge and current understanding of emerging issues and trends in ecosystem studies and natural resource management.
  • Outstanding leadership qualities, including a high degree of integrity and commitment to the NRS mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in close collaboration with a team of professionals, fostering a positive, supportive, respectful, and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with constituents from a variety of backgrounds (including faculty, administrators, state and federal governmental agencies, international organizations, NGOs, land trusts, conservation organizations, foundations, private donors, and the general public); to handle sensitive matters on behalf of the NRS with discretion, tact, and diplomacy; and to exercise sound judgment and decision-making skills in representing the interests of the NRS and its systemwide programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, negotiation, and presentation skills to represent the NRS effectively to a wide variety of audiences, convey complex information, influence outcomes, and tactfully work with complex situations and ideas.
  • Knowledge and understanding of strategic planning concepts, practices, standards, and processes.
  • Successful project management experience. Demonstrated experience working independently and contributing to team projects.
  • Experienced creative thinker and problem solver; meticulous attention to detail as appropriate.
  • Ability to adapt to changing workflow and evolving priorities. Includes prioritizing and responding in a timely manner during periods of high activity and tight deadlines, while making appropriate progress on long term goals and objectives.
  • Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, self-direction, and creativity, and to represent the Natural Reserve System in a professional manner.
  • Proven effectiveness working in complex institutions of higher education.
  • Familiarity with the organization of the University, its campuses, and the Office of the President, including knowledge of decision-making procedures within the University and the key personnel within the system who can assist with timely analyses and review of information.
  • Thorough understanding of the Natural Reserve System, its organizational structure, available resources, general mission, and specific goals, along with a broad foundation of scientific knowledge.
  • Outstanding computer skills, including MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), electronic mail, online calendaring system, and the Internet. Ability to operate Macintosh computers.

HOW TO APPLY: For a complete job description or to apply for this position, visit:
Quesnel River Research Center Manager
Thursday, February 16, 2012 06:54 PM

The University of Northern British Columbia is seeking a full time, on-site manager for the Quesnel River Research Centre which is located in Likely, British Columbia.  We seek an individual with strong personal and leadership skills to work with our academic researchers and community partners and to facilitate the development of a strong community-based research and monitoring program along with a leading watershed ecology research program.  This is a unique opportunity for an individual who has the desire to help develop a strong and vibrant research station in a resource-rich, active community in the central interior of British Columbia.  

Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Dean of the College of Science and Management (UNBC, Prince George campus), and working closely with the QRRC Advisory Committee and academic researchers, the Manager will enable the vision of the QRRC to be an international leader in watershed ecology research and learning by:

  • Creating an active culture of communication, knowledge transfer and outreach to highlight the scientific and social importance of QRRC programs and research
  • Establishing research projects linking the community and the Centre
  • Facilitating the development of research programs which link UNBC faculty, visiting researchers, students and the community
  • Facilitating the development and supporting the delivery of credit field courses based out of the Centre
  • Pursuing grants and innovative funding opportunities to support research and outreach
  • Developing and maintaining monitoring programs
  • Building beneficial partnerships to link science to the community
  • Ensuring the safe, effective operation of the facility

Advanced Degree (PhD preferred) in a related science with a diversity of experience in scientific research, teaching, administration and development, typically obtained through five or more years of work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Full posting and application details

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