Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS) is a center for research, education, and scholarship at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) that is committed to providing the public, industry, and agency partners with information to facilitate effective biological conservation and management of the state's natural resources. Our faculty and staff conduct basic and applied research, serve a wide range of data to the public, offer professional services, and provide educational opportunities.
ACCS was formed within UAA's College of Arts and Sciences by the merging of the Alaska Natural Heritage Program, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Conservation Planning and other units. Funding to support ACCS is primarily achieved through grants from federal agencies, cooperative agreements with state and federal agencies, and donations.
At ACCS this position serves at the Manager for the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Homer, Alaska, and serves as PI on several extramurally-funded projects related to the marine ecology, coastal and estuary ecology and management in Alaska.
• Uses expert-level knowledge of research methods, analytical procedures, and scientific writing to produce refereed journal publications and research and natural resource management reports. Includes development and application of theoretical and mathematical models, the application advanced statistical and other analytical tools, and synthesis of research conducted by other scientists.
• Supervises and manages other research staff, including research professionals and technicians, graduate students, undergraduates, and interns. Coordinates the efforts of staff members to achieve research goals, assigns and prioritizes project tasks, holds others accountable to ensure accurate and timely results, and revises assignments as necessary to ensure project goals are met. Includes recruiting new research staff when needed.
• Manages the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR), including strategic planning and serving as principal investigator for multiple federal and research projects. Assumes management responsibility for multiple budgets and for project deliverables and deadlines; oversees KBNERR facilities, maintenance, and equipment; ensures KBNERR meets reporting, safety, travel, and funding guidelines. Works with ACCS Director to facilitate collaboration and communication. Works with National Estuarine Research Reserve System to comply with bi-annual reporting standards, participate in national meetings and working groups that review and set regional and national research priorities. Represents KBNERR for inquiries, data requests, and at national meetings.
• Secures extramural funding for the continued operation and development of KBNERR. Designs and implements research projects and writes proposals to secure funding for future research, education, and/or coastal management projects including problem definition, designing processes/tools for gathering information, developing budgets, and setting research trajectories for competitive funding opportunities. Fosters ties with state and federal agencies and local governments to secure contracts that advance coastal management goals. Collaboration with university and agency scientists and managers is a key element.
• Must have expert-level knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures to design research projects, develop proposals for extramural funding, and implement research projects. Must apply knowledge of budgeting guidelines to develop and track project budgets. Must have supervisory skills in managing research, education, and outreach staff. Must have prior publications in refereed research journals that communicates research findings to the public and other scientists. Must be able to design and implement sampling procedures, define research goals, and answer policy questions related to marine/coastal ecology, habitat, and biological research. Must be able to conduct field sampling in wilderness settings (including managing field logistics); have wilderness survival and travel skills; have database management skills; have working knowledge of Alaska's geography, landscape, biota, and ecosystems.
• Analyzes and resolves significant problems.
• Problem resolution requires considerable analysis of multiple components or conflicting issues.
• Applies broad understanding of program, organization, system and/or client needs to resolve highly complex problems.
• Identifies new services and opportunities for process improvement.
• Independently evaluates and meets complex organizational, program or system needs in assigned area.
• Specialist or expert resource.
• Serves as a strategic adviser.
• Is a team or project leader.
• Develops long-range strategic plans.
• Plans and directs activities/functions for multiple operations, programs or projects.
• Authorized to commit the program or organization to projects/expenditures within well-defined guidelines.
• Interprets and applies complex rules and regulations.
Advanced research skills and demonstrated knowledge of advanced subject matter; proposal and budget development; ability to interface with and provide constructive supervision to other scientists, educators and the public.
Typical Education or Training:
M.S., though Ph.D. preferred. Five years of research and program management experience in a field relevant to the ecology of Alaska’s marine/coastal ecosystems.
Please attach a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references.
December 16, 2017. Work expected to begin in February 2018.