The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, is seeking applicants for a project coordinator for the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE; www.heeforeststudy.org), a large multidisciplinary research project examining the relationship of silvicultural practices to changes in plant and animal species within forests across Indiana. This individual will coordinate all research, extension and teaching activities related to the HEE.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will facilitate collaboration between researchers from Purdue, Indiana State, Ball State and other universities, and local land managers for the State of Indiana. Regular communication via emails, meetings and/or biannual newsletters is expected to update investigators and managers on progress and success of field work; to make judgments as to the suitability of the particular field sites for research activities; and to coordinate field activities with land managers on state forests properties. The incumbent will be expected to hire and remotely supervise field technicians and a field research coordinator, oversee implementation of field protocols for sampling of forest vegetation and fauna, and provide oversight for quality analysis/control associated with collection of field data. This position is also responsible for coordinating field crew logistics, including hiring, housing and transportation. The incumbent will work closely with researchers in organizing and archiving tabular and geospatial data into searchable geodatabases. The Project Coordinator will also assist in analysis of data to create annual progress and outreach materials, organize and/or participate in department-sponsored extension activities, and assist researchers by assembling results into publishable manuscripts.
The position will be based at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus, while the HEE field sites are located near Bloomington, Indiana. Therefore, the position will require travel between campus and the field throughout the year; the amount of travel substantially depending on field needs. The individual will occasionally be expected to collect field data in adverse environmental conditions typical of southern Indiana.
QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in Forestry or a closely related field, plus two years of work experience similar to the described position, is required; an M.S. in Forestry or a closely related field with supervisory experience is preferred. The successful candidate must have working knowledge of general silvicultural operations, forest inventory techniques and wildlife sampling techniques. Strong knowledge of computer data programs for organizing data (e.g., Excel, Access, ArcGIS) and analyzing field data (e.g., SAS, R) is expected. Strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills is required. Demonstrated technical and scientific writing skills, such as management plans or manuscripts, are preferred.
SALARY: Salary range is $40,000 – $45,000 per year, commensurate with experience and training.
CLOSING DATE: January 19, 2015, or until filled with a qualified candidate.
STARTING DATE: February 16, 2015 is preferred, although it may be delayed for an exceptional candidate.
APPLICATION PROCESS: This position is listed at Purdue’s Careers (msaunder).
Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.