Research and Communications Coordinator

University oa Maine
Orono, Maine
$42,000 – 55,000 per annum
Jul 17, 2017
Sep 10, 2017
Job Level
Entry level, Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type


  • TITLE:                       Research and Communications Coordinator #41988
  • DATE:                        June 26, 2017
  • UNIT:                          Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU)
  • REPORTS TO:         CFRU Director/Program Leader
  • POSITION TYPE:  Professional, full time, with continuation contingent upon annual funding and successful performance.
  • SALARY RANGE:                $42,000 – 55,000 per annum
  • START DATE:         October 1, 2017

PURPOSE:  The CFRU is a forest landowner / university cooperative that conducts applied scientific research to advance forestry practices in Maine ( The Research and Communications Coordinator coordinates research and communications programs for the CFRU within a team environment and in close collaboration with the CFRU Director/Program Leader. The incumbent plays a key role in ongoing and new research studies by maintaining long-term field installations and the unit-wide research database, developing new project proposals, and through assisting CFRU Cooperating Scientists and graduate students with field work, data management and statistical analyses. The position is also responsible for the outreach and communications aspects of the CFRU, including all technology transfer activities with CFRU member organizations, the Advisory Committee, and other professionals in the field of forest management.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:  The successful applicant will possess the following education, skills, knowledge, experience, and personal attributes:

  • Master’s degree in forestry, silviculture, natural resources, or related field.
  • Strong knowledge (as demonstrated through relevant university course work) and/or work experience with applied forest management or natural resources research including detailed experience with advanced statistics and database design & maintenance.
  • Knowledge (as demonstrated through relevant university course work) and/or work experience with communications and technology transfer in an applied research environment required, experience in forestry or natural resources field preferred.
  • Experience with desktop publishing, graphics software, and principles of graphic presentation.
  • Desired experience with WordPress website development and content management.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and proven success within a team environment.
  • Demonstrated success at working independently in a position of key support and responsibility.
  • Excellent verbal communications skills with individuals at all levels of an organization.
  • Excellent written communications skills, as demonstrated by authoring or editing both technical and popular articles.
  • Experience with meetings management and conference organization.
  • Strong knowledge of field and laboratory safety procedures.
  • Willingness and ability to work out-of-doors at remote field locations across the state of Maine, sometimes in rough terrain and adverse weather conditions (some overnight and weekend travel is expected).
  • Ability to travel normally requiring a valid driver's license.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:  The incumbent will coordinate all CFRU field and laboratory research activities including research communications and other duties as assigned:

  • Managing long-term CFRU research sites (including Maine’s Adaptive Silviculture Experiment Network, Commercial Thinning Research Network, Austin Pond, and Weymouth Point).
  • Serving as safety coordinator in cooperation with Department of Safety and Environmental Management to ensure that university safety policies and procedures are followed on CFRU research projects.
  • Fostering development of new research proposals while ensuring a high degree of collaboration, coordination, resource sharing, and communication among research team members.
  • Providing technical guidance and support in experimental design and installation, data management, and field and laboratory methods.
  • Conducting statistical analyses of data for approved research projects for research team members.
  • Recruiting, hiring and supervising students and other employees working on CFRU research, and ensuring that all employees are trained and follow university safety policies and procedures.
  • Providing technical expertise and advice related to the management of industrial forestlands in Maine.
  • Developing and maintaining a data bank for the long-term storage and retrieval of data derived from all approved research projects.
  • Ensuring research data from all approved research projects are entered, cleaned, and deposited into a data bank in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Responsible for coordinating real-time cloud based data backup of individual research team members’ critical data.
  • Coordinating regular communications with all CFRU cooperators
  • Coordinating the design and maintenance of the CFRU website
  • Managing the regular production of CFRU publications
  • Designing and implementing outreach activities that facilitate regular communications about CFRU research projects to CFRU members, other forestry professionals, policy makers, and public
  • Marketing the CFRU to the public and outside organizations by creating and managing media events (e.g., newspaper, radio, television) and other public communications.
  • Manage CFRU lab and storage facilities (including safety procedures), files, equipment, supplies, and other program materials.
  • Maintaining fleet of CFRU vehicles and coordination of scheduling among CFRU projects.
  • Coordinate all equipment, supplies, and other logistical details for approved research projects in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Reviewing research proposals and approved research projects for appropriate expenditures, and recommending other efficiencies.
  • Other reasonably related duties as assigned.


The employee will be required to hire, supervise, and have formal authority for seasonal students and temporary employees.

TO APPLY: Apply online at … Review of applications will begin on August 7th, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

ABOUT THE AREA: The University of Maine is located on the banks of the Penobscot River in Orono, ME and is located within an hour’s drive Acadia National Park, Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park.  Orono is a suburb of Bangor Maine, whose quality of life has earned it a place at the top of many national “best places” lists.  

The finalist for this position must successfully complete a pre-employment physical and driver’s license background check.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.