Freshwater Research Institute Ecologist

Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Aug 27, 2021
Sep 26, 2021
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Freshwater Research Institute Ecologist

About Susquehanna:

As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position Summary:

Job Summary The Freshwater Research Institute (FRI) Ecologist contributes to FRI programs and operations in support of University and FRI strategic goals, with a focus on student development, collaborative and applied ecological research, and building a diverse and inclusive community. The FRI Ecologist reports to the FRI Director. This is a 12-month position with subsequent appointment contingent upon external funding, satisfactory performance, and the needs of the University.

Specific Responsibilities

• In support of University and FRI strategic goals:

o Develop and maintain field- and/or lab-based applied ecology research projects that incorporate undergraduate students as significant contributors, and disseminate the results.

o Support ongoing FRI programs and projects.

o Contribute to new FRI programs and collaboratively develop new projects.

o Build and maintain collaborative relationships with external partners.

o Undertake professional development opportunities to expand knowledge and/or skills to support ongoing or new projects.

• Teach and mentor undergraduate students.

o Teach up to 4 semester hours per academic year in Ecology, Biology, or Earth and Environmental Sciences.

o Supervise up to 2 research students (Ecology, Biology, and/or Earth and Environmental Sciences majors) per academic year to fulfill the senior research requirement, and fulfill all departmental responsibilities associated with this role.

o Supervise and mentor students in academic year and summer roles.

• Contribute to the development of external funding proposals to support FRI operations.

• Maintain field and lab equipment.

• Direct and/or participate in outreach efforts.

Required Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of freshwater ecology, recent and foundational scientific literature, and contemporary field and lab methods is required. Knowledge of riparian restoration practices is preferred. Required skills include GIS and/or R, quantitative data analysis, scientific writing. Required abilities include collaboration, teaching and mentoring undergraduate students, communicating effectively in verbal and written forms, problem-solving, self-motivation and initiative, and simultaneously managing multiple priorities. The position also requires willingness and interest in developing skills in equipment construction and maintenance, grant writing, and external partnership development.

Education A master’s degree in biology, ecology, or a closely related field is required.

Experience One year of experience as a freshwater ecologist in a research- or restoration-oriented position is required.

Physical Demand Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time both in the laboratory and during extensive fieldwork. Position requires frequent manual dexterity and the ability to swim, use fingers, hands, and arms to feel, handle, and reach. Position requires frequent hiking, stooping, crouching, bending, and the ability to lift up to 40 pounds. Working conditions are both indoor and outdoor.

Preferred Qualifications:


Experience as an undergraduate teacher and/or research mentor, in grant writing and/or management, and in managing collaborative projects is preferred.

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Number of Months: 12 months

Posting Date: 08/24/2021

Open Until Filled: No

Posting Number: AH00787

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