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Project Coordinator II - Ecology Center

Utah State University
Logan, Utah, US
Closing date
Oct 15, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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We seek an inquisitive and adventurous Project Coordinator II interested in understanding the role of herbivory, climate change, and wetland ecology in affecting carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and methane) exchange in wetlands of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska.


The project will focus on waterfowl impacts on vegetation and implications of atmospheric greenhouse gas exchange. This study does not focus on waterfowl themselves but the ecosystem services and values of coastal wetlands in Alaska.

Our field site is located in Alaska's stunning coastal wetlands in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Nearly four hours away from the nearest village, our field site is remote and wild. Access to our site is always an adventure, requiring snowmobiles, boats, and occasionally floatplanes. Situated among thousands of migratory birds, our camp requires rugged living with a small crew of people for up to 5 months during the Alaska spring and summer. Our field work's ruggedness and adventurous nature thus require a project manager with lots of experience in the outdoors, especially remote settings.

This position is an NSF-funded position in the Atwood lab (at Utah State University. The successful applicant will also work closely with the Beard Lab (at Utah State University and the Waring Lab (at Imperial College-London.


Minimum Qualifications:

Education: A graduate degree in in ecology or other closely related environmental science fields.

Essential skills: Experience managing small science field crews, maintenance experience with LiCOR greenhouse gas analyzers, experience driving snowmobiles and ATVs, experience driving boats, experience navigating rivers, experience with logistic planning for remote fieldwork, experience living in remote field sites for extended periods of time, experience applying for permits to work in wildlife refuges, experience working with indigenous communities, wilderness first responder certification, can hike up to 10 miles a day carrying 50 lbs, and experience working in remote portions of Alaska.

In your cover letter, please describe your experiences.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The appointment start date is negotiable, but no later than Jan 4, 2022. The initial commitment is expected to be two years, contingent upon performance and the availability of funding. A competitive salary and full benefits package will be offered.

Required Documents:

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. RESUME or Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/RESUME"

2. Cover Letter that explains how your research and experience aligns with the skills and research activities listed above (to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of application)

3. A list of three professional references and their contact information (to be included at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile)

4. For any questions, contact Trisha Atwood:

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights:

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State's statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. in 2019 and the in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found .

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful ; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU's non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed)

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed).

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit , or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, (phone number removed),

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USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.
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