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LTER-NCO Education Lead

The National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program was established in 1980 to study ecological processes operating on decadal-to-century time scales. The program now includes a network of 24 diverse sites and engages over 2000 researchers. The Long-Term Ecological Research Network Communications Office (LTER-NCO) serves as a central information hub and supports cross-site collaboration activities for the LTER network. The LTER-NCO Education Lead will coordinate network-wide education initiatives, including development and outreach for K-20 educational resources, partnerships with national education organizations, data literacy, and assessment initiatives.

Job description

The Education Lead (30% time) facilitates, coordinates, and integrates education and outreach initiatives across the LTER network, consistent with the philosophy, mission, policies and procedures of the LTER network. Examples of typical projects include the LTER children’s book series, data literacy initiatives, citizen science programs, and education-related content of the LTER network website. This individual works with the 24 LTER site-based education and outreach coordinators, the Education Executive Committee, and the Network Communications Office and will be an ex-officio member of the LTER Education Committee. The Education Lead collaborates closely with the NCO Communications Officer to maximize opportunities for education outreach.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with education staff at LTER sites on the development of cross-site education programs and funding opportunities
  • Work with the LTER Network Education Committee and external partners to coordinate, align, and disseminate educational resources for K-16 and informal educational settings. Use knowledge of STEM education best practices, foundational ideas in learning science, and next generation science standards to improve LTER educational resources.
  • Participate in the development of LTER-wide education programs designed to:
    • foster ecological literacy in K-12 schools
    • infuse LTER science into undergraduate teaching
    • engage students and/or the general public in citizen science and informal science learning
    • foster diversity in the ecology research and application workforce
  • Oversee the education content and resources on the LTER network and NCO websites; develop content strategy, website content, and social media outreach related to LTER education community.
  • Work with assessment experts to develop strategies for evaluating the efficacy of education materials and approaches.

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience with environmental and STEM education in a K-12, college and/or informal setting, including familiarity with curriculum development, teacher training, effective pedagogy and assessment, as well as current trends in environment-related STEM programs
  • Knowledge of ecological and environmental science, typically obtained through a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field
  • Networking and relationship-building skills as demonstrated through participation and leadership in group projects
  • Clear, concise, and engaging written and oral communication, demonstrated in cover resume, cover letter, and interview
  • Ability to build effective collaborations across diverse user groups, demonstrated through responsibility for group coordination and coalition-building

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to evaluate education programs for student and other outcomes
  • Experience with grant writing and managing grant-supported initiatives
  • Ability to work with a wide range of constituencies, including governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and communities
  • Experience with internet-based communication technologies, including social media, video conferencing, and web discussion platforms

 

How to Apply

Apply by 7/11/16, thereafter open until filled. Submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position. Cover letter should include a description of how this part-time position fits the applicant's professional interests. Also provide names and contact information for three professional references. Apply at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply Job #JPF00756.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Projects Data Coordinator: NSF Arctic Data Center

Job description

The Projects Data Coordinator manages ecologically and environmentally relevant data from the Arctic Data Center and other funded projects at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). The coordinator contacts data providers and consults the literature to gather metadata to make the data understandable and useful for synthesis activities. The coordinator also performs a wide variety of analysis and modeling activities to assess and remedy data quality issues, as well as characterize and visualize data for synthesis. The Projects Data Coordinator works closely with the Director of Informatics Research and Development to identify issues that need attention to streamline the data management process, with NCEAS' Scientific Programmers to identify fruitful approaches to data analysis and visualization, and with scientists from targeted projects to gather data and metadata. The Coordinator also organizes and mentors graduate student fellows who contribute to the data management goals of the Center, and participates in data science training activities serving the Arctic research and other NCEAS communities.

Requirements: The Projects Data Coordinator requires a Bachelor's degree in environmental, ecological, or related science fields with five years of experience in this specialization. Qualified candidates must have some experience working in one or more scripted statistical frameworks such as R or Matlab.

Desirable qualifications:

  • A Master's degree or other higher degree in environmental, ecological, or related science fields;
  • Extensive knowledge and skill in data management, R, statistics, and modeling;
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English allowing communication of complex technical topics to a science audience;
  • Understanding of other programming languages.

 

How to Apply

For primary consideration apply by 7/15/16, thereafter open until filled. Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV or resumé, and contact information for 3 non-peer references along with your online application at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply Job #JPF00744.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Training and Outreach Coordinator: NSF Arctic Data Center

Job description

The NSF Arctic Data Center was established in 2016 to preserve, curate, and enable discovery of data and software from NSF’s Arctic science community in support of open, reproducible science. The Arctic Data Center is hosted at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara. In addition to the Arctic Data Center, NCEAS leads, operates, and collaborates on many nationally-scoped research programs, including the Long-Term Ecological Research Network's Network Communications Office (NCO). The Training and Outreach Coordinator leads a national effort to coordinate training and outreach for the Arctic Data Center and other NCEAS programs, including the LTER Network Communications Office. Training activities center around techniques and approaches towards open science and data-driven synthesis, including topical foci on research computing, communication, collaboration, and other aspects of data science that support scientific synthesis.

The Training and Outreach Coordinator has responsibility for managing a training and outreach program in a manner consistent with the philosophy, mission, policies and procedures of the Arctic Data Center, NCEAS, and the NCO. They are responsible for facilitating, coordinating, designing, conducting, and integrating multiple training and outreach initiatives across the Arctic Data Center, NCEAS, and NCO programs (such as NCEAS' Open Science for Synthesis trainings and data science trainings for Arctic science researchers and LTER researchers). This individual works closely with the Principal Investigators for the Arctic Data Center, the NCO, and other programs to successfully build a nationally-recognized training and outreach program that meets the needs of NCEAS’ funded projects as well as the broader ecological research and communities.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree (B.S., B.A.) in science, information science, or related fields.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Strong preference for an advanced degree (M.S., PhD) in science, information science, or related fields;.
  • Experience with training and development of training curricula.
  • Expertise in data science and research computing, including programming in one or more research computing languages (e.g., R)
  • Experience with research in ecological, environmental, and/or sociological research, with an emphasis on Arctic science;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication;
  • Outstanding organizational skills;
  • Able to work effectively both independently and collaboratively;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize information (e.g., web content) in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and enhances accessibility and usability;
  • Expertise with internet-based communication technologies, including social media, new platforms for science publishing, video conferencing, web-based streaming, and web discussion platforms;
  • Ability to manage several projects at the same time;
  • Familiarity with standard document, graphic design, publishing, and web content management software;
  • Ability to translate complex scientific and computing information and concepts to a variety of audiences, including the general public;
  • Experience with survey and other assessment methodologies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong networking and relationship-building skills and interest in building broad collaborations;
  • Able to work well with a wide range of constituencies, including governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and communities;
  • Prior experience and success with grant proposal writing.

 

Salary and Benefits

Academic Coordinator Position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications. Full benefits package included.

How to Apply

For primary consideration apply by 7/15/16, thereafter open until filled. Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV or resumé, and contact information for 3 non-peer references along with your online application at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply Job #JPF00742.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Scientific Web Developer/ Designer

Job description

NCEAS seeks a scientific web developer/designer to help design, create, and deploy materials that communicate moderate to complex scientific findings about ecological and environmental research efforts at the Center. Responsibilities will be primarily but not exclusively Web-based, including potentially other digital technology delivery mechanisms (e.g. Ebooks). Principal duties involve "full stack" Web skills, including: web/graphics design; front-end development and deployment; user experience evaluation; and creation of end-user documentation, and outreach and training materials. Also configuration and use of leading Content Management Systems such as Drupal or Wordpress; Web-related technologies such as HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript (e.g. JQuery, D3), JSON, and XML; and graphics production software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Knowledge of RDBMS, SQL, ER modeling, and RDF useful, as is familiarity with a programming language (e.g. Python, Java, "R").

Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Sciences, Digital Media or relevant area, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong interpersonal and communication skills for interaction with highly technical as well as non-technical audience. Demonstrated proficiency in diagramming and prototyping Web sites using design tools, and in practices and tools necessary to build robust, appealing Web sites supporting understanding of potentially complex, multi-disciplinary environmental insights. The incumbent must have a strong understanding of the theory behind User Experience and Design, as well as strong knowledge of relevant industry standards for Web usability. Incumbent must have the ability to independently analyze and apply their skills to solve complex representational challenges relative to communicating insights from interdisciplinary environmental science research, to a broad audience, ranging from expert scientific researchers, to managers and the interested public. Incumbent recommends, designs, and implements Web sites that include moderate to complex scientific infographics and visualizations, involving building and maintaining advanced, dynamic, interactive, user-driven interfaces that are linked to complex underlying relational, semantic, and other database sources.

Incumbent contributes generally to providing technology assistance, especially relative to Web delivery of content generated by projects affiliated with NCEAS, that all broadly focus thematically on the areas of synthesis, collaboration, informatics, and skills training in the Environmental, Ecological, and Conservation Sciences. Ability and willingness to adapt to and learn new Web and human-computer interaction technologies as these evolve, especially in the context of communicating scientific concepts, developing interactive scientific infographics, and fostering collaborative science.

Desired Requirements: Training or experience in scientific/environmental/ecological research and analysis.

How to Apply

Open until filled. Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV or resumé, and contact information for 3 non-peer references along with your online application at https://jobs.ucsb.edu Job #20160165.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.