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Campus Living Laboratory Manager (#800)

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Staff in Miller Worley Center for the Environment
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Location: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Position start date is August 1, 2019

Mount Holyoke College invites applications for an exciting position managing our Campus Living

Laboratory and providing curricular support to the Department of Environmental Studies.

A cornerstone of the Mount Holyoke College Sustainability Initiative, the Campus Living Lab (CLL) provides numerous opportunities for MHC students, faculty, and staff from across disciplines to engage in place and project-based learning and scholarly work that uses the College’s exceptional natural and built campus landscape. The Mount Holyoke campus includes miles of trails, 15 water sampling stations, five weather stations, a botanic garden, the Restoration Ecology Program’s Project Stream, our Maker and Innovation Lab, a site for innovation at the crossroads of arts and science, and all of the College’s sustainability infrastructure where students can monitor the college’s energy use, local food purchasing, waste production, and water use. It is a nexus for interdisciplinary exploration, connecting the natural sciences with the arts, humanities and social sciences. Decades of environmental data are stored on the College’s Institutional Data Archive and made publicly accessible, effectively making the campus a long-term ecological research station that scholars from all disciplines can use to pursue projects addressing change over time.

Position Description: Under the supervision of the Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and the Chair of Environmental Studies, and in coordination with Facilities Management, Dining, and other offices, the CLL Manager will sustain, strengthen, and support the Sustainability initiative as the College moves forward with it as a top priority. The CLL Manager will be a full-time, 12-month position, shared by the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and the Department of Environmental Studies ES with approximately ⅔ time managing the Mount Holyoke Campus Living Lab and ⅓ time providing ES departmental curricular and lab support.

Specifically, the CLL Manager will be responsible for the coordination, oversight, and archival of CLL-based data collection; facilitation of ongoing and new research and curricular projects related to campus sustainability; and maintenance of a birds-eye view connecting researchers across disciplines and over time. The CLL Manager will also provide curricular support for the ES Department by assisting in the design and running of lab sessions, supervising equipment use, and assisting faculty and students with independent research.


●     Providing curricular support for the ES Department: assisting in the design and running of lab sessions, working with students on field research and presentations, supervising equipment use, helping with literature searches and statistical problems, setting up field plots for class projects, and assisting faculty and students with independent research.

●     Overseeing scholarly use of the CLL: acting as a liaison between academic and management offices to support course-based and student independent research on topics involving sustainable campus operations; managing utilities data in our Campus Living Lab database; supporting curricular efforts to ensure the longevity of these projects; providing support for courses and independent student work; tracking, mapping, coordinating, and sustaining CLL projects from year to year and across the campus; managing the Institutional Data Archive; supporting individuals and classes using the CLL; and supervising CLL student workers.

●     Monitoring Long-Term Environmental Variables: overseeing long-term collection of environmental data on the MHC campus, including water quality (of campus streams and lakes), groundwater level (7 wells), weather/climate (5 weather stations), stream discharge, and forest succession (3 plots on Prospect Hill) to support efforts to understand the dynamics of the college’s built and natural environment.

●     Managing Curricular Trail: developing and maintaining the curricular trails and signs, including those at the Project Stream Restoration Site.

●     Maintaining Spatial Data and Maps: maintaining detailed maps of all CLL projects and trails.

●     Marketing and Communicating the Campus Living Lab and Campus Sustainability: working with Communications and other offices to showcase and promote diverse and multi-disciplinary faculty, staff and students uses of the CLL, including through the development of apps for virtual engagement, signs, tours, website and social media material, brochures, flyers and data representations for the website, print material, and other venues. Develop materials to showcase student and faculty use of the CLL, and promote the CLL across campus and beyond through grant-writing, marketing, outreach, and communications work.

●     Managing Field and Lab Equipment: managing use and maintenance of current and future field and laboratory-based instruments, such as the campus weather stations, stream gauges, groundwater monitoring, data loggers, and other field-based measuring devices. Also responsible for the annual equipment and materials inventory, equipment maintenance and storage after use, managing equipment repairs and calibrations, overseeing relevant software acquisition and management, and managing computers and software as needed in the environmental science teaching laboratory.

Qualifications: A PhD degree with a strong background in ecological research is preferred, but not required. Priority will be given to applicants with experience designing and managing interdisciplinary environmental research projects, designing and managing programs; writing grants and reports; and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, with a strong commitment to engaging our diverse student body.

Salary: Salary is $51,000-55,000 with benefits. Position reviewed annually.

How to Apply: Applicants who meet all the criteria should submit the following materials in to the Mount Holyoke College jobs website (https://jobs.mtholyoke.edu):

1) Curriculum vitae

2) Letter of interest describing your background, interests, and qualifications, and experience mentoring a diverse student body

3) Names and complete contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin January 31, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Position start date is August 1, 2019.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.