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Manager II - Field Station Scientific Manager

Sam Houston State University
Phelps, TX
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Organization Type
Manager II - Field Station Scientific Manager
FLSA status:
Hiring Salary:
This position is a pay grade 11. Please see Pay Grade Table at:
Occupational Category:
Dept of Biological Sciences
Division of Academic Affairs
Open Date:
Open Until Filled:
Educational and Experience Requirement:
Bachelor's Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, forestry, land management or related field. Master's Degree preferred. Two years of experience in a related field. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.
Nature & Purpose of Position:
Responsible for the infrastructure, land and facility management, and scientific/educational programming of the Pineywoods Environmental Research Laboratory (PERL, formerly the Center for Biological Field Studies), a 247-acre biological field station located in Huntsville, Texas.
Primary Responsibilities:
Manages activities and educational programming for the Pineywoods Environmental Research Laboratory (PERL). Manages all building and infrastructure to include working tools, tractors, and other heavy equipment. Maintains field vehicles and research equipment. Responsible for the logistical oversight and coordination of Facilities Maintenance for maintaining infrastructure following best practices in conservation/sustainable land management Manages field research and species management sites by mowing research areas, maintaining trails, and maintaining site drainage. Works with the Field Station Committee to promote visibility of the field station through effective communication with an array of students, faculty, administrators, and general public. Plans, develops, implements, coordinates, and monitors scientific and educational programming at the PERL. Enhances programming by promoting class and outreach activities. Maintains visibility through an active website. Maintains and supports long-term data collection and archives. Maintains a membership in the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) and attends annual OBFS meetings representing Sam Houston State University (SHSU). Performs other related duties as assigned.
Other Specifications:
The successful candidate will be required to live on site (housing provided) and will serve as an active presence for security and safety of operations on the field station grounds. Must be willing to take training for a Texas Department of Agriculture Pest Control License.

Applications must include a cover letter of intent, a resume, full contact information for three references, and a statement of management practice and philosophy describing why you feel you are qualified for this position (submit under Statement of Research and goals). These documents must be merged into a single PDF file and sent by e-mail to, with "Field Station Scientific Manager" in the subject line, as well as uploading to PeopleAdmin.

PERL is a 247-acre property in Walker County, Texas, approximately three miles northeast of Huntsville (seven miles from the Sam Houston State University campus) and adjacent to Sam Houston National Forest to the east and to the south. Predominant species are the loblolly and short-leaf pines and a wide variety of oaks. The site includes an array of habitats including mixed pine-hardwood forest, open prairie inclusions, old-field succession and riparian habitats along Harmon and Wynne creeks. (For more information on the field station:
Full Time Part Time:
Full Time
EEO Statement:
Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an "at will" employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

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