Reserve Manager

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  • Job Number:523987
  • Classification:Research Professional 5
  • Grade:Grade 82
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA College of Arts & Sciences
  • Location:Homer
  • Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Research/Science/Grants, Marine Worker

Position Summary:

Do you have a passion for research, monitoring, education, and community engagement for coastal resources and an interest in promoting conservation stewardship? We are recruiting for the Manager position of the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR) in Homer, Alaska. This position will lead the Research Reserve, manage staff, facilities, budgets, and projects, and serves as PI on several extramurally funded projects related to marine ecology, coastal and estuary ecology, natural resource management, and education in Alaska – and in beautiful Kachemak Bay. This position requires excellent communication skills, fostering relationships with numerous partners, federal and state agencies, and local governments, writing proposals and securing extramural funding, conducting research or leading research and outreach efforts, and contributing to national-level activities among the National Estuarine Research Reserve network. KBNERR is part of the Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS), which is a center for research, education, and scholarship at UAA that is committed to providing the public, industry, and agency partners with information to facilitate effective biological conservation and management of the state's natural resources. Our faculty and staff conduct basic and applied research, serve a wide range of data to the public, offer professional services, and provide educational opportunities.


10Uses expert-level knowledge of research methods, analytical procedures, and scientific writing to produce refereed journal publications and research and natural resource management reports. Includes development and application of theoretical and mathematical models, the application advanced statistical and other analytical tools, and synthesis of research conducted by other scientists.Essential
15Supervises and manages other research staff, including research professionals and technicians, graduate students, undergraduates, and interns. Coordinates the efforts of staff members to achieve research goals, assigns and prioritizes project tasks, holds others accountable to ensure accurate and timely results, and revises assignments as necessary to ensure project goals are met. Includes recruiting new research staff when needed.Essential
35Manages the Kachemak National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR), including strategic planning and serving as principal investigator for multiple federal and research projects. Assumes management responsibility for multiple budgets and for project deliverables and deadlines; oversees KBNERR facilities, maintenance, and equipment; ensures KBNERR meets reporting, safety, travel, and funding guidelines. Works with ACCS Director to facilitate collaboration and communication. Works with National Estuarine Research Reserve System to comply with bi-annual reporting standards, participate in national meetings and working groups that review and set regional and national research priorities. Represents KBNERR for inquiries, data requests, and at national meetings.Essential
35Secures extramural funding for the continued operation and development of KBNERR. Designs and implements research projects and writes proposals to secure funding for future research, education, and/or coastal management projects including problem definition, designing processes/tools for gathering information, developing budgets, and setting research trajectories for competitive funding opportunities. Manages restricted fund accounts in accordance with Uniform Guidance, federal, state, and agency terms and conditions and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in conjunction with UAA SPAS and OSP Offices.Essential
5Fosters ties with state and federal agencies and local governments to secure contracts that advance coastal management goals. Collaboration with university and agency scientists and managers is a key element.Essential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Must have expert-level knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures to design research projects, develop proposals for extramural funding, and implement research projects.
  • Must apply knowledge of budgeting guidelines to develop and track project budgets.
  • Must have good supervisory skills in managing research, education, and outreach staff.
  • Must have strong communication skills.
  • Must have prior publications in refereed research or natural resource management journals that communicate findings to the public, agencies, and other scientists.
  • Must be able to design and implement sampling procedures, define research goals, and answer policy questions related to marine/coastal ecology, habitat, and biological research.
  • Must be able to conduct fieldwork or educational trainings in wilderness settings (including managing field logistics); have wilderness survival and travel skills; have database management skills; have working knowledge of Alaska's geography, landscape, biota, and ecosystems.
  • Analyzes and resolves significant problems.
  • Problem resolution requires considerable analysis of multiple components or conflicting issues.
  • Applies broad understanding of program, organization, system and/or client needs to resolve highly complex problems.
  • Identifies new services and opportunities for process improvement.
  • Independently evaluates and meets complex organizational, program or system needs in assigned area.
  • Specialist or expert resource.
  • Serves as a strategic adviser.
  • Is a team or project leader.
  • Develops long-range strategic plans.
  • Plans and directs activities/functions for multiple operations, programs or projects.
  • Authorized to commit the program or organization to projects/expenditures within well-defined guidelines.
  • Interprets and applies complex rules and regulations associated with external funding and institutional policies.
Typical Experience:
Advanced research skills and demonstrated knowledge of advanced subject matter; proposal and budget development; ability to interface with and provide constructive supervision to other scientists, educators and the public.
Required Education or Training:

Ph.D. and four years of research and program management experience or M.S. and 8 years of management/ research experience or in a field relevant to the ecology or natural resource management of Alaska's marine/coastal ecosystems, relevant socio-economic systems, or education.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, term-funded, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 82, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will be begin on March 20, 2023. To ensure your application is considered please apply by 11:55pm on Sunday, March 19, 2023.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Matthew Carlson, Alaska Center for Conservation Science Director, at 907-786-6390.


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