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This is a full time position as a member of a research team at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission in Olympia, Washington, which provides technical support for the Adaptive Management Program for Washington's Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan. The focus is on design and implementation of studies to evaluate the effectiveness of Washington's Forest Practices regulations related to slope stability, mass wasting, and surface erosion. Examples of research topics include: evaluating prescriptions to control road surface erosion and evaluating approaches for identifying and managing potentially unstable slopes. Tasks include designing and implementing studies, conducting literature reviews, analyzing data, and writing technical reports. Minimum qualifications include a Master's degree and three years professional work experience designing and implementing research related to mass wasting, slope stability or erosion processes. A Ph.D. degree may substitute for the required experience. Desired skills include an in-depth understanding of the response of surface erosion, mass wasting and hydrologic processes to timber harvest and forest roads. A strong background in research and experimental design, and good written and verbal communication skills are necessary. The salary range is $55,702 -$79,390, DOQ. Apply by sending resume and cover letter to Michael Grayum, Executive Director, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, 6730 Martin Way E., Olympia, WA 98516-5540 or by June 13, 2016. For more information, contact Dave Schuett-Hames at or see the announcement at Must be authorized to work in the U.S. The NWIFC will not sponsor applicants for work visas.


The Indiana Geological Survey, a research institute of Indiana University, seeks applications for an Assistant Director for Research to oversee and coordinate the functions and activities of the Research Division. Doctoral degree, substantial publication record, and seven years of research and management experience are required. The successful candidate should have a well-rounded research portfolio in any geologic discipline and will hold an academic, non-tenure track position as an Assistant or Associate Research Scientist. Salary range $80–85K with ample Indiana University benefits package. Complete job posting is on the IGS website ( Application deadline is June 30, 2016, with a negotiated starting date during late summer 2016.


Department of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences – AA#41-5-374: One-year, full-time, temporary position beginning fall 2016 teaching Historical Geology, Dinosaurs, Natural Disasters and Paleontology. Requirements: Minimum Masters degree. ABD or PhD preferred. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations preferred. Application deadline for full consideration: June 16, 2016. For a full position description, including application procedures, visit AA/EEO Employer.

Education Programs Manager

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is seeking a candidate for the position of “Education Programs Manager” who is enthusiastic about the potential of Earth and space science (geoscience) education to improve people’s lives and enhance their interactions with the Earth. The Education Programs Manager will work with the Director of Education and Outreach and other AGI staff to contribute to the operation of AGI’s many, varied education-related projects, including program design, scheduling, budgeting, review, enhancement, creation, and record-keeping. Established abilities to work with teachers, informal educators, and/or the public would be an asset, as would skills in developing educational materials and conducting programming for those audiences. In that most of the department’s programs are designed to support K-12 teachers, some level of training related to school contexts and concerns is essential—training and experience as a classroom teacher would be a plus, but is not required. Knowledge of one or more fields in the geosciences (e.g., geology, meteorology, oceanography) would also be very useful in this work. Skills with Microsoft productivity tools (e.g., Word, Excel) are also helpful.

The Education Programs Manager will work on a team that affects education at local, national, and international levels. While this position will be housed in the Department of Education and Outreach, AGI’s collaborative work environment may also call for interaction with projects across AGI departments, and in AGI’s Center for Geoscience and Society. Entry level and early career professionals with appropriate work experience and training will be considered, along with more experienced candidates, especially those who are shifting between career tracks. AGI offers a flexible and dynamic working environment that is ideal for learning and applying diverse skills. The position calls for some travel and work on weekends (e.g., for public events). The Education Programs Manager will be housed in AGI’s main office, 4220 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302.

Qualified candidates must submit a single e-mail with a cover letter that addresses the qualifications given above, a resume, and contact information for three references to Ed Robeck, Director of Education and Outreach. Information about salary requirements would also be helpful. Please submit these items in a single e-mail with the subject line “Education Programs Manager Application” to . Applicants are encouraged to learn more about AGI ( AGI is an equal opportunity employer.

AGI is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geoscience professionals. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.


The Search Committee invites applications for the position of Executive Director for the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).

The Executive Director conducts the affairs of the Institute, with direction from the Executive Committee, including administering all planning and policies, supervising AGI staff and coordinating the various activities, projects and programs of the Institute. The Executive Director maintains and fosters relationships with the officers and administrators of the 51 AGI member societies, international and regional associates, and with other geosciences and science-related organizations in addition to academia, government agencies, and industry representatives.

The ideal candidate will be an established scientist who has demonstrated leadership and vision in their field; possesses proven senior management and budgetary experience and excellent interpersonal skills; and has a record of success as a fundraiser for not-for-profits. The successful applicant must have the ability to communicate effectively across the scientific community, academia, industry, government and the public.

An earth sciences background is highly desirable.  An advanced degree is preferred.  The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to the Washington, DC area and willing to fulfill the demands of frequent travel.

A Position Description is available at

Interested persons are invited to submit a resume, an expression of interest, and a list of five references.  Submission may be made by email to or by mail to the address below. Review of applications will begin April 2016.

Chair, Search Committee
American Geosciences Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302

Applications and inquiries will receive confidential consideration. AGI is an equal-opportunity employer.


Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists

Volunteer to teach and demonstrate area geology in back-country New Mexico! Philmont Scout Ranch is one of three national high-adventure bases owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. Located in the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico, Philmont is a 137,000 acre ranch dedicated to outdoor activities. The twelve-day backpacking experience serves over 21,000 high-school-age boys and girls from all over the USA as well as several foreign countries.

Fifty-four positions are open again this year, to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers will receive a sign-up packet with scout applications (you have to be a scout, at least for the summer!), medical forms, and brochures in May 2016. Students who would like to volunteer must show proof of enrollment in a graduate-level program. The 2016 season begins on June 11. August 6 begins the last session of the program.

For more information and to sign up, contact Ed Warner, 62 South Ash St, Denver CO 80246, USA, +1-303-331-7737, Alternate contact: Bob Horning, P.O. Box 460, Tesuque, NM 87575, USA, +1-505-820-9290, Learn more about the geology of the area at