Project Associate, Citizen Science Project Coordinator
Virginia Tech - Virginia

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Employee will serve as coordinator for a recently funded NSF project alongside researchers from Virginia Tech, Rutgers University, the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and Colorado State University. The project is funded through NSF’s cyberlearning program and will develop collaborative, online science learning tools to support Virginia Master Naturalists ( VMN ) involved in citizen science in their communities. The project will augment traditional teaching methods currently used by the VMN program with online learning approaches to develop a comprehensive citizen science program that will help participants to ask and answer questions related to the management of open space land. The project will develop and test an online, collaborative model-based learning program that allows volunteers to make field observations, discuss and represent data, and collaboratively generate models and recommendations for resource management.

Specific duties will include:

*Development of online educational materials and curricula
*Development of project evaluation materials
*Recruiting volunteer participants
*Coordinating multiple citizen science projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia
*Preparation of reports and publications as needed
*Additional tasks may be assigned to meet project and program needs

Job duties will occur primarily in Charlottesville, but frequent travel is expected, which may include trips that occasionally require overnight lodging.

Required Qualifications:
*M.S. in interdisciplinary environmental sciences field with emphasis on volunteer program development
*Experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
*Prior work with volunteers

Preferred Qualifications:
*Background in natural resource management
*Naturalist skills
*Website and/or web video development

Employment Conditions:
Must have a criminal background check, Other (Describe Below)

Must have a conviction check:
Yes

Describe Other:
Job duties will occur primarily in Charlottesville, but frequent travel is expected, which may include trips that occasionally require overnight lodging.

Employment Comments:

How to Apply for this Job:
Start date is negotiable, with a target of March 11, 2013. Initial one-year, non-tenure-track appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to three more years pending satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2013.

For additional information, contact:
Dr. Alycia W. Crall
Virginia Master Naturalist Coordinator
Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
460 Stagecoach Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 872-4580
acrall@vt.edu

Online application is required. The following supporting documents are also required: (1) letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) university transcripts*, and (4) names and contact information of three professional references. ( TIP : Have these documents ready to attach at the time you submit your application; the system will not allow you to enter a second time for any position.)

*Official transcript for highest degree earned will be required prior to the start of employment.

Employee Category:
Special Research Faculty

Appointment Type:
Restricted

If restricted or temporary, enter end date:
1-year appointment

FLSA Status:
Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

Faculty Rank:
Project Associate

Tenure Status:
Non-Tenure Track

Academic Year or Calendar Year:
Calendar Year

Percent Employment:
Full-time

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Pay Band

Pay Range:
Commensurate with background and experience

Department:
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Location:
Other - Virginia

Location, if not Blacksburg:
Charlottesville, Virginia

Work Schedule:
M-F 8-5

Job Posting Date:
02/11/2013

Review Begin Date:
02/28/2013

Job Close Date(if applicable):

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Diversity Statement:
Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

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