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Laboratory & Field Manager

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Position Information

Position Information

Present Position Number 00325V
Role Code Title Scientist I
Position Title Laboratory & Field Manager
Position Summary

The Coastal Wetlands Group explores how interactions between biological, anthropogenic, and geomorphic processes influence the formation and survival of coastal landscapes. These systems are important to human welfare, and we strive to apply our work to better inform ecosystem management.

The Laboratory and Field Manager manages the day-to-day activities of Dr. Kirwan’s wetlands program, including coordination of field, lab, and modeling efforts, and also works independently on their own research.

Depending on the manger’s background, potential responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Coordinate and direct field work for the program (including boat and lodging reservations, equipment deployment, experiment setup and maintenance, and biophysical sampling).
  • Coordinate and direct laboratory tasks (including analysis of sediment cores, vegetation, and water quality) and teach undergraduate students basic lab methods.
  • Conduct numerical modeling, GIS applications, data synthesis and analysis.
    Design new or run existing numerical models. Maintain data and use statistical /graphical programs to analyze data. Read literature and mine existing datasets to provide additional information.
  • Assist Dr. Kirwan’s program with logistics, purchasing, and preparing graphics, tables, and references for written reports, presentations, and courses.
Required Qualifications

B.S. degree in Geology, Biology, or an interdisciplinary field such as Environmental Science and at least two years of additional education or experience.


  • Broad knowledge of coastal systems, including both biological and geological processes.
  • Strong analytical skills, with familiarity
    in a variety of data analysis or modeling techniques, with the ability to learn new methods and teach them to students and other members of the wetlands program.
  • Proficiency in a variety of software applications potentially including MS Office, Adobe, Matlab, and Arc GIS.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a team and effectively across campus.


Experience with at least 2 of the following-

  • Field work in coastal systems (e.g. collecting biophysical measurements in tidal ecosystems)
  • Basic laboratory procedures (e.g. analyzing sediment cores, drying and weighing plants)
  • Numerical modeling, GIS, data analysis and management
Preferred Qualifications

Advanced Degree (MS or above) in a related field plus at least 1 year experience.

Same as above

Experience with all three areas listed above (field work in coastal systems, basic laboratory procedures, and numerical modeling/GIS/data analysis and management), pus experience in some of the following:

  • Overseeing the work of students and volunteers, and managing lab and field operations
  • Operation of boats, unmanned aircraft (i.e. drones), RTK GPS equipment
  • Numerical modeling and interpretation of results
  • Radiometric dating
  • Remote sensing
  • Manuscript writing
Advertised Pay Range Commensurate with experience
Department Physical Sciences - 191100
Location VIMS - Gloucester
University Salary Range

Job Open Date 02/14/2017
Review Begin Date 03/07/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Employment Category Operational FT
Position Term 12-Month
Special Application Instructions
Conditions of Employment:
  • This is a restricted position subject to funding availability.
  • This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive over-time in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • This position may require occasional weekend work, overnight travel, and extended work time to accommodate field work and travel schedules.
  • Difficult conditions are to be expected (wet, windy, and extreme temperatures).
  • Ability to work outdoors in difficult conditions (including temperature extremes) while successfully performing responsibilities.
EEO Statement

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Background Check Statement

The College of William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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