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Research Associate

Company: Northern Arizona University
Location: Flagstaff
Posted on: November 13, 2020

Job Description:

Job Title: Research Associate Location: Ecological Restoration Inst. Regular/Temporary: Regular Full/Part Time: Full-Time Job ID: 605078 Workplace CultureNAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We-faculty, staff, and administrators-thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.Furlough/Pay Reduction ProgramNorthern Arizona University has implemented a salary reduction with personal flex time program in fiscal year 2021, as a result of COVID-19. It is possible for this position to be subject to this program. Details can be found on the HR website.Job DescriptionThe Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is seeking to fill a position for a Research Associate who will implement the ERI's forest operations and biomass utilization projects in accordance with the ERI and NAU strategic plans and annual work plans set out by the organization. The successful candidate will work collaboratively to develop a Forest Operations Training Center, manage new and ongoing research activities, and assist in the development of forest products industry and innovation strategies for forest restoration operations. S/he will work within the guidelines, policies, and mission of the ERI and NAU.The ideal candidate would start in November 2020.Duties and responsibilities include:Development of Forest Operations Training CenterEstablishing formal collaboration with key partners such as Coconino County, Coconino Community College, USDA Forest Service, Department of Defense, and equipment manufacturers.With those partners, preparing a work plan for a Forest Operations Training Center in Northern Arizona.Developing training programs and curricula for the three training streams envisioned for the Forest Operations Training Center: forestry machine operators, truck drivers, and heavy equipment repair & maintenance professionals.Coordinating the planning and implementation efforts for the Forest Operations Training Center programs.Identifying and pursuing funding sources for the Forest Operations Training Center in collaboration with key partners.Research & DevelopmentIn conjunction with other ERI staff, planning and designing new research projects, establishing priorities, and recommending work schedules and costs. These projects should relate to the efficiency and efficacy of forest restoration in the Southwestern United States.Performing complex statistical analyses, which includes selecting appropriate analysis procedures, setting up data for analysis, and producing written reports and journal articles on the analysis results.Presenting project results to internal and external parties at professional conferences, seminars, and workshops.Liaising with other NAU departments and off-campus stakeholders and partners to ensure project success.For more information on the Ecological Restoration Institute, please visit https://nau.edu/ERI/.Minimum QualificationsMaster's degree in Forest Operations and three years of directly-related work experience in managing mechanical fuels treatments and forest restoration thinning projects on public and private forestlands or other experience pertinent to this position.Preferred QualificationsPhD in Forest Operations or related field and work experience in operations logistics and forest products business development.Teaching and management experience in post-secondary educational programs would be an asset to this position.Knowledge, Skills, & AbilitiesKnowledge of and experience with leading and coordinating efforts in development of educational and professional training programs.Knowledge of, experience with, and commitment to working in a culturally-diverse environment with people from a variety of diverse backgrounds.Experience in the design and direction of forest operation projects in the context of ecological restoration in partnership with professional staff and external collaborators.Field-work experience in field-based studies evaluating operational performance of forest operations such as mechanical fuels treatments and forest thinning projects.Experience with writing reports, peer-reviewed publications, and outreach materials.Experience with giving presentations to audiences of scientists, natural resource managers, policymakers, private-industry representatives, and other stakeholders.Excellent organizational, project management, and communication skills. Background InformationNorthern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.SalaryCommensurate with experience.**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.FLSA StatusThis position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.BenefitsThis is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service.Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment. Learning and DevelopmentYour career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years. Application DeadlineOctober 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.How to ApplyTo apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets. If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.Equal Employment OpportunityNorthern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.EEO is the Law Poster and SupplementsNAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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