Program Coordinator - Environmental Leadership Center

Dahlonega, GA
Jun 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Program Coordinator - Environmental Leadership Center

Position Number: 53001635

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Campus Location: Dahlonega

Job Close Date: 07/25/2017

General Summary: The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for a Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator for ELC will be responsible for the operational activities of several laboratories and projects of the ELC, to include the Ecological Protection Lab, the Water Lab, the Hurricane Creek Research Station, and projects related to ecological restoration and campus sustainability. The coordinator works under the direction of the ELC director and will oversee day-to-day operations of ELC facilities and laboratories, direct student workers, develop methodologies and serve as a resource person on pressing issues affecting native ecosystems of North Georgia.

The Ecological Protection Lab focuses on the rearing, release and tracking of populations of predatory beetles and other biological controls to combat the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive species which threatens the Eastern Hemlock throughout its native range. The Water Lab performs long-term trend monitoring of water quality conditions in the Upper Chattahoochee River Watershed Basin (30 year dataset) with implications for watershed management, protection and restoration. The Hurricane Creek Research Station is an emerging teaching and research station on the Etowah River to emphasize sustainable forest management and invasive species control, with possible programs on a range of sustainability practices, blight resistant Chestnut propagation, sustainable agriculture, and biology field laboratories.

The position is focused on developing leadership in the environmental science fields for students, faculty and community members through service, teaching and research that addresses the most pressing environmental and sustainability issues in the North Georgia region. The position provides opportunities for collaborative research in the biological control of invasive species, as well as other priority project areas.

Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

Job Duties & Responsibilities: The Program Coordinator will:
  • Oversee day-to-day operations for the Environmental Leadership Center facilities and laboratories to include management of approximately 8-12 student workers.
  • Organize and perform lab and field operations.
  • Develop and maintain each lab's research focus, budget, and strategic direction (w/ELC Director and associate faculty).
  • Coordinate and provide support services to faculty, researchers, technicians, students, and volunteers involved in research, teaching and service operations of each lab.
  • Develop, maintain and implement QA/QC protocols. Enhance policies and standards for lab operations to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and quality control.
  • Coordinate the ordering, inventory, storage, and maintenance of supplies, laboratory supplies, and instruments essential to the operation of the lab.
  • Represent the Environmental Leadership Center and the University of North Georgia at community events, workshops and conferences.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Working knowledge of biology, laboratory rearing, and/or water chemistry procedures
  • Familiarity with principals of ecosystem protection and restoration in the fields of forest management and/or watershed management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students in laboratory and field settings
  • Strong organizational and management skills
  • Ability to present data to the public and outside agencies and to effectively coordinate with a variety of governmental agencies
  • Ability to work carefully and maintain orderly work environment
  • Ability to work outdoors in rugged terrain
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (strongly encouraged but not required)

Certifications/Licenses & Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or closely related field required; Master's degree in similar fields encouraged but not required
  • Requires three (3) years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Valid driver's license

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Special Instructions to Applicants: The successful candidate must be able to pass a background check which will include a credit check. Please submit contact information for three professional references.

Employer Information: All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by the University of North Georgia in its sole discretion. The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex or national origin, age, disability, religion, genetics or veteran status. Georgia is an open records state. Also, UNG is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans.

We provide equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, protected veterans, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.

The University of North Georgia is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified applicants without discrimination at the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability or handicap as a matter of college policy and as required by applicable state and federal laws.