Environmental Data Manager

Jul 21, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Idaho

Environmental Data Manager

Location: Moscow

Division/College: University Research (Div)

Employee Category: Exempt

Pay Range: $70,000 - $80,000 per year depending on experience

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
This position will operate within the Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN) team at the University of Idaho in collaboration with Boise State University and Idaho State University in support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR RII Track 1 “GEM3” project. The project, “GEM3: Genes by Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms, Mapping”, is an exciting NSF EPSCoR research program seeking to understand how genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity affect species response to environmental change, shaping both population response and adaptive capacity. Two focal taxa are under study: aquatic redband trout and terrestrial sagebrush. These taxa are integral to ecosystems in the American West and are central to land-use management decisions that drive the economy of the region. This position will work statewide with GEM3 faculty, staff, students and postdocs to ensure that all research data acquired, developed and generated by GEM3 researchers are documented, cataloged, organized, disseminated within the project, and eventually archived and made both discoverable and accessible to other researchers and the general public. This position will develop and communicate a holistic understanding of the statewide GEM3 “data ecosystem”, while developing close partnerships with data sources at the user group, county, state, and federal levels. The position will work collaboratively with all GEM3 participants to ensure researchers adhere to the GEM3 Data Management Plan and Data Sharing Policy. There is some flexibility with where this position may be located within Idaho, but with a strong preference for it to be physically located in Moscow, ID. The project and position are directly funded by the NSF through September 30, 2023 with a possibility of sustaining the position beyond the project.

Minimum Qualifications:
- Education/Experience:
Master’s degree in a data-intensive science discipline plus 4 years of related demonstrable experience with databases, metadata, web-based information management systems, and/or GIS systems
Ph.D. in a data intensive science discipline plus 2 years of experience with databases, web-based information management systems and/or GIS

- Experience in editing and writing business correspondence and technical documents using proper grammar and punctuation as demonstrated in application materials.
o Experience in proactively organizing complex systems
o Experience leading diverse teams to tackle complex distributed problems
- Experience working in a team environment and being self-motivated

Preferred Qualifications:
- Advanced degree in a data-intensive natural science related specifically to GEM3. Examples include genetics/genomics, landscape ecology, fish and wildlife, botany, and environmental remote sensing.
- Existing understanding of and experience with Idaho’s various public data sources at the user group, city, county, and state levels
- Experience with or demonstrated ability to communicate with state and federal partners regarding data availability and access
- Experience with the following technologies:
o Relational databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server
o Web Development with Drupal or similar Content Management System (CMS)
o Proficiency in one or more of the following programming languages: Python, R, PHP, SQL.
o Scientific and Geospatial Metadata Standards (e.g., ISO-19115, FGDC, EML, etc.)
o Common research web service Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) such as OPeNDAP, OAI-PMH, OGC WMS, WFS, WCS
o JSON, XML, XSLT, and related tools
o GIS systems (e.g., Esri ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.)
o UNIX operating systems, especially Linux.
o Software configuration and versioning tools such as: Git/GitHub, Subversion, etc.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
Willingness and ability to travel regularly to the various research universities and field sites within Idaho to meet and work with researchers and stakeholders to provide training/guidance and assistance on managing GEM3 data

Posting Number: SP002527P

Posting Date: 07/15/2020

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
Preferential consideration of applicants will begin on August 17th.

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates may be required to pass a criminal background check.

To apply, please visit: jobs.uidaho.edu

EEO Statement
University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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