Director of the Juniata College Raystown Field Station

Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA

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Director of the Juniata College Raystown Field Station

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Salary commensurate with experience

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Juniata College seeks an entrepreneurial leader to serve as director of the 365-acre Raystown Field Station (RFS) near Juniata’s campus in Huntingdon, PA. The director will report directly to Chair of the Environmental Science and Studies (ESS) department and will work with the ESS department to create new programs and opportunities. The director will build on the foundation provided by the 15-week undergraduate residential semesters with rotating themes including Wildlife Management, Forest Conservation, Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Restoration.

The station is located on the 29,000-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Raystown Lake project. This property provides access to the 8,600-acre Raystown Lake, as well as a variety of other aquatic systems and extensive upland Oak-Hickory forests. The station supports many faculty research programs as well as public outreach. Opportunities to expand programming beyond the academic year and undergraduate audience abound and will be expected of the new director. This is a 12-month administrative position.

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The successful candidate will be a leader who works collaboratively with the ESS department and with the rest of campus to expand station programming and opportunities while continuing to serve the current users. The candidate will have an interdisciplinary mindset and will have a commitment to sustainability efforts. Grant seeking is expected in ways that will enhance opportunities at the field station and will support faculty and students in basic and applied research. The development of strategic partnerships on and off campus is key to the role; the successful candidate will also coordinate program and event planning. We seek candidates who will complement our current strengths and who are eager to explore the possibilities for collaboration across academic programs.


The primary role of the RFS director is to manage the development and operation of the field station including the delivery of academic, research, and co-curricular programming.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities include:
• Articulating the vision for RFS and assists in designing programs to advance that vision.
• Planning for and ensuring effective delivery of programs at RFS, consistent with agreed upon short and long-term goals.
• Marketing station programs and offerings to relevant constituencies including but not limited to prospective students, community organizations and K-12 schools.
• Representing RFS for the college in dealings with external organizations.
• Identifying and pursuing funding sources, including writing and submitting grant applications.
• Coordinating with the Residential Life office to supervise the RFS Residential Director and providing training and guidance for residence life programs at the station.
• Working with the RFS facilities supervisor to ensure the day-to-day operations of the field station.
• Navigating a variety of common technology issues.
• Coordinating with campus offices to facilitate facility use and policy compliance including Food service, Conference and Events and Campus Safety.
• Developing and maintaining operating budgets.

Juniata College is committed to cultivating an equity-minded and equity-engaged campus culture, one that is inclusive and supportive of its students, faculty, and staff. We believe that all members of the College community share the responsibility to engage, sustain, and leverage an interconnected learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and a sense of belonging is explicit. Juniata’s strategic mission promotes diversity in every expression, and amplifies the College’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and access. We aim to evolve into a more global, equitable and ethical community, where all Juniatians live a life of inclusive belonging needed for becoming leaders who value and embrace human interconnectedness and dignity. Juniata invites and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.AA/EOE

Position Qualifications:

• Minimum of Master’s degree required.
• Preferred knowledge areas could include the fields of Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Ecology, Wildlife Management or Conservation.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to supervise, mentor, and motivate staff, students and faculty.
• Experience in program development and planning.
• Experience in administrative leadership of a field station or similar entity.
• Experience in successful grant writing
• Experience in environmental stewardship.

Supervision Required/Given:

The director will report directly to Chair of the Environmental Science and Studies (ESS) department and will work with the ESS department to create new programs and opportunities.

Physical Demands:

Must be physically capable of conducting field work.

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Open Until Filled:



Working at Juniata College 

Juniata College's mission is to provide an engaging personalized educational experience empowering our students to develop the skills, knowledge and values that lead to a fulfilling life of service and ethical leadership in the global community.

Founded in 1876, Juniata is a national liberal arts college located in the scenic Allegheny Mountain region of central Pennsylvania and is the intellectual home for 1,600 students and nearly 14,000 alumni. The College ranks highly in the percentage of graduates that eventually earn doctoral degrees. Juniata integrates international, intercultural and global dimensions into its curriculum and experiential learning opportunities and was awarded the 2012 Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Juniata is known for the personal attention it gives to students and flexible areas of study (its Program of Emphasis resembles a major but is more flexible, encouraging students to design a program of study and justify their choices. About a third of Juniata students self-design their entire POE.) Each student is assigned two faculty advisers, and the average student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

Juniata is a very strong community where student involvement is paramount. There are no fraternities or sororities. The student clubs and organizations (over 90 currently) have a positive impact on the Juniata community and on the larger community of Huntingdon and the surrounding area.

Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The College commits to this policy not because of legal obligations but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity. AA/EEO

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