The Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) is a long-term forest health and environmental monitoring program formed by a partnership of natural resource agencies in New York and New England, The University of Vermont, and the USDA Forest Service. The FEMC provides monitoring, coordination and data management services to cooperators across the Northeast.
The FEMC Program Operations Manager oversees the delivery of the FEMC program which includes data analytics and tools, monitoring programs and partner engagement activities that support a greater understanding of the trends and conditions of forests in the Northeast grounded in solid science. These programs are driven by the evolving needs of FEMC cooperators with the goal of understanding, tracking and responding to forest ecosystem health issues.
Working with guidance from the FEMC Director and the FEMC Principal Investigator, the Program Operations Manager will be responsible for translating project outlines into scientifically reasonable implementation plans; developing project work plans (including staffing requirements, research/data analysis approaches, interpretation and check-ins); engaging key stakeholder groups in execution of the projects; and, oversight and execution of the project plan with topical experts on staff and in the Cooperative. In addition, the Program Operations Manager will develop and track budgets and expenditures, develop funding narratives to support the program, manage grants supporting the program and lead development of any required fiscal and grant reporting.
The Program Operations Manager will provide functional supervision to classified staff and administrative and functional supervision to temporary hourly employees, student employees and/or contractors as needed by individual projects. The Program Operations Manager will oversee multiple projects at a time ranging in focus from climate change impacts on various forest systems to patterns of pest and disease damage in forests to assembling indicators of forest condition from a range of sources. In addition, the Program Operations Manager will assist in the preparation of presentations at program and professional meetings, planning of the FEMC Annual Conference, and related technical, administrative, and outreach duties as assigned.
The Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) is a long-term forest health and environmental monitoring program formed by a partnership of natural resource agencies in New York and New England, The University of Vermont, and the USDA Forest Service. The FEMC provides monitoring, coordination, science translation tools, and data management services to cooperators across the Northeast.
The FEMC Director provides scientific leadership, stakeholder engagement, and management of the organization to support the long-term monitoring, collaborative partnerships, and information products servicing a broad array of stakeholders.
This position is a unique and exciting opportunity to develop regionally-relevant translational science, services and supports for monitoring professionals and researchers across the New England and New York region, involving a range of interests and issues related to forest ecosystem health, management and function.
The successful candidate will have the ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships, create spaces for collaboration and information sharing across organizational and disciplinary boundaries, and identify strategies to address those needs efficiently in concert with work being done by other organizations and groups.
Working closely with the FEMC Principal Investigator, the FEMC governing committees and the FEMC funders, the Director is responsible for implementing the strategic vision of the Cooperative; developing scientifically sound collaborative projects to respond to the monitoring and assessment needs of Cooperators using program funds; analyzing and interpreting and communicating environmental monitoring and research information; direct supervision of the FEMC Program Operations Manager and the FEMC Community Engagement Specialist, with indirect responsibility for the entire FEMC staff; identifying and pursuing additional funds to support Cooperator priorities as appropriate; coordinating stakeholder meetings and leading presentations, training and workshops to support and advance the outreach, education and information-sharing needs of the Cooperative.
Note that while classified as a Researcher, this position is not intended to develop a personal research program at the University, instead being focused coordinating and translating others’ research through the scientific and organizational leadership of the FEMC. Learn more and apply at https://www.uvmjobs.com/postings/51620
The Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative is excited to announce a request for proposals for the Ecosystem Monitoring Fund. Funds are available to support projects up to $25,000 with a required 1:1 non-federal match.
The Ecosystem Monitoring Fund will support forest ecosystem monitoring projects in the seven-state FEMC program area. The goal is to provide support for the collection, aggregation, analysis, and utilization of forest ecosystem monitoring information to better understand the current threats, historical trends, and future directions of the forested landscape in the Northeast.