Research Program Manager

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 080300 - FWRC-Wildlife,Fisheries&Aquaculture
Location: New Orleans, LA
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

16/Minimum:  56,900 

Department Profile:

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture has ~30 faculty, ~60 graduate students, and 7 administrative support staff (excluding extension and research support personnel). The Department has extensive extension, research, education and service programs in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. For additional information see and 

Area of Specialization:

Conservation of Gulf Coast Landscapes 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Extensive coordination of stakeholders representing federal, state, local and tribal governments, private citizens, non-profit organizations, industry, and public-private partnerships working together toward development of a shared conservation vision along the Gulf Coast Region.
2. Serve as overall project lead for the Strategic Conservation Assessment, working under direction of the project Core Working Group, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Gulf Restoration Program Project Officer, and Mississippi State University (MSU) Principal Investigators.
3. Be experienced in landscape-level natural resource conservation planning (ideally in the Gulf Coast Region), and be responsible for development and coordination of several stakeholder group meetings in coastal communities across the Gulf.
4. Serve as lead on collation of shared partner priorities, development of the conservation planning tool and geospatial framework, and administration/co-administration of a project team including an Ecological Modeler, GIS Analyst, Outreach Specialist, and other administrative and support staff as appropriate.
5. Serve in a leadership role in developing and reporting on elements of each project objective and will also be responsible for regular and timely progress reports in the form of in-person meetings, conference calls/webinars, and written reports to the Core Working Group, USFWS Project Officer, and MSU Principal Investigator.
6. Development and distribution of a spatial prioritization layer incorporating conservation planning tool valuations and future threats of sea-level rise and urbanization in a geospatial environment to aid the Restore Council and Gulf coast stakeholders in identifying high priority lands for voluntary conservation efforts.
7. Coordination and facilitation of overall program activity, including project vision and development, cooperative efforts, meetings, presentation to stakeholders, as well as government officials, and all tasks referenced above.
8. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications:

B.S. in natural resource management or planning, or related field and 3 to 5 years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. 

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. in natural resource management or planning, or related field. Breadth and depth of experience working with the Gulf of Mexico coastal conversation and planning community, including federal, state and local governments, non-profit entities, and academic institutions. Familiarity with the Restore Council activities and funding mechanisms. Experience supervising and managing project teams comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives; managing/administering fiscal budgets for large conversation planning projects; experience in creating, managing, and prioritizing a multi-scale portfolio of land conservation projects, particularly along the Gulf of Mexico, that incorporates ecological, social, and economic valuation, as well as landscape threats into strategic prioritization of land conversation decisions Familiarity with Strategic Habitat Conversation or adaptive resource management concepts, and demonstrated evidence of implementation of these concepts in previous employment. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, landscape conservation design, and partnership-driven decision support; experience with Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Simple Multi-Attribute Rating Technique (SMART), system-level “scorecard” development, or assessment of alternative conservation planning scenarios; understanding of existing conservation priorities along the Gulf of Mexico coast, including those developed by states (e.g., State Wildlife Master Plans, Coastal Master Plans, etc.), partnerships (e.g., Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, LCCs, Joint Venture initiatives, etc.), and other entities (e.g., National Estuary Programs, etc.); and experience and/or understanding of incorporating geospatial data elements into a spatial conservation planning framework or geospatial decision support system to identify priority areas for land acquisition, easement, or other incentives. Familiarity with GIS and other related software applications and technologies is highly desirable. 

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Position will be housed in New Orleans, Louisiana, and successful candidate must be willing and able to commute or relocate.

This position requires extensive travel within the Gulf Coast Region, but may also require travel to meetings in other states or countries. Position will require minimal work in field conditions or strenuous activities.

Occasional and/or light lifting required. Limited exposure to elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., but none to the point of being disagreeable. May involve minor safety hazards where likely result would be cuts, bruises, etc.
Routine deadlines; usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor.
Job frequently requires standing, walking, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands, and lifting up to 10 pounds.
Job occasionally requires sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 100 pounds.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability of funding. 

Instructions for Applying:

Applications must include: 1) cover letter, 2) resume or Curriculum Vitae, 3) one-page statement of interest and expertise, 4) contact information for five references, and 5) official academic transcripts. Applicants must complete an application through the MSU HRM website, but should also email a copy of the cover letter and resume/CV directly to

Applicants may contact Kristine Evans [] with any questions prior to application submission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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