Research Data and Records Archive Manager
College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
School of Forest Resources
The University of Maine, in collaboration with the US Forest Service, is seeking a professional staff member to assist in making research data available online, manage active research data, and organize research-related records archives. The primary focus of this position will be assisting researchers at the US Forest Service Penobscot Experimental Forest (PEF) with managing their research data, metadata, and research-related records. In addition, the individual will also interact with University of Maine researchers and assist with the management of research projects associated with the Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC), the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CSRF), and the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU). The allocation of time on the various projects will be in accordance with position funding.
Typically has the education associated with a Master’s of Science in Forestry, or closely related field. Demonstrated experience with data management, long term silvicultural studies, and working with research teams is preferred. Demonstrated success using Microsoft Access and other related products is desired. This is a full-time, 12 month position contingent on funding, with a salary range of $37,000 to $38,000 depending upon qualifications and skills. The full job description can be found at http://jobs.umaine.edu/. Appropriate background checks will be required.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable pool of applicants is found. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Aaron Weiskittel via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Maine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
University of Maine
TITLE: Research Data and Records Archive Manager
DEPARTMENT: School of Forest Resources
DATE: March 13, 2013
REPORTS TO: Associate Professor Faculty Member
Purpose: Professional staff position that is jointly funded by the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine (20%), the US Forest Service Research Data Archive (50%), and the US Forest Service Northern Research Station (30%). The primary purpose is to assist both the University of Maine and the US Forest Service researchers to make research data available online, manage active research data, and organize research-related records archives.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Assisting researchers at the US Forest Service Penobscot Experimental Forest (PEF) with managing their research data, metadata, and research-related records. Interacts with University of Maine researchers and assists with the management of research projects associated with the Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC), the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CSRF), and the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU). Allocation of time on various projects is in accordance with position funding. Works effectively and cooperatively with members of the School of Forest Resources staff, UMaine administration, the campus community, and external clients and customers. Specific duties include:
1) MetaData Management
a. Write and maintain formal metadata for long-term Forest Service studies conducted on the PEF (1950-present), and for selected studies elsewhere in the Northern Research Station (e.g. Dukes EF, others to be determined); the relevant standards are the Federal Geographic Data Committee: Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC CSDGM), the FGDC Biological Data Profile (BDP), and the ISO 19115-2 family of metadata standards.
b. Prepare supplemental materials (e.g. study maps, treatment timelines, plot layout diagrams, study plan revisions) for these studies, in support of the metadata, data, and researchers.
2) Data Archiving
a. Conduct quality assurance of digital records archive; name, assign file codes, and organize digital records and associated paper records per established local protocols and Forest Service Handbook File Designations.
b. Describe record organization structure in .xml metadata document with hyperlinks to .pdf files, for online storage and searching of the PEF records archive.
c. Create or complete content lists for studies for which online database, metadata, supplemental files, and digital records archives are complete; transfer originals to the National Records Archive and Administration, per the Northern Research Station Records Management Guidebook for Experimental Forests, when appropriate. Confirm that onsite paper copies are in place for all records.
3) Data Management
a. Create a long-term research data management strategy and system for PEF.
b. Conduct quality assurance of existing databases in a relational database (Microsoft Access) and an online database; update/revise data as needed.
c. Compile existing NSRC, CFRU, and CSRF datasets into a standardized and relational database.
4) Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Knowledge & Skill Qualifications: A Master’s of Science in Forestry or closely related field is required. Experience with data management, long-term silvicultural studies, and working with research teams is desired. Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Access and related products is essential.
Supervisory Responsibility: Hire, evaluate, and supervise 3-5 undergraduate student workers. The student workers would likely be full-time during the summer months and part-time during the academic year.
Work Environment: The majority of the work would be conducted in an office. This would include offices in Nutting Hall at the University of Maine in Orono and the US Forest Service Hart Building in Bradley. Some limited in-state and out-of state travel may also be required.
Work Year: Full-time, 12 months.
Work Schedule: Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to the nature of the position, work beyond regular hours (to include evenings and weekends) will be occasionally necessary to meet the requirements of the position. The employee shall establish regular office hours and in consultation with the supervisor, adjust the work schedule as appropriate.
Position Type: Contingent on funding and successful performance.
Schedule for Evaluation: In the initial six months of employment and annually thereafter in accordance with the UMPSA contract.
Job Family 03 / Salary Grade 03
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.
Appropriate background checks required.
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