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St. Lawrence University Living Laboratory Curator (Temporary) in Canton, New York

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Position Title Living Laboratory Curator (Temporary)

FLSA Non-Exempt

Primary Responsibilities

Summary of Position:

The Environmental Studies Department ( ENVS ) at St. Lawrence University seeks a curator for their Living Laboratory, a 127-acre agricultural and ecological landscape that is adjacent to SLU’s campus and that is used for teaching, research, and biodiversity conservation. Current projects and classes focus on ecological restoration, agroecology, biodiversity conservation, local food production, forests, and renewable energy. The property includes public-access trails, such as the Saddlemire Trail, and a mix of forest, wetland, grassland, and agricultural ecosystems.

This position covers diverse responsibilities, including managing the working landscape (e.g., gardens and restoration areas), supporting ENVS courses, facilitating or managing faculty and student research projects, maintaining the grounds, and mentoring student interns.

Position is a temporary contract for 6 months/yr (mid-April to mid-October), beginning April 2023. May be renewable for following year.

Principle Responsibilities:

Duties reflect our needs for this position and appear here in no particular order and are subject to change based on evolving departmental and university needs. Some of these duties are infrequent or one-time annual tasks. Several jobs listed below will be done in collaboration with faculty/staff and with the help of student interns/assistants.

Research, Visioning, and Outreach

  • Work with ENVS faculty on developing and implementing a management plan for the Living Laboratory

  • Assist with or oversee research project implementation, management, and data collection

  • Represent the Living Laboratory at outreach events, including class visits to the site, as well as for university-level committees or meetings

  • Prepare seasonal departmental newsletter highlighting Living Laboratory activities

Teaching and Mentoring

  • Prepare and maintain equipment, supplies, and garden plantings for class laboratories

  • Assist with class projects/activities as needed

  • Manage and mentor student interns during summer and student assistants during school year

  • Facilitate student research projects

    Site Management/Maintenance

  • Manage tree restoration plantings, gardens, orchards, small livestock (when present); includes harvest, storage, and post-harvest distribution of products

  • Manage greenhouse space (when construction is completed)

  • Manage art and descriptions on a short earth-themed art trail through the site; coordinate with other departments for displaying art; maintain trail

  • Maintain buildings, fencing, renewable energy installations, equipment, and other infrastructure, doing light maintenance and reporting larger problems

  • Perform light construction or woodworking tasks

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in agriculture, environmental studies, ecology, or related field OR five years of experience working in the field, such as in farming, gardening, forestry, or ecology

  • Commitment to a more just, equitable, and ecologically friendly society and planet

  • Skills and interests allowing for completion of above responsibilities, including general handiness

  • Organizational skills and flexibility to adjust work priorities as needs evolve

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact positively with faculty, staff, and students

  • Ability to work outside and perform rigorous physical labor under a variety of climactic conditions

    Preferred Qualifications

    Status (FT, PT, Seasonal, Temp) PT Seasonal

    Posting Detail Information

    Posting Number ST01044

    Desired Start Date

    Open Date (to accept applications)

    Close Date (date applications will not be considered)

    Open Until Filled Yes

    Special Instructions to Applicant

Please complete the online application form and include contact information for at least three professional references.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background (including criminal records) check.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University requires employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID -19 unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption. Newly hired employees must have at least one shot in order to begin working.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application

    Optional Documents