Term Position

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Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Biological Sciences - Kent Campus [100093]

Job Title:

 Term Position (Research Coordinator)

Physical Location:

 Kent Campus - Kent, OH



Basic Function:

The Biogeochemistry Lab at Kent State University seeks applications for a full-time Research Coordinator position to serve state of Ohio agency needs and academic research activities that will inform current wetland project monitoring, assess nutrient reduction, and guide future wetland management and construction.


The full-time Research Coordinator will facilitate administrative and research activities for the H2Ohio Wetland Monitoring Program, which is studying the nutrient removal function of restored wetlands throughout the state of Ohio. Will be supervised by Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello and work as a member of the KSU Biogeochemistry Lab group. Opportunities for research, networking, and professional development as part of a dynamic network of scientists and natural resource managers.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:

The Research Coordinator will contribute to science-based decision making to improve environmental quality by working with a team of academic researchers from the Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network (LEARN) to coordinate research and administrative activities for the H2Ohio Wetlands Monitoring Program in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and other wetland design and management partners throughout the state of Ohio. The Research Coordinator will be supervised by Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello and work as a member of the KSU Biogeochemistry Lab group. The Research Coordinator will work closely with a full time Data Manager and Lab Technician to coordinate Monitoring Program-wide activities and contribute to KSU-specific wetland field sampling and lab analysis tasks. This position provides ample opportunity to interact with a growing and dynamic network of academic scientists, state and federal agency administrators, ecological restoration practitioners, resource managers, and stakeholders.

Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

  • Coordinate the ongoing implementation and iterative improvement of the H2Ohio Wetland Monitoring Plan
  • Facilitate communication between between ODNR wetland project managers and LEARN researchers with respect to the ODNR H2Ohio Wetland Monitoring Program
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings with appropriate project personnel
  • Coordinate and facilitate the compilation and continual updating of the H2Ohio Wetland Monitoring Program Operations Manual, which includes guidelines, standard operating procedures, and standardized protocols for data collection, processing, and analysis
  • Communicate and coordinate with partners implementing restoration projects (including non-profit organizations and consultants) to gain information on restoration project features, ongoing activities, and progress toward scope of work
  • Coordinate environmental field work and sample collection, transport, and analysis across multiple academic labs and partner groups.
  • Ensure adherence to all protocols documented in the aforementioned Monitoring Plan and Operations Manual
  • In coordination with project leadership, draft progress report outlines, solicit input and content from researchers, and compile progress and final reports
  • Summarize data (using appropriate techniques and statistics) and efforts to inform the development of communication products, presentations, and reports
  • Travel to and/or participate in conferences to present monitoring plans and outcomes
  • Interpret and communicate results through publications, reports, and presentations to a wide variety of audiences (e.g., general public, agency personnel, science community, etc.)

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Biology, Geology, or related field
  • An ability to complete tasks in a well-organized, timely, and effective manner with minimal day-to-day supervision.
  • Basic familiarity with standard Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google applications for collaborative work (Google Docs, Sheets, etc.)
  • Valid US driver’s license



Knowledge Of: 

Ecosystem ecology, common ecological and water quality monitoring and research techniques.  Data competency including knowledge and understanding of data management, analysis and interpretation.  Common approaches to ecosystem restoration and management.


Skill In:

Interpersonal skills suitable for working directly with research team members, including students and trainees, natural resource managers and for communicating frequently with non-profit and consultant partners, stakeholders, and the public.  Demonstrated ability to communicate.


Ability To: 

  • Work normal working hours, 8am to 5pm, but willing to work flexible schedule that could include some overnight travel and both evening and weekend hours
  • Office space will be provided at Kent State University. Employer willing to discuss possible telecommute scenario, evaluated on a regular basis.
  • Involves occasional strenuous manual labor outdoors in a range of uncontrolled work-environment conditions including all weather conditions, remote settings, work at night, unconsolidated sediments, unstable footing, stinging insects, heavy vegetation, and slopes
  • The work environment will occasionally expose worker to regular public contact, vessel use, heavy machinery activity, and laboratory equipment and chemical materials
  • Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy items, and sit and stand for long periods of time.



Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Master's or PHD in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Biology, Geology, or related field.  Experience in working collaboratively in multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary teams including partners from universities, state and/or federal agencies, non-profit organizations, private consultants, and students.  Project management experience.  Familiarity with GIS-based software and tools.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Light work-Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.

Working Schedule:


Additional Information:

 Once you apply to this please, please attach a cover letter and cv/resume.  For additional information on this position, please contact Lauren Kinsman-Costello at lkinsman@kent.edu and include H2Ohio Coordinator in the subject line.

Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For official job descriptions, visit www.kent.edu/hr

Kent State University is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community including those that experience discrimination or under representation. This is a core value of the organization as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation, and our world.

Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit www.kent.edu/smoke-free.


The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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