State University of New York

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, New York 13210-2778



Budget Title: Staff Associate


Campus Title: Manager of Restoration Programs


Unit:  Environmental and Forest Biology


Professional Rank and Salary Range:  SL-4; Salary DOQ


Duration:  Position is funded for three years and appointment will be in one-year intervals over three year period



The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) invites applications for the Manager of Restoration Programs for ESF’s Restoration Science Center (RSC). The successful candidate will carry out management and administrative tasks including assisting in planning, organizing and coordinating research, teaching and outreach activities of the faculty and staff affiliated with the RSC. The Manager will work under the supervision of the RSC Senior Director. The position is funded for three years and its continuation is contingent upon fundraising success by the RSC. The position begins as soon as a successful candidate is available.


Responsibilities: The successful candidate will:


*   Coordinate research, teaching and outreach efforts among faculty and staff to uphold the goals and objectives of the RSC.

*   Manage the promotion of the RSC through press releases and social media (ESF Webpage, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and networking with stakeholders.

*   Provide administrative support for meetings and seminars, student recruitment and hiring, grant-writing and other fund raising activities, accounting and bookkeeping, and reporting.

*   Support the development of undergraduate and graduate curricula in restoration science, including certificate, degree programs and online curricula.

*   Foster a network of restoration project partners and sponsors within industry, academia and NGOs.

*   Develop and maintain a data management plan and research database, as well as supervise training of staff and students in data management best practices.


*   Serve as liaison with RSC’s Development Director to foster philanthropic opportunities.



Required Qualifications:


*   A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

*   Experience juggling multiple, competing priorities and working with large, diverse and multi-disciplinary teams.

*   Demonstrated initiative in developing partnerships and networking with stakeholders such as government agencies, industry, and universities.

*   Outstanding verbal and written communication skills in various formats (e.g., grant proposals, progress and annual reports, press releases, outreach materials, etc.)

*   Excellent time management and organizational skills, and attention to detail.

*   Experience in budgeting, bookkeeping, and reporting.


Preferred Qualifications:


*   M.S. or Ph.D. in restoration science, ecology, natural resource management, or related field.

*   Experience coordinating large, complex research and training initiatives in environmental or STEM fields.

*   Experience in developing curricula, data management plans and research databases.

*   A record of successfully acquiring research grants.

*   Experience working with New York State based conservation and restoration organizations.



Application Instructions: Applications should include: (1) cover letter summarizing qualifications and interest in the position; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as referees (at least one must be from academia). All applications must be submitted on-line at


For questions about the position, contact the Chair of the RSC Manager of Restoration Programs Search Committee: Dr. Danilo D. Fernando (


Application Deadline: To ensure optimal consideration, all application materials should be received on October 31, 2019; however, position will remain open until filled.


ESF Restoration Science Center: The SUNY ESF Restoration Science Center (RSC) is a hands-on transdisciplinary effort among all academic departments at ESF to restore degraded ecosystems, recover threatened and endangered species, and rebuild people’s connections to the environment. Faculty, staff, and students in the RSC work with community partners including citizen scientists, local, state and federal government agencies, non-profit groups and companies on projects that comprise our restoration program network, the basis for collaborative research and monitoring programs for adaptive management.  New academic programs at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, professional and distance learning) will be based on experiential learning, where students will engage in applied science and outreach under guidance of faculty and RSC staff. Current terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic restoration projects of the RSC are at small to large scale, local to global. Thematic areas of the RSC include: Agroecosystem Restoration; Aquatic Systems Restoration and Management; Biodiversity and Human Health; Biotechnology and Species Restoration; Traditional and Local Ecological Knowledge; Biocultural Restoration; Ecosystem Benefits and Restoration; Novel Ecosystems; Invasive Species Ecology and Management; Keystone, Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species; Sustainable Food Systems; Indigenous Foodways; Urban/Post-industrial Site Restoration; Wetlands Restoration; Waterfowl Conservation and Management; and Stream Restoration.



SUNY ESF is dedicated to solving environmental problems through research, teaching and service. With a total enrollment of 1700 undergraduates and 600 graduate students, SUNY-ESF provides an intimate small-college atmosphere with a low student/faculty ratio that allows for personal attention and assistance for students. ESF is one of nine PhD granting institutions within the 64 college/university State University of New York (SUNY) system, and is designated as a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Activity) school. Integration of research and teaching is emphasized and the college has a strong undergraduate research program where undergraduate students regularly work with graduate students and faculty. ESF has nine regional campuses and field stations and maintains nearly 25000 acres of forest properties offering excellent opportunities for field-based research. The access to chemical instrumentation ( on campus is excellent. The ESF campus is contiguous with Syracuse University and close to SUNY Upstate Medical University. The Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital, Upstate Medical University Hospital, Crouse Hospital, and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital are within walking distance from ESF, and offer extensive research and collaborative opportunities for health-related projects. Our University Hill community provides students and faculty with the resources of large institutions of higher education, including a wide array of courses, computer and library facilities, and sports and health services.


Benefits: For Information on employee benefits, please check the link below:


Additional Information: In accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,” institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site:


For More Information: Visit for details about the college or contact RSC Manager of Restoration Programs Search Committee Chair, Dr. Danilo D. Fernando, email:; telephone: 315-470-6746.


SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.