Position Announcement

Sandra Vargo svargo at seas.marine.usf.edu
Thu Apr 13 18:36:15 EDT 2000

     Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) Coordinator The Florida Institute of
Oceanography/University of South Florida seeks a manager for the Keys
Marine Laboratory located on Long Key in the Florida Keys.  The KML is a
general service education and research center operated jointly by the FIO
and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  The KML
facilitates and supports education and research projects dependent on
South Florida habitats or resources.  The manager is responsible for
coordinating operations and maintenance of the KML on a daily basis.  
This includes, but is not limited to, scheduling facilities (dorms, labs,
holding facilities, boats, etc.), maintenance, repairs, and new
construction.  The manager coordinates 6 staff members and is the
immediate administrator responsible for monitoring expenditures and
revenues, and setting task priorities.  The operations of the KML are
diverse including boat support for field sampling, specimen collection and
transport for on-site and off-site use, a running seawater system for
maintaining organisms for education and research use, laboratory equipment
purchase and maintenance, and public outreach.  A minimum of a Bachelor's
degree in the natural sciences or related fields is required and
preferably 2-3 years experience in laboratory management.  The manager
must have strong organizational skills, the ability to communicate well
both verbally and in writing, skill and experience with small boat
operations, SCUBA use, and experience with subtropical/tropical marine
habitats.  The manager will be employed as a non-tenure track faculty
member by University of South Florida, the administrative host for the
FIO, which is a statewide consortium of the State University System of
Florida.  This position is limited to U.S. citizens or foreign nationals
with appropriate visas permitting them to work in the U.S. The salary
range is $32,000 - $35,000 depending upon experience.

To apply send your letter of application, resume' and the names of three
references to:

Dr. Sandra Vargo
Florida Institute of Oceanography
830 First Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida  33701
(727)553-1109 (Fax)
     e-mail:   svargo at seas.marine.usf.edu

Application Deadline: May 5, 2000



Only Florida among the continental states has a tropical marine habitat.
Through the State's acquisition of the former Sea World Shark Institute
and subsequent establishment of the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) on Long
Key, this unique U.S. resource is accessible to researchers and
educators throughout the country.  The KML, purchased through the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for joint
operation by the Florida Marine Research Institute/Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission and the Florida Institute of Oceanography/State
University System, was formally dedicated in 1989 as a full-service
marine laboratory and education center for programs focussing on south
Florida environments.

The facility is a two hour drive from Miami International Airport at
mile marker 68.5 on US Route 1.  Within 1/2 hour of the KML are coral
reefs, Florida Bay, grass flats, sandy beaches, mud flats, mangrove
forests, and hardwood hammocks as well as access to oceanic waters of
the Gulf stream and the Florida Straits.

The KML has air conditioned dormitory facilities accommodating up to 27
people, with cooking facilities.  Local catering service is also
available.  The KML boasts a series of 30" deep interconnected research
and holding pools totalling 548,000 gallons of seawater with flow
through pumping capability in excess of 162,000 gph.  A 15,000 gallon
observation tank and assorted other tanks ranging in size from 1000 to
5000 gallons are also maintained at the KML.  A classroom/meeting room
is available as well as wet lab/dry lab facilities for both individual
research projects and larger scale education programs.  A limited array
of sampling gear and laboratory equipment is maintained at the KML.
Special analytical equipment is provided by individual researchers and
can usually be accommodated in secure or restricted areas.  The KML also
has a fleet of small boats which are available to users with KML staff

The KML staff members have backgrounds in marine environmental
education, expertise in marine animal collecting and maintenance, and
extensive knowledge of local habitats.  They are available for
consultation and help and coordination of both research projects and
education programs.  The staff is happy to assist groups and individuals
in any way to make their program successful and enjoyable.  Use of the
KML is approved upon completion of a Facility Use Request Form which
insures that the education or research needs can be met and that there
are no scheduling conflicts at that this multi-user facility

The facility manager, Bill Gibbs, can be reached directly at (305)
664-9101, Fax. No. (305)664- 0850.  Dr. Sandra Vargo is the FIO program
coordinator and can be reached at (727) 553-1100, Fax. No.
(727)553-1109.  Both will be happy to answer any questions and to help
plan and schedule your KML visit.  Please do not hesitate to call.

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