Aquatic Instrumentation and Oceanography Manager – Battelle

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 Battelle’s Ecology Business is seeking an Aquatic Instrumentation and Oceanography Manager, located in Boulder, CO. Battelle’s Ecology Business supports the broader mission of the Infrastructure and Environment Business Unit, with management operations located in Columbus, OH.


 Reporting to the Director of Science, the Manager is primarily responsible for directly managing staff within the Aquatic Instrumentation and Oceanography team and the technical activities of projects/programs. The Ecology Business predominately serves the National Science Foundation as Managing Organization to complete the construction, commissioning, and initial operations of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). NEON will enable scientists to understand and forecast interactions between life and the environment, including changes in climate, land use and invasive species, throughout the United States. In this capacity, the Manager will lead technical activities and provide technical and scientific expertise in multiple natural science fields such as ecology, civil engineering, hydrology, and water quality for the construction and operations of NEON’s Aquatic Instrumented Systems that are deployed at wadeable streams, non-wadeable streams and rivers, and lakes.

  • Develops and manages schedule, budget, risks, and documentation.
  • Identifies risks to meeting scheduled activities, and implements solutions to mitigate risk and meet timelines.
  • Responsible for efficient project management practices and leading teams within a professional work environment, including coordinating a variety of simultaneous tasks.
  • Provides strategic, scientific rationale for aquatic components of the NEON project
  • Assists in the development and oversight of aquatic site infrastructure deployments.
  • Serves as the point of contact to resolve operations issues related to implementation of aquatic instrumentation
  • Manages the documentation of maintenance plans, equipment design and data collection, verifying that all activities are documented.
  • Contributes to training material and field manuals for field and lab procedures.
  • Collaborates with the NEON Data Products and Cyberinfrastructure teams and other science staff to develop algorithms to deliver data products and specifications for data ingest and publication formats associated with the collection of instrumented aquatic data.
  • Supports active engagement between the Observatory and the broader science community and promotes scientific advancements in continental-scale ecology relevant to the observatory mission.
  • Establishes staff goals and objectives and prepares and delivers performance reviews.
  • The manager will also contribute to the development of an externally funded research program and other new business opportunities, particularly those in the aquatic sciences.


  • PhD in Ecology, Hydrology, Oceanography, Biology, or related field and 1 year of experience with methods in aquatic ecology, OR equivalent Combination of degree and experience.
  • MS in Ecology, Hydrology, Oceanography, Biology, or related field and 3 years of experience with methods in aquatic ecology.
  • Experience with instrumented sampling methods in aquatic systems.
  • Supervisory/leadership experience, sufficient to demonstrate the ability to manage a diverse group of engineers, scientists, and technicians.
  • Experience in managing budgets and schedules for a large scale scientific project.
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific writing and review.
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills.


  • PhD in Ecology, Hydrology, Oceanography, Biology, or related field and 5 or more years of experience with methods in aquatic ecology.
  • MS in Ecology, Hydrology, Oceanography, Biology, or related field and 8 or more years of experience with methods in aquatic ecology.
  • Experience with both freshwater and oceanic aquatic systems.
  • Experience working with groups involved in terrestrial and aquatic ecological environments.
  • Experience working in a collaborative scientific enterprise.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining external funding.



Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected classes covered under federal or applicable state and local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.”

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