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The following is required for consideration for this position: (a) cover letter, (b) resume, and (c) a writing sample. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include your current salary, and outline your skills and experiences that directly relate to this position.

Note: This position will begin after September 25, 2017 and is a closed-ended with an end date of September 30, 2019. This position is benefits eligible.

Building on more than a century of leadership in environmental science, management, policy, and design, SEAS became a new school, the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), as of July 1. 2017. For more information please visit our website at:

Job Summary

A project intermediate manager is being sought to coordinate the activities of a four-year Doris Duke Foundation grant as well as multicultural programming in SEAS. The grant will fund the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan (DDCSP-UM) from 2015 to 2019. SEAS will develop an internship program aimed at bringing more undergraduates currently underrepresented in the environmental field into the conservation arena. We will build on the conservation experiences students currently have and introduce them to new ones by providing experiential learning opportunities to stimulate interest for the field. The DDCSP-UM seeks to increase diversity in the conservation workforce by recruiting, engaging, and inspiring diverse cohorts of 20 undergraduate scholars each year in a multi-year research and experiential immersion program that incorporates minority history, culture, and experiences into their understanding of conservation practices. Each student will be invited to participate in the program for two years. In the first year they will be paired with a faculty member, research scientist, or graduate student to participate in field studies and other research projects. In the second year, returning scholars will intern in environmental organizations and agencies in the region. This is a national program focusing on students who have had at least one year of college. The undergraduates participating in the program will be recruited and drawn from Michigan colleges as well as campuses around the country. The principal investigator is Dorceta E. Taylor of SEAS. The project intermediate manager will help to develop the program. The chosen candidate will study similar programs that have been launched, design program activities for participants, build diversity and career leadership curriculum, recruit and admit students to the program, supervise program participants, organize field trips and internship opportunities, and help to mentor students. The project intermediate manager will also help to conduct research aimed at evaluating and tracking student progress.

Purpose of Position

To oversee the management of the Conservation Scholars Program. The position also entails the development and oversight of diversity and multicultural programming in SEAS.


  • Developing and managing the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
  • Recruit, select, track participants
  • Train participants
  • Help to create, track, and maintain databases
  • Supervise and train research assistants
  • Oversee communications with all members of the project team
  • Update and maintain websites
  • Plan and organize meetings, workshops, and conferences
  • Track expenses and manage budget
  • Help with data collection, inputting, and analysis
  • Help with curriculum development
  • Help with career development
  • Seek additional funding by writing proposals
  • Conduct field trips and site visits

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree with experience in the following natural sciences, education, and institutional diversity.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with a diverse group of constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex processes and projects.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, SPSS, and other web-based tools.
  • Must be able to travel; some evenings and weekends may be required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Masters in Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, Conservation, Biology, Wildlife Sciences, Geography, Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice, or Education is strongly preferred.
  • Grant writing experience.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.