St Edwards University
  • Wild Basin Creative Research Center
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Preserve Manager and Research Coordinator

Wild Basin Creative Research Center


In keeping with the educational and conservation mission of Wild Basin Creative Research Center (WBCRC) and St. Edward's University, the Preserve Manager and Research Coordinator (PMRC) will provide logistical and supervisory support in the management of the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve and the coordination of student and faculty research for the WBCRC. The PMRC will coordinate with St. Edward's University and local government agencies on land management criteria in accordance with the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Land Management Plan. Working closely with the Director of the WBCRC, the PMRC will ensure compliance with regulations pertaining to the preserve, play an active and supportive role in public relations, coordination of research activities, grant writing, and research program development.


Essential Duties

  • Coordinate with government agencies to ensure program compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to preserve lands and to work with researchers and educators both within and outside of SEU. Develop the necessary system to collect and maintain records as required.

  • Manage and oversee all land and trail maintenance, including training and supervising volunteers and staff.

  • Provide leadership in support of research programs and facilitate research activity, including mentoring interns and/or research students in accordance with Travis County and BCCP regulations.

  • Coordinate and supervise community volunteers, student interns, and parttime staff members in their duties as stewardship assistants and at special events.

  • Support the Director of WBCRC and Dean of the School of Natural Sciences to help maintain facilities, including security and safety concerns.

  • Work closely with university departments, particularly marketing and advancement, to facilitate successful interactions with the community, donors, and the media.

  • Perform other duties as directed by the Director of WBCRC.



  • Minimum bachelor's degree in environmental science or natural resource management or a closely related field; Master's degree a plus.

  • Experience interacting with a variety of government agencies involved in land and natural resource management preferred.

  • Relevant work experience (e.g. maintenance operations, land management and grounds support).

  • Experience training, supervising, and managing a volunteer force preferred.

  • Experience working with threatened/endangered species preferred.

  • Training in and experience working with GIS preferred.

  • Master Naturalist certification a plus.

  • Must be able to comply with workplace guidelines and attendance requirements.

  • Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check is required.


About St. Edward's University

Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of 3700 undergraduate and 500 graduate students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward's University is a Minority Serving Institution with a diverse community that welcomes faculty and students from all backgrounds, as engagement with various perspectives prepares our students to be involved in and equipped for life in a global society.  St. Edward's also manages the Creative Research Center at Wild Basin, where faculty, staff, volunteers, and the public have direct access to a 227-acre natural preserve, a small piece of and gateway to the 30,000+ acre Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.


How to Apply

Qualified applicants are invited to submit: Application for employment, found at: Application review will begin December 1 and continue until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter that indicates your skill set, interest in the position, and fit with the institutional mission of St. Edward's University.


St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer.  The campus is actively engaged in the pursuit of social justice, and candidates must demonstrate an appreciation and commitment to diversity. An inclusive workforce is highly valued as we strive to create a diverse learning environment to prepare our students for success in a global and multicultural world.  St. Edward's hires only U.S. Citizens and documented workers and does not offer sponsorship at this time.

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