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Marketing Brand Manager for Reptile Products

Date Posted: 30 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Central Aquatics
Location: Franklin, Wisconsin
Closing date: not provided

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the pet, lawn and garden supplies markets. We are looking for a Marketing Brand Manager to focus on our Zilla® brand reptile products. The Brand Manager is responsible for achieving a competitive advantage with assigned product categories and brands that results in growth in sales volume and achieving profit objectives by way of formulating and implementing annual strategic operating plan. Primary responsibilities would include developing short and long term strategic direction, new product development, identifying trends, promotional support, packaging and achieving agreed upon profit objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identifies and develops new products within assigned category via a close relationship with R&D, Sourcing and / or Operations.
  • Budgeting, forecasting and financial planning for assigned product categories or brands.
  • Within the framework of the long term corporate plans develops annual strategic operating plan for assigned categories and brands and once approved implements same. Operating Plan includes short term and long term objectives, strategies, rationale, financial objectives and action plan.
  • Co-ordinates internal efforts with all CG&P Aquatics Division departments to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • Manage and co-ordinates efforts of outside suppliers such as advertising agencies, market research companies, package design agencies, etc.
  • Design and legal approval of sales package structure, design, and copy.
  • Develops product positioning, claims and USP’s and obtains approval of same.
  • Works closely with sales account management to develop when necessary account specific strategies.
  • Identifies and reports on market trends and takes appropriate action to ensure long term success of product categories and brands.
  • Develops all necessary promotional and sales materials.
  • As required makes presentations to both internal and external audiences
  • Attains annual sales, volume and profit objectives and in consultations with sales establishes pricing.
  • Any additional programs, projects and duties that may be required.
  • Complies with safety and corporate guidelines on business ethics.
  • Conform with and abide by all regulations, policies, work procedures, and instructions.

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Undergraduate degree, major in business administration or marketing preferred MBA, desirable.
  • Four or more years of marketing and or sales experience with a consumer package goods company. Knowledgeable in reptile care and husbandry with pet industry experience preferred.  
  • Requires advanced knowledge of sales, marketing, retail environment, new product development processes.
  • Proficient in the use of computer software required to support work.
  • Understands the functions of other departments.
  • Strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to build strong relationships both internally and externally.
  • Able to travel.

To Apply:

Visit the Brand Manager - Zilla listing.

Central Garden & Pet is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer of females, minorities, veterans and disable. Central Garden & Pet is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Graduate Student Positions: Marine Evolutionary Genetics

Date Posted: 27 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Texas A&M University at Galveston
Location: Galveston, Texas
Closing date: not provided

The lab of Ron Eytan ( at Texas A&M at Galveston is seeking outstanding and highly motivated PhD students for Fall of 2015. My lab studies the origin and maintenance of marine biodiversity, primarily in coral reef fishes, using genomic and computational methods. My lab has broad interests in phylogenomics and phylogeography, population genetics/genomics, and the geography and genetics of speciation in reef fishes. We work primarily in the Caribbean, but plan to expand to the Gulf of Mexico.

Current projects in the lab include:

  • The study of hybrid breakdown in coral reef fishes, where we combine genomic data with live animal work,
  • Cryptic speciation in Caribbean reef fishes,
  • Using genomic data to track population fluctuations in reef fishes,
  • Phylogenomics, where we are sequencing hundreds to thousands of genetic markers for phylogenetic inference at both deep and shallow time scales.

Students are free to develop their own project or work on ongoing research in the lab. All student projects can involve a mix of field work, lab work, and computing. Previous experience in any of these areas is a plus, as are excellent written and oral communication skills. Assistantships are available for PhD

Students are admitted to TAMUG through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Marine Biology (IDP). General information about the program, as well as application deadlines, can be found at

The Department of Marine Biology at TAMUG is home to a diverse, interdisciplinary faculty that provides instruction and training in evolution, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, and the behavior and ecology of estuarine/marine flora and fauna. The department is housed in new and modern facilities with brand new lab space. It is also home to the Sea Life Facility, which has phenomenal resources for live animal work and breeding.

Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special-purpose institution of higher education for undergraduate and graduate instruction in marine and maritime studies in science and for research and public service related to the general field of marine resources. The institution is under the management and control of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, with degrees offered under the name and authority of Texas A&M University at College Station.

Galveston is located on the Gulf Coast of Texas, 50 miles south of Houston. It provides easy access to field sites in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a beautiful community with over 30 miles of beaches, a relaxed atmosphere, abundant leisure activities, excellent medical facilities, and first-rate restaurants.

Assistant Professor of Biology Population Genetics and Computational Biology

Date Posted: 26 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: California State University Monterey Bay
Location: Seaside, California
Closing date: Screening begins 20 November 2014

The Biology program within the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay seeks a population geneticist with strong computational biology skills to fill a tenure track assistant professor position. The applicant should be a dedicated teacher capable of successfully involving undergraduates in research. The successful candidate will work with other faculty to develop undergraduate curricula, professional outreach programs, and extramural research or programmatic funding. Additional information on the Division and the Biology program can be found at, the university and its vision at, and our exceptional undergraduate research program at


The successful candidate will:

  • Teach upper division evolutionary biology & population genetics,
  • Develop and teach upper division bioinformatics & systems biology or a new upper division course in genomics or other computationally intensive branch of biology,
  • Develop and maintain a research program that provides opportunities for undergraduates,
  • Occasionally teach genetics or help with lower division instruction, and
  • Contribute to the development of this new university.

Qualifications (minimum)

  • Ph.D. in biology or related field at time of hire.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
  • Expertise in Population Genetics.
  • Expertise in Computational Biology.

Qualifications (desired)

  • Research interests that leverage CSU Monterey Bay’s unique location at the interface between land and sea on the Central California coast.
  • Expertise in a computationally intensive field of study such as transcriptomics that can be applied to projects suitable for the undergraduate research environment.
  • A strong background in evolutionary or conservation biology.
  • Experience mentoring student research and/or internships.
  • Desire and ability to teach and mentor students from diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds.
  • A record of writing successful proposals for extramural funding.
  • Experience with course and curriculum development.

How to Apply

All prospective applicants must apply on-line at

Applicants must submit:

  • Letter of Interest
  • CV
  • Teaching Statement (2 page max)
  • Research Statement (2 page max)
  • Contact information for 3 professional references

Please combine your teaching and research statement into a single document for upload.

Screening begins November 20, 2014.

Assistant Sanctuary Director, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Blair Audubon Center

Date Posted: 22 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: National Audubon Society
Location: Naples, Florida
Closing date: not provided

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Blair Audubon Center is one of National Audubon Society’s premiere centers. Operating as part of the Audubon Florida state program, Corkscrew unites visitor and education experiences with science and conservation to understand, protect and restore habitats on Corkscrew’s 13,000 acres and its regional and connected watershed and public lands corridors. Corkscrew is well served by seasoned staff who are experts in their fields and by a dedicated and talented pool of volunteers including the Corkscrew Sustainability Board.

Reporting to the Sanctuary Director, the Assistant Sanctuary Director is primarily responsible for the oversight and management of staff, volunteers and budgets supporting Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Blair Center visitor experience programs. S/he will provide leadership, ensure visitor and education programming and support Audubon’s mission and goals for the Sanctuary and greater Corkscrew, Big Cypress and Everglades ecosystems. S/he will plan budgets, project revenues and manage expenses associated with all programs related to visitor experience. Additionally, the Assistant Director will play a lead role in marketing the Corkscrew experience to attract visitors and program participants, all while embracing and advancing Corkscrew’s mission which aims to influence conservation of the Greater Everglades.     

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Assistant Professor in Stream Ecology

Date Posted: 22 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Closing date: 3 December 2014

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Stream Ecology. We seek an energetic, enthusiastic colleague to complement our existing strengths in teaching, research and service, and help expand our nationally and internationally recognized programs in wildlife, fisheries and conservation biology. Our interdisciplinary, collaborative research on freshwater systems spans continents, environments and perspectives. Come and share the great diversity of Oregon’s habitats and natural resources, including the Pacific Ocean, the deepest lake in the United States, extensive networks of rivers and streams, progressive urban and agricultural areas, mountains and high deserts. This position is part of a larger commitment by Oregon State University to hire, retain, and develop diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation (

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree in ecology, fisheries, conservation biology, zoology, or a related biological discipline;
  • Experience conducting ecological research in lotic ecosystems;
  • Strong interest and enthusiasm for undergraduate and graduate teaching—faculty at Oregon State University are committed to undergraduate and graduate student success. We seek faculty who have evidence of educating and mentoring a diverse group of learners, which may include experience with sponsoring student research or internships, developing study abroad opportunities, service learning courses, or the use of innovation pedagogies such as hybrid or online learning;
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed and refereed publications, appropriate for the level of experience;
  • Ability to identify significant natural resource problems;
  • Strong collaboration, communication and organizational skills;
  • Commitment to promotion and enhancement of diversity as demonstrated by recruitment or mentorship of students from backgrounds underrepresented in the discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-doctoral or post-graduate professional experience;
  • Demonstrated research relating to one of the following areas of stream and river ecology: population, community, ecosystem or restoration ecology, hydrology or landscape ecology;
  • Demonstrated excellence or significant potential for excellence in teaching of undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Demonstrated capacity for collaboration and outreach;
  • Success in obtaining extramural funding through grants or contracts;
  • Experience supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

To Apply:

We invite you to visit the application site ( for further details about the position (Posting #0013224) and information on how to apply.

For full consideration, applications must be received by December 3, 2014. We encourage applicants with creative and diverse perspectives to join our community at OSU. If you have any questions, please contact the search chair, Tiffany Garcia, tiffany [dot] garcia [at] oregonstate [dot] edu.

OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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