Research Scientist, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Indiana University Purdue University Indianpolis (IUPUI)
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Internal Number: 13279
Department: IU Bloomington Ind Inst On Disability/Commnty
About the Opportunity:
Indiana University is seeking a highly motivated and capable individual to conduct and lead research in outdoor recreation, parks, public lands, and related study areas for the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.
The Eppley Institute is celebrating its 30th year of advancing park, recreation, and public land management professionals and organizations in 2023. This highly regarded center has a national and international reputation and is Indiana University's focus on agencies and organizations engaged in park, recreation, and public land management in the U.S. and across the globe. The Institute is unique and houses not only the National Center on Accessibility, but also World Park Academy, Playground Maintenance Training Institute, Great Lakes Park Training Institute, and ProValens Learning online system.
Eppley is focused on generating new opportunities for national leadership and to share knowledge and technical information for effective, strategic learning ecosystems that benefit professionals and agencies in parks, recreation, and public lands.
The Eppley Institute works with clients around the nation. Arrangements to work remotely and/or telecommute will be considered for the selected candidate as appropriate.
About the Organization:
Eppley is highly regarded for its assistance and training programs, research, and analysis, and planning for communities focusing on comprehensive park, recreation, and open space (PROS) planning, and accessibility assessments. Eppley is also the premier provider of online training and education courses for practicing and aspiring park professionals seeking to advance their capabilities and their careers. With 30 years serving federal, state, local, and non-profit organizations that provide quality of life services, Eppley has assisted and trained thousands of practicing and aspiring park professionals.
As a center in the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, the Eppley Institute is positioned to continue its 30-year leadership advancing park, recreation, and public land management professionals and organizations.
Eppley continues to work closely with federal agencies including the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management as well as state and local park agencies. As the leading Institute of its type in the nation, Eppley performs a wide variety of services and manages platforms as described above that can be found at www.eppley.org.
1) Lead Eppley's research program to include oversight of various projects engaging project coordinators, graduate students, and staff in project teams within the Institute, and external researchers where appropriate using collaborative methods for engagement and project execution.
2) Create and maintain partner relationships and co-author proposals for grants, financial assistance, project agreements, etc.
3) Ensure all project requirements, monitoring progress and decisions related to projects with the Institute leadership team.
4) Oversee and participate as principal investigator or co-principal investigator, research in needs assessment, program evaluation, and policy analysis using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
5) As required, lead project-based teams, where assigned providing technical assistance (consulting) training, education, research, planning and policy development for park, health, disability and access, recreation, and public lands management organizations who are the Eppley Institute's partners.
6) Identify, research, and develop proposals for research related work in grants, contracts, program revenues, and other funding sources.
7) Travel required, including occasional weeklong and weekend trips to partner locations.
The competencies required for success in this position vary widely and are broken down into the following core competencies:
Contribute to the positive and collaborative based environment at the Institute in building and managing research and related projects and courses.
Contribute to project components by managing multiple duties and contributing to multi-functional teams.
Contribute to Eppley Institute's highly active team environment which is a diverse group of employees, graduate students, contractors, and partners, and act as a liaison between outside partners, and program managers.
Excellent time management, project completion, writing and communication skills required. Must demonstrate the ability to become proficient with virtual project work via web and distance conferencing.
Experience in and knowledge of park, recreation, and public lands management emphasizing trends related to equity analysis, health and wellness, climate change, overuse, and emerging trends.
Demonstrate analytical, problem solving, and mixed method research skills, to include methods development, research administration data collection, analysis and reporting, with a detail orientation.
Talent in meeting facilitation (internal and external) and public engagement with strong attention to detail for advanced planning, documentation, and follow-up.
Experience in all project management phases from initiation to completion, with the ability to coordinate people and processes to deliver projects on time, within budget, and meet the outcomes needed by the organization.
Eppley's vision to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the increasingly complex and interconnected nature of parks, health, recreation, public lands, and protected areas is lived through our values and our collaborative approach with organizations that manage these places and programs.
We recruit, foster, steward, and depend upon diverse and inclusive teams to meet our mission and goals, to better serve all peoples who use protected areas, and ensure equitable and inclusive access to parks, recreation, and public lands. We believe the future of parks and public lands requires a commitment to equitable and inclusive delivery of outdoor recreation, access to parks and facilities in order to ensure all peoples can equally benefit from these public lands.
Ph.D. in Leisure Behavior, Park and Recreation Management, Outdoor Recreation Resource Management, Environmental and Public Lands, or related field including public health.
Ability to serve as project lead and/or principal investigator in sponsored work directly with clients, sponsors, and organization leaders.
Ability to, and experience in obtaining funding including work practices to identify, collaborate, and propose externally funded projects, contracts and grants for research projects.
Detail oriented with demonstrated analytical, problem solving, and research skills using mixed methods with an emphasis on survey and program evaluation research for communities, non-profits and organizations. Excellent writing, methodology, and data analysis skills are essential.
Experience working in an impactful research program related to the training, planning, consulting and professional development programs at Eppley.
About Indiana University Purdue University Indianpolis (IUPUI)
IUPUI, a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities, is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus.
IUPUI’s mission is to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.
By offering a distinctive range of bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and Ph.D. degrees, IUPUI promotes the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.