UC Merced Natural Reserve System
Job number: JPF00847
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Application period: July 19, 2019 to September 13, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled. Starting dates are negotiable.
The candidate will serve as Associate Director of the UC Merced NRS, working closely with the Faculty Director and NRS staff to set and implement programmatic objectives involving the two existing UC Merced Natural Reserves as well as three potential reserves located at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park (SEKI), Buckhorn Flat Ranch and SCICON/Circle J Ranch. Position is located in Merced, California.
COORDINATION OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Represents University interests in negotiations with the external partners for reserves. Supervises maintenance of reserve facilities, maintains records of reserve use and bibliographic database, and preparation of annual reports.
Works toward adequate infrastructure for research and teaching initiatives, which may require pursuit of extramural funding for improvement or expansion of facilities. Identifies and implements maintenance needs for facilities and infrastructure. Works with regulatory agencies, campus administration, and reserve directors to ensure that the reserves are in compliance with federal, state, and university standards.
Serves as the primary supervisor of the directors of each of the UC Merced NRS reserves. Works with them to implement budgets and ensure safety and legal obligations are met at each reserve.
Primary responsibility for communications (website and other media) and development campaigns involving the NRS. The position shares in administration and programmatic development at all existing and future UC Merced natural reserves.
Real Property Management
Pursues cooperative land-use and management agreements with individuals and state and federal agencies, and land acquisition as appropriate. Works with attorneys at UC NRS, Office of General Counsel and Campus Counsel on the terms of conservation easements, use agreements, grant contracts, and reserve legal challenges.
Has primary responsibility for coordinating all aspects necessary to support the potential incorporation of new property into the UC Merced Natural Reserve System.
In consultation with the Faculty Director, faculty advisory committees and NRS staff, develops goals and timetables, prioritizes tasks, and secures funding for programmatic initiatives. Identifies strategies to make the reserves more fiscally self-sustaining. Develops long-term plans for reserve research, infrastructure, University-level teaching, and public outreach.
Supports the individual reserve managers in coordinating and authorizing qualified research, including consultation and review of use applications for appropriateness and feasibility as necessary. As appropriate, assists with scientific coordination to classes and researchers, and writes grants for new facilities, programmatic development, and property acquisition.
Attends annual meetings of appropriate organizations including the Organization of Biological Field Stations and the UC NRS Management Workshop. Masters new computer skills as necessary, including web page creation and self-publishing programs. Remains conversant with applicable scientific literature. May pursue personal research as time allows.
UNIVERSITY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Serves on campus and system-wide advisory committees, and attends and assists with NRS meetings and workshops as appropriate. As appropriate, may give special lectures and work with other units to achieve the campus and NRS missions.
Day to day duties include advising, assisting, preparing, and coordinating with the faculty director and NRS staff (as appropriate) regarding:
• institutional developments, especially within the Office of Research, and safety services.
• attendance at mission-critical meetings involving the NRS.
• programmatic planning.
• negotiating budgets with campus and system-wide entities.
• supervising the directors of the Yosemite Field Station and Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve.
• strengthening, expanding, and maintaining relationships with NRS partners.
• achieving operational targets.
• deputizing for the Faculty Director as needed.
Qualifications: Requirements include a Master's Degree in environmental science or a related field and experience with field research. Strong skills and knowledge to: engage and collaborate with a diverse set of constituents; and plan, organize, administer, budget and report on programs and operations. Experience with operations at a field station, experience with working with federal and state agencies, and skills in information technology.
Preferred: A Ph.D. in environmental science or similar, track record of leading successful grant proposals, and demonstrated significant, original, and creative contributions to a research or creative program or project.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience based on the University of California Academic Salary scale.
James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, UC Riverside
Job number: 201907184221
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The James Reserve is a 29-acre reserve located 50 miles east of Riverside near Idyllwild and is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. It is located at the lower end of Hall Canyon on the western flank of Black Mountain and is host to a wide variety of plant, animal, and insect communities. The James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve is part of a large forested sky island and a jewel of biodiversity. Its satellite reserve, Oasis de los Osos, is located on the lower north side of the San Jacinto Mountains and displays a great diversity of plants and animals ranging from aquatic to desert species.
This position, under the general direction of the Reserve Site Director, will assist with daily operational aspects of the reserve sites, James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve and Oasis de los Osos, including administration and user management, facilities and information systems, biological monitoring, research and educational programs, database management, museum collections, and public outreach activities.
BS degree with specialization in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field and one year experience, and curatorial work or equivalent combination of education and experience. Proven experience in collecting, analyzing and publishing scientific data. Working knowledge of statistical software. Computer experience with word processor, spreadsheet and database operating systems and commonly used office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Filemaker Pro, PowerPoint, Internet, email). Basic understanding of state and federal agencies and regulatory policies that apply to research and land management issues. Ability to learn names of plants, animals, geological formations, places and basic natural history of area surrounding the reserves. Knowledge of management of museum data collections. Must be able to work independently with little direction. Ability to guide volunteers and others in reserve work. Ability to perform work outside, under adverse weather conditions. Knowledge of basic maintenance techniques for electrical, plumbing, fencing, roads and physical plant. Able to stay overnight at reserve site when necessary. Must be able to operate and/or willing to operate all kinds of equipment needed to perform duties. Must have a valid driver's license, and must be able to drive manual transmission vehicles, and tractors. Skills in interpersonal communication and oral presentation. Demonstrated abilities in writing for basic science and general subjects (e .g., articles , letters , brochures).
M.S. degree in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field. Higher Education level teaching experience. Science grant-writing experience. Animal and plant curatorial skills. General knowledge of Arc lnfor/ArcView GIS. General knowledge of, or willingness to learn, alternative technologies (e.g. solar power). Basic understanding and experience in trail construction and maintenance. Computer knowledge and experience to develop and manage Reserve website. Previous experience in reserves management. Previous budgetary analysis experience
Compensation: $48,546 - $78,112