Reserve Director, Sagehen Creek Field Station, UC Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The Sagehen Creek Field Station is an off-campus research and education facility of the University of California, Berkeley. The facility is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 12 miles north of Truckee, CA and 20 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe. The facility encompasses 22 buildings, concentrated in a stream- side footprint within the larger 9000-acre Sagehen Creek Experimental Forest. Sagehen Creek Field Station operates year-round, with most use occurring during the summer/fall field season between mid-May to mid-October. On-site housing and utilities are provided in the 3-bedroom Director’s Residence. 

The facility is snowed in approximately 6 months a year, requiring over-snow access without recourse to wheeled vehicles and periods of solitude. Use during the peak season is very high, with numerous ongoing research and education initiatives. The automated data collection network serves researchers at universities and governmental agencies. Sagehen also serves as the hub for two additional Central Sierra Field Research Stations located southwest of the station: the Chickering American River Reserve and the North Fork Association Lands. If desired, and time permitting, the Director may develop their own complementary research program and research collaborations.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: February 16, 2024. For full consideration please submit application materials by March 2, 2024.


Day to Day Operations

  • Ensures the coordination, supervision and performance of all activities necessary to the operational, educational, and research-related planning of Sagehen Creek Field Station, Chickering American River Reserve and the North Fork Association Lands. 
  • Plans, directs and manages all daily operations and activities.
  • Reviews, approves and facilitates proposals for research and coordinates reservations and site use by
  • Coordinates or conducts necessary maintenance of facilities and equipment.
  • Works with relevant Campus offices as needed to manage on-site University facilities.
  • During the non-peak season (November-April), provides at least 20 days of operational support to the Central Sierra Snow Laboratory.

Budget and Resource Planning

  • Under general direction of the Faculty Director, develops and monitors activities, budget, human resources and space planning. 
  • Facilitates the collaboration among a diverse group of professional staff and user groups to develop and implement long term property management plans and, as needed, identify
    funding for them
  • Assists in raising revenue through participation in proposal writing, acquisition of proposition funds, and fundraising efforts.

Liaison to External Partners and Government Agencies

  • Represents the Campus as long- term cooperative use agreement holder with US Forest Service. 
  • Develops and oversees permitting processes as needed, such as water quality discharge waivers and permits, County business plans and site health and safety plans.
  • Ensures all operations are in compliance with regulatory procedures and reporting requirements such as safety, emergency preparedness and environmental protection.

Community Relations

  • Develops and maintains positive relations with community organizations interested in the University’s field station operations in the Central Sierra.
  • Represents the Campus in developing partnerships with the local community, non- governmental organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies. Leads and coordinates the Sagehen Reserve Program Planning Advisory Group (SRPPAG), a joint university/agency/community initiative that brings together individuals from universities, government agencies (federal, state, and local), and nonprofit organizations and community groups to help guide the station’s future. 
  • Works with public, private, and nongovernmental agencies to identify lands that are important for research and education purposes and to develop strategies for their preservation.


  • Supports development of school field trips, k-12 programs, and public education programs related to field station research or other topics that serve a broad audience. 
  • Manages science-art outreach (e.g., the Sagehen Artist in Residence Program, the Nevada Museum of Art Center for Art + Environment, the Nevada County Arts Council, and the Future Forests Art effort, and the Sagehen Art Collection.)

Website and Social Media

  • Coordinator of Sagehen website and social media accounts.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with administration and budget management, staff supervision, facilities and equipment operations and maintenance, land stewardship, and resource monitoring.
  • Knowledge of ecosystem science and management, including ecologically sensitive practices and safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Analytical and report preparation skills to support proposal writing and to meet regulatory and budgetary reporting requirements.
  • Ability to raise funds and manage budgets.
  • Ability to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of constituencies on long- and short- term property operations planning and fundraising.
  • Knowledge of facility planning, building construction, project management, and contract management.
  • Ability to problem solve both personal and technical issues at field stations.
  • Skills in leadership, motivation of staff, public speaking, team-building, and understanding of diversity and equity issues.
  • Maintains high level of physical fitness, with ability to lift heavy objects, occasionally up to 70 pounds.
  • Ability to deal with heavy snow conditions during winter, including extensive snow shoveling, snow removal from roofs, and operation of heavy equipment, such as snowcats, snowmobiles, and snow blowers.
  • Ability to support Central Sierra Snow Lab work during Sagehen’s non-peak season.
  • Ability to drive a truck, 4-wheeler, and tractor.
  • Ability to safely operate power tools, preferably including construction tools, chain saws, etc.
  • Ability to climb tall towers following appropriate safety protocols.


  • Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.


  • First aid and CPR.
  • Environmental Health and Safety.

Preferred Qualifications

  • “Red” card training, avalanche, winter backcountry guiding.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California’s Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $85,800.00 – $122,000.00.

  • This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.
  • This is a hybrid position, eligible for 25% remote capability.

UC Irvine Desert Reserves Manager

Job Opening ID: 62133

Job Location:  Borrego Springs

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

How to Apply: External applicants can access this recruitment on UC Irvine’s Career Opportunities website,

Position Summary

In collaboration with the UCI Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and the UCI Nature Executive Director and Faculty Director, the Desert Reserve Manager is responsible for overseeing the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center (SBABDRC) ( and the Burns Piñon Ridge Reserve ( The field stations serve to advance research, education, and public stewardship in their associated natural areas, are a vehicle for UC faculty, staff, and student scholarship, and are part of a larger network of the University of California Natural Reserve System (UCNRS) (

The Reserve Manager serves as a representative of UC Irvine and the UCNRS and engages with partner organizations, researchers, students, and the public to promote the field stations and the mission UCI Nature and the UCNRS. Field site objectives may vary based on research and educational needs. Close engagement with California State Parks, the Anza-Borrego Foundation, Joshua Tree National Park, the UC Irvine campus community, and other partners is integral to supporting agreements and collaborative grants which serve to develop a foundation of knowledge and relationships promoting research, education, and stewardship in the region.

The Reserve Manager will supervise and work closely with subordinate staff to implement administrative, operational, and programmatic tasks necessary to ensure facilities are well maintained, user needs are well coordinated and attended to, and programs and activities are active, well documented and reported.

The SBABDRC is situated on a 78 acre University owned reserve adjacent to Anza-Borrego State Park and participates in a Cooperative Agreement with State Parks and the Anza-Borrego Foundation. The 12,400 square foot Research Center includes a classroom, laboratory, four individual researcher/instructor bedrooms, dormitories for up to 24 people, a kitchen and dining room, offices, patios and public event space.

The Burns Piñon Ridge Reserve consists of a 306-acre University-owned reserve, a lodging facility with kitchen, living room, patios, dormitories for up to 17 people, and a workshop under renovation. The field stations serve approximately 4,500 registered researchers, educators, and public service users annually, on average. The position involves travel between the desert field stations and occasionally to UC Irvine campus and annual systemwide meetings.

Total Compensation

In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time, retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links listed here to learn more about our compensation practices and benefits.

$66,700.00 – $118,500.00 (Annual Salary)


5-10 years of related work experience.

Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training. Master’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Thorough knowledge of safety, legal, cultural and regulatory requirements relative to field research responsibility. Thorough knowledge of research discipline, principles, concepts, analysis and / or operations being conducted at field / remote sites. Thorough knowledge of local customs, facility management and operations at field / remote sites. Strong skills in budget preparation and monitoring. Strong skills in report preparation and research protocols. Strong skills in leadership, interpersonal communication, motivation of staff and team-building. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Strong computer competency and knowledge of quantitative analysis software. Strong supervisory skills in hiring of new employees, salary actions, terminations, and performance ratings. Strong ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with remote research partners. Strong communication skills with broad range of research partners and project team members.


PhD degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training preferred

Special Conditions Required

• Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employee Pull-Notice Program • Satisfactory completion of a fingerprint background check Has an altered work schedule which includes being available outside of normal working hours. Travel required to annual systemwide UC NRS managers meeting (takes place at a UCNRS Reserve), and between SBABDRC and the Burns Pinon Ridge Reserve in Pioneertown. Incumbent must be physically fit to perform onsite reserve management tasks.

Executive Director, Natural Reserve System, UC Santa Barbara

Payroll Title: ADMIN MGR 2

Job Code: 0548

Job Open Date: 9/28/23

Job #54791

Application Review Begins: 10/12/23

Department Code (Name): NRSS

Percentage of Time:  100

Employee Class (Appointment Type):  Staff: Career

Classified Indicator Description (Personnel Program):  MSP

Hiring/Budgeted Salary or Hourly Range: Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience; the budget for the position; and the application of fair, equitable, and consistent pay practices at the University.

Full Salary Range: The full salary range for this job code is $124,200 to $243,800. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience; the budget for the position; and the application of fair, equitable, and consistent pay practices at the University.

Work Location:  NRS Campus Administration, MSRB 520

Working Days and Hours  Monday-Friday, 40 hours. Must be available for NRS activities on periodic weekends and evenings. Travel is required to Reserve sites several times per year.

Benefits Eligibility Full Benefits

Type of Remote or Hybrid Work Arrangement if applicable Hybrid (Both UC & Non-UC locations)

Special Instructions

For full consideration, please include a resume and a cover letter as part of your application.

Application review begins: 10/13/23.

Apply online at

Department Profile

The UCSB Natural Reserve System (NRS) ( administers seven of the 39 Reserves that make up the University of California Natural Reserve System ( The 39 Reserves, located throughout the State, include most of California’s diverse natural ecosystems and are used for research, university teaching, and public outreach. Of the seven Reserves managed by the UCSB NRS, two are located in the eastern Sierras near Mammoth Lakes, one is on the coast south of Cambria, three are within 40 miles of the UCSB campus and one is on Santa Cruz Island. The Reserves are managed through the UCSB campus NRS office that provides essential administrative and logistic support for staff and operations at the remote
Reserve sites.

Brief Summary of Job Duties

The UCSB NRS Executive Director is responsible for leading and overseeing all administrative, budgetary, development, and programmatic activities for the UC Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System, which operates within the UCSB Office of Research (OR) and the UC-wide NRS. The Reserves are managed through the UCSB NRS campus office that provides essential administrative and logistic support and leadership for staff and operations at the remote Reserve sites. The Executive Director works in consultation with and under the general direction of the UCSB NRS Director. The Executive Director oversees all personnel and budgetary aspects of the UCSB NRS, including fundraising. The incumbent leads and engages in strategic planning and program implementation on behalf of the UCSB NRS and the Reserves. In representing and leading the UCSB NRS, the incumbent interacts regularly with UCSB NRS Director, the UCSB Office of Research, the UCSB NRS Advisory Committee, the UC NRS, and all staff of the UCSB NRS, as well as UCSB campus departments and units affiliated with or servicing the UCSB NRS and external stakeholders in government, private, academic, and other sectors as appropriate.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced business degree, with experience in strategic leadership of organizations relevant to the operations of the Natural Reserves.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, and outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with diverse groups, stakeholders, and external agencies.
  • Computer literacy including web based research and office productivity software.
  • Willingness to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • 4-6 years Experience in strategic organizational leadership and initiative, and in personnel supervision, administration, budgets, and data analysis.
  • 1-3 years Experience in program development, grant writing, and project management.
  • 1-3 years Experience navigating compliance with state and federal regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 4-6 years Background in conservation, environmental or physical
  • 4-6 years Demonstrated experience in any of the following: fundraising success; supporting field research and University classes; land stewardship, facilitating infrastructure and facilities maintenance and improvement projects; environmental communications, data management and information technologies.

Special Conditions of Employment

Job Functions/Percentage of Time/Duties

·       50% Administration and Planning:

Lead, plan, manage, and supervise operations, budget, and personnel in support of the UCSB NRS mission. Develop, lead, and implement shortand long-range strategic, programmatic, and budget plans for UCSB NRS. Serve as the control point and liaison between the UC and UCSB NRS, and the Reserves for budgetary, strategic planning, and similar objectives. Oversee the UCSB NRS budget. Using knowledge of UC and UCSB policies, procedures and regulations, apply best financial and management practices for UCSB NRS objectives and goals. Take responsibility for budget analyses for the UCSB NRS including the Reserves; provide budget analyses to UCSB NRS Director. Analyze use and prepare use statistics for UCSB Reserves. Work with Reserve Directors to develop strategies for attracting new users and to promote Reserve use. Assess, develop, and implement ways to increase UCSB NRS and Reserve visibility. Interact directly with the UCSB Office of Research (OR) as a control point including preparing and delivering annual reports, and coordinating with OR to facilitate NRS goals on campus. Respond to and engage with the UC NRS on projects initiated by the UC NRS. Represent the UCSB Reserves on such projects. Represent the UCSB NRS to UCSB departments, the UC Office of the President, federal, state, county, and city agencies, and special interest groups. Attend meetings, hearings, and conferences to provide knowledge, opinions, and guidance on UCSB and NRS policies and procedures. Represent the UCSB NRS Director when she is unavailable. Assume responsibility for UCSB NRS’ overall compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and rules in coordination with the Reserves, the UC NRS, and UCSB units. Lead and represent the UCSB NRS, working with UCSB and UC NRS legal counsels, to initiate and facilitate developing and renewing agreements with external parties such as the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, landowners with whom the UCSB NRS operates field stations by agreement, or lessees for whom the UCSB NRS provides rights for approved Reserve use. Interact with, support, oversee the management of, and steer the UCSB NRS Campus Office. Supervise the UCSB NRS Business Officer. Promote professional development of UCSB NRS Campus Office staff. Plan and oversee meetings of the UCSB NRS Campus Advisory Committee and the annual meeting of the UCSB NRS Reserve Directors. Represent and lead in establishing administrative procedures, space planning, and provisions for the UCSB NRS office including coordinating with the Organized Research Unit or similar within which the UCSB NRS resides and operates. Coordinate with the UCSB NRS Business Officer and other UCSB departments to develop and implement UCSB NRS-wide guidelines and procedures related to financial and personnel management, facilities management and operations, maintenance and operation of NRS equipment and vehicle. Interact with, support, advise, and supervise Reserve Directors. Assist Reserve Directors with Reserve management issues including research, teaching and outreach program development and implementation, budget analyses, and management; employee relations; health and safety and risk management issues; and interactions with agencies, local communities and other stakeholders. Supervise the Reserve Directors. Supervise other Reserve staff when required. Conduct performance evaluations. Assist Reserve Directors to assess staff needs, recruit new employees, and resolve employee issues. Maintain a supportive working environment. Promote professional development of Reserve Directors. When needed, act as a resource for interactions between the Reserve Directors and UCSB departments, as well as county, state, federal and private agencies. Lead Reserve Directors in developing and updating Reserve management plans. Serve as liaison with UCSB offices and other agencies for plan approval and implementation. Serve as the control point for Reserve Directors and lead interactions with campus departments including Budget and Planning, Facilities Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and Communications Services for new facility projects at Reserves and facility renovation. Lead all aspects of projects including: acquiring campus approvals, coordinating project design and cost analysis, and consulting with UCSB Design & Construction Services on project implementation and management.

·       40% Monthly Development

Identify grant, foundational, and agency funding support opportunities in support of fundraising for the UCSB NRS including individual Reserves, including in consultation with Reserve directors. Acting as the Principal Investigator, make application to funding agencies in support of the Reserves, emphasizing programs and needs as identified through strategic planning in consultation with the UCSB NRS Director and the Reserve Directors. Lead a full range of development and fundraising activities including developing fundraising strategies, coordinating activities and giving presentations, tours and lectures to a wide range of academic, agency, public and private groups. Assist and support Reserve Directors in development activities on behalf of individual Reserves. Seek funding opportunities to support new Reserve infrastructure and facilities’ renovations from public and private sources. Collaborate with Reserve Directors to write funding proposals to State, Federal and private agencies and UC programs, and work with the UC NRS Development Officer to develop donor support. Write or co-write proposals, reports, and plans for Reserve activities and inter-agency resource management programs and funding. Manage grant funds. Engage and enlist the UCSB NRS Director and the UCSB NRS Development Officer in fundraising activities, including donor interactions and applications to extramural funding programs. Lead in interacting with a wide range of individual donors and other academic, agency, private and public groups in support of fundraising for the UCSB NRS. Lead in the planning and implementation of UCSB NRS events to celebrate the NRS and the UCSB Reserves, in support of development.

·       10% Scientific Support

Bring scientific expertise to bear on assisting the UCSB NRS and Reserve Directors with a full range of scientific issues related to, but not limited to: (1) individual Reserve stewardship, (2) Reserve use and programmatic, logistical, and use conflicts, (3) resource management, (4) research priorities, (5) community impacts and concerns, and (6) UCSB and UCOP priorities, needs and concerns related to scientific activities. Attend meetings, such as the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) and Natural Areas Association, hearings, and conferences providing scientific knowledge, opinions and guidance.

Executive Director, Natural Reserve System, UC San Diego

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 10/13/23. Position will remain posted until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Hiring Pay Scale: $95,000 – $110,00

Worksite: UC San Diego

Appointment Type: Career

Full time

Job number: 125276

Cover letter is required for a complete application

Apply: Learn more and apply at UC San Diego Jobs



The Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) organization supports, facilitates and promotes the world-class research enterprise at UC San Diego by: a) providing essential services and resources that enhance research and other creative endeavors; b) enabling partnerships and collaborations among researchers at UC San Diego and between UC San Diego and government, industry, and other research enterprises; c) developing infrastructure and policy that promote innovation, an entrepreneurial culture, communication, and compliance for the UC San Diego research enterprise; and d) promoting research excellence by embedding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the core of everything we do.

The organization fosters research across disciplines by enhancing the research experience through effective stewardship of resources, policies, compliance and expertise, and by developing tools and educational programs as the responsible steward of the campus research enterprise. The Office of Research Affairs (ORA) is the central VCR office with direct oversight for all VCR operational, administrative and public relations/communication functions and for core units including Research Scholars, Research Ethics, Government Research Relations, Research Initiatives, Research Development, International Outreach, and multi-disciplinary campus research (Organized Research Units). Other enterprise-wide research support departments under the Vice Chancellor for Research include Contract and Grant Administration, Innovation and Commercialization, Research Compliance and Integrity (including IACUC, Export Control, Conflict of Interest), the Animal Care Program, and the VCR Service Core.

The UCNRS (University of California Natural Reserve System) is housed in the UC Office of the President. The UCNRS was established in 1965 and is currently composed of 41 reserves distributed across the State of California. Each UC campus oversees the operations and management of a subset of reserves. The mission of the UCNRS is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service in protected natural areas throughout California. They enable monitoring of environment health and provide a baseline for ecosystem restoration in the context of California’s rapidly growing population and the changing global environment. These relatively undisturbed samples of the state’s natural ecosystems are available to any qualified user from any institution, public or private, throughout the world.

The University of California San Diego Natural Reserve System (NRS) manages four of the forty-one field stations that make up the largest and most diverse set of university-affiliated reserves in the world. The reserves include examples of most major ecosystems in the state. They provide secure sites for research, instruction, and public outreach. They enable monitoring of environmental health and provide a baseline for ecosystem restoration in the context of California’s rapidly growing population and the changing global environment.

UC San Diego Natural Reserve System sites include:

~Scripps Coastal Reserve

~Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve

~Dawson Los Monos Reserve

~Elliott Chaparral Reserve


The Executive Director works closely with the Faculty Director and Natural Reserve System (NRS) staff to set and implement programmatic objectives involving all four UC San Diego Natural Reserves. The position is housed in the Office of Research Affairs and works under the general direction of the UC San Diego NRS Faculty Director.

Under the direction of the UC San Diego NRS Faculty Director and in partnership with the Vice Chancellor for Research and UC NRS leadership, the Executive Director develops and implements strategic vision for the Natural Reserve System sites to enable research, educational, and community outreach opportunities that preserve, protect, and enhance the vitality of the sites. The Executive Director oversees academic and research programs involving the UC San Diego Natural Research System sites, including working with faculty and researchers on formulating research and educational programs utilizing NRS sites. The Executive Director represents the NRS to community partners, philanthropic organizations, and academic partners outside UC San Diego.

The Executive Director independently oversees administrative functions of the NRS sites at UC San Diego, including oversight of finances, human resources, and facilities, including supervision of NRS staff and pursuit of research and philanthropic funding. The Executive Director represents the NRS program at UC San Diego to outside organizations, including numerous academic and community partners. Working with UC San Diego faculty, the Executive Director helps to shape research and educational programs using NRS sites.


  • Advanced degree in environmental science or related field, and/ or equivalent experience / training. Terminal degree in a related field (PhD, JD, MD, etc.)
  • Academic background and experience in selected area of research.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience of progressive responsibility in resource management and/or academic program management in related areas.
  • Experience with operational leadership at research field station; minimum of 5 years’ experience, preferred.
  • Experience with working with federal and state agencies.
  • Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Advanced ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
  • Highly skilled fundraising experience.


  • Experience with community engagement, grant writing, and fundraising. Track record of leading successful grant proposals


  • This position is eligible for a Hybrid flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.
  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to travel occasionally.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Cover letter required for a complete application.

Assistant Director, James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, UC Riverside

Title: Museum Scientist

Job Code: 009723

Full Time

Salary: $58,548 – $94,190

Location: James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, near Idyllwild, CA

Learn more and apply: UC Riverside Jobs application portal

For questions: Contact Kimberly Hammond, UC Riverside Professor of Biology, UC Riverside Natural Reserve System Director, at

Position Information

Under the general direction of the Reserve Director (also known as a Reserve Manager), assists with daily operational aspects of the Reserve Sites; James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve and Oasis de los Osos, including administration and user management, building and vehicle maintenance, facilities and information systems, database management, museum collections, public outreach activities, and research and educational programs.

This position serves as the Assistant Director of a major UCR-administered Natural Reserve System Reserve station (James San Jacinto Reserve and Oasis de Los Osos Reserve). The James Reserve is UC-owned land in the San Jacinto Mountains that abuts a large area of protected National Forest lands in the Hall Canyon Research Natural Area. It is located near the small community of Idyllwild at an elevation of about 2,200 meters. The San Jacinto Mountains are home to a mixture of plants characteristic of many different regions, including the Sierra Nevada, Baja California, the coast, and the desert, as well as a number of endemic species. Research at the James Reserve is comparably diverse and encompassed by extremes in scale, from the population biology of Drosophila to use of space shuttle photography and other remote sensing technologies to analyze local and regional biodiversity and the dynamics of community structure.

The Oasis de Los Osos Reserve, located at the west end of the Coachella Valley, is managed in association with the James Reserve. The reserve is sited on a steep elevational gradient near the base of the north-facing escarpment of Mount San Jacinto. A perennial stream, Lambs Creek, runs through Oasis de Los Osos, supporting one of the very few riparian woodlands in the Colorado Desert.. As Assistant Director, the incumbent will help the Resident Director supervise all visitors, as well as, day-to-day operations. The Assistant Director will also coordinate and implement the improvement of current facilities; maintain grounds management; help maintain compliance with campus Environmental Health and Safety procedures; assist campus; maintain reserve databases and files for museum collections, environmental monitoring and research programs.

It is expected that the successful candidate will have substantial experience with operation of heavy equipment (snow plows, tractors, chain saws) and that they are able to work in inclement conditions. This job requires generally 50% working outdoors and may change depending on the needs of the Reserve.

Education Requirements

Graduation with 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.

M.S. degree in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field.

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).Required
Basic understanding and experience in trail construction and maintenancePreferred
Computer knowledge and experience to develop and manage Reserve websitePreferred
Previous experience in reserves managementPreferred
Previous budgetary analysis experiencePreferred
Experience operating heavy equipment (e.g. snow plow, chain saw, tractor)Required

Key Responsibilities

Description% Time
Facilities and Grounds Management Maintain and upgrade instrumentation including weather stations, solar power systems, water systems. Patrol and mend fence lines, roads, and trails. Clearing impassable access roads during snow. Upkeep of well and plumbing. Maintain and improve facilities (7 buildings), including staff office equipment: computer, fax, copier, and telephone and internet communications. Assist with care and upkeep of all vehicles. Conduct inventory and inspection of fire and safety equipment and supplies. Liaise with UCR Environmental Health & Safety and with UCR Campus Administration (EMN). Coordinate with contractors and vendors and supervise and work with various contractors. Work closely with roving UCNRS steward when necessary.40
Reserve Support and Management Assist the Reserve Director as needed with visitors for research, teaching and outreach activities, as well as administrative duties, including the preparation of the annual report. Provide assistance in public relations, fund-raising, grant writing and policy development. As requested by Reserve Director and supervisor, review and contribute to documents, such as the newsletter. Manage visitor paperwork including sign-in sheets, billing invoices, application forms, and correspondence as needed. Assist Reserve director in facilitating visitor arrival/departure, including scheduling lodging/laboratory use, communicating Reserve rules and regulations, conducting check-out inspections, and invoicing. Support researchers and class with equipment needs as needed (e.g., dissecting and microscopes, teaching collections, projectors, field equipment). Select and purchase supplies and equipment, perform accounting tasks as needed and maintain all files and records. Assume responsibility for additional tasks assigned or delegated by the Reserve Director. Operate the Reserve in the absence of the Reserve Director.25
Database and Other Information Management Maintenance and manage database files for museum collections, environmental monitoring and research programs. Develop and maintain GPS and GIS mapping and databases. Update website and website databases. Assist to develop and manage social media sites. Catalogue and organize library, including map and James Estate collections. Conduct literature reviews; update Reserve publications lists and regional bibliographies. Manage and enhance monitoring flora and fauna at the James and Oasis de los Osos Reserves and supporting databases, species lists, phenology records, on-site transects and meteorological data. Conduct literature review; updates reserve site publications lists and collections. Oversee habitat restoration programs including invasive species control. Supervise volunteer or seasonal restoration/resource management crews.20
Research and Education Support Under the direction of the Reserve Director: Assist in organizing, teaching or attending workshops, meetings and conferences. Develop displays, presentations, and publications (e.g., brochures, guides); provide technical assistance and comments to government agencies as requested. Prepare and present programs on aspects of natural history and reserve site activities to classes and other visitors. Participate in public outreach activities including teaching, guided tours and lectures/demonstrations. Collaborate with federal and state agencies and other institutions on regional research, education and environmental management issues.15

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Must have a valid driver’s license, and must be able to drive manual transmission vehicles, and tractors.Required
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.Required
Skills in interpersonal communication and oral presentation.Required
Must be able to work independently with little direction. Ability to guide volunteers and others in reserve work.Required
Demonstrated abilities in writing for basic science and general subjects (e .g., articles , letters , brochures).Required
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.Required
Must have the capacity to operate and work with heavy equipment. This includes 4WD vehicles, a manual transmission (can learn on the job), chain saw, and others as necessaryRequired
General knowledge of, or willingness to learn, alternative technologies (e.g. solar power)Preferred

Special Requirements and Conditions

Valid Drivers LicenseRequired