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Jr. Specialist for 2019-2020 Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 1st, 2019
Next review date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The California Sea Grant project involves restoration of native Olympia oyster habitat in a way that allows a more complete food by facilitating the presence of native cancrid crabs, which can consume and control snails (oyster drills) that are predators on native Olympia oysters. This project will take place in San Francisco Bay at sites in the north bay in Richardson Bay (Marin County) and sites along the south bay shoreline (San Mateo County). At both sites, we will install experimental structures that are aimed at restoring oyster beds and at the same time providing habitat for cancrid crabs. The project will measure the effectiveness of enhanced crab abundances on the associated reduction in oyster drill abundances and benefits for Olympia oysters. The project with also engage local volunteers in a community science program.

Position Description:
The Junior Specialist is a 100% time position and will assist PIs Grosholz and Zabin in conducting field and laboratory work and in collecting and analyzing data to evaluate the success of these experimental restoration structures. Duties include purchasing supplies, building structures for field experiments, deploying and maintaining experiments and instruments, carrying out survey and monitoring protocols, installing and managing remote field cameras, analyzing and associated fauna in the laboratory, and collecting and processing samples for stable isotope analysis. He or she will assist with data collection, entry, management and analysis, and the preparation of written and oral reports. Finally, the Jr. Specialist should have effective interpersonal skills necessary to assist with collaborations with local organizations and to manage and coordinate community volunteers in the work. Must have own transportation and be able to work under strenuous, muddy, and wet conditions. Previous field experience, familiarity with marine invertebrates, and experience with basic field ecological methods is required. Knowledge of basic statistics and R programming, experimental field and laboratory design and previous experience working in San Francisco Bay and being based in the San Francisco Bay region is ideal.

He or she will assist with data collection, entry, management and analysis, and the preparation of written and oral reports. The Jr Specialist will be involved in several phases of publishable research activities. They will be team members of the field research team and have input not only on the initial design but will have a significant role in working towards more efficient protocols, steps to reduce experimental error, etc. The JS will work with the PIs to determine final study design, will be responsible for installation and maintenance of field experiments and monitoring protocols, as well as collecting and interpreting data produced by the experiments and monitoring and discuss the needs of future work. The JS will have primary responsibility for managing the field work including scheduling student and volunteer participants. They will make decisions about ongoing field work should protocols or experiments fail or need to be modified. The JS will be responsible for data entry, management, error checking, etc. They will also contribute to statistical analysis and presentation of results. The JS will also work with the PIs and collaborators in partner organizations to assist with the management and coordination of community volunteers.

The JS may also participate as an author depending on the level of intellectual contribution. The JS will be given the opportunity to read and comment on drafts of manuscripts that are a result of project data. They will also be relied on for insights into experimental and monitoring protocols and a key resource for understanding patterns emerging from the data. The JS will be responsible for helping to bring together relevant studies and other data sets that might bear on the manuscripts produced by project results. The JS will be able to present the results of the work at appropriate regional or national meetings via poster presentations. Must have own transportation and be able to work under strenuous, muddy, and wet conditions with unusual hours and non-standard schedules. Previous field experience, familiarity with aquatic/estuarine invertebrates, and experience with basic field ecology techniques required.

The Junior Specialist will work with the PIs to develop an individual professional competence and activity plan including identifying professional and educational activities as appropriate, these could include participation in scholarly conferences as a co-author or attendant, participation in on campus or regional research groups and meetings. The Junior Research Specialist will engage in service primarily through undergraduate mentorship, alongside potential opportunities for direct community engagement.

Additional Position Requirements:
• BS or BA in environmental science, marine biology [Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)
• Ability to work independently
• Good organizational skills
• Familiarity with basic data collection and entry
• Ability to identify and solve problems encountered in field or lab settings
• Willing to carry loads of up to 50 lbs.
• Able to work at field sites under inclement weather conditions, and able to work unusual hours as needed
• Have a valid driver’s license
• Residence in the San Francisco Bay area
• Academic background and/or practical experience in aquatic/estuarine ecosystems
• Basic knowledge of aquatic/estuarine invertebrates, and familiarity with field experimental protocols.
• Basic understanding of field experimental design and approaches, and willingness to assist with other field and lab protocols as needed.
• Familiarity with statistical routines using R, an understanding of the principles of experimental design, and previous experience working in the San Francisco Bay

Salary Range: Step 1- $39,500

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your relevant skills, a resume, and a list of 2 references including their contact information. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
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