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Junior Specialist/Williams Lab

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Job Summary: Full time position working on pollinator habitat restoration in agricultural landscapes

Job Description: Native plant restoration for pollinators in the Williams lab at UC Davis. The successful candidate will assist with multi-faceted collaborative research exploring best methods to establish and maintain native wild flower habitat to support pollinators in California agricultural landscapes and the creation of scholarly output from these efforts. The responsibilities are multi-dimensional and require a person to link different project aspects effectively. She/he will participate in preparation and planting of research plots at UC experiment farm sites and grower-collaborator sites in CA. She/he will manage study plots for weed control and irrigation throughout the year. She will work with PI and senior staff to develop extension publications and coordinate activities (field days, presentations) on best management and planting design for varying landscapes and crop types. This will involve summarizing past research from literature and other sources and synthesis of current research efforts.
The ideal candidate will have strong independent organizational skills and be able to assess changing field situations and make reasoned decisions for implementation on the fly, with input from advisors. The individual must have a desire to take ownership for field site operations and to translate operations to recommendations and best management recommendations.

Development goals
• Develop expertise in wildflower plot establishment, maintenance and operations.
• Gain expertise in sampling methodologies to assess pollinator habitat functioning.
• Gain experience working with diverse farmer populations in Northern CA.
• Develop working skills in data summary, basic spatial methods (GIS) and insect curation.

Physical Demands:

  • Work in the field and laboratory.
    • Work in proximity to all kinds of plant materials and insects.
    • Bend and stoop to hoe, weed and irrigate plots. -Maneuver/lift material weighing up to 50 pounds
    • Requires focus and energy to capture bees and other insects using a hand-held net.
    • Requires working in the field under hot sunny conditions for long hours

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco free-campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors including parking lots and residential spaces.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)