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Junior Specialist- Environmental Science and Policy

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The purpose of the current study is to examine how changes in regional habitat conditions may influence bivalves, which can strongly affect planktonic foodwebs by reducing water column primary production with potentially serious impacts. This project will investigate factors that may limit the distribution of invasive bivalve molluscs in lower order channels in Suisun Marsh. The goal of this project is to understand how site specific environmental variables such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, and phytoplankton abundance interact with exposure to predators to potentially limit the abundance and impacts of non-native bivalves. The study will examine these processes in both open water sites and in small, low order channels. Both systematic monitoring and manipulative experimental approaches involving outplanted clams with and without predator access will be used to quantify site specific rates of growth and survival as well as size distribution and biomass of bivalves.
The Junior Specialist(s) 100% time position will assist the PIs in carrying out field and laboratory work and in collecting and analyzing data to evaluate the success of local bivalves at field sites in the Delta. Duties include purchasing supplies, building structures for field experiments, deploying and maintaining field experiments and instruments, carrying out benthic surveys, analyzing survival and growth of clams, 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. 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 PI 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. They 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 montoring 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 the San Francisco State of the Bay meetings and/or Delta Science meetings via poster presentations. Must have own transportation and be able to work under strenuous, muddy, and wet conditions. Previous field experience, familiarity with aquatic/estuarine invertebrates, fish and algae, and experience with basic field ecology techniques required.

The Junior Specialist will work with the PI 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 convenings. The Junior Research Specialist will engage in service primarily through undergraduate mentorship, alongside potential opportunities for direct community engagement.

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


• BS or BA in environmental science, marine biology.
• 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

• The junior specialist must be willing to carry loads of up to 40 lbs., be willing to work at field sites under inclement weather conditions, and be able to work unusual hours as needed.
• Valid driver’s license.

• Academic background and/or practical experience in aquatic/estuarine ecosystems
• Basic knowledge of aquatic/estuarine invertebrates, and familiarity with field experimental protocols.
• A 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/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.sites under inclement weather conditions

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $38,112 annually or Step II - $40,656 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (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
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)