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Assistant Specialist - Sierra Nevada Research Institute

Recruitment Period

Open February 27th, 2020 through Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced ( is seeking a Stakeholder Engagement Specialist (Specialist Series) to help develop a bi-directorial stakeholder engagement and communication process for co-producing and advancing ecosystem climate solutions.

This position is part of a newly created Innovation Center for Ecosystem Climate Solutions ( and will work collaboratively with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. The Center is based at UC Irvine and includes faculty and academics from UC Merced, UC Davis, UC ANR, UC Berkeley, Stanford and San Diego State. The Center’s mission is to develop geospatial tools to assess, understand and manage ecosystems for climate resilience, fire hazard, carbon sequestration, water supply and wildlife habitat. The engagement specialist will help develop a stakeholder network, organize and facilitate stakeholder workshops, assist with scheduling and conducting interviews, transcribing, sharing project results and reporting, and develop an online presence to communicate findings. The specialist will lead efforts to synthesize existing information into whitepapers that describe policy issues surrounding healthy forests and extension publications focusing on management practices ( e.g. thinning, grazing, prescribed fire) that promote stable carbon stocks, healthy forests, water sustainability and reduced wildfire risk. The specialist will serve as a second point of contact for the project’s undergraduate intern program. These students will be working in labs and participating in science communication activities. The specialist will provide oversight and work to promote a degree of cohesiveness to the program through regular communication with the students. This is a full-time position located at UC Merced with the possibility of regular travel (~2-3 trips per month).

• A Master’s degree in a relevant field; or a Bachelor’s degree plus 2 or more years of relevant work experience.
• Knowledge of western US sustainability issues, wildland and/or natural resources management.
• Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
• Energy and enthusiasm to contribute to a large project.
• Ability and willingness to produce science based scholarly products.
• Experience with emerging scientific communication strategies such as social media, blogs, short video and web-based.
• Project management and stakeholder engagement experience.
• Experience coordinating and facilitating logistics for meetings, workshops, or other events.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This appointment is full-time with the possibility of renewal based on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately; position is open until filled with a final closing date of April 15, 2020.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) a short research statement and 4) names of at least three professional/academic references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

UC Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

For more information, please contact Dr. Safeeq Khan at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)