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Reserve Director (Project Scientist) Sierra Nevada Research Stations-NRS

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The University of California, Merced is seeking a Reserve Director for the Sierra Nevada Research Station (SNRS). The SNRS is one of 39 sites that comprise the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS), a network of protected natural areas encompassing more than 756,000 acres throughout California. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the NRS contributes to understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. The SNRS consists of two field stations. The Yosemite Field Station (YFS), located in Yosemite National Park, is the hub of the Research Station. The Sequoia Field Station (SFS), located in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, is a smaller facility with the potential for further development.

The Reserve Director reports to the UCM NRS Faculty Director and is responsible for operations, programs, administration and further development of the Research Station. The Reserve Director: 1) designs and implements programs, policies, procedures and budgets for the Research Station, in cooperation with the Faculty Reserve Director and the reserve advisory committee; 2) serves as the primary liaison between the National Parks, Research Station users, and other UC Merced faculty and staff; 3) facilitates research, education and outreach programs based out of the Field Station, including occasional instructional activities and promotional events; 4) provides daily management of the YFS, and general oversight of SFS operations; 5) coordinates research station operations and maintenance activities with UC Merced's Facilities Management staff: 6) enhances Research Station facilities and programs through extramural proposals and development activities, in cooperation with the Faculty Reserve Director and others; 7) carries out both collaborative and independent research up to 15% time, supported by extramural funds that leverage field-station resources and expands intercollegiate interagency collaborations; and 8) a willingness to assume responsibility readily, and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.

Qualifications: Requirements include strong skills and knowledge to: engage and collaborate with a diverse set of constituents; and plan, organize, administer, budget and report on programs and operations. A Master's Degree in environmental science or a related field and experience with field research.

Preferred: A Ph.D. in environmental science or similar, experience with operations at a remote field station, experience living in a rural community under winter conditions, track record of leading successful grant proposals and skills in information technology.

The Reserve Director resides at the Yosemite Field Station, located in Yosemite National Park, except for brief intervals on SNRS business, or on authorized days off and vacation periods. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours. Travel is required between and in areas around the two field stations, to UC Merced, and to University offices in Oakland, California.

Salary is commensurate with education & experience based on the University of California Academic Salary scale.

To apply: Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, Reference List of 3 references with contact information including mailing address, phone numbers and email address.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2016.

The University of California, 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 is supportive of dual career couples.


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Reference Contact Information - Please submit the contact information of three references, include the mailing address, phone number and email address.