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Junior Specialist - Community Garden Survey

Recruitment Period

Open November 26th, 2018 through January 2nd, 2019


Junior Specialist - Community Garden Survey

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of
Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced has recently opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

Job Description:
Under direction, the Junior Specialist will help the academic supervisor conduct face-to-face interviews and analyze a community garden survey as part of an IRB-approved research project. The community garden survey is aimed at investigating the role of community gardens in shaping food access in underserved areas and the social benefits that accrue from the establishment of community gardens in neighborhoods. Incumbent is expected to possess a high level of substantive knowledge about community garden literature and quantitative methodological tools necessary for developing and executing the research project. The incumbent will also assist in other aspects of the research project, including but not limited to conducting research for a literature review, preparing tables, charts and figures, and writing up the results. This position is estimated at 5 hours/week (20 hours/month).

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree.

Requirements: List of 3 references, CV, Cover letter

Anticipated dates of appointment: January 3 – August 31, 2019

This position reports to the Professor Zulema Valdez. For questions and additional information, please contact Zulema Valdez (

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

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