Jr. Specialist in Environmental Science and Policy University of California Davis United States

Position Description:

Academic – This position will actively participate in the academic objectives of our research project. Those include collection of field data, digital compilation of the data, analysis of the data, and presentations. The incumbent will be asked to present the results at one conference. The conference will be determined based on the results of the study, but possibilities include venues such as the Western Forests Genetics Association: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/wfga/wfga2019.html. The incumbent is expected to participate in the writing of an article for peer review that will be led by the PI.


Research- The Incumbent will assist the PI on this project by coordinating the field crews, collating the data generated in the field and organizing it in digital form for analysis. The incumbent will provide feedback on the suitability of field measurements and lead a discussion on any modifications necessary. The field data comprises experimental plantings of forest trees, some locations of which were planted over 60 years ago. The objective is to understand how different genetic strains of pines are reacting to the change in climate at the sites over the past 60 years. Some of the strains come from lower elevation populations, and some from higher. They have been cross planted at a variety of elevations.


By developing a poster for a conference presentation the incumbent will receive training and experience in developing scientific graphics that represent the results of statistical analyses. The same graphics will be considered a contribution to a peer reviewed article. The incumbent will also be asked to read and comment on drafts of the article, and will be involved in discussions of the objectives of the paper.


The incumbent will be asked to read a selection of papers on genetic experiments using pine trees in western North America.


Field Duties – Take measurements of trees in a series of experimental forest plots, some located in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada. Measurements include operation of a LICOR machine, DBH, tree height, canopy density, and others. Assemble portable scaffolding. Use electronic field data entry forms to record data. The junior specialist will serve as a crew leader in a team of three people. The specialist will organize field excursions, oversee data collection, ensure proper safety rules are kept, and provide feedback on the efficacy of field measurements and protocols.


Lab Duties – Compile and digitally organize field data. Prepare, oversee and conduct data entry and follow QA/QC procedures. Prepare datasets for analysis. Work with GIS programmer and other research team members to prepare reports, papers and presentations.


Professional Competence- The incumbent will submit a poster for consideration to a conference. Assuming it is accepted, the incumbent will participate in the conference as a presenter.


The incumbent will engage in all round table discussions conducted by the project. These involve professionals in forestry from the US Forest Service, California’s Fire and Resources Assessment Program, and others.


University and Public Service-The incumbent will provide service to the forestry sector as professionals struggle to identify what species and strains of trees to plant following massive wildfires.


Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor's Degree
• Know how to run and repair a LICOR machine.
• Experience with relational databases (MSAccess, MySQL).
• Experience with GIS Software (ESRI ArcGIS, Google Maps), pressure bomb equipment, and field surveys
• Valid driver’s license


Preferred Qualifications:
• Knowledge and understanding of forest ecology and forest research.
• Previous field team leader experience


Salary Range: Step 1- $39,500


Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. (See APMUCD 330)


To Apply: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your relevant skills, a resume, and a list of 2 references including their contact information. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.


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 space.


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