Water & Watershed Sciences Assistant CE Specialist
Date Posted: June 21, 2018
Closing Date: August 24, 2018
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This position is located in Merced, CA.
The CE specialist in Water and Watershed Sciences will focus on carrying out a collaborative, multifaceted research and outreach program with the goal of improving factors affecting the health of source-water areas and their linkage with downstream water uses statewide, with special attention to the Sierra Nevada-Central Valley watersheds. In particular, there is an opportunity for the CE specialist to take a leading role in developing science and policy that will accelerate restoration of Sierra Nevada forests for multiple water-related ecosystem services.
The CE specialist will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research and extension education program on watershed management; forge strong interactions with local, regional, state and national partners and clientele, as well as with UC colleagues; contribute to core research and extension goals established within ANR; and assist in establishing an innovative multi-disciplinary program in their field of expertise.
Potential research topics are envisioned to include integrated evaluation of watershed-scale processes related to drought resilience of source-water areas, climate change, effects of disturbance (fire, disease, pest infestations) and management actions (harvest, thinning, prescribed burns or grazing) on water quantity and quality in mountain forests.
Typical outreach clientele include regional water quality control boards, state and federal agencies (e.g., USFS, USFWS, BLM, USBR, and DWR), local land owners, and non-profit organizations.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a Ph.D. is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in watershed engineering or hydrology, environmental, civil and agricultural engineering, or closely related discipline. Applicants must be within 12 months of completing their degree in order to be considered for the position. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. A demonstrated ability in applied natural resources and agricultural research and extension of information is desirable. Experience in securing and managing extramural grants, carrying out field-based research, publishing multi-disciplinary research, and doing outreach related to forest and watershed management is desirable.
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist Series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding the Cooperative Extension Specialist salary scale, please refer to https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/1819/2018-19-adj-scales/t29.pdf