ASSOCIATE SPECIALIST, Step I to IV - Ecosystem and Sciences

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California (US)
Jun 26, 2017
Aug 25, 2017
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

University of California, Berkeley


ASSOCIATE SPECIALIST, Step I to IV - Ecosystem and Sciences


Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management


The Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management at UC Berkeley is looking for a highly motivated Associate Specialist to conduct research under the supervision of Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Arthur Middleton. This position will support an ecological research program including active, intensive field projects in the Rocky and Andes Mountains. Research topics in the lab span behavioral, population, and community ecology of large mammals, with applications to public understanding and policy. Under PI supervision, this position will provide research and administrative support for a large research/outreach grant for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The position will also support similar work on a growing wildlife ecology research program in Argentina.


The Associate Specialist's duties will include research program development,


writing/editing manuscripts for scientific publication, coordinating field research efforts, as well as financial operations, grants management, monitoring staffing levels and work plans. S/he will oversee the technical management of the research, with the authority to organize, coordinate, and monitor the project in order to meet milestones and goals. S/he will be responsible for coordinating work within and among collaborators, reporting project status weekly to the PI, work with the PI and external collaborators to ensure annual plans and progress reports are prepared.


The work will require independence, resourcefulness, and adaptability to the special and changing needs of these research programs. This position requires the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, students and staff. Travel to meetings and field sites for variable lengths of time is required.




• Provide day-to-day management of activities within the lab.


• Conceive complementary research projects which support program goals.


• Collaborate with outside researchers on study design and implementation.


• Coordinate and facilitation of scientific meetings and workshops that stimulate the discussion and


integration of different stakeholders involved in the project.


• Project reporting; ensuring that all documents required by program sponsors are prepared in


accordance with established deadlines.


• Budget management and monitoring project expenditures.


• General project management including monitoring of project progress, resource allocations, staffing


levels, milestone performance, and work plans.


• Interaction with sponsor administrators and program managers.


• Write/edit manuscripts for scientific and popular publication.


• Identify and help prepare grant proposals.


MINIMUM/BASIC QUALIFICATIONS (By the time of application)


• Master's Degree or equivalent degree in Ecology or related field.


• Familiarity with topics and concepts in biology, ecology, evolution, conservation, and climate processes are preferred.


• Excellent data management, problem solving, and administrative skills are required.


• A demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.


• Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written.


• Experience with financial management, purchasing, and expenditure.




• Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Ecology or related field.


• Demonstrated experience conducting field research.




• Experience working on politically sensitive wildlife research, management, and policy topics.


• Ability to work independently and have the adaptability to the special and changing needs of complex. multi-stakeholder collaborations and field-oriented research.


• Ability to assist in supervising field crews for ecological research.




This position will report to PI Arthur Middleton. The approximate start date will be Fall 2017. The initial appointment is for 12 months. Reappointment is contingent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.




$53,928 - $64,920 annual at 100% time depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.






Interested individuals should include a 1-2 page cover letter describing their research experience and publications, a current C.V., along with contact information of three referees. Letters of reference may be requested of finalists. It is optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.


This position will remain open until filled.


Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to PI Arthur Middleton at


All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.


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:


The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research or teaching.


The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.


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