Human-Wildlife Conflict Cooperative Extension Advisor
The Human-Wildlife Conflict CE Advisor will serve as an expert on wildlife species that impact human activities in Northern California, with emphasis in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and Sonoma counties) where urban and rural communities and landscapes overlap. This CE Advisor will be at the nexus of livestock operators, land managers, scientists, wildlife advocates, and the public, and will help facilitate productive understanding between groups sometimes at odds regarding wildlife management.
This program will draw from social, political, and ecological knowledge to develop best management practices, as well as inform relevant public policy and legislation, specific to carnivores (e.g. mountain lions, coyotes, wolves, etc.) and other vertebrates (e.g. ground squirrels). The CE Advisor will be expected to be knowledgeable on a broad range of issues with a focus on predator, ungulate, and rodent conflicts.
The Human-Wildlife Conflict CE Advisor will conduct applied field and lab research designed to develop management tools and inform policy for mitigating human-wildlife conflict, including tools and policies that mitigate human-wildlife conflict issues while minimally impacting the natural environment. Key to the position is the development of extension outreach methodologies that lead to adoption of practices that reduce the risks from vertebrate pests and pest management practices to natural resource managers, ranchers, our food supply, community, and the environment.
This co-funded position is not eligible for indefinite status and ends on June 30, 2022. Continuation beyond the initial three-year term is contingent upon agreement by both UC ANR and San Mateo County, with review of need and available funding taking place before the term end date.
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE advisors are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extension of knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity, and 4) University and public service.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all project scientists. Compliance with affirmative action policies includes supporting outreach efforts to underserved and underrepresented audiences. UC ANR Affirmative Action policy and information can be found at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• A minimum of a Master’s Degree in wildlife management, natural resources management, or a closely related field, with an emphasis on wildlife management of vertebrate species is required at the time of appointment.
• Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with other professionals
• Field experience and/or course work in carnivore/rodent/ungulate/ avian management, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and/or wildlife conservation.
- Experience conducting educational and outreach activities among diverse stakeholders with a wide variety of goals and perspectives
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following six components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu
1. Cover Letter
2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at:
Please do not send letters of reference.
3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
4. Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to DEI addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program.
Guidelines for writing a DEI Statement can be found at: https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing-diversity-statement
5. Statement of Research and Extension Interests: Please submit a 2-page Statement of Research and Extension Interests including how your current and/or past research and extension experience could contribute to, or be applicable to, the needs of the local community. Provide examples of potential goals and outcomes from your research and extension activities.
6. College Level Transcripts: Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates. Please DO NOT send transcripts that are password protected.
To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and select “Applicants”. For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than November 1, 2019.