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Santa Cruz Mountains Reserve Director

University of California
Santa Cruz County, California, US
Closing date
Aug 18, 2022

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Invasive Species
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Employment Type
Full time

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The IRD for this job is: 04-18-2022


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise management of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California. Our primary role is to support students, teachers, and faculty in research and educational endevours on natural lands. We provide a variety of support functions iuncluding ono-on-one student mentorship, collaborating with private and public entities, on-the-ground stewardship, facility upkeek, course support and teaching.

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We are hiring a reserve director to support and implement teaching, research, and stewardship activities on lands located throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains in Santa Cruz, CA. The position will be responsble for a variety of activities including performing on-the-ground stewardship (e.g. invasive species control), mentoring a team of undergraduates conducting field research, facilitating class and research use, assisting and occassionally leading flora, fauna, and water monitoring efforts, overseeing and managing budgets and part-time employees, working with team members on fundraising efforts, and preparing reports and other presentations for public and private partners. The succesful candidate will report to the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves Administrative Director and work closely with faculty and staff members. Unlike other UC Natural Reserves that are tied to specific sites, work will occur on several private and public partner properties throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains. The position will be located in Satna Cruz, CA at UC Santa Cruz and work closely with local and regional partners. We are looking for someone who can wear many hats on a day to day basis (e.g. hard working field biologist, public speaker, mentor, etc.), has experience with, and a passion for, mentoring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, and is experienced with leading Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion efforts. The majority of the work will be in the field; however, office work and related tasks will also be required. This position requires someone who can work effectively with diverse stakeholder groups in a cohesive, efficient, and productive manner. Strong interpersonal, communication (writing and speaking), and mentorship skills are essential.


Salary Information: Salary Range: $60,000/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

* Full-time, Fixed
* Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
* Days of the Week: Mon-Fri, with the occasional weekend or evening
* Shift Includes: Day, Weekend

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus and throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 006239 (FIELD RESEARCHER 4)

Travel: Up to 50% of the time


30% -

* Mentors students, interns, classes, and researchers from a diversity of backgrounds in the field as well as with written projects (e.g. map creation, resumes, presentations, research papers, data collection).

30% -

* Supports projects for classes, faculty, and other members of the public. Create and maintain relationships with local private, public, and community groups. Enhance research and education on the reserve by networking and contacting potential reserve users, including: faculty, staff, researchers, and students. Assist researchers and students in planning, designing, and implementing research and educational opportunities.

20% -

* Ensures infrastructure and required field research commodities (e.g. field camp equipment) and other materials support teaching, research, and stewardship goals are created and maintained. Define, identify, and locate study sites suited to specific project needs, establish study plots, orient faculty and students to the natural areas of the reserve, support field classes on the reserve. Prepare and/or update interpretive and outreach materials, including web pages, signs, and posters, brochures, and species lists. Be available for emergencies and aware of appropriate emergency procedures.

15% -

* Develops, leads, and assesses (e.g. data summary and report writing) procedures for remote field sites and / or research studies with a focus on building and maintaining best practices for supporting diverse DEIJ efforts.

5% -

* Participates in training activities related to teaching, research, monitoring, safety.


* Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
* Experience working in a field setting conducting research and/or teaching activities.
* Advanced knowledge of research and teaching operations being conducted at field/remote sites.
* Background in natural sciences and/or ability to identify California flora and fauna.
* Expereince working with students/people/communities from marginalized backgrounds.
* Ability to work independently and with a team, and to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
* Strong attention to detail.
* Strong organizational skills.
* Strong verbal communication skills.
* Strong written communication skills.
* Ability to move materials weighing up to 40 lbs. without accommodation.
* Experience using common software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
* Cross-cultural competency and experience in communities of color.
* Ability to work in ambiguous conditions and take relevant responsible action as required.


* Master's or Ph.D. in related area and / or equivalent experience / training preferred.
* Fluent in Spanish.
* Experience and or ability teaching courses and mentoring individuals in an outdoor setting.
* Experience obtaining funding through donations and grants as well as managing budgets.
* Land management and stewardship experience.
* Experience with GIS, Adobe software suite, website design, and social media.
* Experience using power tools (e.g. chainsaw, drill) and with basic carpentry (e.g. building a picnic table).


* Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
* Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
* Selected candidate much be comfortable working in adverse weather conditions.
* Ability to work an irregular schedule that is dependent on weather and research/teaching schedules.
* The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
* Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment 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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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