Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve Director - UC Merced - Apply by 25 May 2016

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 14:45 to Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 02:45

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The University of California, Merced is seeking a Reserve Director for the Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve (MVPGR). The MVPGR is one of 39 sites that comprise the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS), a network of protected natural areas encompassing more than 756,000 acres throughout California. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the NRS contributes to understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. The MVPGR consists of approximately 6500 acres of vernal pools and grasslands at the base of the Sierra Nevada adjacent to the UC Merced campus. Established in 2014, it is the first natural reserve in the San Joaquin Valley and home to numerous endangered species. The land set aside for the reserve is part of the mitigation for the campus and is integral to the growth of the campus. With the reserve contiguous to campus, there are many opportunities to integrate the reserve programs into campus research, activities and curricula. The Reserve Director will have a key role in developing reserve practices and traditions.

The Reserve Director reports to the UCM NRS Faculty Director and is responsible for operations, programs, administration, and further development of the Reserve. The Reserve Director: 1) designs and implements programs, policies, procedures, and budgets for the Research Station, in cooperation with the Faculty Reserve Director and the Campus Advisory Committee; 2) cooperates with the Office of Planning and Budget to meet the UC Merced mitigation obligations; 3) facilitates research, education, and outreach programs based out of the research station, including occasional instructional activities and promotional events; 4) provides daily management of the MVPGR; 5) coordinates reserve maintenance activities with UC Merced's Facilities Management staff; 6) enhances research station facilities and programs through extramural proposals and development activities, in cooperation with the Faculty Reserve Director and others; 7) carries out both collaborative and independent research at least 15% time, supported by extramural funds that leverage research station resources and expands intercollegiate-interagency collaborations; and 8) demonstrates a willingness to assume responsibility readily and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.

Qualifications: Ph.D. required with 5-8 years experience conducting field research in environmental science or a related field, 8-10 years preferred.

Demonstrated significant, original, and creative contributions to a research or creative program or project. Experience with operations at a field station, experience with working with federal and state agencies, track record of leading successful grant proposals, and skills in information technology. Strong skills and knowledge to: engage and collaborate with a diverse set of constituents; and plan, organize, administer, budget, and report on programs and operations.

The Reserve Director should routinely be present on campus or the reserve. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours. Travel is required between UC Merced and to University of California offices in Oakland, California.

Salary is commensurate with education & experience based on the University of California Academic Salary scale.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

To apply: Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, Reference List of 3 references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and email address. The cover letter should include why you are seeking this position and your relevant experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of May 25, 2016. Starting dates are negotiable.

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