Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve Director
Company: University of California - Merced
Posted on: January 12, 2020
Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve Director
Office of Research
Review of applications will begin 11/12/19 and continue until the
position has been filled
$63,000 - $72,000
Background check is required
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the
University of California system's 10 campuses and the first
American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly
8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an
environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion,
collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's,
master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic
partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is
continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and
dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S.
News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide
educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San
Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a
special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the
cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and
supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion
public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher
education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical
capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction,
student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened
the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story
administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
About the Job:
The University of California, Merced is seeking a Reserve Director
for the Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve (MVPGR). The
MVPGR is one of 41 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 may also have responsibility for overseeing
operations at a new reserve at the Circle J Ranch, in collaboration
with SCICON in Springville, CA.
The Reserve Director reports to the UCM NRS Faculty Director and is
responsible for operations, programs, administration, and further
development of the Reserve.
- Provides daily management and general oversight of the
- Designs and implements programs, policies, procedures, and budget
for the reserve
- Facilitates research and education by university faculty and
- Monitors and oversees environmental conditions and sensitive
habitats in the reserve and implements adaptive management
strategies (e.g., invasive plant removal, grazing monitoring, rare
and threatened plant and animal species surveys) in coordination
with the Office of Physical and Environmental Planning
- Supervises Reserve staff, university interns, and student
- Operates and manages the reserve in accord with the mission,
purposes, and policies of the UC Natural Reserve System
- Develops educational outreach programs for the reserve, including
instructional activities, community science events, and promotional
- Coordinates operations, maintenance, and monitoring activities
with Facilities Management and the Office of Physical and
- Enhances research, facilities, and programs through extramural
proposals and developmental activities, in coordination with the
Faculty Director and others, including leading the development of a
new field station
- Collaborates and engages, as appropriate, with external partners
and stakeholders in support of the reserve
- Prepares annual reports, business plans, and strategic management
- Demonstrates a willingness to assume responsibility readily and
the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
Bachelor's degree in related area and 5 years of related experience
or 9 years equivalent experience / training.
Master's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience /
In-depth knowledge of safety, legal, cultural and regulatory
requirements relative to field research responsibility.
Advanced knowledge of research discipline, principles, concepts,
analysis and / or operations being conducted at field / remote
In-depth knowledge of local customs and operations at field /
Advanced ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships
and partnerships with remote research partners.
Advanced ability to lead research activities and project team
independently, and to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
Advanced attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
Advanced ability to work in ambiguous conditions and lead team to
take relevant responsible action as required.
Advanced research and analytical skills.
Advanced communication skills with broad range of research partners
and project team members.
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If you do not have internet access you may mail your application,
resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200
North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the
The University of California is an Equal Employment
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications
from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities,
veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the
teaching, research and public service missions of the university.
All qualified applicants will be considered 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: UC Nondiscrimination &
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