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University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Posted: 06/25/2018
Water & Watershed Sciences CE Specialist

The CE specialist in Water and Watershed Sciences will focus on carrying out a collaborative, multifaceted research and outreach program with the goal of improving factors affecting the health of source-water areas and their linkage with downstream water uses statewide, with special attention to the Sierra Nevada-Central Valley watersheds. In particular, there is an opportunity for the CE specialist to take a leading role in developing science and policy that will accelerate restoration of Sierra Nevada forests for multiple water-related ecosystem services.

This position is located at the University of California, Merced.

All UC ANR CE specialists are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extending knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity and 4) University and public service.

Research may involve assessing technical, economic, social, and/or environmental impacts of water management and policy through field studies, process modeling, or statistical modeling. Research  topics are envisioned to include integrated evaluation of watershed-scale processes related to drought resilience of source-water areas,  climate change, effects of disturbance (fire, disease, pest infestations) and management actions (harvest, thinning, prescribed burns or grazing) on water quantity and quality in mountain forests.   It will evaluate strategies for watershed restoration, impacts of land-use change and knowledge to support integrated water and land management in mountain-valley watersheds with emphasis in California.

An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all academics. UC ANR Affirmative Action policy and information can be found at

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Ph.D. is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in watershed engineering or hydrology, environmental, civil and agricultural engineering, or closely related discipline.  Applicants must be within 12 months of completing their degree in order to be considered for the position.  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.  A demonstrated ability in applied natural resources and agricultural research and extension of information is desirable.  Experience in securing and managing extramural grants, carrying out field-based research, publishing multi-disciplinary research, and doing outreach related to forest and watershed management is desirable.

 SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist Series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding the Cooperative Extension Specialist salary scale, please refer to

HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following six components of the application packet to

1.    Cover Letter

2.   ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at:

        Please do not send letters of reference.

3.    CV or Resume

4.    Statement of Contributions to Diversity: Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to Diversity 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.

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.

The deadline to apply is August 24, 2018.