Institute of Marine Sciences: Palmer Specialists (Open until filled. Apply by 9/17/2020) 8/20/2020
University of California - Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
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* Physical & Biological Sciences Division - Institute of Marine Sciences
Open date: August 19th, 2020
Last review date: Thursday, Sep 17, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Jan 4, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for research specialists to assist with seabird monitoring studies with the Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research program. Fieldwork is conducted along the West Antarctic Peninsula, either at Palmer Station or aboard the R/V Laurence M. Gould. The specialists will work under the direction of Dr. Megan Cimino for two to three field seasons.
Seabirds are indicators of environmental change and variability, and this research examines key aspects of their life histories, such as breeding biology, foraging ecology, behavior, and migration to understand mechanistic processes. The general duties of the positions are to routinely visit seabird colonies via small boats to conduct various monitoring protocols, install and maintain field equipment, collect and enter data and perform quality control, and to effectively plan research activities and manage resources. The position requires incumbents to be self-motivated; follow instructions and protocols accurately; successfully multitask; employ strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; and successfully work independently and as part of a team. Applicants must be willing to live and work in a very isolated community (i.e., remote field station) where duties often extend beyond seabird ecology (e.g., cooking, cleaning, chores, community activities, etc.) . Applicants will contribute to technical reports, presentations, outreach, data visualization, and maintain daily logs.
Applicants with any of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:
* Experience censuring or handling seabirds, such as capturing, species identification, taking morphological measurements, banding and instrument deployment, documenting breeding phenology, and writing or updating protocols.
* Experience working with transmitter software (e.g. programming, offloading and visualizing data).
* Experience working on large research vessels.
* Small boat handling experience (safety and competence) in a marine environment leading to small boat training certification and/or equivalent experience.
* Boating experience in sea ice.
* Experience conducting field research in remote, particularly polar, environments for prolonged periods of time.
* Wilderness first aid and CPR certifications (or similar).
* Ability to perform basic equipment evaluations and repairs with limited resources.
* Experience purchasing and acquiring necessary field equipment and managing inventories, including liaising with civilian support contractors and equipment vendors.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
* Selected candidates must have (or be able to readily obtain) a current passport and be able to travel through Chile.
* Selected candidates must be able to qualify physically for deployment, which requires medical and dental examinations and approval by an external medical evaluation board through the University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Polar Medical Operations.
* Selected candidates will work in remote locations for prolonged periods (approximately one to six months) and must be able to adapt to a flexible and demanding field schedule. Fieldwork may require camping as well as working in the early morning hours and in cold and adverse weather conditions.
* Selected candidates must be physically capable of carrying 50 pounds of equipment, hike in snowy or rocky terrain, and be able to bend and kneel for long periods of time in the field.
* Selected candidates must be able to work in small teams on small and large vessels.
* Selected candidates must be able to use binoculars, microscopes, and computers for extended periods of time.
Junior Specialist Associate Specialist, determined by qualifications and experience (see rank qualifications at https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/602.330.html)
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
* Bachelor s degree or higher (or foreign equivalent degree) in ecology, marine biology, oceanography, or related field at the time of application.
* A minimum of two years of experience conducting field research (experience can be obtained while completing bachelor s degree).
* Basic computer skills, including database and word processing programs, and experience with data entry and data quality assurance/data quality control.
Short-term appointments will be made between 50% and 75% time. Appointments will begin as soon as October 1, 2020, for a duration of approximately three-six months. Reappointment for the following field season may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.
Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
APPLY AT https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00910
Please refer to Position # JPF00910-21T in all correspondence.
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
Full consideration will be given to applications completed by September 17, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.
The University of California is an Equal 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. Inquiries regarding the University s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.
Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC