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Junior Specialist Recruitment: CWS Fish/Zooplankton (apply by 9/25)

Full description of this Junior Specialist position through the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences is available at Recruit:

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 6th, 2017

Next review date: September 25th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: August 16th, 2018
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.


This position will aid in interdisciplinary studies of abiotic and biotic conditions that affect the ecology of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms in estuaries. Duties include participating in field studies to collect aquatic organisms and measure water quality, laboratory studies of water quality and zooplankton community composition, and food web isotopic analyses; participate in data entry, post-processing, data synthesis and statistical analysis. Conduct literature searches and help write annual reports to funders. Actively and significantly involved in creative activities of publishing research and designing future research including reviewing journal articles; engaging in discussions of research to assist in interpreting results; assisting more senior researchers in preparing manuscripts for peer-review journals by writing methods sections and commenting on draft manuscripts; and participating in design of studies as part of writing research proposals by applying experience to revise study designs. Present research results at local and regional meetings including Bay-Delta Science Conference, Interagency Ecology Program Annual Workshop and American Fisheries Society CALNEVA chapter meetings. Participate in department and campus committees as allowed by funding source.

• Bachelor degree in ecology, biology, environmental studies, with a minimum of one year’s experience in laboratory and/or field research.
• Current California Driver’s License
• Experience with aquatic sampling methods for zooplankton, fish, and water quality
• Experience in team-based work that requires communication, decision-making skills, cooperation and leadership
• Knowledge of basic microscopy techniques
• Knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis
• Knowledge of taxonomic keys
• Knowledge of basic ecology
• Ability to work independently and remain focused for long periods of time while conducting procedures in laboratory at the bench or microscope
• Ability to pass UCD boat safety training course at Bodega Marine Lab and to plan, lead, and pilot boat-based field projects
• Ability to bend, squat, crouching and to pull and lift up to 50 pounds of survey nets and similar field equipment repetitively during field sampling days of 8-10 hours duration in weather conditions spanning from cold winter rains to very hot summer days.

• Experience identifying California freshwater and estuarine fishes and invertebrates
• Experience in analysis of zooplankton and/or fish gut samples
• Experience working independently and remain focused for long periods of time while conducting procedures in laboratory at the bench or microscope
• Experience in small boat safety and handling
• Experience with data analysis and technical writing
• Knowledge of MS Excel, Word, and Access; ArcGIS and Program R software.
• Knowledge of statistics
• Ability to mentor and lead undergraduate and similar field assistants

100%, salary starts at step 1 or 2 commensurate with experience. Start date 10/01/17 - 09/30/18.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employee and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.

Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. .

How to Apply:
Apply in RECRUIT for this position
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Provide required information listed below and upload document.
• Curriculum Vitae - Current/updated C.V.
• Cover Letter
• Statement of Research (Optional)
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions
Include on your application 3 contact names and information.

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