Academic Coordinator


Open Jun 3, 2015 through Aug 3, 2015
Next review date: July 2nd, 2015
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee


The Salton Sea Initiative at the University of California, Irvine, invites applications for the full-time position of Academic Coordinator I. The Salton Sea Initiative seeks to harness the campus’ research, teaching, and service resources to address sustainability challenges facing the Salton Sea region. Addressing the sustainability challenges at the Salton Sea presents a multi-faceted, long term, and critical issue in Southern California’s future. The solutions pioneered at the Sea could inform actions of similarly situated communities across the globe. The campus-wide Initiative has attracted the interest of over twenty faculty members and their students offering expertise in engineering, biology, public health, economics, real estate, regional planning, history, and law. While our initial task is to continue to build relationships in the desert, we are also actively researching processes that may be helpful in addressing engineering, biological, legal and planning issues. In this work, rather than advocate any one particular path forward, we seek to use our campus strengths to provide technical assistance through research expertise, to open up public discourse, and to strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders to engage the resources necessary to address these problems.

Under the direction of the Salton Sea Initiative Director, the Academic Coordinator will develop the Initiative’s short and medium-term plans in conjunction with relevant faculty and staff. The Academic Coordinator will facilitate execution of the plan on campus and in the region. On campus, the Academic Coordinator will convene faculty from multiple disciplines, facilitate collaboration, connect graduate and undergraduate students with research and outreach opportunities, and represent the Initiative at campus events and meetings. In the Salton Sea region, the Academic Coordinator will help establish relationships with key relevant stakeholders, and organize and execute a series of co-created projects. The Academic Coordinator will draft documentation of the Initiative’s campus and regional work for use in academic and popular media as well as for the Initiative website and grant submissions.

Requirements include: Advanced degree in field relevant to community engagement in sustainability. Ability and willingness to travel monthly and occasionally stay overnight in the Salton Sea region. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Demonstrated facilitation and/or mediation skills. Ability to coordinate multiple research, teaching and outreach projects simultaneously. Media and grant writing experience. Ability to communicate and work with faculty and students in an academic environment. Ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse populations and the public. Proficiency in Spanish (preferred, but not required)

Salary is $46,644 plus benefits.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Review of applications will begin on July 2, 2015. The recruitment will remain open until filled. Please send via post or email a C.V. and the names of three references to the address below.

Contact information:
Professor Timothy Bradley
The Salton Sea Initiative
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Irvine, CA 92697-2525




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  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. (Optional)

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University of California, Santa Cruz Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Lecturer

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a qualified instructor to teach an entirely field-based upper-division course in ecological methods and conservation: California Ecology and Conservation. The course will be offered in the Spring, and Fall each academic year. This course will also be offered during Summer Session, which will be a separate and distinct appointment. Each offering consists of an intensive seven-week course held entirely in the field at UC Natural Reserves, and constitutes a full-time appointment. Instructors are expected to spend the majority of this time in the field with the students, including living on-site. Outstanding candidates with experience in teaching college level courses in ecology, biology, botany, field methods, zoology, natural history, and field-based courses in the natural sciences are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be responsible for co-teaching the course with one other instructor. The course will be assigned a teaching assistant and two course logistical support staff to assist with food preparation, equipment and gear organization, etc.

During winter quarter when the course in not being taught, the candidate will be assigned miscellaneous duties that may include the following: course coordination on specific reserves for summer course trips; development and compilation of additional course materials; development and maintenance of course website; service as a mentor for undergraduate students (e.g. assisting students with scientific writing of data generated during courses); reviewing applications of students wanting to enroll in the course; planning future projects and field trips; interfacing with other universities and UC campuses to promote the course; conducting logistical course preparations (e.g. reserving field sites, arranging vehicle rentals, ordering instructional supplies/equipment, etc.); and hiring logistical support staff for future course offerings. The percentage for winter quarter will vary depending upon the duties assigned.

RANK: Lecturer

SALARY: Minimum annual salary $49,012 (pro-rated based on percent time) commensurate with qualifications and experience. Compensation for the course taught during the summer may vary from this amount but will be approximately $10,000.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in biology or related field. Demonstrated university-level teaching experience.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check and will be required to complete Title IX (Sexual Harassment) training every two years.

POSITION AVAILABLE: Fall Quarter 2015. Position dependent upon final budgetary approval.

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on June 8, 2015. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2016.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching, 1-3 evaluations of teaching (if available), 1-3 sample course materials-syllabi, handouts, etc. (if available), and 3 letters of recommendation* evaluating the candidate's teaching ability. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

*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

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