The Natural Reserve System (NRS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), invites applications for the position of Reserve Director at Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (VESR) located near Mammoth Lakes, California. VESR is comprised of two reserve sites approximately 12 miles apart, the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) and Valentine Camp. The facilities at the sites include 200+ acres and 23 buildings, a major wet lab, a system of experimental streams, scientific equipment, state-of-the-art computer facilities and internet systems, vehicles, and equipment. VESR is part of the UCSB NRS and operates within the UCSB Office of Research and the University of California Natural Reserve System. The Reserve Director lives on site in a residence at SNARL. The responsibilities of the position are year-round, weather-independent, and full time. For more information about VESR visit

The NRS mission is to support research, education and public service, and contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. The Reserve Director provides leadership of the two remote Reserve sites that provide support for researchers, university classes and outreach programs. The Director is responsible for all aspects of the management of Reserve use; administration including budget, purchasing, personnel and health and safety; the operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment; management of the Reserve's natural resources; and interactions with agencies, the local community and the SNARL lessor. Reserve users include over 1,500 participants in K-12 and adult public education programs, and over 800 research and University class users per year including up to 60 or more at one time.

The Reserve Director is responsible for programmatic and facilities planning and implementation and, working with the UCSB Development Office, leads a comprehensive private fundraising program for the Reserves including cultivating and maintaining relationships with the Valentine Reserve Fund members. The Director interacts regularly with the VESR Faculty Advisor, the UCSB NRS Director and the campus NRS Office on issues related to all aspects of Reserve management. The Director may conduct independent scientific research up to 15% time.

The successful candidate will be self-sufficient and have: an advanced degree in environmental science or a related field and experience with field research, excellent problem solving skills, experience in project management, outstanding communication skills and the ability to engage productively with diverse user groups and stakeholders, excellent organizational skills, a willingness to assume responsibility readily, and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision. Demonstrated experience in the following areas is required: administration and budget management, staff supervision, facilities and equipment operations and maintenance, land stewardship and resource monitoring, acquisition of external support and willingness to
engage in private fundraising. Preferred qualifications: experience with operations at a remote field station, experience living in a rural community under winter conditions, Ph.D. in an environmental science or similar, track record of leading successful grant proposals, and skills in information technology.

The Reserve Director resides and is present at the Reserve, near Mammoth Lakes, except for brief intervals on VESR business, or on authorized days off and vacation periods. This includes being on call outside of normal business hours. Travel is required to UCSB and University offices in Oakland several times per year. Employee must be physically fit to perform snow removal and construction tasks.

Compensation commensurate with experience up to a maximum of $84,929/yr. Start Date: April 2016.

APPLY ONLINE at Job #20150478
For primary consideration apply by October 18, 2015. Thereafter open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Three ISEECI Postdoctoral Fellowships are now accepting applications in the areas of Biotic Community Shifts in California, Population Ecology and Evolution, and California Ecological and/or Environmental History.
The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. by the start of the position. The position is for one year, renewable for a second year subject to review of progress and pending availability of funds. The fellowship appointment may be at any UC campus as appropriate based on the fellow's experience, available mentors, and resources. This position includes opportunities for collaboration across the UC campuses, career development, and research skill development.

Applications must include a CV, a cover letter briefly describing the candidate's research interests, intended mentor(s) and names and contact information of three references. Applicants should contact prospective faculty mentors, and the mentor should submit a separate letter of support.

Email application materials may be submitted to Becca Fenwick ( Applications will be reviewed beginning on October 1, 2015 with the appointment beginning as early as November1, 2015.

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