Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Restoration Ecology at University of California, Davis

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Restoration Ecology
Department of Plant Sciences,
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
University of California, Davis

The Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, seeks to fill an 11-month, career-track position at the Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension level.

RESPONSIBILITIES: This academic position has 100% Cooperative Extension (CE) responsibilities and will be located in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the UC Davis. The research and extension focus of the candidate will address restoration and conservation in working landscapes, ranging from natural to managed ecosystems (e.g., grasslands, woodlands, as well as associated freshwater wetlands). The position should address conservation and restoration of Californian plant communities that enhance productivity, wildlife habitat, fertile soil, erosion control, pollination, air and water quality, or pest management. This CE specialist will bring statewide leadership, visibility, and cohesion to the research and extension efforts of an interdisciplinary team of CE academics and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty as well as private and public stakeholders. This position will support relevant UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) strategic initiatives and program teams ( Research will be conducted in the laboratories and fields at UC Davis, on diverse stakeholder lands (e.g. nature reserves, local, state and federal lands, and commercial farms and ranches), and/or at UC field stations located throughout California.

This CE specialist is expected to develop a nationally-recognized research and extension program, secure extramural funding, and publish research results in appropriate refereed journals and extension publications. The appointee will also organize, coordinate or participate in meetings/workshops with CE academics and other stakeholders in multiple venues. Meeting these expectations will require extensive in-state travel. The appointee will have the opportunity to support graduate teaching missions of the department and to be a member of graduate programs. In support of affirmative action, CE programs are expected to include outreach to ethnic minorities, women, and other underrepresented clientele.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in restoration ecology, ecosystem management, rangeland ecology, plant ecology, plant biology, plant science, weed science, soil ecology, or a closely related field with an emphasis in restoration ecology. Applicants must have leadership ability, restoration expertise and communication skills. Ability to conduct independent research and outreach in restoration ecology must be demonstrated.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at

Please include statements of research and extension interests, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of 3 of your most important research publications, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. For administrative questions regarding the application process, please email Ms. Dee Madderra ( Review of the applications for this position will begin May 1, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of California, Davis, and the Department of Plant Sciences are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff. UC Davis is an NSF ADVANCE institution committed to equality and inclusion. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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