Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Lab Junior Specialists
Company: University of California-Davis
Posted on: February 16, 2020
Open date: November 1st, 2019
Last review date: Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the
search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 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 Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology (WFCB) at
the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool
of qualified Junior Specialists in UC Davis WFCB Labs (Hobbs
Laboratory, Fangue Laboratory, Rypel Laboratory, Todd Laboratory,
the Biotelemetry Lab, WFCB Museum). Screening of applicants is
ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies
each year, depending on the needs of the laboratory.
** UC Davis Fish Ecology Lab-Hobbs - Junior Specialist
The Hobbs Lab seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic
individual(s) to participate in field and laboratory based studies
in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The successful candidate(s)
will join the Hobbs Laboratory within the Department of Wildlife,
Fish and Conservation Biology at the University of California,
Davis. The goal of laboratory is to examine the factors influencing
the distribution, abundance and life history diversity of native
species in freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats. Our research
is interdisciplinary, combining standard practices in field ecology
with biogeochemistry techniques to reconstruct life history, growth
and migration patterns of fish in the San Francisco Estuary and
Watershed. We also specialize in monitoring wetland restoration to
benefit aquatic species. Our studies provide conservation
practitioners and resources managers the data necessary for
effective science-based management.
Successful candidates will participate in research investigating
the impacts of anthropogenic factors (droughts, water exports,
habitat loss, climate change) and the benefits of restoration for
native species in the San Francisco Estuary. The role of the Jr
Specialist is to serve as the lead technician guiding research
activities, mentoring undergraduate student research assistants,
assuring data quality and adhering to university health and safety
policies. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute
creatively to study plans and experiments using observations and
experiences gained with conducting field or laboratory research.
Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to writing of
manuscripts for peer review publication including methods and
literature cited sections, providing data tables and basic analyses
and providing input on discussion sections. Successful candidates
will be expected to present study results in poster or oral
presentation form at local and regional scientific conferences,
including the annual meeting for the California-Nevada Chapter of
the American Fisheries Society, the Interagency Ecological Program
annual workshops and the Delta Science Conference Bi-annual
General responsibilities may include preparing otoliths for age,
growth and otolith laser ablation micro-chemistry, conducting field
sampling surveys to determine the distribution and abundance of
fishes, including Delta Smelt and Longfin Smelt, plankton sorting,
taxonomic identification and quantification of larval fish and
planktonic organisms. A successful applicant will communicate with
multiple agencies, write reports, and contribute in the summary of
fish detection data that has been collected. The position will
review journal articles and engage in discussions on research and
the interpretation of research results. Candidate will participate
and contribute to semi-annual project reportings and meetings that
include multiple agencies and contributors.
As service to the university, the successful candidate will spend a
minimum of 5% of their time mentoring undergraduate students in the
Hobbs Lab. Mentoring includes providing advice on course work,
reviewing writing assignments and providing guidance on
matriculation from the university and entry into the
This is a one-year term position with possibility of renewal
contingent on funding and performance.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: (Hobbs Lab)
* Minimum Bachelor degree in fisheries or wildlife biology,
ecology, natural resources or a related field.
* Experience working on or handling boats in rivers/streams, lakes,
or ocean and trailering boats.
* Experience in Word, Excel, and R or other appropriate computer
programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
* Must hold a valid driver s license and acceptable driving record
to drive work trucks.
* Ability to lift and maneuver 50 pounds throughout the day
* Strong organizational and communication skills.
* Experience in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other
appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze
* Proficiency in both written and verbal English.
* Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to staff
* Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
* Ability to think critically and troubleshoot problems.
* Ability to read and explain material safety data sheets (MSDS)
and knowledge of laboratory safety and proper use and handling of
potentially hazardous chemicals
* Proficient in the use of basic hand tools
* Provide own, reliable, transportation to and from work site;
Valid CA license and acceptable driving record
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: (Hobbs Lab)
* Experience identifying and handling planktonic organisms from the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Watershed and the San Francisco Estuary.
* Knowledge/Experience with otolith preparation for age, growth and
* Experience with standard fisheries data collection (e.g. larval
and adult fish identification, length/weight measurement) sampling
methods and handling and transporting fish
* Experience working on boats in rivers/streams, lakes, tidal
estuaries or ocean
* Has taken motorboat operation certification course (MOCC or
* Experience working independently and as a team, and in seeking
more tasks as work load lessens
* Knowledge of GIS software, GPS equipment, and with R or other
statistical software packages is desired.
** UC Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology (MWFB) - Junior
We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to
conduct field and museum lab research on terrestrial vertebrates in
The Museum of wildlife and Fish Biology (MWFB) has several
long-term biological research efforts that aim to inform resource
managers and the scientific community about regional vertebrate
biodiversity, ecology and habitat use, with emphasis on birds and
small mammals. In support of this work, this position requires the
candidate to work primarily in the field and museum labs. The
successful candidate will join the MWFB in the Department Wildlife,
Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis.
This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies
focusing on questions in avian and small mammal ecology and
environmental sciences in California. Successful candidates will be
in charge of field inventories associated with terrestrial
vertebrates and will oversee undergraduate student interns.
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
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