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Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Lab Junior Specialists

Company: University of California-Davis
Location: Davis
Posted on: February 16, 2020

Job Description:


Open date: November 1st, 2019

Last review date: Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 meetings.

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 profession.

This is a one-year term position with possibility of renewal contingent on funding and performance.

* 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 data.
* Proficiency in both written and verbal English.
* Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to staff and colleagues
* 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

* 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 laser ablation.
* 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 equivalent)
* 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 Specialist

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to conduct field and museum lab research on terrestrial vertebrates in California.

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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