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Environmental Studies: Assistant Professor of Field Conservation Ecology (Open until filled, Initial Review 9/16/19)

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 7th, 2019

Last review date: Monday, Sep 16, 2019 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 Environmental Studies [] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Field Conservation Ecologist at the assistant professor level.

We seek a field ecologist who uses a mix of natural history observations, field-based monitoring and experiments, strong analytical skills, and theoretical grounding to answer conservation questions across wildlands-agriculture-urban interfaces. We will give preference to a candidate who has taxonomic expertise with at least one of the major terrestrial faunal groups (e.g., birds, insects, herpetofauna, mammals). The ideal candidate will have experience in field-based teaching and innovative and inclusive pedagogical practices. We seek a person who has past experience with and is enthusiastic about future interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty and graduate students within our department and across campus working in conservation biology, agroecology and sustainable agriculture, global change ecology, environmental policy, environmental justice, and/or environmental problem solving.

Applicants with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply: Excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths and taxonomic expertise in the department; demonstrated potential to attract extramural funding; evidence of a commitment to excellence in teaching; and evidence of a commitment to or strong potential for commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration with social scientists.

In addition to a strong record of research and teaching excellence, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of underrepresented minorities in higher education. The successful candidate will have evidence of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented groups, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Santa Cruz will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population.

The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) develop a strong research program providing research opportunities for post-doctoral researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students; (2) teach across the curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level; (3) foster collaborations with interdisciplinary teams within and/or outside the university; (4) engage with important related campus units such as the Norris Center for Natural History, the Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR), the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), and/or the UCSC Natural Reserves; and (5) engage with campus strategic priority areas and design principles (

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree expected to be completed by June 2020, and demonstrated experience in research and teaching.

July 1, 2020, with academic year beginning September 2020. Degree requirements must be met by 30 June 2020 for employment effective 1 July 2020.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials listed below must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00714-20 in all correspondence.

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 4 will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*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

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by September 16, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2020.

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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application discussing research agendas as well as teaching philosophy and interests.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (required). See guidelines on diversity statements at

  • Publication (1 of 3)

  • Publication (2 of 3) (Optional)

  • Publication (3 of 3) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)