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Environmental Studies: Specialist in Ecology (Open until filled. Apply by 9/26/19)

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 27th, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, Sep 26, 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: Wednesday, Sep 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 the position of Specialist in Ecology under the direction of Professor Christopher Wilmers. The Specialist will conduct fieldwork for a long-term field study on the ecology of Mountain Lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California and will be responsible for assisting in the capture, anesthetization and collaring of adult pumas using hounds and cage trap; the capture and collaring of juvenile pumas; GPS and VHF tracking of puma adults and cubs; visitation to puma kill sites; and the placement of remote camera traps and other field activities as they arise. The position will also require the Specialist to be knowledgeable of the Santa Cruz Mountains' study areas; organize and maintain field equipment, operate 4x4 trucks and ATVs on remote forest roads; coordinate with land-owners throughout the study area; and successfully work as a collaborative member of the research team

Junior Specialist

Minimum starting salary is $39,500, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • BS degree in wildlife biology or related field at the time of application.
  • At least four years of experience trapping mountain lions with cage traps and hound dogs in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • At least four years of experience conducting kill site necropsies of mountain lion kills.
  • Experience operating ATV’s and 4x4 trucks.

As soon as possible after initial review of applications.

Initial appointment will be full-time for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF007480-20T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications (including how you meet the advertised basic qualifications) and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by September 26, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications (including how you meet the advertised basic qualifications) and interest in the position

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