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Earth and Planetary Science: Hydrogeology Lab/Field Specialist (Open unitl filled. Apply by 5/22/2020)

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 22nd, 2020

Last review date: Friday, May 22, 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: Friday, Sep 25, 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 Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Hydrogeology lab/field specialist. Under the direction of Andrew Fisher, the Hydrogeology lab/field specialist will successfully work independently and collaborate regularly with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds; participate in assessment of sites being considered for managed recharge (using computational, field and lab methods); prepare field equipment for sampling of sediment and water; collect and process field samples; measure discharge in channels; conduct laboratory analyses; manage data files; prepare and update standard operating procedures for field/lab work; install and maintain computer software; maintain databases; prepare and print presentation materials; organize supplies and equipment; and operate power tools. Based on the incumbent’s experience with the aforementioned duties, the Lab/Field Specialist will train students to successfully execute them as well. This position will include occasional long days which will include carrying equipment and supplies (up to 50 lbs) to/from a field vehicle, collecting field samples and data, and moving across uneven ground (with or without accommodation).

Applicants with experience in soil and fluid sample collection, processing, and analysis; conducting grain size analysis by laser diffraction; using a laser total station; programming and downloading data loggers; using geographic information systems; operating four-wheel drive vehicles and power tools; and/or bilingual fluency in English and Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position requires the incumbent to demonstrate consistently strong communication skills (both written and verbal).

Junior Specialist

$44,500 to 47,400 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience

B.S. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Geology/Earth Science at the time of application and one year of post-degree, professional research experience in hydrogeology.

Appointment will begin as soon as October 1, 2020.

Initial appointment will be 100% time for twelve months. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

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

Please refer to Position # JPF00816-20T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (required) (See UCSC guidelines for statements](
  • One report/paper (with applicant as sole author) that demonstrates experience in communication with text, figures, and tables (required)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. 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 May 22, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

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 and interest in the position.

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

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. See guidelines at:

  • Sample report or paper - One report/paper (with applicant as sole author), that demonstrates experience in communication with text, figures, and tables .

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required