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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Carr Diving Field Technician Pool (Ongoing)

Application Window

Open March 12th, 2021 through Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by January 31st, 2022, you will have until February 14th, 2022 to complete your application.

Position description

The Carr Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of diving field technician in marine ecology, under the direction of Dr. Mark Carr. This position will assist with interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in marine ecology, population genetics, fisheries, and conservation of nearshore species, and oceanographic drivers of ecological processes. Successful candidates will also participate in a large-scale kelp forest and oceanographic monitoring program along the west coast. SCUBA diving is an essential function of this job.

General responsibilities include: participate in SCUBA based ecological monitoring surveys of kelp forests along the California Coast, coordinate and oversee staff and resources for on-going research projects; plan and organize logistics for local and remote field missions; independently develop and refine sampling design and protocols as needed; collect and perform quality control and basic analysis of data as well as organize and modify project databases; maintain small boats and vehicles; and contribute to the development of technical reports and grant proposals. Given the nature of the position, Diving Field Technicians must successfully work independently and as part of a team and they must consistently demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills.

Applicants with experience in the following areas strongly encouraged to apply: MOTC certification and experience operating small (15-25’) vessels in coastal waters of central California; leading groups of research divers in potentially harsh field conditions; and/or training and overseeing technical field assistants.


  • Selected candidates will travel and work at remote field sites for prolonged periods (1-2 weeks) along California Coast and must be able to adapt to a flexible field schedule including some evenings and weekends.
  • Selected candidates must be physically capable of carrying 75 lbs. of field equipment to and from field sites.
  • Selected candidates must provide a letter of reciprocity (LOR) from a participating AAUS institution certifying qualification as a Scientific Research Diver prior to employment.

Junior Specialist

Minimum annual salary $44,500 (pro-rated based on percent time), commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Bachelor degree in Marine Biology or related field. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 13, 2021.
  • A minimum of one year of experience in laboratory and/or field research relevant to the advertised position.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of species identification of algae, invertebrates, and fishes in kelp forest ecosystems along the coast of California.
  • Experience with conducting field research in kelp forest ecosystems along the coast of California
  • Experience with organizing people and resources for field missions (including scheduling, ordering, and task coordination).
  • Experience using Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and data-analysis programs such as JMP, SYSTAT or R.

Annual, short-term appointments between 50% and 100% time. Appointments will begin as soon as June 14, 2021, for a duration of 4-6 months. Reappointment is contingent upon the availability of funding. Degree must be completed by June 13, 2021 for employment effective June 14, 2021 and beyond.

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

Please refer to Position #JPF00998-21P in all correspondence.

Applications for this initial recruitment period will be accepted through January 31, 2022. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments beginning June 14, 2021 through May 16, 2022. Initial appointments made after this period must be made through other recruitments.

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.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position. Please be sure to address how you meet all of the advertised basic qualifications.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact information for a minimum of three professional references. The hiring unit will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration.

Job location

Santa Cruz, California