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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Conservation Programs Coordinator (Open until filled. Apply by 4/19/21)

Application Window

Open date: March 18th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Apr 19, 2021 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 1, 2021 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.

Position description

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Conservation Programs Coordinator. Under the direction of Professor Erika Zavaleta, the coordinator will manage all aspects of the Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-based Opportunities (CAMINO) in Ecology and Conservation; and support the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) through lead coordination of the DDCSP Internship Summer Program and other contributions. CAMINO aims to increase inclusive field-based and research opportunities for students from a diversity of backgrounds. CAMINO supports these goals with mentoring, field course scholarships, funded summer internships, and professional development and community events beyond the classroom. DDCSP supports diverse cohorts of students from a national pool through a two-year program of science and professional support aimed at diversifying conservation’s leadership.

The position will require the incumbent to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills, exercise wise judgment in decision-making, identify problems and develop and implement effective solutions, be well-organized and have ability to calmly juggle and manage competing responsibilities, discern sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality, and employ political acumen to cooperate well with many parties within and beyond UCSC.

CAMINO and DDCSP are dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion, and strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich that mission. We are looking for a dynamic, engaged leader to manage and grow the CAMINO, and to support DDCSP, which shares our strong values around effective and equitable conservation. The Coordinator will work with an advisory board of diverse conservation leaders in academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropy, community groups, tribes and government and a national network of internship sponsors and partners. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Leading the overall growth of the CAMINO community and program, through planning and implementation of summer internships; events and professional development workshops; semi-annual research symposia; and pursuit of funding opportunities.
  • Maintaining and building a network of CAMINO campus and off-campus partners and/or sponsors, including contributing UCSC-based mentors, guests, and other organizations and funders that contribute to the program.
  • Leading implementation of the DDCSP second-summer internship program, and working closely with the DDCSP Program Director and faculty lead to deliver an overall, complex two-year fellowship for 20 students per year that includes an 8-week annual summer conservation research and leadership field course; annual winter retreats; and group internship placements with NGOs, foundations, agencies, private firms and cross-sector partnerships in conservation.
  • For both CAMINO & DDCSP managing program finances, evaluation and collaborating on annual reporting. Program finances include administering student scholarships, stipends and reimbursements, honoraria, course expenses, event expenses, internship housing deposits, travel costs, and associated annual reporting.
  • Applying intercultural skills to mentor current and past CAMINO and DDCSP participants and sustain strong community and communications among them. Helping current and past participants through personal, major, and professional planning; navigation of professional relationships before, during and after courses and professional experiences; and general advice and support.
  • Sustain a strong culture of health, safety, inclusion, equity, and excellence across all CAMINO & DDCSP programming.

Applicants with any or all of the following preferred qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Familiarity and experience with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, CAMINO, or other undergraduate experiential education programs serving students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience leading and/or designing experiential education in conservation and/or science, including field-based science and/or conservation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the goal of increasing ecology and/or conservation’s reach and effectiveness, particularly through an increase in the diversity of its leaders and practitioners.
  • Excellent collaborative, communication, networking, organizational and mentoring skills.
  • Skills in critical thinking and flexible, adaptive, and wise judgment in decision-making and problem solving.
  • Ability to identify problems and to develop and implement effective solutions.
  • Well organized and ability to calmly juggle and achieve multiple responsibilities.
  • Political acumen to cooperate well with many parties within and beyond UCSC and to discern sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality.

Academic Coordinator I

$53,304- $66,608, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Master’s degree or higher (or an equivalent foreign degree) in conservation-related field (such as conservation science, policy, law or biology) or relevant field; or a bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of professional experience in the aforementioned fields. Degree requirements must be met at the time of application.
  • Experience working with undergraduate students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds as a teacher, mentor, and/or supervisor.
  • Experience managing budgets and writing reports, grants, and/or articles for publication.
  • Supervisory experience.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications, but no later than September 1, 2021.

Initial appointment will be full‐time for one year. 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 # JPF01001-21T in all correspondence.

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by April 19, 2021. 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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Application Requirements

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., which must include a list of three professional references and their contact information. The committee will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

  • Writing Sample - Relevant writing sample, such as a publication, report, or grant proposal.

Job location

Santa Cruz, California