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Carr Lab Diving Field Technician Seasonal Pool (Junior Specialist)

Position overview

Position title: Carr Lab Diving Field Technician Seasonal Pool (Junior Specialist)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, Represented Specialist Series Fiscal Year. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. The full-time, annual salary range for this position is $51,300 - $56,900. The selected candidates' pay will be pro-rated based on their appointments' percentage of time. A reasonable estimate for a full-time (100%) monthly salary is $4,275 - $4,742.
Percent time: Variable, 50%-100%. Due to the weather and equipment-dependent nature of the work, the hours for this position may vary from week-to-week.
Anticipated start: As early as may 2024. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments to the Junior Specialist rank made during the 2024 field season (May through December). Initial appointments with effective dates outside of this recruitment period will require an alternative open recruitment. Degree must be completed by June 13, 2024 before employment can begin.
Position duration: Initial appointment will be for a duration of five to seven months, 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 and work.

Application Window

Open date: February 1, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Mar 4, 2024 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, Dec 20, 2024 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 Carr Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for diving field technicians in marine ecology. Under the direction of Professor Mark Carr, with oversight from senior Specialist, Dan Malone, the technicians will assist with interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in marine ecology, population genetics, fisheries, 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, the 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 the 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 pounds 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.

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

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Baccalaureate degree in marine biology or related field. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 13, 2024.
  • 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.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include 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.

  • 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.

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Santa Cruz, California (includes field sites in Santa Cruz and along the California Coast)