Associate Specialist Step I-IV (Ecosystem & Sciences – Environmental Science, Policy and Management)

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, US

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 24th, 2017
Next review date: April 14th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2017
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.


Title: Associate Specialist Step I-IV – Ecosystem & Sciences – Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Associate Specialist: The Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley is looking for a highly motivated Associate Specialist to conduct research under the supervision of the PI, Dr. Scott Stephens, in the field of Fire Science. This position is responsible for performing work in support of an interdisciplinary research project including aspects of wildland fire science, forest ecology, and hydrology. The goal of these projects is to evaluate management strategies for improving forest ecosystem resilience. The incumbent will work with a team of researchers to complete this research project. Work will be performed in rugged terrain under conditions that are often challenging, including wind, rain, snow, and cold. Hiking requires considerable walking, bending, and climbing, often over rough, uneven surfaces or mountainous terrain.

• Coordinating, managing, and supporting an existing long-term research study on fire science and management in California forests.
• Gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine landscape vegetation change associated with a long-term managed wildfire program. This includes use of advanced geospatial and statistical techniques.
• Work cooperatively to develop spatial data layers (GIS) needed for analyses in other research disciplines.
• Write up study results in a format suitable for publication in scientific journals.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application):
Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent degree, in Forestry, Ecology, Natural Resource Management or a related field.

Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):
• Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, and techniques of forest and fire ecology.
• Understanding of the established methods and techniques relating to field study design, data collection and analysis, and sampling protocols.
• Experience quantifying and comparing forest structure and composition across a range forest conditions.
• Demonstrated uses of geospatial analytical techniques and the ability to carry out complex analyses, including manipulating and generating of maps, querying spatial data, running programming scripts, and performing spatial statistical analyses.
• Knowledge of forest management activities, such as timber harvesting, mastication, and prescribed burning.

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):
• Masters of Science degree, or equivalent degree, in the field of Forestry, Ecology, Natural Resource Management or a related field.
• First author on multiple journal publications.
• Ability to assist in supervising field crews for ecological research.

This position reports Professor Scott Stephens. The approximate start date will be Summer 2017. The initial appointment is for 12 months. Reappointment is contingent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Salary: $53,928-$64,920 annual at 100% time depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.

To apply:

Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, an updated curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position and a cover letter. Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists.

Department Contact: Becca Schatz, [email protected]

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.