Water & Watershed Sciences Assistant CE Specialist

University of California-Merced

Merced, CA, United States 🇺🇸


The Coopertaion Extension (CE) specialist in Water and Watershed Sciences will focus on carrying out a collaborative, multifaceted research and outreach program with the goal of improving factors affecting the health of source-water areas and their linkage with downstream water uses statewide, with special attention to the Sierra Nevada-Central Valley watersheds. In particular, there is an opportunity for the CE specialist to take a leading role in developing science and policy that will accelerate restoration of Sierra Nevada forests for multiple water-related ecosystem services.

The CE specialist will develop multi-disciplinary collaborations with other UC and outside researchers to address these needs; and should seek out opportunities to bring land managers, private-sector partners and other stakeholders into these collaborations.

The CE specialist will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research and extension education program on watershed management; forge strong interactions with local, regional, state and national partners and clientele, as well as with UC colleagues; contribute to core research and extension goals established within ANR; and assist in establishing an innovative multi-disciplinary program in their field of expertise. 



All UC ANR CE specialists are responsible for performance in the areas of 

1) applied research and creative activity,

2) extending knowledge and information,

3) professional competence and activity and

4) University and public service.



All CE Specialists are expected to develop and implement applied research programs to provide science based information addressing complex issues. Research may involve assessing technical, economic, social, and/or environmental impacts of water management and policy through field studies, process modeling, or statistical modeling. Research topics are envisioned to include integrated evaluation of watershed-scale processes related to drought resilience of sourcewater areas, climate change, effects of disturbance (fire, disease, pest infestations) and management actions (harvest, thinning, prescribed burns or grazing) on water quantity and quality in mountain forests. It will evaluate strategies for watershed restoration, impacts of land-use change and knowledge to support integrated water and land management in mountain-valley watersheds with emphasis in California.



-Conduct and report needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served particularly in California’s mountain and valley watersheds;

-Develop and implement effective UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs of the clientele that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and ANR initiatives, including http://ucanr.edu/files/906.pdf ;

-Conduct applied research designed to monitor changes and solve statewide and locally relevant watershed problems;

-Disseminate appropriate, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation;

-Maintain and promote UC ANR Cooperative Extension’s credibility by providing sciencebased knowledge;

-Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences through a variety of outreach methods e.g., peer-reviewed publications, internet, workshops, newsletters;

-Interact with their campus academic colleagues, thereby creating synergies that will advance the programmatic goals of both the UCM School of Engineering and of UC ANR;

-Interact with UCM School of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students, deliver occasional lectures, and perform similar academic functions (such as serving on dissertation committees, oral exams, etc.) as appropriate. In accordance with UC Academic Personnel Policy 334, Specialist in Cooperative Extension Series, the teaching of regular undergraduate or graduate courses will not be a responsibility of the position;

-Engage in campus faculty meetings, campus faculty committee service, and other activities of the UCM faculty as appropriate.



-A minimum of a Ph.D. is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in watershed engineering or hydrology, environmental, civil and agricultural engineering, or closely related discipline.

-Applicants must be within 12 months of completing their degree in order to be considered for the position.

-Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.

-A demonstrated ability in applied natural resources and agricultural research and extension of information is desirable.

-Experience in securing and managing extramural grants, carrying out field-based research, publishing multi-disciplinary research, and doing outreach related to forest and watershed management is desirable.