University of California, Riverside

Center for Conservation Biology


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A Specialist position is available in the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of California, Riverside. Candidates should have a graduate degree (Masters or PhD) or equivalent experience in the life sciences (e.g. Biology, Botany, Plant Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Zoology, Wildlife Biology) with a demonstrated emphasis in vegetation ecology. A valid California Driver’s License is required, as well as an ability to conduct field work under the warm, arid, sometimes rugged conditions typical of California’s deserts. This position will include the following duties; candidates should identify the extent of their level of experience and expertise for each:   

  • Conservation of arid lands and species, including climate change, invasive species, habitat loss, and/or other topics.
  • Digitally map vegetation to NVCS standards from remote sensing platforms (i.e. satellite, drone imagery) using ArcGIS.
  • Expertise with spatially explicit modelling tools for projecting distributions of species’ suitable habitat (MAXENT and/or Mahalanobis).
  • Conduct vegetation surveys in the field using plot, transect, line intercept, and/or relevées (CNPS rapid assessment vegetation plots).
  • Conduct other field surveys for wildlife including birds, reptiles and arthropods.
  • Working with and enlisting volunteer citizen scientists
  • Manage data in spreadsheets and databases.
  • Ability to analyze data statistically to identify significant levels of similarity, differences, and trends.
  • Demonstrated expertise using ArcGIS, R, WORD and EXCEL.
  • UC Riverside is a research institution. Candidates will be expected to contribute to multiple publications per year both in a support role and by taking the lead both in analyzing data and in writing the papers.
  • Membership in scientific organizations, attending annual meetings of those organizations and making presentations of our research.
  • Presenting research objectives and findings to non-academic land managers and NGO partners.

 The primary work station for this position is UCR’s Palm Desert Center, Palm Desert California.

 Interested applicants should apply at  Please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of diversity and provide the names and email addresses of three references. Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled.

 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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.



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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Center for Conservation Biology
1435 Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5494