University of California, Riverside

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Job Announcement for Jr. Specialist

CCB – Palm Desert

Date Posted: September 25, 2017

Fieldwork will occur throughout the Coachella Valley and Joshua Tree National Park region. The Jr Specialist will be responsible for accurately collecting and recording ecological data in the field regarding plant, arthropod, birds, and reptile species associations and abundance. Field conditions will often be rugged, hot and dry. He/she will also digitize all data collected onto Excel spreadsheets that will be added to an Access database. Must have a valid California Driver’s license, and be comfortable driving on remote, dirt roads.

The position will be based here in the Coachella Valley (we won't be able to fund daily transportation to and from the Riverside area). We have a very nice office already set up for them here. Jr. Specialist positions are limited to two years and available funding, unless the candidate is in graduate school at a non-UC institution. It would be an ideal position for someone considering graduate school, but is looking for some additional skills, topics to pursue in grad school, and experience (and possibly co-authorship on scientific papers) before entering a PhD program, or a recent graduate needing a "soft landing" before going on to a next step in their lives.  Here are some of the skills that would describe our ideal candidate; we aren't necessarily expecting someone who can do it all, but if selected these are the skills they will have before they are done:

Preferred qualifications:

-Knowledge of southern California flora and fauna

-Experience with the use of taxonomic keys for identification of plants and wildlife

-Experience in designing and implementing field data collection protocols

-Confidence in collecting and processing field data while working both independently and part of a field team

-Strong work ethic, dedication and follow-through

-Ability to easily navigate with GPS

-GIS skills a definite plus


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA/Veterans Employer

 Candidates should e-mail Dr. Cameron Barrows ( with a CV and letter of interest.



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

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Center for Conservation Biology
1435 Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5494