Researcher in Ecology
University of California Irvine
United States

Researcher in Ecology

Job #JPF08571
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology / School of Biological Sciences / UC Irvine

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 - $54,600. See Specialist Series – Represented Fiscal Year.

Application Window

Open date: July 21, 2023

Next review date: Saturday, Aug 5, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 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

UCI’s Environmental Collaboratory (EnCo, consisting of the Center for Environmental Biology, UCI NATURE, and Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology invite applications for a full-time field researcher in the Junior Specialist series. We seek highly motivated applicants to conduct ecological research with a focus on vegetation monitoring in the Nature Reserve of Orange County in Southern California. Environmental Collaboratory staff conduct annual monitoring to assess the biological integrity of oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, grassland, and chaparral communities across the reserve. Additional projects conducted by EnCo include experiments developed with Center for Environmental biology undergraduate interns assessing the effectiveness of conservation and restoration activities.

The successful applicant will support field research by generating datasheets, using GPS to locate monitoring locations, accurately identify native plants, supervise undergraduate interns, maintain the CEB website, and supervise data entry and storage. The position also involves coordination with academic researchers and staff as well as partner organizations, including other universities. Duties will include troubleshooting field equipment and technical problems, carrying out experimental protocols, accessing study sites, and assisting project personnel with student groups, data acquisition, and field site access.

QUALIFICATIONS: At least one year of experience with ecological field research; strong organizational, teamwork, and communication skills; familiarity with California plant species; capacity to work full days outdoors under field conditions on a routine basis; commitment to promoting field safety and best practices; valid driver’s license. Desirable qualifications also include: Experience with operating and maintaining scientific equipment; knowledge of ecological field survey techniques; experience with data management and coding in R; experience with GIS or other mapping software; prior participation in ecological research and restoration projects.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed via email to Sarah Kimball ( Please include “Field Specialist Position” in the subject heading of the email.

Application Procedure: Qualified candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references to the following on-line recruitment URL:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Accepting all applicants

Application Requirements

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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Additionally, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Substance Abuse (APM-190)(Drug Free Environment) and University of California Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy. Depending on the job duties of your position, you may also be required to comply with the University of California’s Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA

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