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    • Employer: UC SANTA BARBARA
      Location: Santa Barbara, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/26/2018
      Open Until Filled: No



    APPLY ONLINE (only) at:    https://jobs.ucsb.edu    Job #20180586  


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    The Natural Reserve System (NRS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), invites applications for the position of Reserve Director at Santa Cruz Island Reserve (SCIR) located on Santa Cruz Island in Santa Barbara County, due south of the City of Santa Barbara, and twenty miles west of Ventura, CA.    SCIR is operated through cooperative agreements with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the National Park Service (NPS) – Santa Cruz Island’s two landowners. Located on TNC property, SCIR facilities include 9 buildings, a microwave and weather repeater system, an internet system, vehicles, and equipment.  SCIR is part of the UCSB NRS and operates within the UCSB Office of Research and the University of California Natural Reserve System. The responsibilities of the position are year-round, weather-independent, and full time.  For more information about SCIR visit http://santacruz.nrs.ucsb.edu/.


    The NRS mission is to support research, education and public service, and contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth.  The Reserve Director provides leadership of the Santa Cruz Island Reserve site, and support for researchers, university classes and public service uses. The Director is responsible for all aspects of Reserve management, including administration, budgeting, purchasing, personnel, health and safety; facilities management; and interactions with reserve stakeholders.  These stakeholders include donors, volunteers, user groups, state and federal agencies, as well as the two main landholders on the island (TNC and NPS). There are over 4500 user days of activity at SCIR, and users include researchers, university classes, outreach groups, volunteers and K-12 school groups.


    The Reserve Director is responsible for programmatic and facilities planning and implementation, and working with the UCSB Development Office on cultivating and maintaining relationships with current and prospective donors.  The Director reports to the UCSB NRS Executive Director, and interacts regularly with the SCIR Faculty Advisor, the UCSB NRS Director, and the campus NRS Office on issues related to all aspects of Reserve management.


    The successful candidate will be self-sufficient, have a high level of initiative, and have: an earned doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in environmental science  or a related field, experience with field research, excellent problem solving skills, experience in project management, outstanding written and oral communication skills, the ability to engage productively with diverse user groups and stakeholders, excellent organizational skills, a willingness to assume responsibility readily, and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.  Demonstrated experience in the following areas is required: administration and budget management, staff supervision, facilities and equipment operations and maintenance, land stewardship and resource monitoring, acquisition of external support, experience in private fundraising, preparation of effective written reports, ability to speak professionally in public including to large groups.  Preferred qualifications: extensive experience working in multi-jurisdictional and large stakeholder community settings, experience with operations at a remote field station, track record of leading successful grant proposals, publishing of written reports or manuscripts, and skills in information technology.


    Working with NRS Administrative office, the incumbent is expected to determine appropriate time allocations on site at Santa Cruz Island and the UCSB campus as needed to fully carryout all job aspects. The director must be prepared to utilize university provided facilities on Santa Cruz Island as needed to support Reserve activities. Has a highly altered work schedule which includes being on call outside of normal business hours. Travel is required to locations including to and from Santa Cruz Island via commercial boat, and outside of UCSB campus and Santa Cruz Island for meetings several times per year.  Employee must be physically fit to perform Reserve management tasks.


    Compensation commensurate with experience in the range of $64,500 to $90,000/yr. 


    APPLY ONLINE (only) at:    https://jobs.ucsb.edu    Job #20180586  

    Or at:



    For primary consideration apply by November 26, 2018.  Thereafter open until filled.


    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





    Marion Wittmann, Ph.D.

    Executive Director

    UC Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System

    Email: marion.wittmann@ucsb.edu

    Office: (805) 893 - 6179


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