[ES_JOBS_NET] Staff Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Fri Aug 10 18:02:27 MDT 2018

Staff Research Associate


About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptance-academic and artistic, political and cultural-make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at http://jobs.berkeley.edu/why-berkeley.html.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 23, 2018

Departmental Overview

Our Environment is the isolated planet we share, the collection of natural resources needed to sustain us through this century and beyond, and the social and cultural milieu through which we derive our values about this space. Our Environment is also under enormous stress. The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management is a multidisciplinary program that recognizes the urgency of the challenges, and the enormous opportunities that may lead to transformative change. We have award-winning faculty in climate science, biodiversity, environmental policy, land use, and community outreach - all driven by a collective interest in our environmental future.

The research focus in the lab is on the behavioral ecology and community organization of solitary bee species in selected environments in California and Costa Rica. During the past 21 years we have been documenting bee diversity, seasonality, and host plant preferences of most species at several northern California sites and three sites in a seasonal dry forest in Costa Rica. For several temperate and tropical species, we are also systematically monitoring changes in annual bee frequencies and documenting the types of mortality factors that may be related to the observed fluctuations recorded.


  *   Acting lab manager: primary contact for most CSS correspondence in lab (works with Purchasing, Accounting, Disbursements, and Research Administrator); responsible for keeping lab up to date on all UCB policies and procedures; create annual budget projections; works with Research Administrator to track all grand fund balances and expenditures; works with RA to update lab ledger and close out accounts; update and keep track of in-house paperwork (e.g. contracts, reimbursements, invoices, statements of work); submit all financial paperwork to appropriate offices; work with secondary grant writer and RA to complete UCB and funding agency paperwork; keep stock of and order lab and outreach supplies

  *   Farming for Native Bees and related subprojects: coordinate extensive travel to Brentwood for fieldwork; curate specimens for identification; compile field data; liaison to farmers and farm workers; work with farmers and farm workers to install and maintain bee habitats; perform regular monitoring of bee habitats; train undergraduate volunteers; write popular articles on project; work with local NRCS conservationist on EQIP documentation; attend meetings with P.I. and NRCS representatives; develop deliverables for granting agencies (including technical field guides and outreach materials); attend scientific conferences to present on project; act as primary contact and coordinator for independent contractors;

  *   Undergraduate volunteer coordinator: update and submit all URAP and SPUR projects to UCB administration; interview and select applicants; complete course paperwork; schedule and coordinate undergraduate volunteers; submit end of semester reports

  *   Outreach responsibilities: Give presentations of urban bee research to various audiences statewide, including master gardeners, schools, and garden clubs.

Required Qualifications

  *   Extensive experience/training in working with and identifying native California plants, non-native ornamentals, and native bees.
  *   Must be able to tolerate occasional bee/wasp stings and working outside in varying weather conditions, especially high temperatures (~100F).
  *   Must understand quantitative methods used for data collections and analysis.
  *   Must have high quality writing skills and be able to perform a wide variety of computer functions such as experience with Macs and PCs and their corresponding programs such as Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  *   Must have high quality organizational and oration skills for preparing talks to many different audiences.
  *   Be an excellent driver for traveling long distances in California.
  *   Be able to work effectively with children grades 3-7.
  *   Have at least 3 years of practical field experience in the biological, ecological, or environmental
  *   sciences.
  *   Training in insect identification and curation, especially of bees, ants, wasps, flies, and
  *   butterflies/moths.
  *   Proficient Spanish language skills
  *   Experience in making verbal presentations.

Licenses or certifications:

  *   Valid California Driver's License

Preferred Qualifications

  *   B.S. degree in ecology, or environmental sciences from a major university, preferred

Salary & Benefits

Hourly rate will be commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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