Assistant Specialist – Forestry and Climate Coordination and Communication

University of California, Davis


Open date: December 18th, 2019
Next review date: Friday, Jan 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Friday, Jan 31, 2020 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.


The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise in planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designed areas of specialization to carry out facilitation/coordination activities, develop science communication outputs and products and support, outreach and extension efforts related to climate enabling decisions in supporting California forest management. Within this defined area and when appropriate the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. This is a collaborative and multi-disciplinary position that requires productive collaborations with various UC Campuses, specifically, UC Davis and UC Berkeley, USDA California Climate Hub, other state and federal agencies, and broader forest management clientele across the state. These collaborations are in terms of need assessments and providing applied science-based information and resources that could potentially produce productive impacts from the project. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below:

I. Research in Specialized Area (35% Effort)
Responsible for the interface of science, policy and applied forest management via the translation science-based technologies for non-technically trained professionals (resource managers, policy makers, etc.). The functions of this position are two-fold: 1. Serve as the program manager (coordination and communication specialist) for the State of California Forest Management Task Forces’ Science Advisory Panel where the core functions are around coordination, facilitation and internal and outward communication of science-based translational products; and 2. Conduct stakeholder needs assessments, amass and catalog available science-based resources to enhance decision making capacity for forest management implementation; identify critical information and resource gaps and research needs; and design and develop science-based translational products and support tools that have application for to meet the aforementioned objectives. Must possess excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a large interdisciplinary team.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (35% Effort)
Experience coordinating large groups of scientists and managers, preparing presentations, and other print and media-based products tailored to translate complex scientific knowledge or findings to aid the decision making capacity for managers and policy makers. Training and demonstrated experience to integrate a variety of climate, ecosystem, and forest science findings. Work with diverse team of researchers and administrators at USDA California Climate Hub, USGS-Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, UC Davis and Berkeley as well as senior managers and policy experts at several State of California agencies (e.g. CNRA, CAL FIRE, CA EPA). Maintain a program of continuous self-improvement by participating in in-service training, seminars, workshops, work group & program team meetings, short courses, professional society meetings and other relevant opportunities.

III. University and Public Service (30% Effort)
Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

-MS in forestry, environmental science/policy, ecology or plant sciences or closely related field.
-Understanding of forest management, climate impacts to forests, effects of wildlife in California and some appreciation for the diversity of forested ecosystems in the state.
-Familiarity with state, federal, private policy and similar management frameworks and investments such as the CA forest carbon plan, healthy forests program and similar.
-Demonstrated experience coordinating meetings, group phone calls, workshops, conferences.

-Ability to facilitate groups of stakeholders, resource managers and scientists around sometimes contentious ecological or environmental topics.

-Practical experience in science related program management and or project coordination.
-Practical experience and knowledge in computing, web-based tool and/or code development for forest management applications is a valuable asset.


Davis, Ca


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Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
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