Director, Boyd Deep Canyon Research Center
Thursday, April 06, 2017 10:49 AM

Boyd Deep Canyon Research Center is a field station within the Natural Reserve System (NRS) of the University of California. It is located in a largely natural and pristine portion of the Colorado Desert near Palm Desert, California. This position requires knowledge of arid land habitats and facilitation of teaching and research activities on the field station. The director has responsibility for evaluation and approval of reserve use in line with the mission of the UC NRS as a whole. The director is responsible for management of the budget of the reserve. In addition the director must participate in donor development activities. The director manages other employees including an assistant director and a steward as well as others from time to time. The director is responsible for completing annual reports to both the Systemwide NRS Office and the UCR NRS faculty director.  The position is full time; salary range is $65,150 - $90,600.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required
Ph.D. degree or equivalent post BA/BS experience in research. Preferred


Minimum of 8 years of related experience. Required
Demonstrated ability to coordinate with full-time and part-time research users with large and often complex needs and requirements. Preferred
Experience with endowments and fundraising. Preferred
Previous experience working with government/federal agencies. Preferred
Demonstrated experience in the management and supervision of a multiple staff or student population and the ability to hire, train, motivate and discipline staff. Required
Demonstrated experience with maintenance, modifications and improvements of deployed instrumentation and supporting infrastructure. Preferred
Knowledge of University of California policies and procedures. Preferred
Previous work experience at a teaching/research reserve. Preferred
Knowledge of resource management and land use planning . Preferred
General knowledge of environmental issues in remote natural areas. Preferred
Demonstrated experience with outreach to other educational entities and the public sector. Preferred
Demonstrated experience in writing and preparation of documents, including grant proposals, progress reports, final reports and annual reports. Required

Minimum requirements

Demonstrated ability to articulate oral presentation and discussion.
Knowledge of research and/or operations being conducted at field stations(s)/remote sites.
Ability to learn names of plants, animals, geological formations, places and basic natural history of region around reserve.
Ability to execute physical characteristics of job functions, including occasional work performed outside under adverse weather conditions and be able to drive 4WD vehicles on poor roads.
Demonstrated experience with applicable skills in research, collecting, analyzing and publishing scientific data.
General knowledge of environmental issues relating to reserve management.
Knowledge of management of museum data collections.
Knowledge and experience with basic maintenance techniques for electrical, plumbing, fencing, roads and physical plant.
Knowledge of safety and regulatory requirements relative to field station responsibility.

Preferred qualifications

Awareness of research and management issues relating to reserves in urbanizing landscapes.
Knowledge of state and federal regulations regarding sampling and collection of plants and animals.
Ability to use geographical information software.
Knowledge of NRS policies and procedures.
Knowledge of environmental health and safety policy, both generally and specific wilderness hazards.


Complete job description

For a more complete description of the position, and to apply, visit UCR Jobs.