Monday, February 07, 2022 09:37 AM

The Natural Reserve System (NRS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), invites applications for an exempt, full-time position of Director for the Sedgwick Reserve, located in Santa Ynez Valley, CA, approximately 45 miles from the UCSB main campus. The UC NRS mission is to support research, education and public service, and contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. Sedgwick Reserve is part of the UCSB NRS and operates within the UCSB Office of Research and the University of California Natural Reserve System. Annually, there are over 7,500 user days at Sedgwick Reserve, and users include researchers, university classes, outreach groups, volunteers and K-12 school groups. For more information about Sedgwick Reserve visit

The Reserve Director provides leadership for the Sedgwick Reserve site, and support for researchers, university classes and public service uses. The Sedgwick Reserve Director is resident onsite (housing provided) and oversees 8 staff and directly supervises 3 personnel.The incumbent reports to the UCSB NRS Executive Director, and regularly interacts with the Reserve's faculty advisors, the UCSB NRS Director and the UCSB NRS Administrative Campus Office on all aspects of Reserve management and activities including those in support of theLa Kretz Research Center at Sedgwick Reserve. The Director is responsible for all aspects of Reserve management and day-to-day operations, including administration, budgeting, purchasing, personnel, programming, environmental health and safety, facilities management, and interactions with Reserve stakeholders. These stakeholders include donors, volunteers, Reserve users, community members, and state and federal agencies. 


The successful candidate will be self-sufficient, have a high level of initiative, an advanced degree (PhD preferred) in environmental science or a related field, experience with field research, excellent problem solving skills, experience in team management and personnel supervision, 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, field research, land stewardship and resource monitoring, acquisition of external support, experience in public and private fundraising, preparation of effective written reports, and ability to speak professionally in public including to large groups. Preferred qualifications: experience with operations at a remote field station, track record of leading successful grant proposals, written reports or manuscripts, and skills in information technology.


Compensation commensurate with experience in the range of $67,500 to $92,500/yr.


For primary consideration apply by March 1, 2022. Thereafter open until filled.


Start Date:  May 1, 2022. 


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