University of Caifornia, Davis Recruits Assistant Extension Specialist


Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension for Human-Wildlife Conflicts
Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis

Title: Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension for Human-Wildlife Conflicts.

The Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis is recruiting a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) at the Assistant rank in the field of Human-Wildlife Conflicts. The Specialist will bring visibility and cohesion to a land grant team of researchers and educators, to improve the science and management of success of human-wildlife conflicts statewide. The Specialist will provide disciplinary leadership to agricultural, forestry, and urban/rural land use constituencies; state and federal agencies; and an existing and growing network of experienced CE Advisors to address research and education needs related to the growing challenges associated with human-wildlife conflicts. The Specialist will integrate closely with the UC ANR and other county and campus based academics.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to focus on prevention, minimization, and control of wildlife-human conflict, resulting in integrated approaches to damage minimization that are more efficient, more species-specific and thus have fewer non-target or secondary effects, and that decrease environmental impacts. The successful candidate is expected to conduct applied research and outreach of relevance to California and its native and non-native fauna, and to develop an innovative program to: (1) provide leadership and information on both traditional and emerging ecologically based control and management of those species adversely impacting human activities; (2) collect scientific information on the biological and human dimensions of human-wildlife conflicts and disseminate this information to policy makers and other relevant audiences; (3) evaluate resource management strategies, models, and tools for their effectiveness in achieving ecological and socio-economic goals; and (4) work with stakeholders holding a diversity of opinions regarding risks and benefits associated with managing vertebrates to reduce damage to resources. Key clientele include representatives of agricultural and land-use associations (urban, suburban, rural), NGOs, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Department of Fish and Game, US Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA Wildlife Services, and pesticide applicators. The Specialist will provide these constituencies with information, conduct needs assessments, and engage in collaborative projects. Publication of research results will be expected in professional society journals, technical reports, and program web sites.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in applied ecology, wildlife management, natural resources, or closely related field. Relevant education and background should broadly relate to applied ecology and management of wildlife species; understanding of benefits associated with agricultural, urban, and rural wildlife. Evidence of leadership, team-building, and organizational skills is essential. The successful candidate will possess strong oral and written communication skills.

Salary: Commensurate with experience within the ranks of the University of California. The position is a fiscal year appointment at the Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension rank.

Applications: Candidates may apply for the position at the following website: The position will remain open until filled, but to ensure consideration applications should be received byNovember 2, 2012. Please supply: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) publication list, 3) up to three publications, 4) statements of research accomplishments, outreach and planning accomplishments, and of future research and extension plans relevant to human-wildlife conflicts, and 5) names and addresses of three references.

Please refer to the website for specific instructions. Additional inquiries should be directed to Professor Douglas A. Kelt, Recruitment Advisory Committee Chair, Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology, One Shields Ave., University of California, Davis, CA 95616, Tel (530) 754-0145, FAX (530) 752-4154, email:

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology at UC Davis are committed to building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the population and educational needs of California and the nation.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.