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West Coast Climate & Fisheries Associate Specialist, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), University of California, Santa Barbara

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 25th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Apr 10, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Sep 30, 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 University of California, Santa Barbara is seeking a highly-motivated West Coast Climate & Fisheries Associate Specialist beginning immediately in association with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of California. The incumbent will lead a project aimed at understanding the drivers and consequences of a changing ocean on fish stocks and fishing communities along the west coast of North America. The incumbent will coordinate a collaborative network of scientists, practitioners, and managers to synthesize climate-related impacts to fisheries and fishing economies on the west coast. In addition, the researcher will contribute to several ongoing areas of research aimed at developing market-based, technological, and community-based solutions to climate-related fisheries impacts.

-Lead a collaboration with TNC and a diverse group of west coast researchers focused on climate impacts on fisheries and fishing economies; coordinate meetings and information-sharing between collaborators; synthesize case studies and datasets; draft and submit for publication a co-authored manuscript documenting climate impacts on fisheries and/or fishing economies on the west coast of North America
-Assist TNC scientists to document, synthesize review material, write, and submit a manuscript for publication on the role of cooperatives, fisheries trusts, and community-based organizations in mitigating impacts of a changing climate on fisheries
-Assist TNC scientists in the development and publication of several ongoing research projects related to the use of citizen science and technology to fill information gaps in fisheries management in a changing climate.

Basic Qualifications
The position requires a Master's degree (or equivalent degree) in marine sciences, fisheries science, or related discipline at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:
-A Phd in marine sciences, fisheries science, or related discipline.
-The ideal applicant would have demonstrated ability to lead/convene a group of scientists, at least two publications in peer reviewed journals, strong quantitative skills, experience working with large data sets, particularly with some combination of fisheries/population modeling, bioeconomic modeling, descriptive and applied statistics, spatial analysis, or fisheries economics.

Salary and Benefits: Associate Specialist position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications. 100% time appointment for one year from start date, with the possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance and funding. The position start date is negotiable but ideally would start the middle of May, 2020. Full benefits package included.

For primary consideration apply by April 10, 2020

Position open until filled.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references online at:

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, California


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Peer reviewed journal (publication) (Optional)

  • Peer reviewed journal (publication) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)