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Manager, Forest Research Stations (0360U) - 8417
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 8, 2020
Title Manager, Forest Research Stations (0360U) - 8417
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Forest Ecology & Management

Manager, Forest Research Stations (0360U) - 8417

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Berkeley Forests operates five research forests throughout the state to develop and test appropriate management strategies for forested watersheds that will flourish under different climate change scenarios. Berkeley Forests is home to the oldest permanent forest plots (1915) and longest running forestry summer camp (1917) in the Western United States.

Berkeley has long been involved in engaging California's populations with its forests. California's forests provide protection for our major watersheds, renewable wood products, fish and wildlife habitat, scenic and recreational opportunities and a wide array of climate benefits. Ensuring that our working forests continue to provide essential ecosystem and climate benefits over the next century will be a major challenge. Conservation in this era of change is confronted by the reality that no ecosystem, no matter how remote or wild, is protected. Active research is needed to better understand the interactions of the changing climate and changing social needs on the growth and yields of timber species; water supply and quality; greenhouse gas fluxes related to forest vegetation, soils and harvested wood products; current and future risks from fires, air pollution, pests and diseases; and how all of these will affect rare plant and animal species.

With our legacy forests and the proposed additions from the PG&E settlement lands, we are addressing these questions within a research framework where hypotheses are proposed, vetted, and implemented as forest management trials with treated and untreated examples. A mix of long-term research installations, short-term field experiments, and natural controls provides the breadth examples that are necessary to best understand how forest management can evolve over the coming century.

This full-time, career position is responsible for the overall coordination, supervision, and implementation of all administrative, management, and research activities at the Center's four forest field stations. The primary work site for this position is Blodgett Forest, a 4,400-acre forest property located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in El Dorado County, thirty-nine miles due west of Lake Tahoe, and 42 miles northeast of Sacramento California. The remaining five field stations are located in Tulare County (Whitaker's Forest), Plumas County (Baker Forest), and in Contra Costa County (Russell Reservation), Nevada County (Grouse Ridge) and Shasta County (Marble Creek).

  • Ensures the coordination, supervision and performance of all activities necessary to the short and long-term operational and research-related planning of forest research stations and multiple forest sites.
  • Holds overall responsibility for planning, budgeting, coordination, supervision, and reporting of activities on the Berkeley Forests' forest research stations.
  • Develops and implements Berkeley Forests' policies, programs, and projects.
  • Develops annual report and budget.
  • Provides hands-on management and monitoring of forest support funds and revenue.
  • Ensures all operations are in compliance with regulatory procedures and reporting requirements such as safety, emergency preparedness and use of pesticides.
  • Facilitates the collaboration among a diverse group of professional staff and user groups to develop and implement long term property management plans.
  • Directly supervises and manages research property staff, including California Registered Professional Foresters at Blodgett Forest, Russell Reservation, and Baker Forest.
  • Facilitate research at forest research stations.
  • Review and, where appropriate, approve and facilitate all proposals for research at Berkeley Forests' properties.
  • Conduct applied field research at Berkeley Forests' properties that both advances forest science and informs sustainable management of the forest research stations.
  • Supports development of school field trips and public education on field site management operations, restoration or other topics that serve a broad audience.
  • Develops and maintains positive relations with community organizations interested in the field site operation.
  • Serves as resource and technical advisor to internal and external constituents on property development and management.
  • Liaison with Berkeley Forests steering and advisory committees.
  • Represents the university as landowner: review and sign Berkeley Forests documents including environmental permits prepared by Berkeley Forests' professional staff, such as Timber Harvest Plans (mandatory for funding), water quality discharge waivers and permits, County business plans and Berkeley Forests health and safety plans.
  • Works with relevant Campus offices as needed to manage the properties.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Forestry or related area (e.g. resource management, environmental science) and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • California Registered Professional Forester License.
  • Strong skills to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of constituencies on long- and short-term property operations planning.
  • Strong analytical, research and report preparation skills to meet regulatory and budgetary reporting requirements.
  • Strong knowledge of safety and regulatory requirements for areas of responsibility.
  • Strong knowledge of facility planning and management.
  • Strong skills in management, regulatory compliance and operations planning.
  • Strong skills in leadership, motivation of staff and team-building.
  • Must possess at least one of the following: (1) Experience in facility management; (2) Experience in forest management; (3) Some Graduate education in forestry or forest science and/or equivalent experience/training; (4) Experience in research station management.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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