Big Creek Natural Reserve Resource Assistant Natural Reserves
Job #: 1908995
Part Time; Career Minimum Starting Salary: $18.75/hourly.
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The University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) is a unique assemblage of 39 protected wildland sites throughout California. The reserves encompass nearly all of the state's major ecosystems, preserved in as undisturbed a condition as possible to support University-level research and teaching programs. The NRS is a Trustee Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, and UC manages the NRS resources in the Public Trust.
The five Natural Reserve sites that form the UC Santa Cruz unit are spread along 60 miles of the central coast: Ano Nuevo Island Reserve (25 acres), Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve (8,000 acres), Ford Ord Natural Reserve (606 acres), Younger Lagoon Reserve (26 acres), and the UCSC Campus Natural Reserve (400 acres). Each reserve has unique research and teaching opportunities, physical conditions and constraints, regional and local political considerations, and funding and administration issues.
The Big Creek Reserve is located 50 miles south of Monterey, and approximately 17 miles from the nearest town of Big Sur. It is remote, rugged, and operates off the grid in a rural setting. Much like a museum or library, Big Creek functions as an extension to the University's on-campus laboratories and classrooms in order to support academic research and teaching. The facilities include an extensive network of roads and trails, a classroom, staff office, two steward residences, two researcher cabins, three workshops, and four campgrounds. The reserve has a mesh network for scientific data collection, a wireless internet network, VHF radio repeaters, a teaching collection, a research database, and a library.
Under supervision of the Reserve Director and in conjunction with the Reserve Stewards, this position will be primarily an on-the-ground job conducting a variety of tasks in support of the operational duties at Big Creek Reserve, including the maintenance of grounds, trails, roads, tools, facilities and infrastructure. Will be required to drive a vehicle throughout the reserve and to run errands, know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
The rugged living and working conditions require a high level of personal integrity including the ability to sustain professionalism among a small crew of colleagues. Of critical importance is a heightened awareness of safety as this is essential when working in a location far from emergency services. Incumbents will be expected to start their work day at Big Creek Reserve. Work schedule and percent time will fluctuate throughout the year; incumbent will be expected to work with the Resident Director and Reserve Stewards to develop specific work schedules.
One year of experience in grounds, farm, building and/or ranch maintenance and demonstrated mechanical aptitude.
Ability to follow written and verbal directions.
Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment, especially with regard to safety.
Ability to communicate verbally and in written form.
Demonstrated experience with the safe operation and maintenance of hand and power tools for trail and road work, such as Pulaskis, McLeods, hoes, chainsaws, string trimmers, and hedge cutters.
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
Work will be at Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve. Work day will start and end at the Reserve.
Position is open until filled. Initial Review Date: 09-04-2019
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site @https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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