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Greetings Wendy Graham,
"Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist - Water Resources & Climate
Change Adaptation UC Berkeley" has been added by Whendee Silver to Listserve
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The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the
University of California, Berkeley seeks an Assistant Cooperative Extension
Specialist (Fiscal Year) in Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation.
The expected start date is July 1, 2015. The Water Resources and Climate
Change Adaptation Specialist will help create a collaborative,
multidisciplinary and multifaceted research and outreach program with UC
Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists; UC Faculty, public agencies,
private interest and stakeholder groups. This program will address challenges
surrounding societal versus ecological demands for freshwater, and advance
interdisciplinary research and extension programs related to watershed
science, water resource management, water policy, and climate science.
Freshwater is vital to California’s economy and its unique ecosystems.
Climate models for California project increases in average temperatures, a
loss in Sierra snowpack, and more critically dry years by the end of the
century, all directly impacting surface and ground water quantity and quality
as well as flood risk. For these reasons, substantial mitigation and
adaptation will be required to sustain sufficient freshwater resources in the
future. Furthermore, the already pronounced challenges surrounding societal
versus ecological demands for freshwater are expected to intensify under
future climates. To address these challenges, a water resources and climate
change adaptation cooperative extension specialist is needed to address the
impacts of climate change on freshwater resources and ecosystem services.
Decision makers are increasingly concerned about reliably delivering water to
various stakeholder groups (e.g., agricultural, urban, environmental) under
current and future climates. Already, a large fraction of the State’s
runoff is captured, stored, and redirected to meet agriculture and urban
water needs, with myriad negative consequences for freshwater and terrestrial
ecosystems. This necessitates revisions to existing storage and delivery
systems and places pressure on establishing additional storage mechanisms.
Coping with changes in freshwater supply and demand under projected future
climate will require decisions at all levels of governance, as systems
designed for historical variability are stressed by climate-driven changes
such as altered drought and flood frequency.
The process of addressing the impacts of climate change on freshwater
resources has begun through proposed mitigation and adaptation measures to
ensure that Californians have an adequate water supply, reliable flood
control, and healthy ecosystems. Adaptation has rapidly assumed a central
role alongside mitigation in scientific and policy conversations in
California and elsewhere. While the need to move from understanding future
impacts to proactive adaptation is well recognized, there is no consensus on
the specific actions that will be required, making this topic a crucial one
for an applied research program.
Extension: The Specialist will conduct coupled research and outreach to
understand how to produce knowledge on the impacts of climate change on
freshwater resources and translate it to water delivery, food security, and
ecological recovery as well as assess the trade-offs of various proposed
adaptation scenarios. In the water arena, as in other natural resources,
there is demand for a Specialist who could serve as a bridge between the
University and water resource management and policy communities.
New forms of interactive online communication will be encouraged as well as
strong evaluation methods to measure effectiveness of the extension program
There are ready audiences for a specialist to develop an applied research and
outreach program in this area. For example, at the State level, California
Department of Water Resources has active interest in adaptation. It has
convened a Technical Advisory Committee on Climate and Water, and a
Specialist who could work to extend and bridge the findings of this panel to
the broader water community would be highly valued. Many other examples
exist, and all would provide fertile ground for education and outreach.
Establishing collaborative relationships with members and affiliates of the
UC ANR California Institute for Water Resources and Water Strategic
Initiative will help this new Specialist identify priority issues involving
potentially important trade-offs among competing sectors. The Specialist will
be expected to interact with key clientele groups that span the full spectrum
from local water agencies (e.g., SFPUC) to state and federal agencies (e.g.,
DWR, USBR). Finally, there is considerable potential for the Specialist to
interface with AES scientists, UCCE Specialists, and UCCE Advisors interested
in water resources management and policy.
Research: The Specialist will be expected to develop a nationally-competitive
research program and to obtain extramural grant funds. The Specialist will
develop a research program in one or more aspects of competing societal
versus ecological demands for freshwater, water reliability, and/or climate
impacts (e.g., adaptation and mitigation). Examples could include integrated
assessment modeling of hydrology and water resources, governance and policy
options for adaptation, economic and environmental trade off analyses. The
interdisciplinary nature of the problem of climate change impacts and
adaptation requires that the Specialist develop an
interdisciplinary research program, and take a leadership role in building
collaborative efforts to leverage the pool of relevant capacity that exists
in ANR, CNR, UC Berkeley, and UC more broadly. Possible publication outlets
include those within ANR (e.g., CA Agriculture) as well as several external
outlets including Environmental Science and Policy, J. of the American Water
Resources Association, Water Policy, and Water Resources Management.
Location: The position would be located at UC Berkeley, an ideal base for the
Bay Area and Central Coast. There is good access to field stations and close
proximity to diverse climates and watershed conditions. The specialist will
have access to the UC Berkeley graduate students. UC Berkeley currently has
multiple academics working on freshwater systems and global change, who would
be collaborative and supportive of the activities of the new specialist. In
addition, numerous additional faculty and specialists work on watershed and
environmental issues. For additional information on the department and the
campus, visit http://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu ,
and http://berkeley.edu .
Support: Office space and laboratory space will be provided as appropriate to
the research focus of the candidate. Administrative support, computing,
internet access, telephone access, and research costs for the position will
be provided by the supporting unit(s) in an amount commensurate with other
CNR specialists. AES faculty and specialists currently enjoy research support
from a range of state and local agencies, private non-profits, and federal
science agencies such as USDA and NSF. The kind and amount of outside support
is limited by the number of academics available and should be readily
developed by a new specialist.
Qualifications and Application: The completion of all Ph.D. (or equivalent)
degree requirements except the dissertation is required at the time of
application. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree is required by the start date.
The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree (or equivalent) in the
general disciplinary areas related to water resource science. The degree
might be in the physical or biological sciences, or from an interdisciplinary
program. The candidate should be able to work productively with diverse
communities and stakeholders, and to build cross-disciplinary teams to meet
the diverse challenges of water management and climate change. Salary is
commensurate with experience.
Applicants should submit each of the required documents as a separate pdf
file. Filenames should include the applicant’s last and first names. All
letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy
and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when
letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career
center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality
(http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html ) prior to submitting their letters.
The initial review date is December 12, 2014. Applications received by this
date will receive priority. To receive full consideration, please submit all
materials prior to this date; however, this position will remain open until
filled. Please direct questions to [log in to unmask] .
UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies
and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.
The department seeks candidates whose research and service has prepared them
to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in education and
outreach. 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, national origin,
disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of
California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy
see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct .
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