POSITION PROFILE: Ridge to Reef, an NSF-funded program, invites applications for an Academic Coordinator to facilitate the implementation and operation of the Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Graduate Training Incubator. This program focuses on enhancing the professional skill set of graduate students and connecting academic research to practitioners and societally relevant issues. R2R is funded by a National Science Foundation Research Training (NRT) grant to promote professional skills and stakeholder-driven scholarship among graduate students. The program focuses on providing career paths whereby excellent research is placed into action through non-profit, agency, or business actors working in teams with academia, or through effective translation of knowledge to decision- and policy-makers.

The successful applicant will help develop and implement educational elements in the R2R program, coordinate with the program external evaluator, SmartStart Evaluation and Research, and provide assistance in engaging community partners, including California State Parks, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, Natural Communities Coalition, Orange County Parks, Irvine Ranch Water District, and Back Bay Science Center. The Coordinator will interface with faculty, staff, and the external evaluator to enhance program and student success. Specific duties will include interfacing with program students, staff, faculty, and the external evaluator; developing and studying educational program elements; and organizing and participating in community partner meetings.

REQUIREMENTS: Masters degree (PhD Preferred) in the environmental sciences, ecology, education, or a related field, plus 2-3 additional years of pedagogical training, formal or informal science education, or engagement / outreach experience. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2019 and the recruitment will remain open until filled. Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, C.V. and the names of three references to the following on-line recruitment URL to submit the material requested:


The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.