General Information

Job Description MUSEUM SCI Working Title Museum Scientist
Job Code 009723 Grade
Department Name Natural Reserves - D01049 Department Head Kimberly Hammond
Supervisor Jennifer Gee Effective Date
Position(s) Directly Supervised
Job Code Title FTE

Department Custom Scope
Under the general direction of the Reserve Director (also known as a Reserve Manager), assists with daily operational aspects of the Reserve Sites; James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve and Oasis de Los Osos, including administration and user management, building and vehicle maintenance, facilities and information systems, database management, museum collections, public outreach activities, and research and educational programs.

Education & Experience Requirements

Education Requirements
Degree Requirement
Graduation with BS degree with specialization in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field and one year experience, and curatorial work or equivalent combination of education and experience. Required
M.S. degree in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field. Preferred

Experience Requirements
Experience Requirement
Proven experience in collecting, analyzing and publishing scientific data. Working knowledge of statistical software. Computer experience with word processor, spreadsheet and database operating systems and commonly used office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Filemaker Pro, PowerPoint, Internet, email). Required
Basic understanding and experience in trail construction and maintenance Preferred
Computer knowledge and experience to develop and manage Reserve website Preferred
Previous experience in reserves management Preferred
Previous budgetary analysis experience Preferred

License Requirements

Certification Requirements
Certification Requirement

Educational Condition Requirements
Condition Requirement

Key Responsibilities

Description % Time
Facilities and Grounds Management Maintain and improve facilities (7 buildings), including staff office equipment: computer, fax, copier, and telephone and internet communications. Assist with care and upkeep of all vehicles. Maintain and upgrade instrumentation including weather stations, solar power systems, water systems. Patrol and mend fence lines, roads, and trails. Conduct inventory and inspection of fire and safety equipment and supplies. Liaise with UCR Environmental Health & Safety and with UCR Campus Administration (Dept. of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Organismal Biology). Coordinate with contractors and vendors and supervise and work with various contractors. Work closely with roving UCNRS steward when necessary.
Reserve Support and Management Assist the Reserve Director as needed with visitors for research, teaching and outreach activities, as well as administrative duties, including the preparation of the annual report. Provide assistance to in public relations, fund-raising, grant writing and policy development. As requested by Reserve Director and supervisor, review and contribute to documents, such as the newsletter. Manage visitor paperwork including sign-in sheets, billing invoices, application forms, and correspondence as needed. Facilitate visitor arrival/departure, including scheduling lodging/laboratory use, communicating Reserve rules and regulations, conducting check-out inspections, and invoicing. Support researchers and class with equipment needs as needed (e.g., dissecting and microscopes, teaching collections, projectors, field equipment). Select and purchase supplies and equipment, perform accounting tasks as needed and maintain all files and records. Assume responsibility for additional tasks assigned or delegated by the Reserve Director. Operate the Reserve in the absence of the Reserve Director
Database and Other Information Management Maintenance and manage database files for museum collections, environmental monitoring and research programs. Develop and maintain GPS and GIS mapping and databases. Update website and website databases. Assist to develop and manage social media sites. Catalogue and organize library, including map and James Estate collections. Conduct literature reviews; update Reserve publications lists and regional bibliographies. Manage and enhance monitoring flora and fauna at the James and Oasis de los Osos Reserves and supporting databases, species lists, phenology records, on-site transects and meteorological data. Conduct literature review; updates reserve site publications lists and collections. Oversee habitat restoration programs including invasive species control. Supervise volunteer or seasonal restoration/resource management crews.
Research and Education Support Under the direction of the Reserve Director: Assist in organizing, teaching or attending workshops, meetings and conferences. Develop displays, presentations, and publications (e.g., brochures, guides); provide technical assistance and comments to government agencies as requested. Prepare and present programs on aspects of natural history and reserve site activities to classes and other visitors. Participate in public outreach activities including teaching, guided tours and lectures/demonstrations. Collaborate with federal and state agencies and other institutions on regional research, education and environmental management issues.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge/Skill/Ability Requirement
Basic understanding of state and federal agencies and regulatory policies that apply to research and land management issues. Ability to learn names of plants, animals, geological formations, places and basic natural history of area surrounding the reserves. Knowledge of management of museum data collections. Required
Demonstrated abilities in writing for basic science and general subjects (e .g., articles , letters , brochures). Required
Must be able to work independently with little direction. Ability to guide volunteers and others in reserve work. Required
Must have a valid driver's license, and must be able to drive manual transmission vehicles, and tractors. Required
Ability to perform work outside, under adverse weather conditions. Knowledge of basic maintenance techniques for electrical, plumbing, fencing, roads and physical plant. Able to stay overnight at reserve site when necessary. Must be able to operate and/or willing to operate all kinds of equipment needed to perform duties. Required
Skills in interpersonal communication and oral presentation. Required
General knowledge of, or willingness to learn, alternative technologies (e.g. solar power) Preferred

Special Requirements & Conditions
Special Condition Requirement
Valid Drivers License Required
Overtime Required
Travel Required

Other Special Requirements & Conditions

Level of Supervision Received
General Supervision


Working Environment
James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve

Other Requirements

Items Used
  • Scientific equipment; Meterological Instrumention, Global Position System, Solar Powered Systems.
  • Tools: Chain saw and other specialized power tools such as pneumatic log splitter.
  • PC and/or Mac desktop, laptop and servers and peripherals.
  • Vehicles: 4WD standard transmission trucks and tractor, golf carts.

Physical Requirements
  • Sit : Occasionally
  • Stand : Frequently
  • Climb : N/A
  • Bend : Occasionally
  • Squat : N/A
  • Crawl : N/A
  • Walk : Frequently

Mental Requirements
  • Read/Comprehend : Frequently
  • Perform Calculations : Occasionally
  • Reason & Analyze : Frequently
  • Write : Occasionally
  • Communicate Orally : Frequently

Environmental Requirements
  • Fumes : No
  • Dust : No
  • Works in confined quarters : No
  • Is around moving machinery : No
  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity : No
  • Drives motorized equipment : No
  • Is exposed to excessive noise : No

Critical Position

Is Critical Position: Yes

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