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Museum Scientist

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
30788098 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $58,548 - $94,190

Position Information

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.

The full salary range for the Museum Scientist is $28.04 - $45.11 per hour. However, the expected pay scale for this position is $28.04 - $35.55 or up to $35.55 per hour. We base salary offers on a variety of considerations, such as education, licensure and certifications, experience, and other business and organizational needs.

Applicants must have current work authorization when accepting a UCR staff position. Currently, we are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa for staff.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is ten weeks after their first date of employment.


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 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
Experience operating heavy equipment (e.g. snow plow, chain saw, tractor) Required

Special Conditions

Special Condition Requirement
Valid Drivers License Required
Overtime Required
Travel Required

Minimum Requirements

Must have a valid driver's license, and must be able to drive manual transmission vehicles, and tractors.
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.
Skills in interpersonal communication and oral presentation.
Must be able to work independently with little direction. Ability to guide volunteers and others in reserve work.
Demonstrated abilities in writing for basic science and general subjects (e .g., articles , letters , brochures).
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.
Must have the capacity to operate and work with heavy equipment. This includes 4WD vehicles, a manual transmission (can learn on the job), chain saw, and others as necessary

Preferred Qualifications

General knowledge of, or willingness to learn, alternative technologies (e.g. solar power)

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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