Assistant Specialist Position at Benioff Ocean Initiative at UCSB – Plastic Pollution
JPF01648 Benioff Ocean Initiative Assistant Specialist – Marine Science
The Benioff Ocean Initiative (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.boi.ucsb.edu&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7Ccb5840a680824368309408d754750837%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637070733953312592&sdata=B1CGyhqONpOFx2uDe5Dj5lI%2FdQTiU%2BtEKL3Koddw7wM%3D&reserved=0) is an applied research
center at the University of California Santa BarbaraÃ¢Â€Â™s Marine Science
Institute that works to leverage the power of marine science and technology
to develop and implement solutions to a wide range of ocean problems.
The Benioff Ocean Initiative seeks an Assistant Specialist to support an
effort to decrease the flow of plastic waste from rivers into the ocean.
Approximately 90% of the Assistant SpecialistÃ¢Â€Â™s time will be assigned to
support the plastic waste effort, including the following responsibilities:
Ã‚Â· Track progress in project partnersÃ¢Â€Â™ plastic waste capture and
community outreach efforts through processing and visualizing data, writing
reports, and creating presentations
Ã‚Â· Create public-facing communications materials about project updates
Ã‚Â· Coordinate in-person and remote meetings with project partners
Ã‚Â· Explore and cultivate opportunities for project expansion
Ã‚Â· Conduct internet and literature research on topics relating to
plastic pollution, recycling and waste management
The remaining 10% of the Assistant SpecialistÃ¢Â€Â™s time will be assigned to
support other Benioff Ocean Initiative projects. This includes but is not
limited to the following:
Ã‚Â· Conduct internet and literature research on threats to ocean
health, including pollution, climate change, and resource extraction
Ã‚Â· Develop concise written briefs and presentations on diverse ocean
MasterÃ¢Â€Â™s degree or equivalent in environmental studies, marine science,
ecology, biology, earth science or a related field is required at the time
In addition, by the time of appointment applicants must have one year of
experience in plastic pollution, solid waste management, recycling or other
closely related topics.
Ã‚Â· Marine policy
Ã‚Â· Data management and visualization
Ã‚Â· Website development and management
Ã‚Â· Event planning and meeting coordination
Ã‚Â· International relations
Ã‚Â· Artificial intelligence and computer vision
Ã‚Â· One or more computational analytical tools, including but not
limited to R, ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and SQL
Ã‚Â· Understanding and acceptance of diversity, equity and inclusion in
This position is a 100% time appointment for one year from the start date
with the possibility of reappointment, contingent upon performance and
funding. Position start date is negotiable and anticipated to start in
December 2019. This appointment includes a competitive benefits package
with medical, dental and vision insurance and a UC retirement plan. Salary
is commensurate with the applicantÃ¢Â€Â™s qualifications and experience.
We encourage applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to
Diversity. These statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of
teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that
promote diversity, equal opportunity and equitable access.
Electronic applications including a curriculum vitae, cover letter, contact
information for 3 references, and the optional statement of contributions
to diversity should be submitted via:
For primary consideration apply by November 7, 2019
Position open until filled.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to
the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research,
teaching and service as appropriate to the position.
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, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected
veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.