M.S. Opportunity

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 Barbara’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 Specialist’s time will be assigned to

support the plastic waste effort, including the following responsibilities:

·       Track progress in project partners’ plastic waste capture and

community outreach efforts through processing and visualizing data, writing

reports, and creating presentations

·       Create public-facing communications materials about project updates

and accomplishments

·       Coordinate in-person and remote meetings with project partners

·       Explore and cultivate opportunities for project expansion

·       Conduct internet and literature research on topics relating to

plastic pollution, recycling and waste management

The remaining 10% of the Assistant Specialist’s time will be assigned to

support other Benioff Ocean Initiative projects. This includes but is not

limited to the following:

·       Conduct internet and literature research on threats to ocean

health, including pollution, climate change, and resource extraction

·       Develop concise written briefs and presentations on diverse ocean

health topics.

Basic qualifications:

Master’s degree or equivalent in environmental studies, marine science,

ecology, biology, earth science or a related field is required at the time

of application.

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.

Preferred qualifications:

·       Marine policy

·       Data management and visualization

·       Website development and management

·       Event planning and meeting coordination

·       International relations

·       Artificial intelligence and computer vision

·       One or more computational analytical tools, including but not

limited to R, ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and SQL

·       Understanding and acceptance of diversity, equity and inclusion in

the workplace

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 applicant’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.