Carr Lab: Diving Field Technician Pool (Seasonal)
Santa Cruz, CA 
Posted 15 days ago
Job Description
Position overview Position title: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Diving Field Technician Pool (Junior Specialist)
Salary range: Minimum annual salary $46,800 (pro-rated based on percent time) with a corresponding hourly rate of $22.42. Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Percent time: Variable, between 50% and 100%. Due to the weather and equipment-dependent nature of the work, hours week-to-week may vary.
Anticipated start: As early as June 13, 2022. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments made May 6, 2022 through December 16, 2022. Initial appointments with effective dates outside of this recruitment period will require an alternative open recruitment. Degree must be completed by June 12, 2022 for employment effective June 13, 2022 and beyond.
Position duration: Initial appointments are for a duration of 4-6 months, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding and work.
Application Window

Open April 4th, 2022 through Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by October 6th, 2022, you will have until October 20th, 2022 to complete your application.

Position description

The Carr Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of diving field technician in marine ecology, under the direction of Dr. Mark Carr. This position will assist with interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in marine ecology, population genetics, fisheries, and conservation of nearshore species, and oceanographic drivers of ecological processes. Successful candidates will also participate in a large-scale kelp forest and oceanographic monitoring program along the west coast. SCUBA diving is an essential function of this job.

General responsibilities include: participate in SCUBA based ecological monitoring surveys of kelp forests along the California Coast, coordinate and oversee staff and resources for on-going research projects; plan and organize logistics for local and remote field missions; independently develop and refine sampling design and protocols as needed; collect and perform quality control and basic analysis of data as well as organize and modify project databases; maintain small boats and vehicles; and contribute to the development of technical reports and grant proposals. Given the nature of the position, Diving Field Technicians must successfully work independently and as part of a team and they must consistently demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills.

Applicants with experience in the following areas strongly encouraged to apply: MOTC certification and experience operating small (15-25') vessels in coastal waters of central California; leading groups of research divers in potentially harsh field conditions; and/or training and overseeing technical field assistants.


  • Selected candidates will travel and work at remote field sites for prolonged periods (1-2 weeks) along the California Coast and must be able to adapt to a flexible field schedule including some evenings and weekends.
  • Selected candidates must be physically capable of carrying 75pounds of field equipment to and from field sites.
  • Selected candidates must provide a letter of reciprocity (LOR) from a participating AAUS institution certifying qualification as a Scientific Research Diver prior to employment.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

Carr Lab:

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department:

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor degree in marine biology or related field. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 12, 2022.
  • A minimum of one year of experience in laboratory and/or field research relevant to the advertised position.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of species identification of algae, invertebrates, and fishes in kelp forest ecosystems along the coast of California.
  • Experience with conducting field research in kelp forest ecosystems along the coast of California.
  • Experience with organizing people and resources for field missions (including scheduling, ordering, and task coordination).
  • Experience using Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and data-analysis programs such as JMP, SYSTAT or R.
Application Requirements
Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which includes the names and contact information for a minimum of three professional references. The hiring unit will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position. Please be sure to address how you meet all of the advertised basic qualifications.

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Campus Information

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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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Job location
Santa Cruz, California


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
0 to 1 year
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