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University Corporation at Monterey Bay
Human Resources

100 Campus Center
University Corporation, Suite 119 (map)
Seaside, California 93955-8001

Main Number: (831) 582-4449



Research Coordinator
Grant Researcher I

Science & Environmental Policy

Job #: FP2012-391

This is a part-time (20hrs/week) benefited position dependent upon continued grant funding. Working hours may be increased with additional funding

Open until filled. Application Screening Begins:

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California State University, Monterey Bay is distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically underserved communities. The identity of the University is framed by substantive commitment to a multilingual, multicultural, intellectual community which enables students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction, broadly defined scholarly and creative activity, and coordinated community service.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay on the campus of CSUMB is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State population.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is related and affiliated to the California State University, Monterey Bay. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non profit 501(c)(3) public benefits corporation that is a recognized auxiliary organization of California State University and was established in July 1994. The University Corporation's mission is to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.

Currently, this position will support several projects funded by the Air Resources Control Board and US Department of Agriculture. The research coordinator may be responsible to other projects as they become funded.

Under the general direction and in conjunction with the Principal Investigator, the Research Coordinator is responsible to coordinate research activities that includes ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, managing field team training and activities, process samples, maintain quality control and assurance records, fulfill grant reporting requirements for each funding source. The incumbent is also responsible for technical execution of research projects, including gathering, compiling, computing, analyzing and reporting various types of data and information. Incorporate and oversee an educational training process of the data collection and analysis for student research assistants. Maintain good communications with external researchers and growers to ensure work is accomplished in an effective and efficient way through leadership and management of human, laboratory and field resources.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
Work with growers, researchers, field managers based on the timing of planting, tractor work and other field activities to ensure high quality data is collected as proposed in research grants. Coordinate field sample collection and laboratory analysis with students and staff. Ensure each project has the resources to complete research goals that include maintaining adequate supplies and properly functioning equipment. Assist staff in field and laboratory work to collect and analyze sample. Conduct background research to inform research results.

Work with research partners to collect and evaluate data to be used to report research findings.

Ensure the field and laboratory work is accomplished effectively and efficiently through management and supervision of personnel, equipment, supplies, and of the project within the budget.

Maintain field and lab equipment in operational condition for field and laboratory work and to order/ purchase supplies for all work so that lack of supplies never slows up project work.

Ensure proper training of students involved for all aspects of the project; field work, lab work, safety and support training, protective equipment, equipment care, laboratory protocol, etc. Assist the staff and students to obtain the skills and knowledge that will support their future educational and employment endeavors. Ensure completion of defensive driver and other safety programs.

Maintain data and back-up copies of data, to ensure analysis is accomplished on time, to review the quality of the data and make any corrections in data management processes needed to ensure it is accuracy, precision and completeness.

Other Functions:

  • Provides regular oral and written progress reports.
  • Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service within the program and campus community.
  • Attends workshops, conferences, and advisory meetings as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Project Director.

Ability to manage multiple projects, work independently as well as collaboratively in an interdisciplinary atmosphere, complete tasks on time and have excellent public relations and presentation skills in order to well represent projects to the campus and external communities. Advanced skills in field data collection and lab analysis. Thorough knowledge of policies, procedures and outside regulations pertaining to environmental research. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to think creatively and conceptually and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions. Ability to independently create research methods to meet community and government needs in response to changes in the environmental research field. Ability to work with a diverse and multicultural population and the ability to guide students of diverse backgrounds to higher levels of skill development. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, student, and community partners. Budget and personnel management skills. Strong personal computer skills including word-processing, spreadsheet, databases, querying software, and email applications. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.

Education and Experience:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Sciences or related field. AND three years of progressively responsible work experience in field and/or lab research, project development and management. A Master's degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience. Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Demonstrated experience that clearly provides evidence of the knowledge and skills required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements identified above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Ability to complete web-based training in Defensive Driving and continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment. Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends and travel in and out-of-state as deemed necessary for conducting field research and to meet operational needs.

NOTE: Candidates identified for hire with the University Corporation at Monterey Bay must successfully complete a criminal background check.

Knowledge of local marine/coastal and agriculture/watershed organizations is highly desirable. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service and institutional excellence. .

The hourly rate for this position is $22.00. This is a non-exempt position and as such is not eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), 13 paid holidays per year and other benefits. Corporation positions are at-will employment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Periodically work outdoors in variable weather conditions and perform some strenuous activity. Must have own transportation, valid driver's license, and auto insurance. This position also requires sitting, standing, bending, pushing, pulling, talking and using manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination. Ability to lift 5-10lbs.

Please complete the required on-line Corporation application at http://hr.csumb.edu/jobs/db/fp/.
A complete on-line Corporation application must be received in the University Corporation Human Resources Office BY 5:00P.M. on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, TO BE GUARANTEED A REVIEW. Applications received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.

For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-4449, or TDD at (800) 735-2929. For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map) or our Student Services Building first floor (map). Please check the links provided for the respective hours and the location of each site. The University Corporation at CSUMB will not fax application materials.

The University Corporation at CSUMB is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.