Opportunity Type:


Position title: NCEAS-LTER Community Engagement Officer

Salary range: Academic Coordinator I, See Table 36 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $70-$80K annual.
Full benefits package included.
Percent time: 100%


Open date: January 26, 2023

Next review date: Friday, March 10, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Are you passionate about bringing broad and diverse communities together around environmental science and ecology? Do you want to support and promote engagement with cutting-edge environmental science programs and data science initiatives? Do you excel at connecting people and ideas and strategically building relationships across diverse groups?

Job Description

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and our Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Office seek a Community Engagement Officer to lead initiatives to support and expand our existing networks and create new connections across science and management groups.

Your primary responsibilities will be to:

Lead NCEAS strategic community engagement efforts across diverse environmental science and ecology projects and audiences

  • Help develop guidance and best practices around collaboration and inclusion in environmental synthesis and open data science
  • Lead community engagement activities across a broad range of NCEAS-based projects

Advance NCEAS efforts to expand and enrich participation in environmental data science, synthesis science, and ecology and steward our DEIJ Strategic Plan

  • Serve as a knowledge resource and share lessons learned and other outcomes with the scientific community and broader public
  • Lead process for identifying and securing additional funds to implement DEIJ-oriented goals at NCEAS and beyond

Manage and guide the LTER Network Public Engagement with Science (PES) Working Group and Advisory Committee

  • Work with LTER investigators, and site-based engagement managers to develop and share lessons learned and emerging practices in community engagement with science as part of a newly-funded project
  • Assist with development of a system for assessing and evaluating community engagement
  • Maintain and expand project website and resource library

This position will be located in person at NCEAS in scenic downtown Santa Barbara, California. Established in 1995, NCEAS is known for fostering interaction and collaboration, characteristics that lead to the success of its scientists. NCEAS has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident scientists, and analysts, and a frequent influx of leading scientists and practitioners from around the world participating in working group projects.

Salary and Benefits:

Academic Coordinator I, See Table 36 (https://ap.ucsb.edu/compensation.and.benefits/ucsb.salary.scales/36.pdf) for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $70-$80K annual. Full benefits package included.

NCEAS is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in science. We value the diversity of expertise, backgrounds, needs, and experiences reflected among our residents, visitors, and broader communities. We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, parental status, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, citizenship status, and nationality. To see the steps we are taking to advance diversity and inclusion please see our full statement here: https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/diversity-inclusion.

WORKING WITH THE LTER NETWORK OFFICE: The LTER Network Office (LNO) serves as a hub for the research synthesis, education, and outreach activities of the LTER Network and a first point of contact for organizations who may want to partner or engage with the Network. Established in 1980, the LTER Network now consists of 27 individual research sites across the United States which support ecological discovery on the influence of long-term and large-scale phenomenon. The LTER Network serves the wider community by making more than 40 years of sustained observations publicly available; providing long-term context and deep knowledge of place; engaging with community organizations and resource managers; and training hundreds of students in collaborative team science.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Community Engagement, or related field or equivalent work experience
  • At least 1 year of work experience in community engagement around science for the Academic Coordinator I level

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

  • At least 3 years of work experience in community engagement around science for the Academic Coordinator II level

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with community management or with community groups
  • Demonstrated leadership in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in science
  • Experience applying science in historically excluded communities
  • A commitment to championing, connecting, and supporting diverse science leaders across varying backgrounds, career stages, and cultural contexts (e.g. scientists, educators, policymakers)
  • Experience with internet-based communication technologies, including social media, video conferencing, web-based streaming, and web discussion platforms
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated willingness to work to change institutional practices that present barriers to different groups


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter – Cover Letter including:Interest in the position
    Qualifications related to position
    Experience in supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Name and Contact information for three references. The top candidate’s references will be contacted before the final job offer.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02404

Help contact: ikclark@ucsb.edu


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.As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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