The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science
( invites applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science. Consistent with our mission, we seek a postdoctoral scholar who simultaneously conducts innovative research and interfaces with the conservation and management agencies that direct and lead California conservation. Our emphasis is on
biological conservation, and the successful candidate could work in any discipline that provides the scientific underpinnings for the preservation, protection, management, or restoration of at-risk species, environments, or ecological communities. We will consider candidates who have recently completed their PhD, or will have completed it by the start date for this position. We envision hiring one Fellow each year, building a team of conservation scientists with a passion for California and its biodiversity. Applicants may also seek collaborative funding opportunities with their on or off-campus mentors, potentially allowing for additional projects to be funded.

The La Kretz Fellowship is for two years, subject to review after the first year. Our expected start date is late summer, 2015.  The successful applicant will be expected to conduct research that bridges the interests of at least one UCLA
faculty member who is also a La Kretz affiliate ( with priority
science concerns of resource management agencies in California. Our primary partners are currently the National Park Service, CA State Parks, and the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation and Conservation Agency, although partnerships with USGS, CDFW, USFWS, TNC and other federal, state and local resource management groups and NGOs, including Natural History Museums, are also appropriate. We strongly encourage applicants to contact their faculty mentor to develop a research and agency collaboration plan, and to describe that plan in their application. We also anticipate that the Fellow will
also work with Brad Shaffer, Director of the La Kretz Center, to help develop collaborative research projects that further the mission of the Center. The position has an annual salary of approximately $40,000 plus full benefits, and the Fellow will have the option to reside at the newly renovated La Kretz Field Station (, located in the Santa Monica Mountains about 25 miles from campus.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, short (1-2 page) description of research and management accomplishments, short (~2 page single spaced, plus references) description of proposed research including potential faculty and agency mentor(s), and copies of two publications, all as a single PDF file, to Mario Colon, Administrative Assistant, at You should also have three letters of recommendation, including one from your Ph.D. advisor, sent under separate emails with the subject line “La Kretz Postdoc letter for XXX (your last name). The deadline for completed applications is 20 January 2015. E-mail questions to Brad Shaffer (Director of the La Kretz Center) at

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