We’re jointly hiring a Water Equity and Adaptation Policy Researcher!

Apply for this Cooperative Extension position by Monday, November 14

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Are you passionate about using research to help ensure disadvantaged communities have access to clean, affordable and safe drinking water? Are you committed to a just transition to local, sustainable water supplies? Are you excited to collaboratively address some of the most pressing policy and planning issues facing California?

The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, in partnership with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, seeks an experienced researcher and engagement expert to advance our water equity and climate adaptation work. This is the first such position at UCLA, and is part of a larger cohort of water equity-focused extension positions at several UC campuses. It is an indefinite-track (similar to tenure-track) position.

The Water Equity and Adaptation Policy Cooperative Extension Specialist will collaborate with researchers across the University of California extension and campus systems — as well as government, non-profit, community-based and private sector partners. Through these partnerships, the position will connect policymakers and communities with evidence-based information to solve water equity and access issues.

This role may focus on the following and related water equity and climate adaptation topics:

  • Exploring drinking water system consolidation to advance sustainability and equity 
  • Developing a “Just Transition for Water” systems framework
  • Addressing concerns at the nexus of water, fire, growth and affordable housing
  • Understanding and enhancing tap water trust
  • Advancing equity in sanitation and stormwater planning

This position is housed in the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation but appointed through UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. You’ll join a team of mission-driven, impact-oriented faculty, staff and students, as well as numerous partners on and off-campus. 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or be within 12 months of completion of a Ph.D. Disciplinary training should be related to water policy and planning, with demonstrated expertise and interest in climate adaptation and equity issues. 

The anticipated pay range, depending on experience and qualifications, is based on the Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist Series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications, plus full University of California benefits. The specialist will become “indefinite status” once associate level has been reached.

For more information, please refer to the full job posting

The deadline to apply is November 14, 2022.

About the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across California. We are committed to developing and supporting healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension, which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California. 

About the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

The Luskin Center for Innovation’s mission is to solve environmental challenges through actionable research for California communities, our nation and world. We often focus on California, the world’s fifth-largest economy, to support a model of environmental leadership that is relevant globally. Increasingly, we also conduct nationally leading research to advance environmental equity, climate and water solutions. Our approach is collaborative. We work with dozens of scholars across an array of disciplines and engage with hundreds of civic partners that inform and utilize our research.