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University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources Seeks Specialty Crop CE Advisor

December 18, 2018

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Specialty Crop CE Advisor Serving Contra Costa and Alameda Counties 

 

 

Job Description 


The University of California is recruiting for a advisor for specialty crops will conduct a locally-based extension and applied research program with a broad focus on problem-solving, applied research and extension educational programming for small, medium, and large scale commercial farmers. This position will provide expertise in all aspects of crop production including soils, irrigation, crop scheduling, nutrition, and integrated pest management with an emphasis on high value specialty crops that promote economic viability in these urban edge counties. The CE advisor will also address critical issues related to the sustainability of agriculture in the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) such as marketing, agri-tourism, local food networks, ag-urban interface problems, agricultural land conservation, new farmer education, compliance with food safety, labor, pesticide, and water quality regulations. More information can be found at www.ucanr.edu/jobs

County Locations: Alameda County, Contra Costa County
Position Located: Pleasant Hill, CA 

Date Posted: December 14, 2018
Closing Date: February 8, 2019

For Full Job Description and Instructions on Application Procedures and Material Required Click Here 
Please refer to position AP #18-13

 

The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for specialty crops will conduct a locally-based extension and applied research program with a broad focus on problem-solving, applied research and extension educational programming for small, medium, and large scale commercial farmers. This position will provide expertise in all aspects of crop production including soils, irrigation, crop scheduling, nutrition, and integrated pest management with an emphasis on high value specialty crops that promote economic viability in these urban edge counties. The CE advisor will also address critical issues related to the sustainability of agriculture in the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) such as marketing, agri-tourism, local food networks, ag-urban interface problems, agricultural land conservation, new farmer education, compliance with food safety, labor, pesticide, and water quality regulations.

The CE advisor will also provide technical support in helping craft agricultural land use and other policies that support East Bay Agriculture, and sharing other model agricultural policies proven helpful elsewhere in a balanced and objective manner.

 

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE academic appointees are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extending knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity and 4) University and public service. 

 

SOME MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct and report regular comprehensive needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served. 
  • Conduct applied research designed to solve locally relevant problems and monitor change
  • Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences
  • Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including specialists, AES faculty, CE Advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR. 

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Required Qualifications

Programmatic competence

  • A minimum of an earned master's degree, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as plant science, agricultural crop science, horticulture, agronomy or a closely related field, is required by the appointment start date. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a masters program must be within 12 months of completing their degree in order to be considered.

Communication

  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.

Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with other professionals
  • Willingness and ability to embrace change as clientele and organizational needs evolve.

 

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Practical experience in crop production, marketing, and familiarity with organic practices is desirable.
  • An understanding of the unique challenges facing agriculture on the urban edge and the ability to build partnerships and work with multidisciplinary teams to address these challenges is desirable.

 

 

SALARY:
 
Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California website here


 


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, protected veteran status or other protected categories by the UC nondiscrimination policy. 

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