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University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources seeks Environmental Horticulture Advisor

December 21, 2021

Position Title                                                                                                                         

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Environmental Horticulture Advisor
Applied Research and Extension
 
 
Position Summary
The Environmental Horticulture Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to maximize the plant and human health benefits related to plants and trees in the Los Angeles County.
 
The focus will be on impact in urban areas with potential benefits beyond and will be driven by priority needs. Areas of potential focus include plant and tree selection, Climate change and developing mitigation strategies, new pests as result of climate change, landscape water management and issues facing nursery professionals. There will be opportunity to work on Shot Hole Borer detection and management which remains a regional issue. The advisor will also support Home horticulture by providing training and program support and possible oversight and management of the Master Gardener program (Los Angeles County) and support the broader statewide Master Gardener effort. The Master Gardener volunteers offer a rich resource for community outreach and engagement. The Advisor will develop and deliver research-based information using a range of communication options to create positive community impact. This position will serve Los Angeles County, California.

 
Qualifications and Skills Required
 

Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in horticulture, agricultural science, agricultural production systems or a closely related field at the time of appointment

 

Additional Requirements
  • Experience in community development and program evaluation
  • Valid driver license.
  • Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.
  • If relevant, the Advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.


Desired Experience
  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension and community development.
  • Experience in successful Cooperative Extension programming or community development,
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement a research program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.

Skills Required
To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following area:
 
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should have a deep understanding of 1) key concepts related to pest management in cropping and landscape systems, and 2) be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and respond to changes in the industry and by clientele.  The candidate shall conduct and report regular comprehensive needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
 
Communication
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal and information technology communication skills.  Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position. 
Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.
 
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders.  Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.  
Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
 
Lifelong Learning
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.
 
Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated quantitative skills and knowledge of, and experience using, statistical analysis and experimental designs is preferred.
 
Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf
 
 
Salary:
The beginning salary will be in the Assistant CE Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding CE advisor series salary scales, please refer to: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/358478.pdf
 
This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315 https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/118501.pdf
 
 
How to Apply
 
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-37)
 
Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by 1/31/2022 – (open until filled)
 
Questions? Contact: Tatiana Avoce (HR) email: tavoce@ucanr.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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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