UC ANR Seeks Agronomy and Weed Advisor

Posted on August 12, 2022
UC ANR Seeks Agronomy and Weed Advisor
Position Title: 

Agronomy and Weed Advisor


Position Summary:
Location Headquarters: UCCE Merced County, CA
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, has a unique opportunity for a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Advisor.
The Agronomy and Weed Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address issues related to sustainably optimizing agronomic cropping systems in Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties.
Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in plant science, agronomy, pest management, and crop production or related field is required at the time of appointment.
Additional Requirements
• Valid driver’s license.
• Knowledge of weed science
• Expectation to be available to work onsite on any day.
• Technical competency in experimental techniques and experience with extension.
• The ability to work with clientele across a wide range of socio-economic classes and ethnicities is essential.
• The CE Advisor must possess or obtain within one year a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License (QAL) prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.
Desired Experience
• Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension
• Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams
• Demonstrated ability to effectively plan projects, manage teams and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives
Skills Required
Technical Competence and Impact
  • The candidate should have a deep understanding of agronomy and pest management and 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.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal and information technology communication skills. Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position. Spanish language proficiency is desired.
  • 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.
The 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: 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
The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year.
How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #22-06)
Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by September 26, 2022 – (open until filled)
Questions? Contact Alma Jackson for questions at: email: ajackson@ucanr.edu