University of California ANR seeks Area Advisor

Posted on March 24, 2023
University of California ANR seeks Area Advisor
Position Title:
Restoration Ecology and Weed Science Area Advisor
Position Summary
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique recruitment opportunity for a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Restoration Ecology and Weed Science Area Advisor.
The advisor will provide regional leadership in ecological restoration and weed management in fallowed, retired and abandoned agricultural lands, and natural areas. The advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address these issues in Kern, Tulare, and Kings counties.
The Advisor's research and extension program will focus on land being removed from production either temporarily or permanently. Weed Science expertise for field and permanent crops will be an additional area of focus for the position.
Administrative leadership and vision:
- Provide strategic and operational direction for the faculty and staff of WGNHS.
- Advocate for and provide primary guidance and support to the faculty and staff of WGNHS.
- Provide leadership for staff recruitment, diversity, inclusion, compensation and professional development practices to support a welcoming and positive workplace, and enhance organizational capacity and effectiveness.
- Communicate regularly about budgetary, scientific, and professional issues with WGNHS faculty and staff.
- Implement mechanisms for regular faculty and staff feedback and engagement on these issues.
- Ensure compliance and reporting to all funding sources and the University.
Represents the WGNHS to fulfill its mission:
- Serve as delegate to the AASG and serve on the State of Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council.
- Carry out responsibilities specified under Wisconsin State Statutes.
- Summarize and present WGNHS research and data to various stakeholders, including the general public, local and state agencies, and national committees.
- Interact regularly with the university community and its stakeholders, all levels of government, the private sector, and the public.
- Support the Division of Extension mission and outreach efforts.
- Work with the Department of Geoscience and chair, faculty and staff to facilitate collaboration. Guide WGNHS research and publications
- Maintain an awareness of trends in geoscience research, funding agency priorities, and technology to facilitate funding opportunities for WGNHS faculty and staff.
- Establish and maintain partnerships across the Division of Extension, UW-Madison and UW System institutions to foster collaboration.
- Ensure editorial integrity in WGNHS publication.
Oversee other institutional obligations of WGNHS:
- Ensure that programs meet federal, state and other institutional requirements.
- Support UW-Madison and the Extension Dean with their communications when appropriate or requested by elected officials and state and federal administrative staff to help inform decisions around federal and state government support for work that is or could be carried out by WGNHS.
Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a Master's degree in Restoration Ecology, Weed Science or a closely related field and applied research experience will be required at time of appointment.
Additional Requirements
• Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required. Must possess valid California Driver's License to drive a County or University vehicle.
• Extensive understanding of weed science principles and weed management strategies.
• Technical competency in experimental techniques and experience with extension.
• Ability to work with clientele across a wide range of socio-economic classes and ethnicities is essential.
• 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.
Skills Required
• Deep understanding of weed science and weed management and knowledge of restoration ecology to be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond.
• Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal and information technology communication skills.
• 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.
• Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.
Salary: Assistant Rank, Step I ($71,200) to Step VI ($94,000). Step placement in the advisor series is based on applicable experience and professional qualifications.
Benefits: 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 paid holidays. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of the University policy.
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