University of California ANR seeks Advisor

Posted on March 24, 2023
University of California ANR seeks Advisor
Position Title:
Area Agronomy and Weed Science Advisor
Applied Research and Extension
Location Headquarters: Tehama County, Red Bluff, CA
Position Summary
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique recruitment opportunity for a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Area Agronomy and Weed Science Advisor, with academic oversight for the Master Gardner program. The Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address issues related to sustainably optimizing cropping systems in Tehama, Shasta, and Glenn counties.
The Advisor’s primary role will be in weed science. The emerging issues in the three-county area include herbicide resistance, testing new chemistries, invasive species detection, and integrated pest management. Extension education methods include grower meetings, farm calls, workshops, UC Master Gardener trainings, and emerging remote communication methods.
Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in plant science, agronomy, pest management, crop production or related field is required at the 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.
• Knowledge of weed science.
• Technical competency in experimental techniques.
• Experience with extension program development and delivery.
• Ability to work with clientele across a wide range of socio-economic classes and ethnicities is essential.
• The CE Advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License (QAL) prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.
Skills Required
• 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.
• 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.
• 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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