University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources seek Diversified Agricultural Systems Area Advisor
(Applied Research and Extension)
Serving Lake and Mendocino Counties
Cooperative Extension Lake County Office, Lakeport, CA
The Diversified Agricultural Systems Area Advisor will implement an extension education and applied research program to develop and extend knowledge on high priority initiatives on horticultural and other niche crops. This includes important
pomological crops, i.e., pears, apples, walnuts and olives for oil as well other niche crops such as edible grains, seed
crops nursery starts, cosmetic ingredients, etc. (excluding cannabis) to an economically, culturally, and socially diverse clientele.
The focus will be on 1) Maintaining and enhancing the economic, social and environmental sustainability of diversified agriculture; 2) Meeting the growing demands of, and contribute to the success of small farms in the region and 3) Preserving a viable agricultural land use base capable of harboring a diversified, locally based agricultural industry in the midst of threats from non-agriculture uses as the population increases (ranchettes, commercial entities). The position can tap consumer interest in locally-produced food and other agricultural products.
The advisor will also address needs of multiple agencies and entities with similar goals and endeavors that need locally-relevant, research-based information and advice, e.g. agricultural training programs/farm schools, farmer’s markets/food hubs and other economic development entities, community college Ag programs, etc... Applied research may consider elements including alternative crops suitable to microclimates ranging from intermountain to coastal.
The advisor will also assist County Directors with Master Gardener (MG) training and problem solving. This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities in Lake and Mendocino Counties and throughout California. Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving. You will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and working landscapes of California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.
Counties of Responsibility.
The advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension Lake County Director.
Qualifications and Skills Required
A minimum of a master's degree in plant sciences, e.g. horticulture, pomology, vegetable crops, is required at time of appointment.
Note: A pest management degree is acceptable if accompanied by adequate plant science-related coursework and experience.
- Extension experience and demonstrated excellence in the areas of applied research is desired.
- Knowledge dissemination expertise, and grant-writing experience is very desirable.
- Coursework and experience in Environmental programs.
- Training and experience in interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and collaboration is preferred.
- Familiarity with California’s environment and agriculture will be beneficial
- Knowledge and demonstrated use of remote methods of conducting outreach and delivery are a benefit.
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should understand key concepts to optimize engagement and development 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, interpersonal and information technology communication skills.
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others. Able to adapt as circumstances warrant. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Work with campus-based CE specialists, faculty, and CE advisors. Also work across disciplines with other local and regional CE advisors.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person.
Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across the California. We are committed to developing and supporting healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.
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Salary & Benefits
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy and is eligible for indefinite status.
How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-17).
Closing Date: Open until filled; preference given to those that submit full application packets into the UC Recruit system by October 12, 2021.
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