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University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Open Rank Extension Educator – Beef Systems

Location: Johnson County - NE

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Brief Description: Open Rank Extension Educator – Beef Systems (Johnson County)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Do you have the drive to help make a positive difference in beef cattle production in Nebraska? Can you develop, deliver, and determine the impact of comprehensive programming that includes integrating current technologies and concepts in beef cattle breeding and genetics into production systems? Do you have experience in matching genetics and breeding programs to forage resources so beef herds are more resilient to drought in grass and forage-based beef systems? The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the UNL Extension team you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues. We have an excellent opportunity for a full-time faculty position located in Tecumseh, Nebraska. The focus of this position will be Beef Systems with an emphasis in beef cattle breeding and genetics. This position will be an active participant in the Nebraska integrated Beef Systems Team within a geographic area that includes Saline, Jefferson, Gage, Johnson, Pawnee, Nemaha, and Richardson Counties located in southeast Nebraska. We want individuals who are self-directed and able to work in a flexible environment.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Nebraska Extension are committed to creating learning, research, extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree required in animal science or similar department with an emphasis in beef cattle breeding and genetics. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
• Successful experience teaching beef cattle breeding and genetics in beef systems in a formal or non-formal setting.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web, and social media).
• Experience in beef systems – integrating beef cattle breeding and genetics concepts and technologies into beef management livestock systems.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
Employment-based permanent residency sponsorship is not available for this position now or in the future.

Review of applications will begin October 21, 2021 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_210107. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions; 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references. In addition, within the application, please complete the required supplemental question(s), one specifically about the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (see https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement). As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Application Deadline: 10/21/2021


University of California
Cooperative Extension Project Scientist - UC Berkeley Food Institute

Location: Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center

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Brief Description: Cooperative Extension Project Scientist
UC Berkeley Food Institute
Location Headquarters: Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Position Overview
Purpose:

The Berkeley Food Institute-UCANR Cooperative Extension Project Scientist will conduct an extension-based applied research program addressing policy and economic barriers, motivations, and opportunities that influence agricultural producers’ transition to economically viable, environmentally sustainable, regenerative, and equitable practices. The Project Scientist will work to develop effective ways to meet the needs of producers (who have diverse scales and resource capacities) and help them overcome economic and policy-related challenges as they transition to practices based on agroecological principles and disseminate findings on policy and economic solutions that benefit farmers, farmworkers, communities, and society more broadly.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Undertake and support applied research on economic and policy aspects of on-farm transitions to agroecological systems. Collaborate with BFI faculty leadership and other UC colleagues to operationalize a research program that reflects BFI’s public service role.
• Collaborate with producers, businesses, policymakers, government agencies, and extension and research colleagues on relevant research and outreach projects.
• Provide and coordinate outreach and assistance to producers and producer organizations, commodity groups, food businesses, and community organizations, to provide information on economic incentives and opportunities of innovative sustainable agriculture methods, with attention to socially disadvantaged producers, locations, groups and businesses.
• Develop tools and resources (in languages used by target communities, when possible) that support education and assistance for farmers, farmworkers, and those that serve them, on strategic opportunities, including but not limited to innovative financing, value-added certification programs (e.g. organic, sustainable, or fair trade programs, etc.), values-based procurement, direct-to-consumer marketing, partnerships with the charitable food system, land access policies, etc.
• Document, publish, and share project work and accomplishments in peer-reviewed journals and through other publications that are relevant to and will reach key audiences.
• Develop and submit funding proposals, fulfill project objectives, and write grant reports, which includes evaluation of outcomes.
• Support BFI’s research-to-policy outreach projects and policy program, working closely with the Executive Director, Faculty Director(s), and staff.
• Expand outreach and communications about BFI’s policy-relevant research and connections to ANR in sustainable agriculture and food systems, and with stakeholder groups, including UC-SAREP, the Organic Institute, and others.

Reporting Relationship: The Project Scientist will be integrated into a collaborative team of BFI-associated faculty researchers with strong disciplinary connections and ongoing projects in this area guided by a stakeholder advisory panel. The Project Scientist will be expected to work with this research team and advisory panel to develop complementary projects that expand on ongoing themes. They will also be administratively responsible to the ANR Associate Vice President.

Qualifications and Skills Required
Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in relevant field, including community and economic development, agricultural economics, political economy, development economics, or food/agriculture policy.
• At least two years of experience working professionally in extension and/or applied research or policy in the agriculture and/or food or agriculture sector (food production, distribution and/or processing, and food business, communities or farmworkers), or related context. This may include relevant experience as a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher.
• Demonstrated ability to think and act creatively in providing education and/or outreach.
• Available to travel occasionally throughout the state and within the US; possession of a valid, current state driver’s license required.
• Understanding of and commitment to equal opportunity and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications:
• Demonstrated program and project leadership and management skills.
• Successful experience in grant writing and fundraising for research projects or fellowships.
• Fluency in Spanish (or other strategic language for California food systems economic development) is strongly preferred.
• Cultural competencies, including humility, to effectively work with different population groups

Skills Required: To be successful, a Project Scientist requires skills in the following:

Professional Competence and Impact
All UC ANR Project Scientist series titles are required to demonstrate professional competence in their programmatic areas.
• Experience in effectively collaborating with and facilitating meetings with diverse stakeholders (in California and/or in other regions the U.S.), including food and agriculture businesses, nonprofit organizations, and/or government institutions.
• Document, publish, and share project work and accomplishments in peer-reviewed journals and through other publications that are relevant to and will reach key audiences.
• Participation in professional societies and conferences and ability to give presentations at seminars and continuing education functions.

Communication
• Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
• Ability to self-direct and balance simultaneous projects and to work in teams.
• Professionally represent ANR and BFI in various forms of collaboration, conferences, and communication opportunities in this field.

Lifelong Learning
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development and personal growth.

About UC ANR
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.

Learn more about
• UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu; https://ucanr.edu/About/Locations/
• UC Berkeley Food Institute at foodinstitute@berkeley.edu
• USDA – Extension at https://nifa.usda.gov/extension
• Extension Resources at https://impact.extension.org/
• Our Strategic Initiatives at http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
• Our Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016-2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5__Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/
• Affirmative Action: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/

Salary & Benefits
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant-to-Associate Project Scientist Rank. The salary range for this position is $65,700 to $93,100 annually. Placement within either rank/step will depend on experience and qualifications. Please refer to: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022/july-2021-scales/t37-b.pdf

The Assistant Project Scientist position is a non-career track position. The position is a two-year renewable term appointment (up to 4 years total) with a merit cycle every two years. The performance in the position will be evaluated annually. Continuation beyond the initial four years is contingent upon a review of continuing need and the availability of funding.

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. ANR is part of UC’s Family-Friendly Policies. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/
How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #20-12)

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, completed packets must be received by October 12, 2021. Applications received after October 12th may be considered if the position has not yet been filled (open until filled).
Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.

University of California Cooperative Extension
Please note the UC Policy on COVID vaccination and working for UC: For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office." Please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/07/ucs-covid-19-vaccine-policy.html for more information.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Application Deadline: 12/10/2021


Michigan State University Extension
Floriculture Educator

Location: Novi, MI (Oakland County)

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Brief Description: Position Overview

In this position, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate research- based educational programs that meet current and projected outreach needs related to floriculture production. Through your leadership, you will provide support to wholesale and retail floriculture growers in southeast Michigan to improve the sustainability and profitability of the floriculture industry. This can include but is not to be limited to improved horticultural production methods or practices, improved understanding of alternative and emerging production systems, integrated pest management, plant diagnostics, and improved business management and marketing. Your work will include, but is not limited to, completing on-site consultations, virtual and in-person meetings, conducting demonstrations and/or participating in on-going field research.

Through collaboration in research, engagement with community members, and dissemination of research through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming and written communications, you will explore and implement programs that lead to public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that improve the viability and sustainability of the floriculture industry. You will also develop, produce, and deliver floriculture outreach materials with messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive and is consistent with the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute and Ornamental Horticulture Work Team messaging.

You will have the ability to network statewide with the existing core of Ornamental Horticulture Educators and Specialists and campus-based faculty to provide education and service to Michigan’s diverse floriculture industry.
Your work will include close collaboration with colleagues at MSU and MSU Extension, the MSU Plant & Pest Diagnostics lab as well as the diverse network of partner groups that include multiple commodity and industry organizations.

Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Tollgate Farm and Education Center, Novi MI (Oakland County).

Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)
 Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to horticulture or related field must be earned by date of hire.
 Familiarity with commercial floriculture in protected environments.

Application Process:
View full description and apply through the MSU careers page. Search for posting 714202 using the Job Search field.
Application Deadline: October 13, 2021.

Position Information
Position Title
Extension Educator- Floriculture

Salary
Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits
Comprehensive benefits package:
https://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html

Location
Oakland County, MI

To apply
Current MSU Employees: Access the EBS portal. Under the My Career and Training section, select the Careers @ MSU tile to view Internal Job Postings.

External Applicants:
Visit http://careers.msu.edu
Posting Number: 714202

Application Deadline:
10/13/2021

Contact for Questions
msue.hr@msu.edu

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.
MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Application Deadline: 10/13/2021


University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Open Rank Extension Educator – Beef Systems

Location: Cuming County, NE

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Brief Description: Open Rank Extension Educator – Beef Systems (Cuming County)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Do you have the drive to help make a positive difference in beef cattle production in Nebraska? Can you develop, deliver, and determine the impact of comprehensive programming that includes integrating current technologies and concepts in ruminant nutrition into beef production systems? Do you have experience in feedlot and production management technologies that result in a more sustainable beef system? The Nebraska Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the UNL Extension team you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues. We have an excellent opportunity for a full-time faculty position located in West Point, Nebraska. The focus of this position will be Beef Systems with an emphasis in Ruminant Nutrition. This position will be an active participant in the Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems Team within a geographic area that includes Dixon, Dakota, Wayne, Thurston, Stanton, Cuming, Burt, Dodge, Colfax, and Washington Counties located in northeast Nebraska. We want individuals who are self-directed and able to work in a flexible environment. Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Nebraska Extension are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree required in Beef Cattle Ruminant Nutrition or closely related field. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
• Successful experience teaching beef cattle nutrition and beef systems in a formal or non-formal setting.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web, and social media).
• Experience in beef feedlot and beef systems – integrating ruminant nutrition concepts and technologies into beef management systems

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.

Employment-based permanent residency sponsorship is not available for this position now or in the future.

Review of applications will begin October 4, 2021 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_210117. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions; 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references. In addition, within the application, please complete the required supplemental question(s), one specifically about the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (see https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement).

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Application Deadline: 10/04/2021


University of Florida Extension - IFAS
Extension Agent I or II – Agriculture and Food Systems

Location: Bunnell, FL - Flagler County

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Brief Description: Job Number: 0001‐4152

Classification Title: Extension Agent I or II – Agriculture and Food Systems

Job Description:

The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

UF/IFAS is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education, and research‐based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families, and communities.

We hire the best. Diverse views and experience make us strong. We look for people with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in a rapidly changing world, and believe in inclusion and diversity. Working for Florida Cooperative Extension will allow you to make a positive impact in your community as you help shape future generations, growing your career while earning a competitive salary and great benefits.

As an Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Flagler County, a growing county in northeast central Florida. We are looking for an individual with skills in vegetable crop production and food systems, as well as some livestock, forage, and pasture management experience. “Food systems” in the context of this position includes sustainable production, harvesting, processing, packaging, marketing, and consumption of local foods. Food systems encompasses community food initiatives, community‐supported agriculture, farm to consumer efforts, consumer education of agricultural operations, farmers markets, and agri‐tourism. Your primary office will be located at the Flagler County Extension Office in Bunnell.

You will be responsible for a program that provides public education to local agricultural producers and associated business to promote sustainable agricultural practices. Collaboration with extension agents in the Tri‐County Agricultural Area (TCAA) and the UF Hastings Agricultural Extension Center is expected.

What you will do:

• Work with agricultural producers as a subject‐matter expert and provide technical expertise – through teaching and one‐on‐one consultations – in relation to agricultural best management practices, integrated pest management including insect, disease, and weed management, precision agriculture, diagnostic services, and livestock and forage production.
• Develop and implement a plan of work based on locally identified needs that will lead to improved agricultural practices.
• Work with community leaders to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, stakeholders, communities, landowners, citizens, and industry in developing urban/rural and community economic opportunities to create local and regional food systems.
• Assist in community food initiatives, community supported agriculture, farm to consumer efforts, farmers markets, agri‐tourism opportunities, and marketing efforts.
• Collaborate with all Extension program areas (Horticulture, 4‐H Youth Development, Sea Grant, and Family and Consumer Sciences) and volunteers on educational efforts that will facilitate positive management practices with significant and locally relevant impact.
• Improve pesticide applicator knowledge of pesticide use and environmental impact and provide license training, testing, and continuing education units for pesticide license renewal.
• Closely monitor agricultural market conditions at both the national and regional level to identify a product mix that fills market gaps and provides the greatest return possible for producers.
• Develop an advisory committee to assist with program design, identification of client needs and priority issues, analysis of county situations, and development of program budgets.
• Use traditional and innovative (e.g., web‐based) educational methods to teach target audiences new practices, procedures, techniques, and skills that will result in positive behavioral or practice change with time.
• Provide excellent customer service for the agricultural community through various communication modes including telephone, email, online, social media, and face‐to‐face contact.
• Collaborate and provide support to local agricultural groups including Florida Farm Bureau and Cattlemen’s Association.
• Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership opportunities to support extension programs.
• Develop and deliver age‐appropriate subject matter education in support of 4‐H Youth Development.
• Follow all county, UF, and IFAS Extension policies regarding Affirmative Action, program development, and parity.
• Carry out other duties as outlined by the County Extension Directors and the District Extension Director.


What you will bring (required):
• A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, animal sciences, plant science, or a closely related field. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to grow in your career. Therefore, you will be expected to progress at least halfway towards obtaining a master's degree within 6 years of employment.
• Strong oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
• A working knowledge of agriculture best management practices including plant and pest identification and diagnostic skills, best management practices, soils, irrigation, fertilizers, integrated pest management, livestock, and forages.
• Ability to obtain a pesticide license within 6 months of hire.
• Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license.
• Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.
• A strong commitment to customer service and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.

What you will bring (preferred):
• A master’s degree.
• Practical experience in agricultural production.
• Experience utilizing a variety of educational methods including technology‐enhanced and technology‐based instruction to reach diverse audiences.
• Experience obtaining extramural funding.
• Excellent organizational skills and good record‐keeping techniques.

Further information:
We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by December 2021.

In the event of an emergency, all Flagler County employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties. (If applicable.)

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4 to 6 weeks after the position closing date. Are you a good match? Apply today!

Application Deadline: 09/23/2021


University of Florida Extension - IFAS
Regional Specialized Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Agricultural Water Management

Location: Suwannee Valley (NFREC‐SV) near Live Oak in Suwannee County, FL

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Brief Description: Job Number: 0001‐3957

Classification Title: Regional Specialized Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Agricultural Water Management

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352‐392‐ 2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800‐955‐8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research‐based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

As the Northeast District Regional Specialized Agent (RSA) for agricultural water management, you will provide educational programs covering Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Suwannee, Taylor, and Union counties. You will be based at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center
– Suwannee Valley (NFREC‐SV) near Live Oak in Suwannee County. This Center hosts research and extension programs pertinent to this position. In north Florida, irrigated crops of economic importance include row crops (grain and silage corn, soybean, peanut, and cotton), vegetable crops (watermelon, tomato, green beans, and carrots), fruit crops (citrus, blueberry) and other emerging crops.

You will plan, develop, implement, teach, evaluate, and report on educational programs beneficial to crop producers. You will contribute to statewide water education programs by collaborating with county faculty members in the Northeast Extension District and state specialists (row crops, agronomy, vegetable crops, fruit crops, small farms, soil, and water) at various UF facilities. You will develop an applied research program and on‐farm demonstrations in collaboration with other faculty to support the extension needs of producers, county faculty, and decision‐makers in the region.

You will maintain an effective advisory committee to guide your extension program and you will establish a system for accountability and public information to all relevant individuals, groups, organizations, and agencies. Educational topics may include fertilization, irrigation, cropping systems, Best Management Practices, and water schools.

You can expect to spend ample time on farm visits, facilitating regularly scheduled crop producer peer discussion meetings to hear and understand client needs. You will educate clientele about regulatory issues, particularly water quality improvement plans for impaired watersheds that have significant impacts on current nutrient management practices used for irrigated crops. You will work with state agencies involved with water resource protection to help producers interpret rules and with water resource experts to help provide solutions.
Support of and commitment to UF values – including inclusion, diversity, equity and access – are expected.

As a regional extension agent, you will have expectations beyond those of a county extension agent. For example, you will:
• Support, train, and mentor county extension agents in water and irrigation management education.
• Provide regional educational workshops and programs to achieve a balance reflective of north Florida's population diversity and to address the unique educational needs of regional stakeholders.
• Collaborate with state extension specialists and other extension colleagues to conduct practical and applied research projects, engaging social scientists when appropriate.
• Serve as project leader for extramural funding that supports and enhances the extension program.
• Work with other RSA positions in the Northeast District (with responsibilities in row crops, vegetables, rural and agribusiness development, dairy, 4‐H youth development, and coastal ecosystems) in a functional, complementary, and effective working group.
• Work with faculty and units with water‐related responsibilities including the four other Water RSAs, statewide BMP faculty members, the UF/IFAS statewide BMP coordinator, and the Center for Land Use Efficiency to coordinate and strengthen programming.

Required qualifications:
• A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a water science or related field such as water resources engineering, soil and water sciences, agroecology, ecohydrology, or a similar area.
• At least 5 years of land‐grant university extension or equivalent educational programming experience.
• Strong oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
• A flexible schedule that allows for irregular hours including evening and weekend work plus overnight travel.
• Ability to obtain a Florida driver’s license.
• Ability to pass a background check prior to employment.


Preferred qualifications:
• A Ph.D. degree.
• Experience working in the agriculture industry.
• Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics.
• Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
• Comfortable ability to present in front of small and large crowds.
• Ability to establish solid partnerships.

Further information:
We will accept applicants without a master’s degree if the degree will be earned by December 2021.

Information about the North Florida Research and Education Center – Suwannee Valley can be found here: https://svaec.ifas.ufl.edu/.

Information about the Suwannee River Water Management District and the Suwannee River Watershed can be found here: http://www.mysuwanneeriver.com/.

For more about UF/IFAS Extension, please see http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/about/.

For more information about the UF/IFAS Center for Land Use Efficiency (CLUE) visit https://clue.ifas.ufl.edu/.

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

Application Deadline: 09/16/2021


University of California
Integrated Vineyard Systems Area Advisor

Location: Hopland REC, Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties

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Brief Description: Position Overview

Location Headquarters. University of California Hopland REC (Research & Extension Center), Hopland CA

Purpose: The Integrated Vineyard Systems Area Advisor will implement an extension education and applied research program to develop and extend knowledge on designing and managing vineyards adapted to changing climate and market conditions with a focus on the premium wine industry of the region

The Advisor will provide leadership, information transfer, and technical help in this prestigious wine-production area; addressing an increasing array of needs around adapted wine grape plant materials; current best practices in vineyard design for plant health, productivity and longevity; production costs; precision farming; winegrowing farming certification systems. The Advisor educates and
assists growers to meet regulatory compliance with regulations specifically focused on vineyard farming practices.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities in the target 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, including the possibility of designing and implementing a commercial scale research vineyard at the Hopland Research and Extension Center.

Counties of Responsibility. This position focuses on a three county area: Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma. There is opportunity and expectation to work collaboratively across counties and across programmatic disciplines.

Reporting Relationship: The CE advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension and reports to the Mendocino and Lake County Director for planning, development, reporting and implementation of the program. They would also inform the Sonoma County CD of activities within that County on a regular basis.

Qualifications and Skills Required

Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a master's degree in plant sciences with a concentration in viticulture or a closely related field is required at time of appointment.

Additional Qualifications:
• Extension experience and demonstrated excellence in the areas of applied viticultural research is desired.
• Coursework and experience in Environmental programs.
• Training and experience in interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and collaboration is preferred.
• Familiarity with California’s natural resources will be beneficial.
• Knowledge and demonstrated use of remote methods of conducting outreach and delivery.
• Demonstrated extramural grant-writing skills.

Skills Required
To be successful, Advisors require skills in the following:

Technical Competence and Impact
Understand key viticulture and extension delivery 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.

Communication
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 providing irrigation and viticulture expertise.

Lifelong Learning
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

About UC ANR

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.

Learn more about
• UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
• UC ANR in
○ Mendocino County http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/
○ Lake County http://celake.ucanr.edu/
○ And Sonoma county http://cesonoma.ucanr.edu/
• UC ANR Hopland REC http://hrec.ucanr.edu/
• Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
• Our Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016- 2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5 Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/
• Affirmative Action: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/

Salary & Benefits
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/353916.pdf

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.

For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-20).

Closing Date:
Open until filled; preference given to those that submit full application packets into the UC Recruit system by October 15, 2021.

Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.


University of California Cooperative Extension



Please note the UC Policy on COVID vaccination and working for UC: For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office." Please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/07/ucs- covid-19-vaccine-policy.html for more information.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Application Deadline: 10/15/2021


University of California
Diversified Agricultural Systems Area Advisor

Location: Serving Lake and Mendocino Counties

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Brief Description: Position Overview

Location Headquarters. Cooperative Extension Lake County Office, Lakeport, CA

Purpose. 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. This position focusses on Lake and Mendocino Counties. There is opportunity and expectation to work collaboratively across counties.

Reporting Relationship: The advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension Lake County Director.

Qualifications and Skills Required

Required Qualifications
Education: 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.

Additional Requirements:
• 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.

Skills Required
To be successful, advisors require skills in the following:

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.

Communication
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.

Lifelong Learning
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

About UC ANR

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.

Learn more about
• UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
• UC ANR in Lake County http://celake.ucanr.edu/
• Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
• Our Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016- 2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5 Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/
• Affirmative Action: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
• UC ANR Water Quality, Quantity, and Security Strategic Initiative
https://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/Water_quality_quantity_-_security/

Salary & Benefits
Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Assistant Cooperative Extension 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/353916.pdf

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.

For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

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.

Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.


University of California Cooperative Extension



Please note the UC Policy on COVID vaccination and working for UC: For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office." Please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/07/ucs- covid-19-vaccine-policy.html for more information.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Application Deadline: 10/12/2021


University of California
Small Farms Cooperative Extension Advisor

Location: Serving San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

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Brief Description: Position Overview

Location Headquarters
This position will be based at either the San Luis Obispo or Santa Maria County Office, California.

Purpose. The CE Small Farms Advisor will develop and conduct an integrated program of applied research and extension providing outreach, training, technical assistance, and research-based support for production and marketing of small-acreage specialty crops in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, with a focus on supporting socially disadvantaged farmers and small-scale, diversified farms and conducting research on new and emerging small-acreage crops in the region.

This position will address critical issues related to marketing, compliance with food safety, labor, pest management, and groundwater regulations that affect the economic viability of small-scale family farms in California. The CE Advisor will also provide expertise in soils, irrigation, crop nutrition, and integrated pest management through collaborations with other CE advisors, CE specialists, UC faculty and private industry representatives. The target clientele are producers of small-scale and diversified farms with a large variety of crops that can include vegetables, herbs, berries, subtropical fruits, and new specialty crops for California such as moringa, coffee, and tea.

The CE Advisor will support small-scale, diversified, and socially disadvantaged specialty crop growers with problem solving, field consultations, technical assistance, and applied research with the goals of addressing challenges for small-scale farms including production, marketing, and regulatory compliance. Research that addresses policy solutions to these challenges is encouraged.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities of the assigned counties and throughout California. The CE Advisor will support small-scale, diversified, and socially disadvantaged growers by addressing
current and emerging issues to benefit local growers and across the state. Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science- based information and promote effective problem solving. The advisor will also join a team of small farms advisors and community education specialists focused on small farms and will have opportunities to collaborate within the UCANR network of advisors and specialists who are dedicated to making a difference in the communities they serve.

Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of the California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director based in their assigned home county and will work closely with the Small Farms Network to accomplish collaborative goals.

Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in plant or crop science, plant physiology, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, agricultural economics, agronomy, horticulture, or a related discipline in the agricultural sciences is required at the time of appointment. Relevant experience in vegetable, berry, and/or subtropical crops or diversified farming systems and a demonstrated understanding of soil science, irrigation and nutrient and pest management is required.

Desired Qualifications
• Demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension.
• Familiarity with specialty crop distribution and marketing and state and federal agricultural regulatory programs.
• Ability to evaluate crop production and management
problems, and plant disorders.
• Ability to work with ethnically diverse clientele.
• Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs and publish applied research.
• Ability to adapt research and extension efforts based on key needs and challenges of grower clientele
• Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team and supervise community education specialist staff.

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 key concepts related to specialty crops, soil science, irrigation and pest management and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond.

Communication
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Lifelong Learning
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

About UC ANR

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.

Learn more about
• UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
• UC ANR in Counties
○ Stanislaus http://cestanislaus.ucanr.edu/
○ San Luis Obispo http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/ and Santa Barbara
http://cesantabarbara.ucanr.edu/
○ Riverside http://ceriverside.ucanr.edu/ and San Bernardino http://cesanbernardino.ucanr.edu/
• Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
• Our Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016- 2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5 Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/
• Affirmative Action: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/

Salary & Benefits
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/307368.pdf.

Duration. This position is funded for a one year term and is not an academic career-track appointment. Based upon funding availability and satisfactory performance as evaluated by UC ANR, the term appointment may be renewed. The merit cycle for this position will be evaluated every two years, and/or dependent on rank and step.

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year.

For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-09)

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by September 26, 2021.

Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu



Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) for the duration of the appointment period.

Please note the UC Policy on COVID vaccination and working for UC: For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office." Please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/07/ucs-covid-19-vaccine-policy.html for more information.



University of California Cooperative Extension


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.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Application Deadline: 09/26/2021


Clemson Cooperative Extension Service
Horticulture Extension Agent

Location: Horry and Georgetown Counties, South Carolina

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Brief Description: The Horticulture Team at Clemson Cooperative Extension Service is seeking applicants for a Horticulture Extension agent position to serve Horry and Georgetown Counties. We request highly qualified candidates with a background in horticulture, agriculture, or related field and a passion to deliver relevant and impactful information to South Carolina’s citizens and businesses. Full descriptions, qualifications, and the online application for the position can be found in the job posting below.

Please apply at: https://www.clemson.edu/careers/

Urban Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator. The successful candidate will be expected to perform urban horticulture education in Horry and Georgetown Counties, SC by serving home gardeners and professional horticulturists, and coordinating the local Master Gardener volunteer program. Horry and Georgetown counties are part of the diverse coastal region of South Carolina known as the “Grand Strand” and its famous beaches, including Myrtle Beach, are among of the state’s most visited tourist destinations. Ornamental horticulture is a key industry in these counties and this position offers excellent opportunities to become a horticultural leader in the region.

Application Deadline: 09/07/2021


University of Delaware
Farm Business Management, Extension Specialist I

Location: Georgetown, DE

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Brief Description: Farm Business Management, Extension Specialist I, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Delaware
Job no: 494848
Work type: Staff
Location: Georgetown
Categories: Full Time, Extension and Outreach
PAY GRADE: 31E

CONTEXT OF THE JOB:
Agriculture is a major industry in Delaware and on the Delmarva (Delaware-Maryland-Virginia) peninsula. In this region, poultry, grain crops, fresh market vegetables, and processing vegetables are the primary agricultural commodities. The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension serves as the link between the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and local communities. Delaware Cooperative Extension delivers high quality, science-based information
in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, youth development, and family & consumer sciences. This position will help support the agricultural community in Delaware, as part of a multi-disciplinary team of faculty and professionals in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Extension Specialist I Farm Business Management Specialist serves as a recognized statewide resource in commercial agriculture production to help improve business profitability through informed decision-making. Working closely with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Agriculture team, the Specialist will identify and address important business management issues for farmers and the agriculture industry. Some potential areas the Specialist could work on include strategic business planning and financial management, crop, poultry, and livestock enterprise analysis, farm machinery/precision ag technology and sustainable agriculture methods, crop insurance and grain marketing, and economics of alternative agricultural enterprises. This will include in-person visits, development and delivery of agricultural workshops, presenting at annual educational meetings such as Delaware Ag Week and Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School, and working together with external partners. This position will be located at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown, Delaware and will report to the County Director.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop an Extension program that will enhance and expand the economic viability of agricultural enterprises in Delaware. Identify critical areas of concern related to farm
financial management, emerging alternative agricultural enterprises, and risk management.

Employ a variety of educational delivery methods to help clientele (farmers, agriculture industry) understand and adopt new practices, procedures, and skills based on current science. Delivery methods include on-site visits, newsletters, fact sheets, educational meetings, workshops, short courses, and the UD Extension website. Collaborate with county-based Extension staff and with agricultural Extension Specialists in Delaware and the region to answer research questions and deliver educational programs at Delaware Agriculture Week, Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School and other collaborative outreach events. Develop relationships and work closely with various external agencies such as Farm Service Agency,
USDA Rural Development, and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit. Document and track program impact based on stated objectives, develop effective evaluation techniques, and enter this information into internal tracking software. Continue to develop professional expertise and mentor less experienced Extension staff. Implement initiatives in support of the affirmative action plan; ensure equal opportunity and access to Extension programs for all individuals. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Master’s degree plus two years’ experience in subject matter or Doctorate plus experience in Extension teaching, research or related experience.
• Experience in farm business management, agricultural business, agricultural economics, finance, accounting, or related discipline.
• Knowledge of farm business management practices, business planning and farm business analysis.
• Experience with and knowledge of the challenges facing agriculture regionally and in Delaware.
• Experience in developing and delivering educational programs to the public.
• Evidence of service and demonstrated leadership skills working with the agricultural private sector, trade organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies.
• Successful record of forming strong working relationships with producers, agricultural
organizations, academic colleagues, and the public.
• Effective communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
• Knowledge of Extension programming which involves responding to clientele and community needs.
• Proficient computer and technological skills including use of software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and website updates.
• Grant writing experience preferred.

Special Requirements:
Travel using personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided).
This position requires some irregular work hours, such as occasional nighttime and weekend work.

Job Link: https://careers.udel.edu/en-us/job/494848/extension-specialist-i-cooperative-extension-service

Application Deadline: 09/24/2021


University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, Extension
Extension Specialist, Digital Certification & Training Program Coordinator, Plant Sciences

Location: East, Middle or West Tennessee

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Brief Description: POSITION X2167
Extension Specialist, Digital Certification & Training Program Coordinator

LOCATION
University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, Extension, Department of Plant Sciences

EFFECTIVE DATE
Screening of applicants’ credentials will begin on October 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with training and experience. Benefits include group hospitalization and life insurance, State Employees Retirement; Workers’ Compensation; sick and annual leave; numerous University of Tennessee and state benefits programs, including liberal time off for holidays and longevity pay after three years of service; reimbursement for official travel. Funding is available to support this position for 2-years and will be revisited based on productivity and revenue generated from the fee-based programs developed.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking an individual to plan, implement, and deliver fee-based programs specific to horticulture, particularly lawn care and ornamental landscapes. The specialist is expected to develop (and support) research-based certification and training programs to be deployed online and via traditional formats for stakeholders across Tennessee. A successful applicant is also expected to provide technical support for synchronous and asynchronous regional and statewide events targeted towards stakeholders in horticulture.

This full-time position can be based in East, Middle or West Tennessee. The candidate's work station can be flexible (combination of in-person and remote) with the expectation that the individual will remain in regular and frequent contact with horticulture specialists working in the lawn care and ornamental landscape industry.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Develop, deliver, and administer fee-based, online certification/training programs for the turfgrass industry, particularly home lawn care.
• Collaborate with the state Extension Master Gardener coordinator, other state specialists, and county agents on planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Extension Master Gardener and ornamental landscape educational materials, as well as both in-person and distance trainings.
• Support statewide Extension Master Gardener website efforts, video development, and management of social media platforms for Extension Master Gardener and residential and consumer horticulture outreach, including database support.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Earned M.S. degree (or higher) in a discipline relevant to this position.
• Experience using online learning and information delivery platforms (i.e., Canvas, Zoom, WebEx), as well as YouTube and social media.
• Ability to capture and edit video, audio, and graphical content used to train stakeholders through digital media.
• Ability to effectively collaborate with UTK Office of Information Technology (OIT) to optimize digital training programs.
• Knowledge of cloud-based file sharing and storage platforms including OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
• Willingness and ability to become familiar with new technologies for online training and program delivery as they develop.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and evidence of strong skills in building, supporting, and working in teams.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Working knowledge of horticulture industry, particularly lawn care and ornamental landscapes.
• Experience in instructional design and content creation for digital platforms.
• Two years experience working in horticulture.
• Evidence of the ability to collaborate with diverse audiences including faculty, stakeholders, and other clientele.

TO APPLY:
Please apply online by clicking this link: External Applicants (https://ut.taleo.net/careersection/ut_system/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en)
Attach the following to the online application:
1. Letter of Interest
2. Curriculum vita or resume
3. Phone and email of 4 references
4. Official transcript(s) showing degree(s) conferred

Contact: For additional information, please contact
Dr. Jim Brosnan, Search Co-Chair
The University of Tennessee
Department of Plant Sciences
112 Plant Biotechnology Bldg.
2505 EJ Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4539
Ph: 865-974-8603;
E-mail: jbrosnan@utk.edu
Web Site: http://utextension.tennessee.edu

Job
Extension Service Professional
Primary Location
US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization
Plant Science - Ext
Schedule
Full-time
Campus/Institute Institute of Agriculture
Job Posting
Aug 18, 2021, 11:39:49 AM

Application Deadline: 10/15/2021


University of California
Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Inclusive Excellence

Location: Davis, California

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Brief Description: Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Inclusive Excellence
Academic Administrator Series

Position Overview
Location Headquarters: UC ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis, California

Purpose: The University of California (UC) seeks a highly motivated individual with exceptional professional and academic qualifications, and academic record, to serve as Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Inclusive Excellence for the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). The successful applicant will provide leadership to support the success of academic personnel, while advancing UC’s efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion.

This position will work to create a vision for UC ANR with the aim of positively impacting the recruitment, career progression, retention, and experience of academic and staff personnel. The incumbent will be a visionary and strategic changemaker who is ready to take on opportunities and challenges in a complex environment.

This position will work with colleagues and stakeholders to constructively challenge and address institutional culture, policies, and practices to better meet ANR's public mission goals by leading organizational change, creating transparency in reporting, defining shared metrics, and reviewing policies through an equity lens to implement best practices.

This position will serve on key committees that inform policies and structures that promote academic success and rigor, support engagement of diverse constituent groups and consider the impacts of decisions on underserved, underrepresented, and protected class groups.

This position will ANR accountable for providing programs, resources, and services that lead to access and opportunities for academics and staff personnel; remove institutional barriers to pathways toward successful leadership and advancement.

The Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Inclusive Excellence is a key member of a combined leadership team, including the Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs, the Vice Provost of Research and Extension, and the Associate Vice President. This senior leader is the liaison to UC ANR’s Academic Assembly Council as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Major Responsibilities: The Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Inclusive Excellence will provide leadership and advocacy with strong statewide, campus, and county presences. This is a senior leadership position for UC ANR and works closely with Academic HR, Learning and Development, and Program Planning and Evaluation units.

Specific aspects of duties include:
• Perform critical functions to achieve the mission of UC ANR by promoting:
o Responsiveness to client needs and issues of importance to California
o Integration of research and outreach efforts across counties, campuses and organizational units
o Teamwork and collaboration among team members and cooperators
o Effective and efficient use of organizational resources
o Understanding of UC ANR programs by stakeholders
• Lead efforts that go well beyond Affirmative Action and Civil Rights compliance to achieving a multi-cultural diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization
• Provide leadership in academic recruitments and identifying best- practice and evidence-based approaches to ensure sustained, long- term inclusive excellence in recruiting, supporting, and retaining academics
• Develop training programs for academics and staff to achieve excellence in inclusive program delivery skills to an diverse audience and providing necessary support by working closely with Academic HR, Learning and Development and Program Planning and Evaluation professionals, and the senior leadership team
• Develop academics to positively engage with and support staff development in joint achievement of the institute's goals
• Lead development of a plan to assess effectiveness of DEI efforts, with an aim to improve the efficacy and impact of programs
• Serve as chair of UC ANR Peer Review Committee to advise the Associate Vice President on merits, promotions and evaluation processes of academic personnel
• Identify and execute disciplinary actions, supporting investigation cases, and reviewing academic grievances
• Collaborate closely with the Vice Provost of Statewide Programs and Strategic Initiatives and the Vice Provost of Research and Extension, as a team, to bring the broad array of activities and efforts within UC ANR into a cohesive integrated system
• Engage with the DEI Advisory Council and any related subcommittees
• Serve as UC ANR leadership liaison to the UC ANR Academic Assembly Council
• Serve as a member of the UC ANR Program Council to advise the UC ANR Vice President on statewide planning and delivery of programs as well as develop recommendations for allocation of UC ANR resources
• Promote the outreach goals established by UC ANR in all ways consistent with other responsibilities of the position and with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations and University policies

Qualifications and Expectations
Required Qualifications

Education: A minimum of a Ph.D., or other terminal degree, in a field of science relevant to UC ANR programming is required prior to the appointment start date. A minimum of three years of program experience with a demonstrated ability to develop and execute effective organizational strategies that promote DEI excellence is required. Knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding access, equity, diversity, inclusion, implicit bias and institutional racism; ability and experience developing and implementing strategies to identify, define and address complex equity and inclusion issues is required. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. The ability to analyze and interpret UC and UC ANR policies and practices is essential. Ability to exercise independent judgment to integrate resources, policies, and
information to develop equitable policies and procedures is required. Experience in and understanding of Cooperative Extension is desirable. Skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable.

Additional Requirements: The position requires a strong attention to detail, high accuracy, solid quality and sound organizational skills. The successful applicant demonstrates sound decision making ability using judgement and ingenuity while keeping the mission and vision of UC ANR at forefront, the ability to navigate across the organization with excellent project management skills and to act with a sense of urgency, and effective project management, often with no direct authority. Demonstrated experience developing relationships with underserved or underrepresented communities, communities of color and people of varying abilities is required. Extensive state travel is required.

A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of the California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.

Additional Expectations
In addition to the administrative expectations listed above, all UC ANR Academic Administrators appointees are also responsible for performance in the area of 1) professional competence and activity and 2) University and public service.

Professional Competence: All UC ANR CE academic administrators are required to demonstrate professional competence in their administrative areas. Professional competence includes participation in training activities to enhance professional development, such as administrative trainings, professional conferences, or workshops. Professional competence also includes activities that reflect professional standing within the administrative area, such as presenting at conferences or workshops or holding offices in peer groups.

University and Public Service: All UC ANR academic administrators are required to actively serve the University, as well as the public. University service may occur at the organization, regional, state, national, or international level. Examples of potential University service activities include serving on UC ANR or university committees, serving on Western Region or National Cooperative Extension committees, or advocacy efforts. Public service involves activities and events in which the incumbent uses their professional expertise to benefit groups or efforts outside the University. Examples may include serving on external boards or councils, participating in community events, and leadership of non-University collaborative groups.

Affirmative Action: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all administrators. Further, UC ANR is committed to a culture of inclusion within the organization and across all programs. The Vice Provost will ensure that outreach efforts in program identification, development, planning and delivery provide equitable service to all ethnic and gender groups comprising potential clientele. The Vice Provost will oversee outreach planning and ensure that required documentation of outreach efforts, outcomes and reporting is completed. The Vice Provost must be a champion and model for inclusive excellence in both programs and work environment.

Relationships: The Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Inclusive Excellence reports directly to the Associate Vice President of UC ANR.

About UC ANR

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.

Learn more about
• UC ANR at ucanr.edu
• Our Strategic Initiatives ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives
• Our Public Value statements at ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016- 2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5 Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement

Salary & Benefits
Salary: The beginning salary will be in the University of California Academic Administrator series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding UC Academic Administrator series scales, please refer to the University of California website: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/1920/1920-adj-scales/t34.pdf

If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE academic with indefinite status, the candidate will be offered the position commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications with eligibility to retain a 0% appointment in the current CE academic title and the associated indefinite status within UC policy.

BENEFITS: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. For more information, refer to the UCnet website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu.

How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: recruit.ucanr.edu and choose “applicants” (refer to position
#21-03).

Closing Date: To ensure full consideration, submit materials by September 15, 2021. Those received after September 15, 2021 may be considered if the position has not yet been filled. (Open until filled).

Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce email: tavoce@ucanr.edu

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at siss.ucdavis.edu as a resource.

University of California Cooperative Extension


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.
As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Application Deadline: 09/15/2021


University of California
Forestry & Natural Resources Advisor (Applied Research and Extension)

Location: Yuba, Butte and Nevada Counties - Yuba City, California

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Brief Description: Position Overview
Location Headquarters. University of California Cooperative Extension Sutter-Yuba Office, Yuba City, Yuba County, California

Purpose. The Forestry & Natural Resources Advisor will implement an extension education and applied problem-solving research program in sustainable forest management on both private and public lands for Yuba, Butte and Nevada Counties.

The Advisor will provide expertise and leadership in Western Sierra forest sustainability and resilience which are at considerable risk from urbanization, wildfire, insects and disease. The work will address barriers to active forest management and topics such as range-wide forest fuel accumulation that has caused a growing high-priority issue of high-severity wildfire. These issues threaten forests, habitat, watershed stability, water quality and quantity, as well as community wildfire resilience. Continued drought and apparent rapid climate change will lead to greater insect and disease issues with the potential for widespread tree mortality.

The Advisor will provide leadership, information transfer, and technical help to address increasing needs around recent fire events in the service area. The advisor will operate as part of a team of Forestry and Natural Resource Advisors located throughout the state (e.g., Redding, Quincy, Eureka, Ukiah and South Lake Tahoe, serving Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity; Plumas, Sierra; Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Lake; and El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties).

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities in the target 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. This position focuses on the Western Sierra counties of Yuba, Butte and Nevada. There is opportunity and expectation to work collaboratively across counties.

Reporting Relationship: The CE advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension Yuba-Sutter County Director.

Qualifications and Skills Required
Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a Master's degree or Ph.D. in Forestry, Fire Ecology, or other Natural Resources field is required at time of appointment.

Additional Requirements:
• A California license as a Registered Professional Forester is required. (The Advisor would have a grace period of 5 years after hire to achieve this certification).
• Extension experience and demonstrated excellence in the areas of applied research is desired.
• Coursework and experience in forestry, fire ecology, and natural resource management.
• Training and experience in interdisciplinary and multi- disciplinary research and collaboration is preferred.
• Familiarity with California’s natural resources will be beneficial.
• Knowledge and demonstrated use of remote methods of conducting outreach and delivery are a benefit.
Skills Required

To be successful, Advisors require skills in the following:

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.

Communication
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 providing irrigation expertise.

Lifelong Learning
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

About UC ANR

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.

Learn more about
• UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
• UC ANR in Sutter-Yuba Counties http://cesutter.ucanr.edu/
• Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
• Our Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016- 2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5 Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/
• Our UC ANR Fire site https://ucanr.edu/sites/fire/
• UC ANR Forestry https://ucanr.edu/sites/forestry/
• Affirmative Action: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/

Salary & Benefits
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/353916.pdf

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.

For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-18).

Closing Date:
To assure full consideration, complete application packets must be received by September 30, 2021;
open until filled.

Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce @ucanr.edu

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.

University of California Cooperative Extension

Please note the UC Policy on COVID vaccination and working for UC: For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office." Please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/07/ucs- covid-19-vaccine-policy.html for more information.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Application Deadline: 09/30/2021


University of California
Abiotic Stress - Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Location: Parlier, California

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Brief Description: Position Overview
Location Headquarters. University of California – Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, California

Purpose. The CE specialist in Abiotic Stress will focus on carrying out a collaborative, multifaceted research and outreach program focused on addressing challenges facing water-stressed production systems of California and deploying sorghum as a model crop for understanding drought resilience, gene discovery and value added cropping systems to supply biofuel and bioproduct markets.

The CE specialist will develop multi-disciplinary collaborations with other UC and outside researchers to address needs; and should seek out opportunities to bring private-sector partners and other stakeholders into these collaborations.

The CE specialist will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research and extension education program production under limited water conditions; forge strong interactions with local, regional, state and national partners and clientele, as well as with UC colleagues; contribute to core research and extension goals established within ANR; and assist in establishing an innovative multi-disciplinary program in their field of expertise.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts 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. The CE Specialist 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 throughout California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Reporting Relationship: The CE specialist is academically and administratively responsible to the Chair of UC Merced’s CEE department, with input from the ANR Associate Vice President. UC ANR will oversee the merit and promotion process, consistent with other ANR CE Specialists. The position will be stationed at the UC-ANR Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center located in Parlier, CA. It is expected that the CE specialist in Abiotic Stress will maintain an additional 0% (uncompensated) Adjunct Professor series appointment, reporting academically and administratively to the Department Chair.

Research & Extension
All CE Specialists are expected to develop and implement applied research programs to provide science-based information addressing complex issues such as drought and its interactions with metabolic processes. This position will focus generally on enhancing California’s agricultural resilience to climate change, particularly warming and drought conditions. The initial focus will be on annual cropping systems, specifically forage and grain sorghum. Interests in the broader agricultural system are also encouraged. Specific objectives for improvements in drought resilience include:
• Breeding for drought resilience
• Conducting gene discovery for drought resilient attributes
• Phenotyping (with an emphasis on high-throughput methods)
• Understanding genetic, environmental and agronomic management (GxExM) impacts on sorghum productivity under drought stress
• Applying big data methods to improve drought resilience
• Understanding the role of root systems on drought resilience
• Understanding soil microbe interactions during drought
• Understanding the impacts of photosynthesis regulation during drought

Specific objectives for value added cropping systems to supply biofuel and bioproduct markets include:
• Understanding GxExM impacts on composition, quality and characteristics
• Collaborating with deconstruction scientists to improve and optimize sorghum use in biofuel and bioproduct applications
• Breeding sorghum for improved biofuel and bioproduct attributes
• Conducing gene discovery for improved biofuel and bioproduct attributes
• Phenotyping (with an emphasis on high-throughput methods) for improved biofuel and bioproduct attributes
• Applying big data methods to improve biofuel and bioproduct attributes

EXTENSION

The CE specialist will develop an extension education program to integrate science for better agricultural practices in California and other regions with limited water resources. The extension and research program should evolve in collaboration with multiple and diverse stakeholders of California, including growers, regulatory agencies, resource agencies, and environmental groups. Typical outreach clientele includes growers, other researchers, environmental groups, hobby growers Department of Energy sites such as the Joint Bioenergy Institute, regulatory agencies such as the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission as well as industry groups including the Sorghum Checkoff and National Sorghum Producers. The work both serves and draws upon growers, agricultural professionals such as Pest Control Advisers and Certified Crop Advisers, and public agency officials at the federal, state, and local levels.

Outreach methods include individual consultations, field days, tours, meetings, web conferences, ANR publications, peer-reviewed journal papers, and an appropriate mix of contemporary and emerging electronic tools such as online learning, web content systems and repositories, social media, impact and evaluation tools, along with specialized and public media outlets. Programs will be developed and carried out in collaboration with other ANR academics as well as scientists from related government organizations and private concerns.

Qualifications and Skills Required
Required Qualifications
Education A minimum of a Ph.D. is required in plant breeding, agronomy, agroecology, agricultural engineering, irrigation management, environmental science/studies, soil science, or other closely related disciplines. Applicants must be within 12 months of completing their degree in order to be considered for the position. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. A demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension of information is desirable. Experience in securing and managing extramural grants, carrying out field-based research, and publishing multi-disciplinary research is desirable.

Additional Expectations
All UC ANR CE specialists are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extending knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity and
4) University and public service.

Skills Required
The CE specialist will interact with UC ANR program teams, UC Merced faculty, CE advisors, other CE specialists, and others within the research/extension network and advisory groups to develop, strengthen and expand the delivery of statewide products.

Technical competence
• Conduct and report needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
• Develop and implement effective UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs of the clientele that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and ANR initiatives;
• Conduct applied research designed to monitor changes and solve statewide and locally relevant problems related to water quantity and quality in crop production;
Communication
• Disseminate appropriate, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation;
• Maintain and promote UC ANR Cooperative Extension’s credibility by providing science-based knowledge;
• Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences through a variety of outreach methods e.g., peer-reviewed publications, internet, workshops, newsletters;
• Collaborate closely with the advisory committee.
Collaboration & Teamwork
• Interact with their campus academic colleagues, thereby creating synergies that will advance the programmatic goals of both the UC Merced Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) and of UC ANR;
• Engage with campus faculty and staff on design and construction, research, educational outreach associated with the UC Merced Experimental Smart Farm, which is currently under development;
• Interact with UC Merced CEE undergraduate students and graduate students in Environmental Systems and other relevant graduate programs via occasional lectures and other academic functions (such as serving on dissertation committees, oral exams, etc.) as appropriate. In accordance with UC Academic Personnel Policy 334, Specialist in Cooperative Extension Series, the teaching of regular undergraduate or graduate courses will not be a primary responsibility of the position;
• Engage in campus faculty meetings, campus faculty committee service, and other activities of the UC Merced faculty as appropriate.
• Maintain close contact and working relationships with sorghum industry groups including the Sorghum Checkoff and National Sorghum Producers.

Lifelong Learning
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person.

Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review All UC ANR CE specialists are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extending knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity and 4) University and public service (with awareness and impact in relation to Affirmative Action and DEI). Learn more at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf

About UC ANR and UC Merced
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.

Opened in 2005 as the newest campus of the University of California, UC Merced continually strives for excellence in carrying out the university's mission of teaching, research, and public service, benefiting society by discovering and transmitting new knowledge and functioning as an active repository of organized knowledge (https://www.ucmerced.edu/ucmerced-mission). The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) includes about 20 faculty whose teaching and research spans water quality and quantity management, sustainable agriculture, ecosystem climate mitigation, lifecycle analysis, ecological engineering, and more. The CEE faculty advise graduate students within the interdisciplinary Environmental Systems program (https://es.ucmerced.edu/) while supporting two undergraduate majors, environmental engineering and a new civil engineering major starting in Fall 2021.

Learn more about

• UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
• UC Merced https://es.ucmerced.edu/
• Our UC ANR Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
• Our UC ANR Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016- 2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5 Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/
• DEI: Further to the above, CE Specialists are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion https://ucanr.edu/sites/Professional_Development/Office_-
_Team_Management/Diversity_Equity_Inclusion_Belonging/

• Affirmative Action: Further to the above, CE Specialists are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/

Salary & Benefits
Salary: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist Series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. This is a definite-term, fiscal year, non-career track position that is not eligible for indefinite status. This position is co- funded for five years with the possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

All other provisions of UC Academic Personnel Policy 334, Specialist in Cooperative Extension Series apply. For information regarding the Cooperative Extension Specialist salary scale, please refer to https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022/july-2021-scales/t29.pdf

If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE specialist with indefinite status, the candidate will be offered the position commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications with eligibility to retain such indefinite status.

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy.
For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-11)

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by September 7, 2021, or open until filled.

Interview information:

A search committee will review all applications, interview candidates, and recommend individuals most suitable for the position.

Approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the submission deadline, applicants with appropriate and applicable education and experience will be invited to participate in a preliminary, remote interview.

The formal in-person interviews will take place approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the preliminary interviews for those applicants selected to proceed.

Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.



University of California Cooperative Extension


Please note the UC Policy on COVID vaccination and working for UC: For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office." Please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/07/ucs- covid-19-vaccine-policy.html for more information.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Application Deadline: 09/07/2021


University of California
Area Plant Pathology Farm Advisor

Location: UCCE Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties

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Brief Description: Position Title: Area Plant Pathology Advisor, to conduct an extension education and applied problem- solving research program in plant pathology for the agricultural clientele of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Provide leadership, information transfer, and technical help in the diagnosis, prevention, and alleviation of plant diseases for a wide range of primary clientele including producers, associated agribusiness individuals and agencies, and other support personnel. Provide information and advice to those who need to make sound disease management decisions. Participate in other research areas dealing with microorganisms, such as fungal ecology and produce-food microbiology.

Position: Briefly describe: (1) general disciplinary focus: plant pathology; (2) educational and professional background requirements: a Master's degree in plant pathology or related discipline is required; coursework or experience in diagnosis, plant nematology and microbiology is helpful; and (3) how the position will report, work, and interact with the supporting units (county, multi-county areas, department, statewide program, REC, etc.): Develop and maintain a program under administrative responsibility to the County Director. Establish and maintain good working relationships with producers and growers, pest control advisers, and associated industry personnel and agencies. Create research and education programs that include collaboration with University of California researchers and specialists, other Farm Advisors, UC IPM Program, and pertinent federal, state, and local agencies involved with the field of study. Prepare reports as required and requested by grantors, ANR, UCCE offices, and CD.

Justification: What are the top 2-3 issues that will be addressed and what is the likelihood of significant outcomes and impact? Native and invasive diseases affecting the agriculture and natural ecosystems in the tri- county area are substantial hurdles for economic sustainability of agriculture and natural systems. Avoiding outbreaks of produce-foodborne illnesses caused by human microbial pathogens requires further field and laboratory research. What substantiates the need for the position? The gross value of agriculture in the tri-county area surpassed $5.26 billion in 2016. The recent retirement of Steve Koike left a vacuum in traditional plant pathology diagnostic service to the clientele that requires immediate attention. Explain the need for ANR to invest in the new position. How does this position address the needs and priorities of external stakeholders (e.g. commodity boards, state agencies, community organizations)? We have the support for this position from the following organizations and commodity boards: Central Coast Grower-Shipper Association, Monterey County Farm Bureau, California Leafy Green Research Board, California Artichoke Advisory Board, California Celery Research Advisory Board, California Garlic & Onion Research Advisory Board, California Pepper Commission, and California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA); Federal Agencies such as USDA-ARS Salinas, RCD Monterey County, and NRCS; community educational organizations such as Hartnell Community College and California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

Extension: Outline extension activities that the position will be expected to fulfill: Conduct a highly visible educational program using meetings, seminars, newsletters, publications, blogs , and field visits to keep clientele informed of current disease problems and disease management options; plan and conduct diagnostic and advisory programs in such a way as to provide equitable service to all interested minority groups that comprise the potential clientele; plan and conduct educational programs so that information is available to all interested groups that comprise the potential clientele. Encourage the involvement of underserved groups through a pro-active outreach effort; the key clientele groups the academic will be expected to interact with, and the anticipated nature of these interactions: a wide range of primary clientele including producers, associated agribusiness individuals and agencies, and other support personnel, providing technical information to clientele through farm calls, office visits, telephone conversations, e-mail, and laboratory analyses of plant samples. Anticipated impacts are a better knowledge of phytopathological problems and capabilities for an educated research-based solution.

Research: Identify the specific key research areas or topics the position will be expected to address, and the expected publication outlets for that research (both within ANR and external). This is a highly applied problem- solving research program that is based on the phytopathological needs of clientele. Conduct field, greenhouse and laboratory research with the support and involvement of appropriate university faculty and specialists, industry personnel, and other appropriate agencies. Expected publication outlets include but not limited to peer-reviewed journals, informational leaflets, reports, newsletter articles, and blogs.

ANR Network: Explain how the position would significantly augment the capacity of the ANR network. The plant pathology position plays a key role in bringing the ANR network to bear on issues related to plant pathology. This position plays a critical role in the diagnosis of disease for the served counties, but also is a critical resource to other parts of the state in providing diagnostic services on horticultural crops for growers, crop consultants, home owners and extension personnel in other areas of the state. In order to successfully address these issues this position must draw upon the expertise of AES scientists, UCCE Specialists, USDA-ARS Salinas scientists, as well as advisors with expertise in other fields such as plant nutrition, weed science and entomology. This position also complements the other discipline based advisors in the tri-county area to address the needs of the vegetable industry and supports the commodity advisors in viticulture, berries and ornamentals. What are the generally acknowledged gaps in this network? There is also a great need for a fully equipped plant pathology laboratory with capabilities of diagnosing emerging diseases in other regions of the state.

Network External to ANR: When appropriate, identify any additional networks (e.g. scientists, agencies, policy makers, community groups, etc.) with whom the advisor/specialist will be expected to collaborate. Describe the nature of the collaboration. Close collaboration in plant pathology related matters with USDA-ARS Salinas, local University and Colleges, and the commodity research boards.

Support: Describe the level of support for transportation, office space, supplies and equipment, research costs, etc. that the position will be provided by each supporting unit(s). UCCE Monterey provides 2 field vehicles for plant pathology advisor and future staff; advisor has a private office with computer and connectivity, phone lines, two fully equipped plant pathology laboratories, growth chambers, spray equipment, sheds, greenhouse and shade-house space; county provides with farm advisor assistant, receptionist, secretary, accounting technician and administrative service assistant for all programs; our annual county budget is in average ~$450K/year and provides plenty for office supplies and all office equipment; UCCE Monterey provides with a 200 capacity A/V equipped auditorium plus access to several smaller conference rooms, a library, storage building, parking space, etc. If the position is multicounty describe the support that each county will commit to provide. Grower’s mailing lists, support and access to conference rooms, shared workspace.

Other support: Identify any other specific sources of funding or support that the person will be able (or expected) to compete for in order to develop and support their program(s). Federal and state agencies competitive grants and commodity board funds. Donations from pesticide companies and other various donors.

Location: Explain and justify the proposed home location for the position. Headquartered in UCCE Monterey.

Developed and proposed by: Which internal stakeholders (e.g. Program Teams, Workgroups) and external stakeholders were involved in the development of the position? Internal stakeholders: UCCE Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties’ advisors; ANR Program Teams: Environmental Horticulture, Pest Management, and Vegetable Crops. ANR Workgroups: Floriculture & Nursery, Peppers, Plant Pathology, Vegetable Crops and Warm Season Vegetables. External stakeholders: Grower-Shipper Association, Monterey County Farm Bureau, California Leafy Green Research Board, California Artichoke Advisory Board, California Celery Research Advisory Board, California Garlic & Onion Research Advisory Board, California Pepper Commission, and California Association of California Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA).

Application Deadline: 10/03/2021


University of California
Urban Agriculture/Small Farms Advisor (Applied Research and Extension)

Location: Serving San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange Counties

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Brief Description: Position Overview
Location Headquarters. UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) San Bernardino County Office, Highland, California

Purpose. The Urban Agriculture/Small Farms Advisor will develop and conduct an applied research and education program for small-scale growers engaged in direct and nontraditional production and marketing of vegetable and specialty crops with an emphasis on organic production in the greater Los Angeles basin (excluding desert areas which are already covered). The Advisor will also work in the emerging area of controlled-environment agriculture (CEA), a food production approach conducted in enclosed facilities in large urban centers.

The Advisor will collaborate with other UC ANR Advisors assigned to the four-county area (including the Sustainable Food System Advisor who specializes in the non-production aspect of food systems), other statewide Urban Ag/Small Farm Advisors, campus based Specialists and Faculty, with personnel involved with projects at South Coast Research and Extension Center (SCREC), the UC Riverside Citrus Experiment Station and with relevant non-UC collaborators. The Advisor will affiliate with the statewide Sustainable Agricultural Research and Extension Program (SAREP) and the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program and participate in workgroups associated with the Agriculture Production Management Systems, Vegetable Crops, Pest Management, Water Resources, and Building Food Security Program Teams. The Advisor will also spend up to 20% of their time providing research-based information on non-commercial vegetable production to Master Gardener (MG) volunteers (with MG programs being coordinated and managed by UCCE Community Educators in each of the four counties) who will extend information to the public.

Key areas of research are developing low-input, sustainable cropping systems for vegetable and specialty crops that optimize production while conserving water and preserving water quality. Other research needs are preventing and minimizing major disease and insect outbreaks using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in organic as well as traditional systems, and developing new markets and EA technologies with industry partners.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop meaningful impacts in the communities of San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange 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 join a team of highly motivated UC ANR colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within communities and working landscapes of California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system abounds.

Counties of Responsibility. This position focuses on the greater Los Angeles basin (excluding desert areas). There is an expectation and many opportunities to work collaboratively across counties.

Reporting Relationship: The Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension San Bernardino County Co-Directors with input on program direction, coordination and evaluation from the other County Directors and the South Coast Research and Extension Center (SCREC) Director.

Qualifications and Skills Required
Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a Master's Degree in plant science, agronomy, vegetable science, horticulture, or closely related field is required at time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills
• Experience in small-scale production systems and/or sustainable agriculture
• Bilingual (English and Spanish)
• Familiarity with UC ANR’s mission
• Experience designing, conducting, and evaluating applied research projects
• Experience conducting agricultural-based educational programs

Skills Required
Technical Competence and Impact
Knowledge and understanding of key concepts regarding crop production and urban and small-scale agriculture systems. Ability to design, implement and evaluate research and education programs that solve problems locally and have statewide impacts.

Communication
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Ability to work collaboratively as a team member with ANR and external partners. Able to adapt as circumstances warrant. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Desire to work collaboratively with campus-based CE Faculty, and Advisors.

Lifelong Learning
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional and personal development.

Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review at:
https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf

About UC ANR

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.

Learn more about
• UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
• UC ANR in San Bernardino County at http://cesanbernardino.ucanr.edu/
• Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
• Our Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016- 2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5 Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/
• Affirmative Action: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
• UC ANR Water Quality, Quantity, and Security Strategic Initiative
https://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/Water_quality_quantity_-_security/

Salary & Benefits
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/353916.pdf

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.

For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at:
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-14).

Closing Date:
To assure full consideration, complete application packets must be received by September 19, 2021; or open until filled.

Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu


Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.


University of California Cooperative Extension


Please note the UC Policy on COVID vaccination and working for UC: For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office." Please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/07/ucs- covid-19-vaccine-policy.html for more information.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Application Deadline: 09/19/2021


University of California
Soils & Irrigation Advisor (Applied Research and Extension)

Location: Serving Kern County and the Southern Central Valley

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Brief Description: Position Overview
Location Headquarters. Cooperative Extension, Kern County, 1031 South Mount Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield, California

Purpose. The Soils & irrigation Advisor will primarily address high priority initiatives to Improve Water Quality, Quantity, and Security; Enhance Competitive, Sustainable Food Systems and Enhance the Health of Californians and California’s Agricultural Economy.

The Advisor should develop and integrate all aspects of crop production to promote sustainability, profitability, food safety, and environmental stewardship in the county region.

The Advisor will work with local agencies to provide outreach and information on critical issues associated with their responsibilities.

Water quality and availability are critical issues which impact crop production and soil health. Continued planting of permanent crops in areas that have not previously had fruit and nut crops because of soil or water salinity issues necessitates additional research to address these issues. Current research projects include fertilizer management in nut crops, interaction of water and nutrient management in almonds, salinity tolerance in pistachio and automated remote sensed systems for irrigation control and improving water use efficiency.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities in Kern County 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. This position focuses on the Kern county area with work relevant to the wider Southern Central Valley. There is opportunity and expectation to work collaboratively across counties.

Reporting Relationship: The Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension Kern County Director.

Qualifications and Skills Required
Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a master's degree in soils, agronomy, water science or a closely related field is required at time of appointment.

Additional Requirements:
• Extension experience and demonstrated excellence in the areas of applied research is desired.
• 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 water acts will be beneficial.
• Knowledge and demonstrated use of remote methods of conducting outreach and delivery are a benefit.
Skills Required
To be successful, Advisors require skills in the following:

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.

Communication
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 providing irrigation expertise.

Lifelong Learning
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


About UC ANR

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.

Learn more about
• UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
• UC ANR in Kern County http://cekern.ucanr.edu/
• Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
• Our Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016- 2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5 Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/
• Affirmative Action: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
• UC ANR Water Quality, Quantity, and Security Strategic Initiative
https://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/Water_quality_quantity_-_security/

Salary & Benefits
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/353916.pdf

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.

For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-16).

Closing Date:
To assure full consideration, complete application packets must be received by September 24, 2021 or open until filled.

Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce @ucanr.edu

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.

University of California Cooperative Extension

Please note the UC Policy on COVID vaccination and working for UC: For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office." Please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/07/ucs- covid-19-vaccine-policy.html for more information.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Application Deadline: 09/24/2021


Position announcements on the NACAA website are available by contacting Scott Hawbaker, NACAA Executive Director at (217)794-3700, or email exec-dir@nacaa.com . Costs associated with postings are 30 days - $100, 60 days - $150 or 90 days $200. Payment can be made via credit card or Purchase Orders.