Location Headquarters: Hanford, Kings County, California
This position will focus on tree nut crops (almond, pistachio, and walnut) in Kings County, almond production in Tulare County, and plant/water/soils interactions for permanent tree and vine crops in Kings and Tulare Counties to positively impact local communities and ecosystems. The position will include working and collaborating with pomology and permanent crops advisors in the southern San Joaquin Valley to develop an integrated and complementary research and extension program that addresses vital local needs. Nut crop production is increasing rapidly throughout the state, and acreage in Kings and Tulare Counties has more than doubled in the past 15 years to more than 276,000 acres on over 1300 farms. Tree crops, in general, continue to increase as higher value crops replace low value crops, particularly rangeland and livestock forage. The advisor will also work with CE specialists and AES faculty to strengthen local program efforts and to increase the reach of the UC ANR continuum.
This an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities of Kings and Tulare Counties and throughout the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link producers 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 is focused on pomology in Kings County, almond production in Tulare County and plant, water and soils issues in Kings and Tulare Counties. There is opportunity to work collaboratively across counties.
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.
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.
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy and is eligible for indefinite status.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following five components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu
1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
3. Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to DEI addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program.
Statement of Research and Extension Interests: Please submit a 2-page Statement of Research and Extension Interests including how your current and/or past research and extension experience could contribute to, or be applicable to, the needs of the local community. Provide examples of potential goals and outcomes from your research and extension activities.
College Level Transcripts: Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates. Please DO NOT send transcripts that are password protected.
To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and select “Applicants.” For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than April 13, 2020.
Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant.
Qualifications and Skills Required
Education:A minimum of a master's degree is required in pomology, horticulture, plant science or other closely related field.
The advisor must obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or license prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticides.
Skills Required:To be successful, CE Advisors require skills in the following:
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should understand key concepts related to developing a program that integrates general horticultural principles and plant/water/soil relations and water use efficiency and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond.
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal 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.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person.
Additional Salary Information: 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.