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Area Cooperative Extension Advisor Viticulture

County Location: Kern County

Date Posted: October 21, 2019
Closing Date: December 6, 2019

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This position is located in Bakersfield, Kern County, California.

The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor (an academic appointment with research and extension responsibilities) for viticulture will conduct a locally based extension, education and applied research program to develop best practices for economic table grape vineyard management and to minimize the environmental effects of production and cultural practices. Work will cover a broad range of areas considering the impact on fruit quality and yield in relation to: vine growth and development, table grape production, irrigation/water management, vine nutrition, rootstock evaluation, vineyard management systems, automation and mechanization, crop/fruit development, integrated pest and disease management (including soil pests) and post-harvest handling.

Key stakeholders include the California Table Grape Commission, commercial farms (both large and small), pest control advisers, allied industries, public agencies, and consumers. The primary geographic area of responsibility for the position is Kern County but the CE advisor will also be expected to collaborate with CE advisors in neighboring counties, particularly Tulare and Kings Counties to address complex issues through a team approach.  

This position is co-funded by the California Table Grape Commission for a period of five years with intent for co-funded renewal. The CE advisor will initially be appointed to a term of up to two years with an academic review taking place prior to the end of this initial term. If the review reflects that the incumbent’s performance is of high quality, as evaluated by UC ANR procedures, the CE advisor will be offered a second definite term appointment of two years, subject to renewal based on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance of the academic. This co-funded position is not eligible for indefinite status.

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE advisors are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extension of knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity and 4) University and public service.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Required Qualifications:

  • Required Qualifications

    Programmatic competence

    • A minimum of an earned master's degree or higher is required prior to the appointment start date, preferably in plant science, viticulture, pomology or closely related disciplines such as water/soil science, plant pathology, entomology and others with experience in plant science. Education, training, or experience in viticulture is highly preferred, and relevant experience in other permanent cropping systems will be considered. 
    • The CE advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.

    Communication

    • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.

    Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility

    • The ability to build partnerships and to work with multidisciplinary teams to address production and complex challenges is required.
    • Willingness and ability to embrace change as clientele and organizational needs evolve.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension is preferred.
     
  • 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 December 6, 2019.