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Small Farms Cooperative Extension Advisors (2 positions) AP# 21-09

County Locations: Merced County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Joaquin County, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Stanislaus County

Date Posted: April 16, 2021
Closing Date: May 24, 2021

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Location Headquarters

  1. One position will be based at the Stanislaus County Office, and
  2. One position will be based at either the San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, San Bernardino, or Riverside County Office, California 

Purpose. The CE Small Farms Advisor will develop and conduct research and extension programs providing outreach, training, technical assistance, and research-based support for production and marketing of small-acreage specialty crops in the assigned counties, with a focus on supporting socially disadvantaged farmers and small-scale, diversified farms.

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.

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.

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 May 24, 2021.