Area CE Nutrient Management & Soil Quality Advisor (AP#17.28)
Date Posted: November 7, 2018
Closing Date: November 23, 2018
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This position is headquartered in Fresno, CA.
POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor will conduct a multi-county extension, education and applied research program that addresses grower and industry needs, with a focus on nutrient management and soil quality in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare Counties. This University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) position is supported jointly by UC ANR and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The general focus of the work will be on development and implementation of applied research programs to provide science-based information addressing environmental issues related to crop and livestock production; providing training to NRCS staff in agronomic practices related to nutrient management and soil quality; and partnering with NRCS field staff to provide individual assistance to farmers to implement agronomic practices. The CE advisor will be expected to develop sound connections between NRCS and UC as we support our shared clientele, and to build good bilateral understanding of how to present UC and NRCS skill sets to producers in agronomy.
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.
- 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 http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/.
- Conduct and report regular comprehensive needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
- Conduct applied research designed to solve locally relevant problems and monitor change.
- Disseminate useful, 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 CE’s and NRCS’s credibility and visibility by participating in professional organizations and collaborating with government agencies, commodity groups, allied industry groups, and other organizations by providing independent science-based information and leadership.
- Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences through a variety of outreach methods.
- Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including CE specialists, AES faculty, CE advisors and/or others, as well as NRCS personnel to address priority issues for UC ANR.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of an earned master's degree, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as plant science, agronomy, crop production, agriculture engineering, animal science, or other closely related field is required by the appointment start date. Demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension is preferred. The ability to build partnerships and to work with multidisciplinary teams to address production and environmental challenges is required. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.
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.
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank, and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California, ANR website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/271532.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 such indefinite status.