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Environmental Horticulture & Water Resource Management CE Advisor Applied Research and Extension (Alameda)

County Locations: Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County

Date Posted: October 19, 2022
Closing Date: December 5, 2022

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Serving Alameda, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and San Mateo / San Francisco Counties, California

Location Headquarters:  UCCE Alameda County, CA

Position Overview

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique recruitment opportunity for a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Environmental Horticulture & Water Resource Management Advisor. UC ANR operates a statewide network of researchers and educators dedicated to the development and application of knowledge to address local agricultural, environmental and health issues. Over 150 UC ANR UCCE advisors conduct research, outreach and education from locally based CE offices serving all 58 counties from 70+ locations throughout the state. By working and living among those we serve, UC ANR expands the University of California’s reach to engage all people and communities in California, ensuring equal access to the UC system.

Purpose. The Environmental Horticulture & Water Resource Management Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address issues related to sustainable landscape management in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This position offers the opportunity to address a myriad of issues related to landscape management expertise in support of climate change mitigation and water conservation/soil health, and water pollution prevention by reducing factors like fertilizer and pesticide overuse. The program should consider

  • Managing turf alternatives and water management in turf,
  • Developing and maintaining drought tolerant landscaping,
  • Improving landscape management industry practices,
  • Enhancing composting and green-waste recycling, and
  • Integrated Weed Management and/IPM.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver relevant program content to have meaningful impacts in local communities and throughout California.

Opportunities abound for extension and research partnerships with a variety of stakeholders and partnerships, including landscape managers /gardeners, park and school districts, municipalities, landscape architects, etc. and UCCE Master Gardener (MG) Programs. The advisor joins 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.

Counties of ResponsibilityThis position will be headquartered in the UCCE Alameda, and also serves Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and San Mateo/San Francisco Counties. This is not a remote position.

Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director of the UCCE Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo/San Francisco Counties with input from the County Director for Santa Clara and the Master Gardener Statewide Director.

Qualifications and Skills Required

Required Qualifications

Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in horticulture or a related field is required at the time of appointment. 

Additional Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license required to fulfill job duties- Employees driving County or University vehicles must possess valid California Driver’s License and participate in the DMV pull notice program.
  • The ability to work with clientele across a wide range of socio-economic classes and ethnicities is essential.
  • The CE Advisor must possess or obtain within one year a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License (QAL) prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.

    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 horticulture and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and respond to changes in the industry and by clientele. 

Communication

  • Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal and information technology communication skills.  Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position.  Spanish language skills are a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.

 

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders.  Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.  
  • Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Lifelong Learning

  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional improvement. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.

Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf

 

Desired Experience

  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension
  • Experience in education and outreach
  • Working with the landscape industry, irrigation, water conservation, recycled water, turf, drought-tolerant landscape plants, and composting
  • Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan projects, manage teams and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives
  • Spanish language skills are a plus

 

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 California.  We are committed to developing and supporting practical, science-based solutions that contribute to 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.

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Salary & Benefits

Salary: The 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 website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/358478.pdf.   If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position without change to the candidate’s current rank, step, salary and/or appointment terms; and if applicable, is eligible to retain indefinite status. 

This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315 https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/118501.pdf

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and paid holidays. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of the 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 #22-20)

Closing Date:  To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by December 5, 2022(open until filled)

Questions?

Contact Alma Jackson at ajackson@ucanr.edu

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu and the UC ANR Green Card Sponsorship Guidelines & FAQ's for reference.

University of California Cooperative Extension

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy.  All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline.   New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines.  (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)  Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.  

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.