Area CE Advisor - Urban Forestry & Natural Resources (AP#17.11)
Date Posted: October 5, 2018
Closing Date: November 19, 2018
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This position is located at UC ANR's South Coast Research & Extension Center in Irvine, Orange County, CA.
POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for urban forestry and natural resources will conduct a locally based extension, education and applied research program to address high priority issues with focus on management of urban forests and forested and woodland systems in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Priorities include landscape ecology of urban forests, invasive pests and diseases, adaptation to drought and climate change, wildland fire, forest stewardship, and forest-related recreation. Other critical issues to be addressed by this CE advisor include the value of urban forests for ecological functions such as habitat, water yield, and air pollution and climate mitigation goals and values to human communities such as aesthetics, recreation, and food provisioning (i.e. public orchards); wildland/urban interface issues and the impacts of changing land use on forest ecosystems, including habitat connectivity; forest and woodland pests and diseases (PSHB, GSOB, bark beetle, and emerging pests); wildland fire – prevention, management, and response in forests and woodlands; woody biomass utilization and co-generation; and science literacy related to forest and woodland ecosystems (e.g. Forest Institute for Teachers, Project Learning Tree, California Naturalist).
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE academic appointees are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extending 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.
- Conduct and report regular 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.
- Represent UC ANR in a professional manner.
- Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
- Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.
- Foster an increased understanding of UC ANR’s Cooperative Extension’s research and education programs in clientele, the public and policy makers.
- Effectively use online communication methods and associated software programs to support research and instruction.
- Actively advocate for UC ANR program awareness and support.
Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility
- Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including CE specialists, AES faculty, CE advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.
- Interact with UC ANR Program Teams and others within the research/extension network to develop, strengthen and expand program goals.Professional Development & Lifelong Learning
- Maintain a program of continuous self-improvement by participating in in-service training, seminars, workshops, work group & program team meetings, short courses, professional society meetings and other relevant opportunities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- A minimum of a master's degree is required, though advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines of urban forest management, entomology and pest management, urban and traditional ecology, geography, conservation biology, fire science, watershed management or other closely related fields. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a masters program, must be within 12 months of completing their degree in order to be considered.
- A demonstrated ability in applied forestry or natural resources research and extension.
- This position also requires the candidate to be a California Registered Professional Forester or be capable of taking and passing the California Registered Professional Foresters Licensing examination within five years of being appointed to the position.
- Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.
Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with other professionals
- Willingness and ability to embrace change as clientele and organizational needs evolve.
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 website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/286596.pdf