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Diversified Agricultural Systems Area Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) AP 21-17

County Locations: Lake County, Mendocino County

Date Posted: August 18, 2021
Closing Date: October 12, 2021

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Location: Lakeport, California

Purpose.  The Diversified Agricultural Systems Area Advisor will implement an extension education and applied research program to develop and extend knowledge on high priority initiatives on horticultural and other niche crops. This includes important pomological crops, i.e., pears, apples, walnuts and olives for oil as well other niche crops such as edible grains, seed crops nursery starts, cosmetic ingredients, etc. (excluding cannabis) to an economically, culturally, and socially diverse clientele.

The focus will be on 1) Maintaining and enhancing the economic, social and environmental sustainability of diversified agriculture; 2) Meeting the growing demands of, and contribute to the success of small farms in the region and 3) Preserving a viable agricultural land use base capable of harboring a diversified, locally-based agricultural industry in the midst of threats from non-agriculture uses as the population increases (ranchettes, commercial entities). The position can tap consumer interest in locally-produced food and other agricultural products.

The advisor will also address needs of multiple agencies and entities with similar goals and endeavors that need locally-relevant, research-based information and advice, e.g. agricultural training programs/farm schools, farmer’s markets/food hubs and other economic development entities, community college Ag programs, etc... Applied research may consider elements including alternative crops suitable to microclimates ranging from intermountain to coastal.

The advisor will also assist County Directors with Master Gardener (MG) training and problem solving.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities in Lake and Mendocino Counties and throughout California.  Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving.  You will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and working landscapes of California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Education:  A minimum of a master's degree in plant sciences, e.g. horticulture, pomology, vegetable crops, is required at time of appointment. Note:  A pest management degree is acceptable if accompanied by adequate plant science-related coursework and experience.

Salary & Benefits

Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Assistant Cooperative Extension 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/353916.pdf

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy and is eligible for indefinite status.

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 #21-17).

Closing Date: 

Open until filled; preference given to those that submit full application packets into the UC Recruit system by October 12, 2021.

Questions?

Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu