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Small Farms Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) at UC ANR - 13524

Job Title: 
Small Farms Advisor (Applied Research and Extension)
UC ANR
2801 2nd street, Davis,
CA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

UC ANR is hiring two Small Farms CE Advisors: one position will be serving San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara (deadline for application is October 15, 2021) and the other one - serving San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced (deadline for the application is November 15, 2021).
The CE Small Farms Advisor will develop and conduct an integrated program of applied research and extension providing outreach, training, technical assistance, and research-based support for production and marketing of small-acreage specialty crops in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties, with a focus on supporting socially disadvantaged farmers and small-scale, diversified farms and conducting research on new and emerging small-acreage crops in the region.
This position will address critical issues related to production and marketing of specialty crops and 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, diversified, and peri-urban farms with a large variety of crops including mainstream and specialty vegetables, herbs, and berries, and selling produce through farmers markets, farm stands, and other direct markets as well as wholesale.
A minimum of a Master’s degree in plant or crop science, plant physiology, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, agricultural economics, agronomy, horticulture, or a related discipline in the agricultural sciences is required at the time of appointment. Experience in specialty crop production relevant to vegetable crops, berry crops, and/or diversified farming systems and a demonstrated understanding of soil science, irrigation, and nutrient and pest management is required.
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/358478.pdf
Duration. The initial definite term appointment for this position is for two years. Based upon funding availability and satisfactory performance as evaluated by UC ANR, the term appointment may be renewed with a duration corresponding to available funding. The merit cycle for this position will be evaluated every two years, and/or dependent on rank and step.
The candidates should submit their applications via : https://recruit.ucanr.edu/

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Purpose. The CE Small Farms Advisor will develop and conduct an integrated program of applied research and extension providing outreach, training, technical assistance, and research-based support for production and marketing of small-acreage specialty crops in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, with a focus on supporting socially disadvantaged farmers and small-scale, diversified farms and conducting research on new and emerging small-acreage crops in the region.

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.
This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities of the assigned counties and throughout California. The CE Advisor will support small-scale, diversified, and socially disadvantaged growers by addressing current and emerging issues to benefit local growers and across the state. Opportunities abound
for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving. The advisor will also join a team of small farms advisors and community education specialists focused on small farms and will have opportunities to collaborate within the UCANR network of advisors and specialists who are dedicated to making a difference in the communities they serve.

Education & Experience: 

Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in plant or crop science, plant physiology, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, agricultural economics, agronomy, horticulture, or a related discipline in the agricultural sciences is required at the time of appointment. Relevant experience in vegetable, berry, and/or subtropical crops or diversified farming systems and a demonstrated understanding of soil science, irrigation and nutrient and pest management is required.

Additional Requirements
• Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.

Desired Qualifications
• Demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension.
• Familiarity with specialty crop distribution and marketing and state and federal agricultural regulatory programs.
• Ability to evaluate crop production and management problems, and plant disorders.
• Ability to work with ethnically diverse clientele.
• Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs and publish applied research.
• Ability to adapt research and extension efforts based on key needs and challenges of grower clientele
• Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team and supervise community education specialist staff.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit your application by the deadlines via https://recruit.ucanr.edu/

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture