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Specialty Crops Cooperative Extension Advisor at University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources - 5378

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Specialty Crops Cooperative Extension Advisor
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pleasant Hill, CA
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Job Description: 

POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for specialty crops will
conduct a locally-based extension and applied research program with a broad focus on
problem-solving, applied research and extension educational programming for small, medium,
and large scale commercial farmers. This position will provide expertise in all aspects of crop
production including soils, irrigation, crop scheduling, nutrition, and integrated pest management with an emphasis on high value specialty crops that promote economic viability in these urban edge counties. The CE advisor will also address critical issues related to the sustainability of agriculture in the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) such as marketing, agri-tourism, local food networks, ag-urban interface problems, agricultural land conservation, new farmer education, compliance with food safety, labor, pesticide, and water quality regulations.
Key clientele include growers, farm managers, pest control advisers, allied industries, commodity groups, irrigation districts, conservation and environmental groups, public agencies such as the local County Agriculture and Weights and Measures Departments and CDFA, and consumers.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Programmatic Competence
 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 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.
 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 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.
RELATIONSHIPS: The CE advisor is administratively responsible to the UCCE Contra
Costa/Alameda County Director.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action
goals and commitments is expected of all CE advisors. Compliance with affirmative action
policies includes supporting outreach efforts to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
UC ANR Affirmative Action policy and information can be found at:

Education & Experience: 

Required Qualifications
Programmatic competence
 A minimum of an earned master's degree, though other advanced degrees are encouraged,
in disciplines such as plant science, agricultural crop science, horticulture, agronomy or a
closely related field, is required by the appointment start date. Applicants who are
currently enrolled in a masters program must be within 12 months of completing their
degree in order to be considered.
 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.
Desired Qualifications
 Practical experience in crop production, marketing, and familiarity with organic practices
is desirable.
 An understanding of the unique challenges facing agriculture on the urban edge and the
ability to build partnerships and work with multidisciplinary teams to address these
challenges is desirable.

Application Instructions: 

SUBMISSION DATE: To ensure full consideration, submit materials by February 8, 2019.
Those received after February 8, 2019 may be considered if the position has not yet
been filled. (open until filled)

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