Area CE Vegetable Production & Irrigation Advisor

University of California Cooperative Extension Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Area CE Vegetable Production & Irrigation Advisor Serving Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced Counties
AP #16- 05

Location Headquarters: Modesto, Stanislaus County, California

CLOSING DATE: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by December 9, 2016 (open until filled).

POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for vegetable production and irrigation will conduct a locally-based extension and applied research program with a broad focus on vegetable crops management in Stanislaus County, and a specific emphasis on irrigation water management, specifically low volume irrigation, to address these pressing water problems in the three-county, North San Joaquin Valley region of Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Critical issues addressed by this position include challenges relating to water availability and water quality preservation, as well as pest management, fertilization practices, food safety and security, and economic competitiveness. The CE vegetable crops advisor will address these critical issues in an integrated approach that balances the needs of California agriculture with those of resource conservation and environmental protection. Key clientele include growers, farm managers, pest control advisers, allied industries, commodity groups, irrigation districts, conservation and environmental groups, public agencies, and consumers.

BACKGROUND: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), is the statewide division of the University of California that administers Cooperative Extension, which is responsible for local program development and delivery throughout the state of California. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is a network of colleagues with a focus on research, education programs, and outreach to resolve local challenges in communities where they live and work. UC ANR is the bridge between local issues and the power of UC Research. UC ANR's CE advisors, CE specialists and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty develop and deliver practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.

Vegetable production is an important part of the agricultural output in Stanislaus and surrounding counties. Stanislaus County vegetable production exceeds 26,000 acres annually, valued in excess of $132 million. Both gravity fed and groundwater is used to irrigate crops in the 3-county area, and growers face increasing regulatory scrutiny regarding sustainability and water quality. To learn more about UCCE in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced Counties, please read about existing UCCE programs in these vibrant communities at: http://cestanislaus.ucanr.edu/, http://cesanjoaquin.ucanr.edu/, and http://cemerced.ucanr.edu/.

Our priorities in research, education, service, and resource allocation are guided by the UC ANR Strategic Vision (http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/Strategic_Vision/). There are 5 strategic initiatives that ANR is currently focusing on: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystem (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (WQQS). This position will primarily address priorities found in the Strategic Plans for the Sustainable Food Systems and Water Quality, Quantity and Security Strategic Initiatives. The Strategic Plans for each strategic initiative can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/.

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.

Research: All UC ANR CE advisors develop and implement applied research programs to provide science-based information addressing complex issues. The CE advisor will provide essential leadership to address critical issues facing vegetable crop production and irrigation management. The focus of the applied research program will be based on a needs assessment, and may include partnerships with a variety of campus and county-based colleagues. The research issues to be addressed by this position may include low volume irrigation management, salinity control, pollution abatement, integrated cultural and chemical pest management, soil fertility and quality improvement, seasonal extension to enhance competitiveness, and microbial food safety assurance. Research results will be disseminated through a variety of publication outlets including those for clientele as well as academic colleagues. Potential collaborators include UC ANR academics, Program Teams, and Workgroups, as well as related government and private industries in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced Counties.

Extension of knowledge: County and community partners rely on UC ANR CE advisors as a critical resource for providing research-based information across a variety of disciplines. CE advisors disseminate appropriate, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation. Science-based research results and other educational information will be disseminated using a variety of methods, including: individual consultations, presentations at grower and industry meetings, workshops, short courses, field demonstrations, UC ANR publications, peer-reviewed journal articles, newsletters, technical reports to commodity boards/funding agencies, and an appropriate mix of contemporary and emerging electronic tools (such as online learning, web content systems and repositories, social media, impact and evaluation tools), along with specialized and public media outlets.

Professional Competence: All UC ANR CE advisors are required to demonstrate professional competence in their programmatic areas. Professional competence includes participation in training activities to enhance professional development, such as administrative trainings, professional conferences, or workshops. Professional competence also includes activities that reflect professional standing within the programmatic area, such as presenting at conferences or workshops, holding offices in professional societies, invited presentations, or reviewing/editing publications.

University and Public Service: All UC ANR CE advisors are required to actively serve the University, as well as the public. University service may occur at the local, division, state, national, or international levels. Examples of potential University service activities include serving on a university workgroup or committee, providing leadership in program teams, or advocacy efforts. Public service should involve activities and events in which the CE advisor uses their professional expertise to benefit groups or efforts outside the University. Examples may include serving on external boards or councils, participating in community events, and leadership of non-University collaborative groups.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
• 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 http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/

• Conduct and report regular comprehensive needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
• Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
• Develop and implement applied research designed to monitor change and solve locally relevant problems.
• Maintain and promote UC Cooperative Extension's credibility and visibility by participating in professional organizations and collaborating with government agencies, commodity groups, allied industry groups, policy makers and other organizations by providing independent science-based information and leadership.
• Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences through a variety of outreach methods.
• Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including specialists, AES faculty, CE Advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.

RELATIONSHIPS: The CE advisor is administratively responsible to the UCCE Stanislaus county director with input from the UCCE San Joaquin and Merced county directors.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR's affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all CE advisors.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a master's degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as plant science, agronomy, horticulture, irrigation, soil science or a closely related field. Demonstrated excellence in the areas of applied agricultural research and extension are required. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. Experience in irrigated production of horticultural crops is highly desirable.

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/250093.pdf.

If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor with indefinite status, the candidate will be offered the position commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications with eligibility to retain such indefinite status.

BENEFITS: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy. For more information, refer to the UCnet website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits.

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following four components of the Application Packet to anracademicsearch@ucanr.edu :

1. Cover Letter
2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at:
http://ucanr.edu/academicapplication/
Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.
3. CV or Resume
4. College Level Transcripts: Submit all university-level transcripts as a single PDF file with your application packet.

Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant.

A search committee will review all applications, interview candidates, and recommend individuals most suitable for the position.

For information regarding this position, please contact

University of California
ANR Academic Human Resources
LeChé McGill
(530) 750-1281
E-mail Address: anracademicsearch@ucanr.edu
Internet: http://www.ucanr.edu/jobs/

PLEASE REFER TO POSITION NUMBER AP #16-05 IN ALL CORRESPONDENCE

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.

Tags: 
vegetable production
irrigation advisor
Location: 
Modesto, California (USA)