Entomology Advisor

Entomology Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) 22-18
Job #JPF00133

UC ANR / UC Agriculture and Natural R esources / UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

Application Window

Open date: June 23rd, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Aug 5, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Nov 5, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Position description

Position Overview
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking the following UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Advisor.

Location Headquarters: UCCE Ventura County, CA

Purpose. The Entomology Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program focusing on environmentally sustainable arthropod (insect and mite) pest management in agricultural and natural ecosystems in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

This position offers the opportunity to address a myriad of issues related to pests, including arthropod identification and monitoring, pest biology and phenology, crop loss assessment, pesticide resistance monitoring and prevention, application technology, and evaluation of integrated pest management methods with emphasis on biological and cultural controls.

Key to the success of this position will be research and extension that stimulate adoption of new practices to reduce economic damage from pests while promoting pollinators and beneficial arthropods and minimizing impacts on the environment, farmworkers and consumers. This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver relevant program content to have meaningful impacts in local communities and throughout California.

Opportunities abound for extension and research partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including growers, pest control advisors (PCAs), the Pesticide Applicators Professional Association, natural resource/land stewards, USDA, CDFA, DPR, the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner, and the general public. The advisor joins a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within their communities and throughout California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Counties of Responsibility. This position will be headquartered in the UCCE Ventura County Office and will also have programmatic responsibilities in Los Angeles County.

Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Ventura County Director with input from the UCCE Los Angeles County Director.
Qualifications and Skills Required
Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a Master's degree in entomology, pest management, plant science, agronomy, or related field is required at the time of appointment.

Additional Requirements
• Valid driver's license.
• Expectation to be available to work onsite on any day.
• Technical competency in applied entomology research.
• Experience with extension program development and delivery.
• Ability to work with a diverse clientele
• The CE Advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License (QAL) prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.
Desired Experience
• Several years of practical field experience in arthropod pest management
• Experience with biological control of arthropods
• Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams
• Demonstrated ability to effectively plan projects, manage teams and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives
• Successful grant-writing experience
Skills Required
To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following areas:

Technical Competence and Impact

The candidate should have a broad understanding of integrated pest management principles, including knowledge of crop production, cultural and biological controls, and pesticide use. Quantitative skills and knowledge of, and experience using, statistical analysis and experimental design are required.

There is an expectation that Advisors evolve and grow during their career and respond to changes in the industry and clientele.

Communication

Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal and information technology communication skills. Public speaking is a routine part of this position. Spanish language proficiency is desired.

Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders and academic colleagues. Able to adapt as circumstances warrant.

Aware of and willing to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Lifelong Learning

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person. Ability to shift program focus as organizational needs change.

Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including areas of program evaluation and skill areas) at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf

About UC ANR

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across California. We are committed to developing and supporting practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.

Learn more about

• UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
• UC ANR in counties: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucanr/County_Offices/
• Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
• Our Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Divisionwide_Planning/UC_ANR_Public_Values/
• DEI: Advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion https://ucanr.edu/sites/Professional_Development/Office_-_Team_Management/Diversity_Equity_Inclusion_Belonging/
• Affirmative Action: Advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR's commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
• The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.
Salary & Benefits
Salary: The 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: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/358478.pdf. If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position without change to the candidate's current rank, step, salary and/or appointment terms; and if applicable, is eligible to retain indefinite status.
This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315 https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/118501.pdf

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. 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 #22-18) - See https://recruit.ucanr.edu/JPF00133

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by
August 5, 2022 – (open until filled)
Questions?
Contact Tatiana Avoce email: tavoce@ucanr.edu

Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.

University of California Cooperative Extension
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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.

Please visit: https://ucanr.edu/About/Jobs/?jobnum=2171
Application Requirements
Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter

Statement of Research and Extension - Please submit a 2-page Statement of Research and Extension Interests including how your current and/or past research and extension experience could contribute to, or be applicable to, the needs of the local community. Provide examples of potential goals and outcomes from your research and extension activities.

References - Please provide 3 references: names, titles and contact information.

Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) - In submitting your application packet, please pay particular attention to your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement. This statement is viewed very seriously as part of recruitment. Why? The University of California community values diversity which embraces inclusion, and honors excellence. Scholarship, research, creativity, innovation, and service flourish when all members of the community are welcomed, supported, and respected. UC ANR's mission and public statements continues to fulfill these values. UC ANR is committed to removing barriers preventing full expression of our potential and to reflecting the population of California in our academic personnel, especially those who have been systematically and historically underrepresented. Please submit a 1-page Statement of your Contributions to DEI showing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program.

College Level Transcripts - Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates. Please DO NOT send transcripts that are password protected.

Reference requirements

3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location
Ventura, CA (USA)

Tags: 
pest management
Location: 
Ventura, CA (USA)