POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for desert livestock will conduct a locally-based extension, education and applied research program that will focus on desert livestock production and marketing, food safety, manure composting, and water quality. Other important issues include soil quality, wildlife habitat, forage production and other ecosystem services. With large feedlots in the Imperial Valley, the CE advisor has the ability to collaborate with other researchers to address the risk of movement of potential pathogens such as Listeria spp. and E. coli from livestock to the vegetable crop industry. Key clientele will include ranch owners and managers, natural resource managers and professionals, food safety representatives and public agencies. The CE advisor will also work with the livestock industry in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
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 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.
Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
Maintain and promote UC ANR CE’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 CE specialists, AES faculty, CE advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a master's degree is required in disciplines such as animal science, rangeland management or other closely related fields. Work experience in livestock management, nutrition and research is preferred. Extension experience is desired. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.
Additional Salary Information: 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
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The University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is the bridge between local issues and the power of UC Research. ANR's advisors, specialists and faculty bring practical, science-based answers to Californians. ANR works hand in hand with industry to enhance agricultural markets, help the balance of trade, address environmental concerns, protect plant health, and ...provide farmers with scientifically tested production techniques and Californians with increased food safety: 200 locally based Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists; 57 local offices throughout California; 130 campus-based Cooperative Extension specialists; 9 Research and Extension Centers; 6 statewide programs; 700 academic researchers in 40 departments at 3 colleges and 1 professional school (UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine & UC Riverside College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences).