Location headquarters: Bakersfield, Kern County, California
SUBMISSION DATE: To assure full consideration, submit materials by December 6, 2019. Those received after December 6, 2019, may be considered if the position has not yet been filled. (open until filled)
The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor (an academic appointment with research and extension responsibilities) for viticulture will conduct a locally based extension, education and applied research program to develop best practices for economic table grape vineyard management and to minimize the environmental effects of production and cultural practices. Work will cover a broad range of areas considering the impact on fruit quality and yield in relation to: vine growth and development, table grape production, irrigation/water management, vine nutrition, rootstock evaluation, vineyard management systems, automation and mechanization, crop/fruit development, integrated pest and disease management (including soil pests) and post-harvest handling.
Key stakeholders include the California Table Grape Commission, commercial farms (both large and small), pest control advisers, allied industries, public agencies, and consumers. The primary geographic area of responsibility for the position is Kern County but the CE advisor will also be expected to collaborate with CE advisors in neighboring counties, particularly Tulare and Kings Counties to address complex issues through a team approach.
This position is co-funded by the California Table Grape Commission for a period of five years with intent for co-funded renewal. The CE advisor will initially be appointed to a term of up to two years with an academic review taking place prior to the end of this initial term. If the review reflects that the incumbent’s performance is of high quality, as evaluated by UC ANR procedures, the CE advisor will be offered a second definite term appointment of two years, subject to renewal based on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance of the academic. This co-funded position is not eligible for indefinite status.
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE advisors are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extension of knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity and 4) University and public service.
Develop and implement effective UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs of stakeholders that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and ANR initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
Develop and implement applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems. Collaborate with the California Table Grape Commission to conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify and address priority issues or problems relevant to the local stakeholder groups being served.
Represent UC ANR in a professional manner.
Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform stakeholders, using extension methods that are responsive to stakeholder needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.
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 CE 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 and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by participating in professional organizations and collaborating with government agencies, community partners, allied industry groups, policy makers and other organizations by providing independent science-based information and leadership.
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: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A minimum of an earned master's degree or higher is required prior to the appointment start date, preferably in plant science, viticulture, pomology or closely related disciplines such as water/soil science, plant pathology, entomology and others with experience in plant science. Education, training, or experience in viticulture is highly preferred, and relevant experience in other permanent cropping systems will be considered.
The CE advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.
Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility
The ability to build partnerships and to work with multidisciplinary teams to address production and complex challenges is required.
Willingness and ability to embrace change as clientele and organizational needs evolve.
Demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension is preferred.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following six components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu :
Statement of Contributions to Diversity: Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program. Guidelines for writing a DEI Statement can be found at: https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing-diversity-statement
Statement of Research and Extension Interests: 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
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.
To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and select “Applicants”. For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than December 6, 2019.
PLEASE REFER TO POSITION NUMBER AP# 19-02 IN ALL CORRESPONDENCE
Additional Salary Information: 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, ANR website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/307368.pdf
Internal Number: AP 19-02
About University of California Agriculture and National Resources
The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is a statewide network of UC researchers and educators dedicated to the creation, development and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural and human resources.300 locally based Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists 57 local offices throughout California 130 campus-based Cooperative Extension specialists 9 Research and Extension Center 6 statewide programs 700 academic researchers in 40 departments at three colleges and one 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 Since the first UC Cooperative Extension office opened in Humboldt County in 1913, UC scientists have been reaching out to communities across California, serving as problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators, stewards and educators.Advisors live and work in the communities they serve. To many Californians, they are the face of UC—providing expertise, visibility and a keen understanding of local issues.Together with their campus partners, they build the bridge between the people of California and their great University.