The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Irrigation and Soils Advisor.
Location Headquarters: Stanislaus County, CA
Purpose. The Irrigation and Soils Advisor will implement an innovative applied research and extension education program to improve irrigation competence and water use efficiency in orchard and vineyard cropping systems.
This position will address high-priority issues around water and sustainable food systems to enhance California’s agricultural economy and environment as well as the health and well-being of California communities.
The advisor will assist growers to build resilience in the face of greater weather and water availability variability. This is an exciting opportunity to provide support around the many diverse technological and regulatory needs emerging for growers in this region, including: (1) Development, integration and grower adoption of new irrigation scheduling and management technologies; (2) Improving irrigation and groundwater recharge practices in response to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, CV-Salts, etc.
Opportunities abound to build extension and research partnerships with statewide programs/initiatives, relevant commodity boards (e.g. Almond Board of California, Walnut Board, Pistachio Board etc.), irrigation districts, local farmers, and local industry.
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. This position will work collaboratively with UCANR campus-based and county-based colleagues and external partners. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.
Counties of Responsibility. This position will be strategically located at the UC ANR Stanislaus office and provide support for San Joaquin and Merced Counties.
Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Stanislaus County Director, with input from cross-county Directors in San Joaquin and Merced Counties.
Qualifications and Skills Required
Education:A minimum of a Master’s degree in water science, soil science, pomology, agronomy, or closely related field is required at the time of appointment.
Valid driver license.
Expectation to work onsite.
Be able to develop and integrate all aspects of crop production to promote sustainability, profitability, food safety, and environmental stewardship.
Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension
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
Knowledge/experience in permanent crops (tree and vines)
To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following area:
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should have a deep understanding of soils and water management in agriculture and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and respond to changes in the industry and by clientele.
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal and information technology communication skills. Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position.
Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to a diverse audience and clientele.
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.
Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.
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.
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 Assistant CE Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding CE advisor series salary scales, please refer to: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/358478.pdf
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.