Area Cooperative ExtensionAdvisor
Serving Kern, County
LOCATION HEADQUARTERS: Bakersfield, Kern County, California
SUBMISSION DATE: To assure full consideration, submit materials by May 24, 2019. Those received after May 24, 2019, may be considered if the position has not yet been filled. (open until filled)
POSITION PURPOSE: The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for viticulture will conduct a locally based extension, education and applied research program to address 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 in table grape vineyards including soil pests, post-harvest handling, cultural practices and their impact on fruit quality and yield, and best practices to minimize the environmental effects of production and cultural practices.
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 is not an academic career-track appointment and is not eligible for indefinite status. 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 is not an academic career-track appointment and is not eligible for indefinite status. 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.
BACKGROUND: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 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. To learn more about existing UCCE programs in these vibrant counties, please visit http://cekern.ucanr.edu/; http://cetulare.ucanr.edu/ and http://cekings.ucanr.edu/.
Our priorities in research, education, service, and resource allocation are guided by the UC 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, Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases, and Water Quality, Quantity and Security Strategic Initiatives. The Strategic Plans for each strategic initiative can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/. The CE viticulture advisor is expected to be involved and serve as an important disciplinary voice in several of these initiatives.
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.
Applied Research and Creative Activity: All UC ANR CE advisors develop and implement applied research programs to provide science-based information addressing complex issues. It is expected that research will revolve around the needs outlined above and as determined through ongoing needs assessments. Future viticulture research and education needs in Kern County will be driven by several factors, including; decreasing quality, reliability and increasing cost of water; decreasing availability and increasing cost of labor; grapevine pest/disease issues, consumer and industry emphasis on food safety and product quality at harvest and post-harvest; increasing environmental regulatory requirements for development of best management practices; the increasing need for early detection and control of invasive species through integrated pest management.
Extending Knowledge and Information: County and community partners rely on UC ANR CE advisors as a critical resource for providing objective, research-based information across a variety of disciplines. CE advisors disseminate appropriate, science-based information to inform stakeholders, using extension methods that are responsive to stakeholder 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 professional meetings, landowner workshops, short courses, field demonstrations, UC ANR publications, newsletters, technical reports to funding agencies, peer-reviewed journal articles, 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. Programs will be developed and carried out in collaboration with other UC ANR academics and appropriate statewide efforts including UC ANR Program Teams and Workgroups, stakeholders, as well as related government and private industries. The CE advisor will develop linkages with individuals, stakeholder groups, researchers, policy makers, agency professionals and organizations. The successful candidate must have the ability to communicate science-based information across the range of stakeholder groups.
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 level. 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.
- 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.
RELATIONSHIPS: The CE advisor is administratively responsible to the UCCE Kern County Director.
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.
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: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/293542.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. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following six components of the Application Packet to ANRacademicsearch@ucanr.edu:
- Cover Letter
- ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/278846.pdf Please do not send letters of reference.
- CV or Resume
- 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.
- 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
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.
Approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the submission deadline, applicants with appropriate and applicable education and experience will be invited to participate in a preliminary, remote interview.
The formal in-person interviews will take place approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the preliminary interviews for those applicants selected to proceed.
Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/scholars_depts/permanent_residence.html as a resource.
For information regarding this position, contact:
ANR Academic Human Resources
E-mail Address: ANRacademicsearch@ucanr.edu
PLEASE REFER TO POSITION NUMBER AP# 19-02 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.