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Agronomy and Weed Management Area Advisor with UC ANR in Merced, CA

Type of position Non-tenure track, full time
Employer UC ANR
Description of Employer https://www.ucanr.edu
About UC ANRThe University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across the California. We are committed to developing and supporting 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 Merced County at http://cemerced.ucanr.edu/
Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
Our Public Value statements here.
Affirmative Action: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy here
Location Merced, CA
Salary TBD
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/307368.pdf.

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy and is eligible for indefinite status.

For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

Closing date of competition May 31, 2020
Date position available July 1, 2020
Description of duties Agronomy and Weed Management Area Advisor
(Applied Research and Extension)Serving Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties

Position Overview

Location Headquarters.  Merced County, Merced, California

 Purpose.  The Agronomy and Weed Management Area Cooperative Extension Advisor will conduct a multi-county extension and applied research program that addresses grower and industry needs, including variety evaluation, soil, nutrient and irrigation management to optimize agronomic cropping systems and integrated weed management. Primary crops include forage and silage crops, alfalfa, small grains, grain corn, dry beans, and cotton.

  1. Serve and support the agronomic crops industries, developing expertise in forage and silage crops that would support the dairy cropping systems clientele. Covering these crops provides critical assistance for long-term dairy sustainability and important issues facing this industry such as water quality regulations on nitrogen and salts.
  2. Serve and support the cotton, grains, dry beans, and oil seeds acreage and industries.
  3. Serve in a critical role of providing information on how to manage weeds in annual cropping systems.   The weed management program will have a specific focus on weed ecology and sustainable weed management in agronomic cropping systems, including but not limited to herbicide resistant weeds and managing weeds in herbicide resistant crops

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities of Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties and throughout California.  Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving.  You will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and working landscapes of California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Counties of Responsibility. This position is focused on agronomy and weed management issues in Merced and Stanislaus Counties, plus weed management in San Joaquin County.  There is opportunity to work collaboratively across counties.

Reporting Relationship: The CE advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension Merced County Director, with input from the UCCE Stanislaus and San Joaquin County Directors.

Required Qualifications

Education:   A master’s degree or other advanced degree in disciplines such as plant science, weed science, agronomy, pest management, crop production, or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment. 

 Additional Requirements: The CE advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) within one year of hire.

Skills Required

To be successful, Advisors require skills in the following:

Technical Competence and Impact

The candidate should understand key concepts to optimize agronomic cropping systems and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond.

Communication

Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Lifelong Learning

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement – both professionally and as a person.

Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review 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 the California. We are committed to developing and supporting 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

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/307368.pdf

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy and is eligible for indefinite status.

For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #20-06)

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by May 31, 2020.

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.

Qualifications sought

Qualifications and Skills Required 

Required Qualifications

Education:   A master’s degree or other advanced degree in disciplines such as plant science, weed science, agronomy, pest management, crop production, or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment. 

 Additional Requirements: The CE advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) within one year of hire.

Skills Required

To be successful, Advisors require skills in the following:

Technical Competence and Impact

The candidate should understand key concepts to optimize agronomic cropping systems and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond.

Communication

Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Lifelong Learning

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement – both professionally and as a person.

Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review Contact for additional information

Tatiana Avoce
tavoce@ucanr.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following five components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu

1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
3. Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to DEI 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 here.
4. 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.
5. 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.”

Submit to https://recruit.ucanr.edu/
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