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Agricultural Application Engineering CE Specialist with University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources in Parlier, CA

Type of position Cooperative Extension Specialist
Employer University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Description of Employer The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources 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.

Location Kearney Ag Research and Extension Center (Parlier, CA)
Salary Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Specialist Series, Assistant Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.
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. Sabbatical leave is available to qualified academics. ANR is part of UC’s Family-Friendly Policies. A variety of health and dental insurance plans are available, with employer contributions to the premiums. In addition, the University provides basic life and disability insurance, which may be supplemented at group rates. Workers’ Compensation Insurance is provided. An excellent UC Retirement System is coordinated with social security, and optional annuity plans may supplement retirement. Automobile insurance is available. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/
Closing date of competition May 9, 2014
Date position available June 1, 2014
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking a Cooperative Extension Specialist to provide statewide leadership in the area of application engineering with the goal of improving agricultural productivity and reducing the impact of pesticides and other chemicals on the environment. The primary focus will be on perennial specialty crops such as almond, pistachio, citrus, stone fruit and grape.

The Cooperative Extension Specialist is responsible for developing new and evaluating existing practices and technologies in agricultural engineering to improve agricultural production through increased management of pests and diseases and to reduce the impact of chemicals on air and water quality. This position will have a key role in leadership and coordination to maximize benefit to stakeholders and all Californians.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research and education program; forge strong interactions with local county partners and agricultural industry clientele, as well as with UC colleagues, especially the Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis; contribute to core research and extension goals established within ANR; and assist in establishing an innovative multi-disciplinary program in their field of expertise.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will have a major role in addressing these Strategic Initiatives:

  • Enhance competitive sustainable food systems – reduce grower costs through a more efficient application of pesticides, fertilizers, labor and energy.
  • Manage endemic and invasive pests and diseases – efficient management of invasive and endemic pests in specialty crops is essential, with effective pesticide application to control or eradicate the pests or diseases in a safe manner.
  • Improving water quality, quantity and security – encourage the use of equipment and practices that limit the contamination of both subsurface and surface water through aerial drift and surface runoff of pesticides and nutrients.
  • Enhance the health of Californians and California’s agricultural economy – Making improvements in conventional and organic pesticide application practices yields healthy produce for Californians.
Qualifications sought EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A minimum of a Ph.D. is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, with a background in agricultural engineering with a preferred emphasis on spray application technology, machinery design, and/or environmental quality.
  • Demonstrated excellence in applied agricultural research and extension is highly desirable.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.
Contact for additional
information
Pam Tise, anracacdemicsearch@ucop.edu
530-750-1281
Application procedure For a full position vacancy announcement and application procedures, please visit our website http://ucanr.edu/jobs. To assure full consideration, application packets should be submitted by May 9, 2014 to anracademicsearch@ucop.edu.

Each application packet must contain a UC Academic application, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and a cover letter. Please refer to AP#13-18.

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