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Climate Adaptation in Ag, CE Specialist with University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources in Merced, CA

Type of position University of California Cooperative Extension
Cooperative Extension Specialist
Employer University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Description of Employer The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is a statewide network of University of California researchers and educators dedicated to the creation, development and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural and human resources.
Location University of California, Merced
Salary Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Specialist Series 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 2, 2014
Date position available Negotiable
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking a Cooperative Extension Specialist who will produce a program that will assist agriculture in the adaptation of increased climate variability brought about by climate change. To assist agriculture in adapting to climate change, the CE Specialist will create a research and extension program on alternative crops, alternative cropping patterns, the use of precision agricultural technologies and other adaptive strategies.

The Specialist will develop a research program in one or more aspects of agricultural adaptation to climate change. There is a need for increased information and new technologies to manage for uncertainty and increase resilience of agricultural systems. Potential areas of research include: 1) precision technologies to manage agricultural systems (including water, soils, pests, nutrients and other chemicals), 2) precision technologies to increase the quality and scale of information needed to manage agricultural systems, and 3) modeling and software and tool development.

The Specialist will work with a diverse group of stakeholders including other ANR academics, academics at CSU Fresno and UC Merced, growers, commodity organizations, government agencies (CDFA, California Department of Water Resources, State and Regional Water Resources Control Boards, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, USDA/NRCS, local water districts) to increase agriculture resilience to climate change. The Specialist will work across policy and regulatory environments to help agriculture remain profitable while meeting environmental objectives. The Specialist will be expected to lead a program that will involve and benefit other programs within ANR.

Qualifications sought EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A minimum of a Ph.D. is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, with a background in a discipline related to hydrology, agronomy, soil science, agricultural engineering and/or precision agriculture.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.
  • A demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension of information is desirable.
Contact for additional
Pam Tise
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 2, 2014 to anracademicsearch@ucop.edu. Each application packet must contain a UC Academic application, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and a cover letter.
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