POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for orchard and vineyard systems will conduct a locally-based extension, education and applied research program to develop and integrate all aspects of pomology and viticulture production. The primary responsibility for this position will be developing a research and education program to address high priority production and pest management issues for walnuts, wine grapes, cherries and apricots in Stanislaus County. In addition, the CE advisor will respond to apricot clientele inquires and deliver science-based information in San Joaquin County. The CE advisor will develop sustainable agricultural practices to assure the assigned crops remain economically viable and are farmed using environmentally sensitive methods.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: • Develop and implement effective UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs of the clientele that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and ANR initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/. • Conduct and report regular comprehensive needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served. • Develop and implement applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems. • Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a master's degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as such as pomology, production horticulture, plant science or a closely related field. An understanding of agricultural production practices, field research and statistical design is required. The ability to build partnerships and to work with multidisciplinary teams to address production and environmental challenges is required. Competence in contemporary communication methods is desirable. Experience in applied research and extension is highly desirable. Excellent written, public speaking and interpersonal communication skills are required.
Additional Salary Information: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding the Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scale, please refer to: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/250093.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.