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Job Ref:  AP#13-21
Employer:  University of California.
City:  Woodland
State/Province:  CA
Country:  United States
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Other
Environmental Science
Industries:  Other/Not Classified
Required Education:  Masters Degree
Job Description: 

BACKGROUND:  The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking a Cooperative Extension academic advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program in the area of orchard management systems. The Advisor is responsible for extending research-based information on all aspects of pomology with particular emphasis in almonds, walnuts, and dried plums (prunes).

NATURE AND PURPOSE:  The UC Cooperative Extension Orchard Systems Advisor will facilitate interactions and information exchange among campus-based academics, CE Advisors and commercial stakeholders. Focus is expected to be directed at maximizing sustainability in nut and fruit orchards throughout the three counties. The major commodities include almonds, walnuts and dried plums.  Other fruits, nuts and olives are grown in the region, though acreage is much smaller for these crops. The academic in this position will be expected to interact with UC ANR Program Teams, Specialists and others within the research/extension network to develop, strengthen and expand the local delivery of statewide programs. All ANR CE academic appointees are responsible for performance in the areas of extending knowledge and information, applied research and creative activity, professional competence and activity and University and public service.


  • Conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
  • 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
    • Conduct 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.
    • Maintain and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by providing science-based knowledge and skills independent of personal or parochial interests.
    • Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.
    • Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including campus-based specialists, AES faculty, CE Advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Master's Degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as biological, agricultural, plant science, or a closely related field, with an emphasis in pomology. Additional experience working with air quality, water quality, and/or soils is desired. Post-graduate agricultural experience in applied research, education, or in private industry in fruit and nut crop production is preferred. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.  A demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension is desirable. Ability to communicate effectively in a second language is desirable. Must acquire a California Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) within nine months from employment.

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 website:

HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must submit electronically the following four components of the Application Packet to :

1.  Cover Letter

2.  ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at:

      Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses).  Please do not send letters of reference.

3.  Curriculum Vitae or Resume

4.  College Level Transcripts: Original transcripts are preferred, however, legible photocopies of original transcripts will be accepted.  Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates.

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. View full job posting at:

Company Name:  UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
Contact Phone:  530-750-1282

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