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CE Advisor - Nut Crops

Date posted: 11-01-2016
Location: Fresno, CA, USA
Contact Person: Kimberly Ingram
Company/Business Name: University of California
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The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for nut crops will conduct a locally-based extension, education and applied research program to address high priority production issues in nuts crops (almonds, pistachios, and walnuts). The primary area of responsibility for this position is Fresno County but the CE advisor will also respond to pistachio clientele inquires and deliver science-based information in Kings County. The CE advisor will partner with other nut crops CE advisors in the Central San Joaquin Valley to address regional issues. The CE advisor will play a key role in leadership for almonds, pistachios and walnuts, working closely with other CE nut crops advisors, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) program teams, CE specialists and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty involved with these commodities, pest management, irrigation, pollination and other disciplines.

All UC ANR CE advisors develop and implement applied research programs to provide science-based information addressing complex issues. The CE advisor will provide essential leadership to address critical issues facing nut crops in Fresno County. The focus of the applied research program will be based on a needs assessment and may include partnerships with a variety of campus and county-based colleagues. As a significant portion of the tree growing acreage is on alkaline soil and well water is often high in chloride, research opportunities include testing alkali and salt tolerant rootstocks, salinity management, addressing water quality and quantity limitations for irrigation of orchard crops, evaluation of new varieties and rootstocks, integrated pest management, and innovative practices to minimize environmental impacts while ensuring economic viability of the nut crop industries.

County and community partners rely on UC ANR CE advisors as a critical resource for providing research-based information across a variety of disciplines. CE advisors disseminate appropriate, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation. Fresno County has a mix of small, medium and large acreage growers. This includes many new farmers who have planted orchards in the past few years in the rapidly growing nut industries. Extension efforts will include very basic information for small acreage, new growers as well as cutting edge information for more experienced growers. A close relationship and collaboration is expected with the various nut crops commodity boards.
A minimum of a master's degree in disciplines such as pomology, production horticulture, plant sciences, pest management, or a closely related field is required. An in depth knowledge of soil science and nut crop production is preferred. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are required. Research or extension experience is highly desirable.

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

1.Cover Letter
2. ANR Academic Application Formó available at: http://ucanr.edu/academicapplication
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 and a maximum of six names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.
3.CV or Resume
4.College Level Transcripts: Electronic transcripts or legible photocopies of original transcripts will be accepted.
Deadline to apply is February 26, 2016.
Salary:Commensurate with experience.
 
 
 
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