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Area CE Advisor - Orchard Systems

Date Posted: 11-01-2016
Location: Madera, CA, USA
Contact Person: Kimberly Ingram
Company/Business Name: University of California

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The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for orchard systems will conduct a locally-based extension, education and applied research program to develop and integrate all aspects of fruit and nut tree production and promote sustainability, profitability, food safety and environmental stewardship. The CE advisor will address high priority production and pest management issues in tree fruits and nuts in Madera and Merced Counties, including almonds, pistachios, walnuts, figs, prunes and other stone fruit in Madera County, with cross county responsibilities for figs and stone fruit in Merced County. The CE advisor will play a key role in leadership for fig production as Madera and Merced Counties represent the production hub of California.

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 orchard systems in the two counties. 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 almond and pistachio varieties and rootstocks, labor reduction practices in stone fruit and farming practices that reduce dust.

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.Madera and Merced Counties have 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 minimum of a master's degree in disciplines such as production horticulture, pomology, plant sciences, pest management, or a closely related field is required. An in depth knowledge of soil science and orchard systems 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 from the ANR website 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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