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Area Orchard Systems Advisor

Date Posted: 07-09-2016
Location: Madera, CA, USA
Contact Person: Kimberly Ingram
Company/Business Name: UC ANR

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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.

• Conduct and report regular comprehensive needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
• Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
• Develop and implement applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems.
• Maintain and promote UC ANR CE’s credibility and visibility by participating in professional organizations and collaborating with government agencies, commodity groups, allied industry groups, policy makers and other organizations by providing independent science-based information and leadership.
• Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences through a variety of outreach methods.
• Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including CE specialists, AES faculty, CE advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.

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.

Deadline to apply is October 8, 2016.

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

1. Cover Letter
2. ANR Academic Application Form— 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.

Salary: Commensurate with experience


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