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Technology & Innovation for Small Farms Advisor 21-54

Company: University of California, Agriculture & Natural Re
Location: Parlier
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Job Description:

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking the following UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Advisor.Purpose. The Technology and Innovation for Small Farms Advisor will implement an innovative program integrating both extension outreach and education and applied research to develop, evaluate and demonstrate on-farm technologies developed and scaled for small-acreage specialty crop production and diversified farms.The position will involveImproving on-farm technologies to create workable, profitable, solutions to the key production challenges facing small-acreage and diversified farmsDeveloping partnerships for research and development of new technology and farmer training to support regional efforts to support local and direct marketing.Enhancing regional prosperity through collaborative efforts with regional economic development, academic, industry and government organizations.Serving as a regional lead for appropriate agricultural technology supporting the economic viability and resilience of small farms and rural communities. Qualifications and Skills RequiredRequired QualificationsEducation: A minimum of a Master s degree in plant science, agricultural engineering, plant physiology, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, horticulture, agroecology, or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Additional RequirementsValid driver license.Expectation to be available to work onsite on any day. Desired ExperienceExperience working in rural communities and awareness of needs in communities with agriculture-based economies.Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension and community development.Solid understanding of practical agricultural technology and equipment as applied to small-scale and diversified agricultural systems.Familiarity with production issues in specialty crop production and/or diversified agricultural systems.Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams.Demonstrated ability to effectively plan programs, manage teams, and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.Ability to work with ethnically diverse clientele.Ability to evaluate and adapt research and extension efforts based on key needs and challenges of grower clientele.Skills RequiredTo be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following area:Technical Competence and ImpactThe candidate should have a deep understanding of key concepts related to agricultural technology and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the agriculture community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and respond to changes in the agricultural industry and by clientele. CommunicationDemonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal, and information technology communication skills. Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position. Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the targeted audience.Collaboration, Teamwork and FlexibilityDemonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted. Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.Lifelong LearningDemonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at: About UC ANRThe University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across California. We are committed to developing and supporting practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.Learn more aboutUC ANR at ANR at Kearney Ag Research and Extension Center at ANR in counties: Strategic Initiatives Public Value statements at Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Further to the above, Advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Assistant CE Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding CE advisor series salary scales, please refer to: Please note the UC Policy on COVID and Flu vaccinations and working for UC: The University of California issues policies essential for the safety and well-being of the community, including requirements for employees to be appropriately vaccinated for COVID-19 and vaccinated for influenza, or to have an approved exception/exemption on file.The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

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