Assistant Specialist - Small Farms and Specialty Crops

County Locations: Fresno County, Tulare County

Date Posted: November 15, 2019
Closing Date: December 13, 2019

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This position is located in Fresno, CA.

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking Assistant Specialist - Small Farms and Specialty Crops for UCCE Fresno and Tulare Counties.

The Assistant Specialist will work closely with the Small Farms and Specialty Crops CE Advisor in Fresno and Tulare Counties, and the Hmong Agricultural Assistant, to coordinate research and extension activities related to soil health, nutrient management, irrigation, and organic production of Southeast Asian vegetables and other specialty crops.  This position will be involved in several projects including: 1) research on fertilizer and irrigation practices for moringa in the San Joaquin Valley; 2) research on nitrogen uptake in moringa, lemongrass, and bok choy; and 3) implementation of Healthy Soils Program projects funded for small-scale, socially disadvantaged farmers.

This position requires the ability to work independently, plan and coordinate activities on research projects, work productively with other team members, maintain an awareness of cross-cultural communication skills, and accomplish research and education goals consistent with UC ANR’s mission and values.  

The Specialist position is a non-career track position.  The position is a one-year renewable term appointment with a merit cycle every two years.  The performance in the position will be evaluated annually.  The position will be extended based on performance and availability of funding.

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS:  All UC ANR Specialist series titles are expected to engage in specialized research and use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions. Appointees are also responsible for performance in areas of professional competence and activity.


Required Qualifications

Programmatic competence

  • An earned Masters degree in the agricultural sciences such as soil science, plant science, agronomy, agroecology, or a related field.
  • Experience in soil science, nutrient management, management of soil organic matter, irrigation, and/or soil conservation practices.
  • Strong statistical and quantitative skills and experience applying these skills to diverse types of ecological data sets.


  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Skills to communicate and extend technical information to diverse audiences.

Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility

  • Experience managing field research and leading field crews in research implementation.
  • Ability to lead field work under remote field conditions.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience publishing research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience with proposal development and familiarity with project planning and assessment tools and strategies.

SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the Specialist series (Assistant, Step I).  For information regarding Specialist series salary scales, please refer to:

To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: and select “Applicants”. For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than December 13, 2019.