Vegetable Crops and Small Farms Advisor (AP 20-07)

County Locations: Imperial County, Riverside County

Date Posted: May 1, 2020
Closing Date: June 26, 2020

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Location Headquarters.  Riverside County-Coachella Valley Office

Purpose. The CE Advisor will develop and conduct research and extension programs focused on vegetable crop production in Riverside and Imperial Counties.

Primary program areas include (1) the commercial vegetable crop production and (2) the small scale and minority crop production of the Coachella Valley, the Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County, and Imperial County as well as the limited vegetable production in Western Riverside.

The CE Advisor will support growers and processors of such high-valued vegetable crops with problem solving, field consultations, and applied research.  The goal of the research program should be to improve yields and production efficiency.   As this region is the major supplier of cool-season vegetables in the winter, a focus on disease and pest management research is important to remain competitive on a statewide and national basis.  Water use efficiency and proper fertilization, and management are important issues to growers and deserve future research to meet state regulatory requirements. 

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities of Riverside and Imperial Counties and throughout California. The CE Advisor will efficiently and effectively support current and emerging issues that benefit local growers and across the state.  Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving.  The advisor will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work, and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and throughout California.  The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Counties of Responsibility. This position is focused on vegetable crops (over 22 major crops including melons) in Riverside and Imperial Counties.  There is an opportunity to work collaboratively across counties.

Required Education:   A minimum of a Master’s degree in crop science, plant physiology, plant pathology, agronomy or horticulture is required at the time of appointment.  Relevant vegetable crop experience and a demonstrated understanding of soil science, irrigation and nutrient and pest management is required.

Salary & Benefits

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:  https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/307368.pdf.

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy and is eligible for indefinite status.

For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #20-07).

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by June 26, 2020.