Fire Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) Serving Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties AP 21-44

County Locations: Marin County, Napa County, Sonoma County

Date Posted: December 22, 2021
Closing Date: February 6, 2022

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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.

Location Headquarters: Sonoma County, CA

Purpose. The Area Fire Advisor will implement an innovative, extension education and applied problem-solving research program to help address California’s wildfire challenges. The intent of the position is to help build community fire adaptation and resiliency and reduce California’s social and ecological vulnerability to wildfire.

The expected focus of this Fire Advisor is to address the needs, issues, and interests related to designing and maintaining communities in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). Experience in planning, knowledge of construction materials, testing to support the fire resiliency of the built environment, fuels and vegetation management, or the use of fire as a tool for ecological or cultural benefits is helpful.

The advisor will work with and provide a point of connection for landowners, agencies, local governments and community organizations and members to work together toward fire resilience. The research will inform fire management and policy efforts in the target counties with potential application throughout California.

The position will be part of the UC ANR network of Fire Advisors that is filling an important niche; providing critical capacity, coordination, and science-based momentum for an accelerated approach to California’s fire problem.  As such, the advisor’s work will also connect with UC ANR forest and rangeland advisors, UC campus-based specialists and faculty, and with the UC ANR volunteer networks (e.g., UC Master Gardener, UC Master Naturalist, and UC 4-H).

Counties of Responsibility.  This position will be headquartered in Sonoma County and shall also conduct multi-county extension, education and applied research programs in Napa and Marin Counties.  

Required Qualifications

Education: A minimum of a master's degree is required in a fire science, natural resource, planning, materials science, wood science, construction management, or an engineering field is required at the time of recruitment.

Additional Requirements

  • Experience in either the social, ecological, materials science aspects of fire science, or fire management.
  • Experience in fire-related research.
  • Experience in successful Extension programming or community development.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement a research program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.
  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Extension and community development.
  • Experience in fire-related research, and field- and survey-based research skills and participatory research methods is helpful. 
  • Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.
  • A Certified Rangeland Management or Registered Professional Forester license may be required or encouraged over time depending on the focus of the advisor's program.

Desired Experience

  • Experience in field- and survey-based research skills and participatory research methods is helpful
  • Experience of working across multi sector partnerships. 
  • Experience in disaster response, wildland management, prescribed fire, home hardening and infrastructure protection, workforce training, economic development, community recovery, public health and air quality, and fire impact analysis on agricultural products is highly desirable.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension is preferred.

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/358478.pdf

The Assistant CE Advisor position is a renewable definite term appointment (up to 4 years total) with a merit cycle every two years.  The performance in the position will be evaluated annually.  Continuation beyond the initial four years is contingent upon a review of continuing need and the availability of funding.

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-44)

Closing Date:  To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by  February 6, 2022– (open until filled)

Questions?

Contact Tatiana Avoce email: tavoce@ucanr.edu