Technology and Innovation for Small Farms Advisor AP# 21-54 (Fresno)
Date Posted: March 1, 2022
Closing Date: April 15, 2022
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Location Headquarters: UC Kearney Research & Extension Center, Parlier, CA
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 involve
- Improving on-farm technologies to create workable, profitable, solutions to the key production challenges facing small-acreage and diversified farms
- Developing 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.
This position offers the opportunity to integrate and bring focus to agricultural technology development with applications to address high priority areas including climate smart agriculture, water use efficiency and water conservation, postharvest processing/product development, direct marketing of produce, and appropriately scaled precision agriculture tools with the goal of supporting broader community development and food system resilience.
This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver relevant program content to have meaningful impacts in local communities and throughout California. The Technology and Innovation for Small Farms Advisor will work closely with local and regional UCANR Small Farms Advisors and the Small Farms Network for outreach to grower clientele, extension meetings, and identification of grower needs, as well as with community partner organizations focused on small farm production and economic viability.
Opportunities abound for extension and research partnerships with organizations involved with small-scale and diversified agriculture, historically underserved communities of farmers, community development and environmental justice. The advisor will reach out to UC and CSU system academics and USDA-ARS researchers. The advisor joins 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.
Counties of Responsibility. This position will be headquartered in Fresno County at UC Kearney Research & Extension Center and also serve Tulare, Kings, Madera and Merced Counties.
Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the Director of the UC ANR Kearney Research & Extension Center with input from the UCCE County Directors in the coverage area.
Qualifications and Skills Required
Education: 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.
- Valid driver license.
- Expectation to be available to work onsite on any day.
- Experience 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.
To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following area:
Technical Competence and Impact
The 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.
Demonstrated 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 Flexibility
Demonstrated 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.
Demonstrated 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: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf
About UC ANR
The 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 about
- UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
- UC ANR at Kearney Ag Research and Extension Center at https://kare.ucanr.edu/
- UC ANR in counties: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucanr/County_Offices/
- Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
- Our Public Value statements at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016-2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5__Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/
- DEI: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion https://ucanr.edu/sites/Professional_Development/Office_-_Team_Management/Diversity_Equity_Inclusion_Belonging/
- Affirmative: 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: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
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/358478.pdf
This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315 https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/118501.pdf
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html
How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-54)
Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by April 15, 2022 (open until filled)
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