Area Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor

Employer
University if California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Location
California, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted
Aug 18, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Area Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor will serve irrigated agriculture producers, agricultural water districts, environmental groups, and water and land resource professionals in both the public and private sectors in the four-county region. The advisor will focus on the efficient use of irrigation water at the farm level through improved irrigation methods, improved irrigation scheduling, and regulated deficit irrigation strategies.

 

  1. Support assessments of the impacts of irrigated agriculture on the environment and help growers cope with new laws, such as the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) and the Sustainable Groundwater Water Management Act (SGMA).

 

  • Work closely with local Orchard Advisors as the region is dominated by tree crops or any other crops and related issues such as irrigated pasture, field crops, row crops, groundwater recharge, flow measurements, and water diversions.
  • Work with growers, farming operations, commodity boards, irrigation districts and local natural resources agencies.
  • This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities of Glenn, Tehama, Colusa and Shasta Counties and throughout California.  Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving.  You 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 working landscapes of California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

    Counties of Responsibility. This position focusses on irrigation and water resource issues in a four county area.  There is opportunity and expectation to work collaboratively across counties.

     

    Reporting Relationship: The CE advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension Glenn County Director, with input from the UCCE Tehama, Colusa and Shasta County Directors.

    Qualifications and Skills Required  Required Qualifications

    Education:  A minimum of a master's degree is required though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as water resources, soils, agronomy, horticulture, agricultural engineering or other closely related fields.

     

    Additional Requirements:

    • Extension experience and demonstrated excellence in the areas of applied research is desired.
    • Coursework and experience in statistical analysis, experimental design, soil fertility, soil physics, water quality, principles of irrigation and agricultural engineering, and geographic information systems are desired.
    • Training and experience in interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and collaboration is preferred.
    • Familiarity with current California water regulations such as ILRP, SGMA, SB-88 and AB-589 is a benefit.
    • Knowledge and demonstrated use of remote methods of conducting outreach are a benefit.
      Skills Required

    To be successful, Advisors require skills in the following:

     

    Technical Competence and Impact

    The candidate should understand key concepts to optimize horticultural and agronomic cropping systems and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. Perform applied research in both on-farm and experiment station settings.

     

    Communication

    Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, interpersonal and information technology communication skills.

     

    Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility

    Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others. Able to adapt as circumstances warrant. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Work with campus-based CE specialists, faculty, and CE advisors providing irrigation expertise. 

     

    Lifelong Learning

    Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person.

     

    Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review 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 the California. We are committed to developing and supporting 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.

     

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    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 #20-10)

     

    Closing Date: 

    To assure full consideration, complete application packets must be received by September 25, 2020.

     

     

    Questions?

    Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu

     

    Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.

     

    University of California Cooperative Extension

    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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

     

    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.

     

    HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following five components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu

     

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    3. Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to DEI addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program.

    Guidelines for writing a DEI Statement can be found at: https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing-diversity-statement

  •  Statement of Research and Extension Interests: Please submit a 2-page Statement of Research and Extension Interests including how your current and/or past research and extension experience could contribute to, or be applicable to, the needs of the local community. Provide examples of potential goals and outcomes from your research and extension activities.
  • College Level Transcripts: Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates. Please DO NOT send transcripts that are password protected.
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    To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and select “Applicants.”  For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than September 25, 2020.

     

    Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant.