Cooperative Extension, Kern County, 1031 South Mount Vernon Avenue,
Purpose. The Soils &
irrigation Advisor will primarily address high priority initiatives
to Improve Water Quality, Quantity, and Security; Enhance
Competitive, Sustainable Food Systems and Enhance the Health of
Californians and California’s Agricultural Economy.
The Advisor should develop and integrate all aspects of crop
production to promote sustainability, profitability, food safety,
and environmental stewardship in the county region.
The Advisor will work with local agencies to provide outreach
and information on critical issues associated with their
Water quality and availability are critical issues which impact
crop production and soil health. Continued planting of permanent
crops in areas that have not previously had fruit and nut crops
because of soil or water salinity issues necessitates additional
research to address these issues. Current research projects include
fertilizer management in nut crops, interaction of water and
nutrient management in almonds, salinity tolerance in pistachio and
automated remote sensed systems for irrigation control and
improving water use efficiency.
This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in
the communities in Kern County 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 focuses on the Kern county area with work relevant to
the wider Southern Central Valley. There is opportunity and
expectation to work collaboratively across counties.
Reporting Relationship: The Advisor serves
under the administrative guidance of the University of California
Cooperative Extension Kern County Director.
Qualifications and Skills Required Required Qualifications
Education: A minimum of
a master's degree in soils, agronomy, water science or a closely
related field is required at time of appointment.
- Extension experience and demonstrated excellence in the areas
of applied research is desired.
- Coursework and experience in Environmental programs.
- Training and experience in interdisciplinary and
multi-disciplinary research and collaboration is preferred.
- Familiarity with California’s environment and water acts will
- Knowledge and demonstrated use of remote methods of conducting
outreach and delivery are a benefit.
To be successful, Advisors require skills in the following:
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should understand key concepts to optimize
engagement and development and be able to design and implement a
program that leads to positive changes and impact within the
community and beyond.
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
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both
professionally and as a person.
Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic
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.
Learn more about
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:
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:
How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and
choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-16).
To assure full consideration, complete application packets must
be received by September 24, 2021 or open until
Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce @ucanr.edu
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International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a
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