Purpose. The Plant
Pathology Advisor will implement an extension education and applied
problem-solving research program in plant pathology for the
agricultural clientele of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito
The Advisor will provide leadership, information transfer, and
technical help in the diagnosis, prevention, and alleviation of
plant diseases for a wide range of primary clientele including
producers, associated agribusiness individuals and agencies, and
other support personnel; providing information and advice to those
who need to make sound disease management decisions.
The Advisor will participate in other research areas dealing
with microorganisms, such as fungal ecology and food borne
The position will work to address native and invasive diseases
affecting the agriculture and natural ecosystems in the tri-county
area; addressing these issues which are substantial hurdles for
economic sustainability of agriculture and natural systems. The
position should do further field and laboratory research to help
avoid outbreaks of foodborne illnesses caused by human microbial
This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in
the communities in the target 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 focuses on the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito
counties. 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 Santa Cruz County Director with input on
program direction, coordination and evaluation from the other
Qualifications and Skills Required Required
Education: A minimum of
a master's degree in plant pathology or closely related fields is
required at time of appointment.
- Coursework or experience in diagnosis, plant nematology and
microbiology is helpful.
- 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 agriculture and environment 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 #21-15).
To assure full consideration, complete application packets must
be received by October 18, 2021; or open until
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
University of California Cooperative Extension
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