The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for viticulture will conduct a locally based extension, education and applied research program to address vine growth and development, table grape production, irrigation/water management, vine nutrition, rootstock evaluation, vineyard management systems, automation and mechanization, crop/fruit development, integrated pest and disease management in table grape vineyards including soil pests, post-harvest handling, cultural practices and their impact on fruit quality and yield, and best practices to minimize the environmental effects of production and cultural practices.
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE advisors are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extension of knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity and 4) University and public service.
This is not an academic career-track appointment and is not eligible for indefinite status. This position is co-funded by the California Table Grape Commission for a period of five years with intent for co-funded renewal. The CE advisor will initially be appointed to a term of up to two years with an academic review taking place prior to the end of this initial term. If the review reflects that the incumbent’s performance is of high quality, as evaluated by UC ANR procedures, the CE advisor will be offered a second definite term appointment of two years, subject to renewal based on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance of the academic.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A minimum of an earned master's degree or higher is required prior to the appointment start date, preferably in plant science, viticulture, pomology or closely related disciplines such as water/soil science, plant pathology, entomology and others with experience in plant science. Education, training, or experience in viticulture is highly preferred, and relevant experience in other permanent cropping systems will be considered.
The CE advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.
Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility
The ability to build partnerships and to work with multidisciplinary teams to address production and complex challenges is required.
Willingness and ability to embrace change as clientele and organizational needs evolve.
Demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension is preferred.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all CE advisors. Compliance with affirmative action policies includes supporting outreach efforts to underserved and underrepresented audiences. UC ANR Affirmative Action policy and information can be found at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
Additional Salary Information: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California, ANR website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/293542.pdf.
Internal Number: 19-02
About UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is a statewide network of UC researchers and educators dedicated to the creation, development and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural and human resources.300 locally based Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists 57 local offices throughout California 130 campus-based Cooperative Extension specialists 9 Research and Extension Center 6 statewide programs 700 academic researchers in 40 departments at three colleges and one professional school:UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine UC Riverside College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Since the first UC Cooperative Extension office opened in Humboldt County in 1913, UC scientists have been reaching out to communities across California, serving as problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators, stewards and educators.Advisors live and work in the communities they serve. To many Californians, they are the face of UC—providing expertise, visibility and a keen understanding of local issues.Together with their campus partners, they build the bridge between the people of California and their great University.