Area CE Dairy Systems Advisor
Date Posted: February 23, 2017
Closing Date: April 7, 2017
This position is headquartered in Santa Rosa, UCCE Sonoma County, California.
POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for dairy systems will conduct a locally-based extension and applied research program focused on the complex issues of animal health and welfare, dairy waste management, and water quality. This position will provide programs across a spectrum of industry issues as they relate to dairy production systems.
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE advisor appointees 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.
Research: All UC ANR CE advisors develop and implement applied research programs to provide science-based information addressing complex issues. The CE advisor will provide essential leadership to address critical issues facing dairy systems in Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino Counties. The focus of the applied research program will be based on a needs assessment and may include partnerships with a variety of campus and county-based colleagues. Potential applied research programs include pasture-based and organic production, niche marketing, mass or whole nutrient balancing (especially in relation to nitrogen), waste (manure) management, feeding management, fly control, and environmental quality issues (surface and ground water contamination, odors), and animal welfare. Research results may be published in newsletters, popular press, California Agriculture, Journal of Dairy Science and the Journal of Environmental Quality.
• Develop and implement effective UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs of the clientele that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and strategic initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/.
• Conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
• Develop and implement applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems.
• Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
• Maintain and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by participating in professional organizations and collaborating with government agencies, commodity groups, allied industry groups, policy makers and other organizations by providing independent science-based information and leadership.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a master's degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as Dairy or Animal Science, Agriculture Ecology or a closely related field. An understanding of production practices, animal and field research and statistical design is required. The ability to build partnerships and to work with multidisciplinary teams to address production and environmental challenges is required. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. Demonstrated experience in extension is desirable.
SALARY: 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 website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/250093.pdf. If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE advisor with indefinite status, the candidate will be offered the position commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications with eligibility to retain such indefinite status.
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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.