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Area Low Desert Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor #20-01

County Location: Imperial County

Date Posted: January 23, 2020
Closing Date: February 28, 2020

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Location headquarters: Hotville, Imperial County, California

POSITION PURPOSE: Various crops (field, vegetable and horticultural) are grown on large acreages in California’s low desert, but the region has a long history of arthropod pests, weeds and crop disease infestations.  This region lies on the border between Arizona and Mexico, hence is exposed to invasive insect pests that plague California’s agriculture with Imperial County as the major entry point.  The Area Low Desert Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor will conduct a multi-county extension, applied research and education program that addresses grower and industry needs, including an understanding of local agricultural crops, their farming systems, and their arthropod pests, weeds and diseases in Imperial, and the desert regions of San Diego and Riverside Counties.  The Cooperative Extension (CE) IPM Advisor holds a pivotal role in initiating, contributing to and developing IPM strategies for managing arthropods pests, weeds and diseases by incorporating the agronomic and pest management approaches for forage crops, vegetable crops and ornamental plant production and many specialty crops. Key clientele includes pest control advisors, growers, allied industry personnel, and government agencies. The Area IPM Advisor will be a member of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (ipm.ucanr.edu) and will participate in UC IPM activities, including development and review of UC IPM online and print publication, organizational meetings, and other programmatic activities relevant to the mission and strategic plan of the Program.

This position is co-funded by Imperial County for a period of five years with intent for co-funded renewal. Continuation beyond the initial five-year term is contingent upon agreement by both UC ANR and Imperial County, with review of need and available funding taking place before the term end date. This is not an academic career-track appointment and is not eligible for indefinite status.

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.

For more information and to apply, follow the link to the Position Vacancy Announcement.