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Urban Agriculture/Small Farms Advisor (AP 21-14)

County Location: San Bernardino County

Date Posted: July 28, 2021
Closing Date: September 19, 2021

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Location: UCCE San Bernardino, Highland, California

Purpose.  The Urban Agriculture/Small Farms Advisor will develop and conduct an applied research and education program for small-scale growers engaged in direct and nontraditional production and marketing of vegetable and specialty crops with an emphasis on organic production in the greater Los Angeles basin (excluding desert areas which are already covered). The Advisor will also work in the emerging area of controlled-environment agriculture (CEA), a food production approach conducted in enclosed facilities in large urban centers.

The Advisor will collaborate with other UC ANR Advisors assigned to the four-county area (including the Sustainable Food System Advisor who specializes in the non-production aspect of food systems), other statewide Urban Ag/Small Farm Advisors, campus based Specialists and Faculty, with personnel involved with projects at South Coast Research and Extension Center (SCREC), the UC Riverside Citrus Experiment Station and with relevant non-UC collaborators. The Advisor will affiliate with the statewide Sustainable Agricultural Research and Extension Program (SAREP) and the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program and participate in workgroups associated with the Agriculture Production Management Systems, Vegetable Crops, Pest Management, Water Resources, and Building Food Security Program Teams.  The Advisor will also spend up to 20% of their time providing research-based information on non-commercial vegetable production to Master Gardener (MG) volunteers (with MG programs being coordinated and managed by UCCE Community Educators in each of the four counties) who will extend information to the public. 

Key areas of research are developing low-input, sustainable cropping systems for vegetable and specialty crops that optimize production while conserving water and preserving water quality.  Other research needs are preventing and minimizing major disease and insect outbreaks using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in organic as well as traditional systems, and developing new markets and EA technologies with industry partners.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop meaningful impacts in the communities of San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange 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 join a team of highly motivated UC ANR colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within communities and working landscapes of California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system abounds.

Counties of Responsibility. This position focuses on the greater Los Angeles basin (excluding desert areas).  There is an expectation and many opportunities to work collaboratively across counties.

Education:  A minimum of a Master's Degree in plant science, agronomy, vegetable science, horticulture, or closely related field is required at time of appointment.

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:  https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/353916.pdf

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-14).

Closing Date: 

To assure full consideration, complete application packets must be received by September 19, 2021; or open until filled.

Questions?

Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu