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Associate Non-CE Specialist for Water Resources (Research Specialist Series)

County Location: Orange County

Date Posted: August 26, 2021
Closing Date: October 18, 2021

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Location:  South Coast Research and Extension Center, Irvine, California

Supporting:  Orange County

Purpose: 

The Associate Specialist for Water Resources will assist in all phases of applied water resource management research and extension efforts in Orange County. The specialist is expected to record academic accomplishments, including contributions to published or in-press research in the field and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service.

The Associate Specialist is responsible for conducting water-related research and extension activities focusing on the needs of Orange County. The candidate will also be involved in national and statewide projects for collaborative project activities in the areas of water conservation and water quality.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide independent input to the research - designing and conducting applied water management research in both urban and agriculture systems. The specific activities include monitoring and mitigation of pollutants in surface runoff, development of water use recommendations for landscape ornamentals, quantification of plant growth responses to deficit irrigation and alternative water sources, such as reclaimed. Research is a combination of a small amount of lab work with the majority being conducted in the field.
  • Work primarily on projects focusing on conserving and protecting water resources in Orange County.
  • Take a leading role in water research activities located at South Coast Research and Extension Center and field studies located in the county, supervising technicians and seasonal student assistants.
  • Provide county with assistance in convening and facilitating watershed collaborative groups bringing to the group the UC network of researchers to assist in solving critical issues faced in a watershed.
  • Utilize expertise in research data collection and summarization and statistical analysis.
  • Have a significant contribution to writing extension reports and publishing scientific peer-reviewed and relevant extension articles.
  • Be actively involved in organizing extension and field meetings, conference calls, and other professional activities, especially assisting county personal with technical information on pollution sources and mitigation from landscape and agricultural production activities.
  • Be involved in University and public service depending on the funding and needs.
  • Participate in related health and safety training related to the operation of pesticide application equipment if needed.

Education:  A Master's degree or other advanced degrees in disciplines such as Environmental Science, Pest Management, Horticultural Science, Plant Science or a closely related field is required by the appointment date.

Salary: The salary will be in the Associate Specialist Rank, Step 1 ($65,200 annually).  For information regarding the Associate Specialist series salary scales, please refer to: :  https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022/july-2021-scales/t24-b.pdf.  

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

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by October 18, 2021; open until filled.