Purpose. The Production Horticulture Advisor is responsible for conducting research, extension and education programs in the areas of floriculture, nursery and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) including indoor grown edible crops with the goal of improving production and economic viability of these industries in San Diego County.
Address issues in production horticulture including floriculture and nursery crops in field grown and controlled environment conditions through applied research and extension education programs to disseminate information to the San Diego County clientele. Potential issues include pest management, invasive species, soil and fertility management, energy efficiency, irrigation and water use and agriculture/urban interface issues.
Support the floriculture and nursery industries as well as a diverse and expanding CEA industry in San Diego County.
The CE advisor will provide research and education in traditional areas of production of floriculture and nursery crops, as well as edible crop production under controlled environment conditions. The CE Advisor will develop or test innovations related to engineering and growing requirements to improve energy and water use efficiency and carbon neutrality.
This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in San Diego and throughout California. Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link growers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving. You will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and working landscapes of California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.
County of Responsibility. This position is focused on production horticulture in San Diego County. There is opportunity to work collaboratively across counties.
Reporting Relationship: The CE advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director for San Diego County.
About UC ANR
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across the California. We are committed to developing and supporting healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.
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/307368.pdf.
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy and is eligible for indefinite status.
Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following five components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to DEI addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program.
Statement of Research and Extension Interests: Please submit a 2-page Statement of Research and Extension Interests including how your current and/or past research and extension experience could contribute to, or be applicable to, the needs of the local community. Provide examples of potential goals and outcomes from your research and extension activities.
College Level Transcripts: Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates. Please DO NOT send transcripts that are password protected.
To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and select “Applicants.” For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than May 26, 2020.
Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant.
Qualifications and Skills Required
Education: A minimum of a master's degree in an appropriate agricultural discipline such as environmental/ornamental horticulture, plant science, pest management, urban agriculture or a related field of study is required at the time of appointment.
The position requires the CE advisor to have a combination of knowledge and experience in plant science and computer-controlled management technologies used to optimize plant growing systems, plant quality, high intensity production systems, and production efficiency in controlled environments (greenhouses, hoophouses, hydroponics, etc.).
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.
A valid driver’s license is required and the ability to lift 25 pounds.
To be successful, Advisors require skills in the following: ability to address immediate issues and develop forward-looking programs that will have a positive impact on the environment and economic viability of the growers and the community; ability to work with regulators to develop policies related to ornamental plant production and controlled environment agriculture; ability to acquire external funding in order to conduct research and extension programs.
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should have a deep understanding of key concepts related to floriculture, nursery and controlled environment agriculture and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond.
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person.
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Additional Salary Information: 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/307368.pdf.