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Pesticide Safety Education Academic Coordinator 2 AP 21-61

Location: UC ANR - Davis

Date Posted: December 15, 2021
Closing Date: February 14, 2022

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The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide division with local development and delivery, is seeking the following Academic Coordinator.

Location Headquarters: UC ANR, Davis, CA

Purpose: The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator is responsible for coordinating, developing, and delivering educational programs in pesticide safety for users of pesticides in California. This position provides objective information about pesticide safety and promotes sound decision making to reduce pesticide risks to human health and the environment in the context of integrated pest management.

This position serves as the Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Agriculture (EPA/USDA) pesticide safety program, interacting with federal, state, and county personnel to ensure safe, legal, and effective pesticide use. The Coordinator assists California pesticide users, especially licensed professional applicators of restricted use and general use pesticide products and private applicators (growers), with their educational needs related to pesticide pre-license and re-certification. In addition, the Coordinator supports train-the-trainer needs of individuals who must train field workers and pesticide handlers, and supports UC IPM Urban and Community outreach to urban audiences consumers.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities throughout California.

Qualifications and Skills Required 

Required Qualifications

Education:  A minimum of a Master's degree in an appropriate field related to pest management is required at the time of appointment, plus a strong background in a pesticide safety related subject, such as pesticide application technology, agricultural chemical transport, water quality, or toxicology. 

Additional Requirements

  • In-depth knowledge of pesticides, pesticide application, federal regulations, and safety.
  • Ability to communicate and extend technical information to audiences with widely varying levels of literacy and language limitations, using audience-appropriate techniques.
  • Ability to work with people with disparate views and values, to motivate people, and adapt to changing situations.
  • Literacy in online communications and with software to support extension education programs.
  • Position headquartered in Davis, CA. Hybrid, but not full telecommuting, agreements are possible.

Desired Experience

  • Possess a Pesticide Applicator or Pest Control Adviser license
  • Oral and written Spanish language proficiency
  • Knowledge of California pesticide regulations
  • Previous Extension experience in clientele engagement and outreach activities
  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension
  • Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement an outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives

A California Qualified Applicator Certificate must be obtained within six months of hire.














Salary & Benefits

Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Academic Coordinator II series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding the Academic Coordinator series salary scales, please refer to: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022/july-2021-scales/t36-ii.pdf

The academic coordinator position is a two-year renewable term appointment. Performance in this position is evaluated annually with merit actions being evaluated every two years. Upon completion of a successful review, you may be reappointed for another definite term. Our intention with this definite term appointment is to reappoint based on positive performance reviews, the continuing need for the position, and funding availability.

This is not an academic career-track appointment. This salary and benefits for this position are funded by UC ANR at 100% in fiscal year 2021/2022, 75% in 2022/2023, and 50% thereafter. The Academic Coordinator, with support from the UC IPM Director, will be expected to obtain external funding to maintain the 100% appointment starting in FY 2022/2023.

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-61).

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by February 14, 2022.


Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu