Area Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Entomology Advisor (AP# 22-28) Fresno
Date Posted: February 21, 2023
Closing Date: April 10, 2023
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Serving Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties, California
Location Headquarters. Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier, CA
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique opportunity for a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Area IPM Entomology Advisor. UC ANR operates a statewide network of researchers and educators dedicated to the development and application of knowledge to address local agricultural, environmental and health issues. Over 150 UC ANR UCCE advisors conduct research, outreach and education from locally based CE offices serving all 58 counties from 70+ locations throughout the state. By working and living among those we serve, UC ANR expands the University of California’s reach to engage all people and communities in California, ensuring equal access to the UC system.
Purpose. The Area IPM Entomology Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address pest management issues facing agriculture.
Research and extension will address high-priority issues related to ecologically and economically sound integrated pest management programs. Emphasis will be on interdisciplinary projects that affect perennial nut and fruit crops, such as, pistachio, almond, walnut, stonefruits, and grapes.
This is an exciting opportunity to do research and provide research-based education on pest management practices to enhance production efficiency and profitability while protecting human-health and the environment. There are numerous opportunities to build partnerships with PCA’s, growers, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and other interested parties.
The advisor joins a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and throughout California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless. The Area Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Cooperative Extension (CE) Advisor for Entomology will be a key member of the UC Statewide IPM Program's (UCIPM) academic team.
Counties of Responsibility. This position will be strategically located at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center and provide support for the San Joaquin Valley including Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings counties.
Reporting Relationship: The Area IPM Entomology Advisor is headquartered at the Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center. Academically, the position reports to the UC IPM program director who is responsible for matters concerning evaluations, merits, and promotions.
Qualifications and Skills Required
Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in entomology, pest management, or closely related field is required at the time of appointment.
- Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required. Must possess valid California Driver's License to drive a County or University vehicle.
- A broad understanding of IPM principles, including knowledge of crop production, cultural and biological controls, and pesticide use.
- The CE Advisor must obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) prior to applying pesticides or supervising the application of any pesticide.
- Ability to identify insects at the family level and be familiar with their life history
- Practical field experience in entomology pest management and collaborating with private industry.
- Experience in conducting field research in agriculture; planning and implementation of broad, large-scale research and extension programs.
- An understanding of how public policy impacts agricultural management and producer decision-making.
- Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension.
- Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively plan projects, manage teams and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.
To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following areas:
Technical Competence and Impact
The candidate should have a deep understanding of pest management and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and respond to changes in the industry and by clientele.
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, interpersonal, and information technology communication skills. Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position.
Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.
Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.
Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf
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 California. We are committed to developing and supporting practical, science-based solutions that contribute to 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.
Learn more about
- UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu
- UC ANR in counties: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucanr/County_Offices/
- Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
- Our Public Value statements at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Divisionwide_Planning/UC_ANR_Public_Values/
- DEI: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion https://ucanr.edu/sites/Professional_Development/Office_-_Team_Management/Diversity_Equity_Inclusion_Belonging/
- Affirmative Action: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
- The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.
Salary & Benefits
Salary: The salary range for this Cooperative Extension Advisor position is Assistant Rank, Step I ($71,200) to Step VI ($94,000). Step placement in the advisor series is based on applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/358478.pdf. If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position without change to the candidate’s current rank, step, salary and/or appointment terms; and if applicable, is eligible to retain indefinite status.
This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315 https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/118501.pdf
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and paid holidays. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of the University policy. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #22-28)
Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by April 10, 2023 – (open until filled)
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