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University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
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Posted: 12/4/2018
Organic Production - Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

The CE specialist in Organic Production, housed at UC Santa Cruz, will focus on carrying out a collaborative, multifaceted research and outreach program with the goal of addressing challenges facing organic agricultural production systems of California, including pest and pathogen control, fertility management, weed control and efficient water use. The CE specialist will develop multi-disciplinary collaborations with other UC and outside researchers to address needs; and should seek out opportunities to bring private-sector partners and other stakeholders into these collaborations.

Research may involve alternatives to soil fumigation for strawberry production, better understanding of organic fertility management, increasing production in organic systems, cover cropping, pre-plant soil preparation, examining strategies for attracting native pollinators and natural enemies to diversified, organic production systems (e.g., hedgerows, insectary strips), understanding the importance of crop rotation to control soil borne diseases and to optimize soil fertility management, or examining how dry farming techniques to minimize water use influence pests or crop diseases.

The CE Specialist will interact with their campus academic colleagues, thereby creating synergies that will advance the programmatic goals of both the UCSC Division of Social Sciences and of UC ANR; Interact with UCSC Division of Social Sciences undergraduate and graduate students, deliver occasional lectures, and perform similar academic functions (such as serving on dissertation committees, oral exams, etc.) as appropriate.  In accordance with UC Academic Personnel Policy 334, Specialist in Cooperative Extension Series, the teaching of regular undergraduate or graduate courses will not be a responsibility of the position; and engage in campus faculty meetings, campus faculty committee service, and other activities of the UCSC faculty as appropriate.


ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE specialists are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extending knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity and 4) University and public service.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION:  An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all academics. UC ANR Affirmative Action policy and information can be found at

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Ph.D. is required in horticulture, agronomy, agroecology, environmental science/studies, soil science, entomology, plant pathology or other closely related disciplines.  Applicants must be within 12 months of completing their degree in order to be considered for the position.  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.  A demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension of information is desirable.  Experience in securing and managing extramural grants, carrying out field-based research, publishing multi-disciplinary research, and doing outreach related to organic production systems is desirable.

 SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist Series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding the Cooperative Extension Specialist salary scale, please refer to

HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following six components of the application packet to

1.    Cover Letter

2.   ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at:

        Please do not send letters of reference.

3.    CV or Resume

4.    Statement of Contributions to Diversity: Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to Diversity 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.

5.    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

6.    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.

The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.