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Please note: This position is similar to extension agent or educator in another state with some research expectation.
SUBMISSION DATE: To ensure full consideration, submit materials by August 28, 2019. Those received after August 28, 2019 may be considered if the position has not yet been filled (open until filled).
POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for livestock and natural resources will conduct a multi-county based extension, education and applied research program that will focus on livestock production systems including grazing management, pasture management, nutrition, herd health, animal husbandry, genetic selection, reproduction, and marketing. This position will have a strong animal husbandry focus and will contribute to a more complete and balanced team throughout the region. The natural resource component of this position will focus on developing effective solutions to issues relating to commercial livestock production systems and natural resource issues such as water quality, rangeland health, wildlife habitat, and public lands management.
Livestock production continues to be one of the leading agricultural commodities in the region. The majority of livestock is cattle, with goats, sheep, poultry and swine also being represented. Nearly all the cattle produced in the region is comprised of cow/calf operations that operate on a complex and diverse land ownership basis. Livestock production on annual rangelands account for 800,000 acres in the region and is mostly private ownership that is either owner operated or leased. A portion of the annual rangeland is publicly owned either by Federal, State or local government and a number of utility districts. In addition to annual range, many livestock producers utilize forestlands for summer grazing. The Stanislaus and El Dorado National Forests account for 589,000 acres of grazing land with an additional 168,000 acres of private forestland used for grazing. A number of producers also utilize irrigated and non-irrigated pastures in other parts of California or out of state. Because of the
diversity in ecosystems and magnitude of acreage and diversity of ownership, the issues that arise in this production system are just as varied and diverse.
The CE advisor will facilitate interactions and information exchange among campus based academics, CE advisors and community stakeholders. The CE advisor will develop and implement education and applied research programs addressing important issues at the interface of livestock production systems, natural resources management, and watershed health. Key clientele will include livestock producers and managers, landowners, 4-H and FFA youth, public resource management agencies (Natural Resource Conservation Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service, and Resource Conservation Districts), nonprofit conservation organizations (California Farm Bureau, land trusts, and regional agricultural marketing groups), regional livestock organizations, and others who face complex management issues relating to livestock production, natural resources, and watershed health.
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE advisors are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extension of 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 CE advisors. Compliance with affirmative action policies includes supporting outreach efforts to underserved and underrepresented audiences. UC ANR Affirmative Action policy and information can be found at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding the CE advisor salary scales, please refer to: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/293542.pdf. If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE advisor with indefinite status, the candidate will be offered the position commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications with eligibility to retain such indefinite status.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following six components of the Application Packet to ANRacademicsearch@ucanr.edu:
1. Cover Letter
2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/278846.pdf
Please do not send letters of reference.
3. CV or Resume
4. 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.
Guidelines for writing a DEI Statement can be found at: https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing-diversity-statement
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.
Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant.