Under the direction of the Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM, the Urban IPM Educator will support the urban IPM outreach and education program by coordinating activities, carrying out train-the-trainer educational programs, working with UC ANR academics and staff, developing materials, and delivering information to urban audiences throughout the state through a variety of mechanisms. The Educator participates in program planning and supports the efforts of the Associate Director to identify priorities, engage cooperators, identify and write proposals for grant funding, and disseminate resources to achieve program goals. In addition, the Educator develops or assists in the development and delivery of outreach materials and training programs and also conducts systematic review of program materials to assure that they are up-to-date and meeting clientele needs. This position is part of the Urban and Community IPM unit.
This position will promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
Job Posting Close Date: This job is open until filled. The first review date will be June 10, 2022.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND PROGRAM PLANNING (40%)
- Coordinates workshops or educational programs related to urban pest management. Works with UC Advisors, UC Specialists, other UC ANR programs, and other partners to identify appropriate program formats, topics, and presenters. Plans and promotes hands-on and train-the-trainer programs as appropriate.
- Coordinates logistics for meetings and workshops, including but not limited to finding locations, event promotion, contacting speakers, organizing registration, and assuring that appropriate materials are prepared and available.
- Coordinates and helps teach train-the-trainer programs for UC Master Gardener Coordinators. Assists these professionals in planning and carrying out their own educational programs locally.
- Organizes other educational programs throughout the state and gives presentations to clientele groups including landscapers, urban pest management professionals, retail nursery employees, and public agency pest management staff on issues related to IPM. Consults with trainees about their educational programs and needs.
- Evaluates effectiveness of UC IPM urban & community training programs and materials. Designs and implements surveys and other assessment tools. Analyzes data and produces summary reports.
- Assists in the strategic planning process to identify program priorities. Assists and participates in regular stakeholder meetings, engaging partners, organizes notes, and meeting outcomes.
- Assists in identifying, writing, and reviewing proposals for potential grant funding.
- Attends educational programs, interacts with appropriate experts, and reads literature to build expertise and stay abreast of new developments.
Promotion and Outreach (30%)
- Works with the Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM, urban area IPM advisors, and others to develop promotion and outreach plans for delivery of IPM messages and information throughout California.
- Delivers IPM messages and information to urban audiences through appropriate and creative use and promotion of outreach materials and information, including but not limited to the UC IPM website, Pest Notes, Quick Tip cards, social media, newsletters, IPM books and pesticide compendia, and interactive presentations.
- Writes UC IPM-themed articles for inclusion in other partner program’s newsletters, communication hubs, blogs, or other platforms as needed.
- Distributes urban outreach materials, tools, and collections to end users for their educational programs. Maintains schedule and inventory of materials.
- Serves as an IPM information resource to county UCCE programs, including over 50 UC Master Gardener programs.
MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT (20%)
- Working with UC Specialists, Advisors, Master Gardener Coordinators, and intended audiences, identifies needs for specific educational and outreach materials and coordinates efforts to develop, produce, and promote these items.
- Develops, reviews, and/or updates a wide variety of educational materials, including meeting handouts, newsletter and blog articles, pest cards, publications, presentations, hands-on educational modules, and website content as directed.
GENERAL PROGRAM SUPPORT (10%)
- Participates in and contributes to the bimonthly conference call of the Urban IPM Team to discuss pertinent topics.
- Attends meetings sponsored by public agencies, and professional or nongovernmental organizations interested in IPM for urban areas to stay abreast of issues and help identify needs for materials, outreach, or education.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements: Required
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in an area related to pest management or horticulture.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of insect, weed, pathogen, and vertebrate pests; pest management; pesticides; and related environmental issues.
- Excellent interpersonal skills for extensive networking and collaboration on projects with UC Specialists, Advisors, Master Gardener Coordinators, landscape professionals, and other UC personnel, as well as with representatives of external organizations and agencies.
- Excellent oral presentation skills and demonstrated experience giving presentations.
- Skill to effectively use Macintosh/Windows computers and related peripherals (such as keyboards, pointing devices, printers, external drives, scanners), the Mac/Windows operating system, including file organization and manipulation, and file search.
- Demonstrated teaching or training skills. Ability to learn and apply innovative teaching methods, and be able to adapt to various educational levels of target audiences.
- Excellent analytical and research skills to analyze and review existing outreach or educational materials and to assess need for and to develop new materials.
- Demonstrated skill and experience in writing about technical subjects for lay audiences for clear understanding at the various levels of target audiences.
- Skills in writing, editing, proofreading, and copyediting to correct for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and established style. Skills to incorporate suggested edits from multiple people with different backgrounds and viewpoints.
- Demonstrated skill in incorporating graphics, photographs and other materials to illustrate textual material or presentations for increased effectiveness.
- Ability to set goals, identify priorities, adhere to deadlines, work independently and with others within approved guidelines, and accept and make use of criticism.
- Demonstrated experience in the planning, collaboration, and implementation of multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
Job Requirements: Preferred
- Master’s degree or equivalent in an area related to pest management.
- Horticultural experience or expertise.
- Understanding of pesticide nomenclature, classification, toxicology, chemical characteristics, and knowledge of resources for obtaining such information.
- Experience working collaboratively with stakeholders, developing productive partnerships, and working in a team environment to accomplish shared goals.
- Experience or training in project management, especially hands-on training methods and train-the-trainer programs.
- Experience using various social media platforms to interact with target audiences.
- Experience carrying out surveys and using other tools to evaluate programs and analyze collected data.
- Skills to convene meetings, organize agendas, and record, organize and synthesize notes.
- Experience and skill with graphics, scanning and desktop publishing software.
- Skill in using digital camera or ability to develop.
- Ability to read/write/speak Spanish.
- Training and/or understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts.
Special Conditions of Employment:
- Travel and travel outside of normal business hours.
- Must possess valid California Driver's License to drive a County or University vehicle. Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required. Reimbursement of job-related travel will be reimbursed according to University policies.
- Employment is contingent upon successfully clearing the FBI/DOJ background check both from the Department of Justice and the FBI, prior to the first day of UC Employment.
- As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.
- Must comply with regulatory agency reporting requirements (California's Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act).
- As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.