Area Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor - Entomology
Location Headquarters: Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
SUBMISSION DATE: To assure full consideration, submit materials by May 31, 2019. Those received after May 31, 2019 may be considered if the position has not yet been filled. (open until filled).
POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor for Entomology will conduct a multi-county extension, education and applied research program that addresses grower and industry needs, including an understanding of local agricultural crops, their farming systems, and their arthropod pests, including insect-vectored diseases in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties. Primary crops include commercial grapes, pears, olives and apples, as well as specialty crops. Integrated Pest Management combines available plant protection and pest management technologies including cultural, chemical and biological controls plus systems science with the goal of producing an ecologically and economically sound crop production system. IPM stresses an interdisciplinary approach to science and practice of pest management. The Cooperative Extension (CE) Area IPM Advisor holds a pivotal role in initiating, contributing to and developing management strategies for invasive invertebrate species and new or exotic insect pests. They must also be knowledgeable about insect pest-related quarantines and interstate/international marketing requirements. Key clientele includes CE Advisors, growers, government agencies, pest control advisers, and allied industry personnel. The Area IPM Advisor will be a member of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (ipm.ucanr.edu) and will participate in UC IPM activities.
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.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of an earned master's degree, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as entomology, pest management, or other closely related field is required by the appointment start date. A broad understanding of integrated pest management principles, including knowledge of crop production, cultural and biological controls, and pesticide use is required. Quantitative skills and knowledge of, and experience using, statistical analysis and experimental designs are required. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. Demonstrated ability in applied research and extension is preferred. Practical field experience in entomology pest management is preferred.
The CE advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank, and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California, ANR website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/293542.pdf.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following six components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/
1. Cover Letter
2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/277777.pdf
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.