Area Low Desert Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor
Location Headquarters: Holtville, Imperial County, California
SUBMISSION DATE: To assure full consideration, submit materials by February 28, 2020.
POSITION PURPOSE: Various crops (field, vegetable and horticultural) are grown on large acreages in California’s low desert, but the region has a long history of arthropod pests, weeds and crop disease infestations. This region lies on the border between Arizona and Mexico, hence is exposed to invasive insect pests that plague California’s agriculture with Imperial County as the major entry point. The Area Low Desert Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor will conduct a multi-county extension, applied research and education program that addresses grower and industry needs, including an understanding of local agricultural crops, their farming systems, and their arthropod pests, weeds and diseases in Imperial, and the desert regions of San Diego and Riverside Counties. The Cooperative Extension (CE) IPM Advisor holds a pivotal role in initiating, contributing to and developing IPM strategies for managing arthropods pests, weeds and diseases by incorporating the agronomic and pest management approaches for forage crops, vegetable crops and ornamental plant production and many specialty crops. Key clientele includes pest control advisors, growers, allied industry personnel, and government agencies. 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, including development and review of UC IPM online and print publication, organizational meetings, and other programmatic activities relevant to the mission and strategic plan of the Program.
This position is co-funded by Imperial County for a period of five years with intent for co-funded renewal. Continuation beyond the initial five-year term is contingent upon agreement by both UC ANR and Imperial County, with review of need and available funding taking place before the term end date. This is not an academic career-track appointment and is not eligible for indefinite status.
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 project scientists. 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/
Information on UC ANR’s commitment and strategy to improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace, can be found in Goal 7 of the UC ANR Division 2016-2021 Strategic Plan: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/291232.pdf
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
An earned Masters, preferably PhD degree in disciplines such as weed science, entomology, plant pathology or other closely related field is required at the time of appointment. A broad understanding of integrated pest management principles and practices, including knowledge of crop production of the area, cultural and biological controls, and pesticide use is essential. Quantitative skills and knowledge of, and experience using, statistical analysis and experimental designs is required.
Applicants are expected to have a range of skills to ensure their success, including: Technical expertise, communications skills, ability to work in teams and network, flexibility and a commitment to lifelong learning.
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.
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with other professionals
A minimum relevant five years field experiences in arthropods, weeds, or disease management in the cropping system of the low desert is preferred. Candidates with broad expertise in at least one of the above fields and experience in at least one of the others is desirable. Expertise in applied field research in multiple types of crops is desirable. More than two recent publications in area of pest management and presentation of research results in scientific forum is preferred.
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant CE Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding CE Advisor series salary scales, please refer to: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/307368.pdf.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following five components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu
1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
3. 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
4. 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.
5. 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.
To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and select “Applicants”. For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than February 28, 2020.