Assistant Cooperative Extension Advisor - Vegetable Crops

The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Assistant Cooperative Extension Advisor - Vegetable Crops

Bakersfield, Kern County

Position Number AP 17-15

The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) seeks an academic, career-track Assistant Cooperative Extension Advisor to conduct a locally-based extension and applied research program with a broad focus on vegetable crop management with an emphasis on control of plant diseases in Kern County.

Summary of Major Duties:

  • Develop a strong applied research program addressing on-farm production practices to control contamination of pre-harvest foods, challenges relating to water availability and water quality preservation, pest management, fertilization practices, food safety and security and economic competitiveness,
  • Conduct and report regular comprehensive needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served,
  • Research and collaborate with a wide range of UC colleagues, including UC ANR Workgroups and Program Teams, CE advisors, CE specialists, UC Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty and others within the research/extension network, regional, national and international experts in the fields of agricultural engineering, pest management, and environmental quality,
  • Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that ar responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.

This position will headquarter in Bakersfield at the Kern County University of California Cooperative Extension Office. For more information about UCCE Kern, visit

Education, Skill and Experience Requirements:

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in disciplines such as plant pathology, agronomy, plant sciences, horticulture, or a closely related field, earned by the appointment start date,
  • Demonstrated excellence in the areas of applied agricultural research and extension,
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills,
  • The Cooperative Extension Advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or license (QAL) prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.

Additional Desired Attribute:

The abilities to build partnerships and work with multidisciplinary teams to address production and environmental challenges.

The beginning salary will be in the Assistant Cooperative Extension Advisor rank, and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. Please reference the applicable salary table at this link:  For information pertaining to the attractive University of California benefits package, visit the UC Benefits Web site:

For a full position vacancy announcement and application procedures, contact Karen Ellsworth at, refer to position listing AP#17-15, or visit the online job board at, access the full position announcement and academic application form. To assure full consideration, e-mail your complete application packet no later than Monday, April 30, 2018, to   

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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60 Days
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University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Karen Ellsworth
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