Butte County
University of California
Butte County

Area CE Orchard Systems Advisor (AP#17.14)

County Location: San Joaquin County

Date Posted: March 29, 2018
Closing Date: October 5, 2018

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This position is headquartered in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California.

POSITION PURPOSE: The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for orchard systems will conduct a locally based extension, education and applied research program to develop a research and extension education program to address high priority production and pest management issues in walnuts and sweet cherries in San Joaquin County. The position also includes problem solving and program delivery responsibilities for apples, oil olives, and several other smaller-acreage crops. San Joaquin County is the statewide leader in both cherry and walnut production and the advisor will be expected to become a regional and statewide leader within ANR.

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE advisor appointees 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. 


  • Develop and implement effective UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs of the clientele that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and ANR initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/
  • Conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
  • Conduct applied research designed to solve locally relevant problems and monitor change.
  • Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
  • Maintain and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by providing science-based knowledge and skills independent of personal or parochial interests.
  • Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.
  • Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including CE specialists, AES faculty, CE advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a master's degree, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as pomology, production horticulture, pest management, or a closely related field is required by the appointment start date. An understanding of agricultural production practices, field research and statistical design is required. Excellent written, public speaking and interpersonal communication skills are required. The ability to build partnerships and to work with multidisciplinary teams to address production and environmental challenges 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 the Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scale, please refer to: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/271532.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 four 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 include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.

  1. CV or Resume
  2. 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.

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