Vegetable Crops Cooperative Extension Specialist and Director Desert Research and Extension Cen[]

Southern Weed Science Society
El Centro, California, US
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Aug 02, 2021
Climate Change
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Posted on December 12, 2012

Type of position Academic, non-senate, non-tenure-track, full time.

Employer University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

Description of Employer University of California is a public institution system of ten campuses, five hospitals, two laboratories, several divisions, and dozens of research, extension, agricultural field stations.

Location El Centro, California

Description of Location This position is headquartered at the Desert REC in El Centro, 117 miles east of San Diego, 54 miles west of Yuma, Arizona, and just minutes from border crossings to the Mexican cosmopolitan city of Mexicali, a city that boasts one of the highest standards of living in Mexico. El Centro, the County's largest city with a population of 43,242, boasts a small-town feel with an international flavor. El Centro, ‘Where the sun spends the winter,' offers an arid desert climate and recreational access to the Algodones Dunes, the Salton Sea, and the Colorado River. Desert REC is comprised of 250 acres and directly supports 50 research projects all year long.

Benefits The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. .

Closing date of competition January 15, 2013

Date position available February 10, 2013

Description of duties
  • Develop and conduct a Cooperative Extension education and research program that meets critical needs and builds the knowledge base in vegetable crop production and practices and plant pathology.
  • Provide managerial leadership, expertise and direction including prioritization and exercising ultimate authority for allocation and approval of financial and human resources, long-range facility planning and development, and space planning and allocation.
  • Exercise hiring, disciplinary and termination authority of human resources.
  • Advocate for Desert REC, promoting research, extension and collaboration of projects. Develop research funding for own research projects and overall Desert REC mission and goals.
  • Participate in regional and statewide ANR committees, workgroups and meetings to ensure strong linkages and effective communications among the REC system, ANR administration and appropriate UC campus departments.
  • Manage the research project proposal, review, and resource allocation process.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research and education program; forge strong interactions with local county partners and clientele, as well as UC colleagues; contribute to core research and extension goals established within ANR; and assist in establishing an innovative multi-disciplinary program in their field of expertise.
  • Evaluate clientele problems and needs for Extension programs. Clientele include all public and private land decision-makers, cooperative extension advisors, farmers, growers, horticulturists, etc., professional service providers, private organizations, and public agencies.
  • Serve as a source of support to general public concerns in food safety and security of vegetable crop production and plant pathology. Provide field-tested methods to monitor changes in vegetation, water quality and watersheds, wildlife to assess the result of management activities.
  • Provide information to clientele through publications and web-based resources, activities located at Desert REC and Counties' Cooperative Extension offices.
Qualifications sought EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
  • A Ph.D. in plant sciences, plant pathology or a closely related field is required.
  • An educational background and/or work experience in vegetable crop production and practices, detection and environmentally sound, integrated approaches to management of plant diseases, pathogen biology and disease epidemiology, plant physiology, weed science, entomology, plant pathology, and/or soil science, is desirable.
  • Extension experience is also desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
Submit what HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must submit the following four components of the Application Packet: Cover LetterANR Academic Application Form- from the ANR website at: .
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 four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.ResumeCollege Level Transcripts: Original transcripts are preferred, however, legible photocopies of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates.
Submit to ANR Academic Personnel
Karen Ellsworth
University of California, One Shields Avenue
DANR Building, 225 Hopkins Road
Davis, CA 95616

Voice: (530) 752-7532; FAX: (530) 752-7785
E-mail Address:

Additional Information AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR's affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all academics.