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Woody Biomass & Forest Products Advisor

University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Yreka, California
Closing date
Aug 26, 2022

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Conservation science
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Woody Biomass & Forest Products Advisor

Applied Research and Extension

Serving Siskiyou, Shasta, and Trinity Counties, California

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The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking the following UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Advisor.


Location Headquarters.  Siskiyou County, CA


Purpose. The Woody Biomass & Forest Products Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address high priority needs and problems related to increasing the use of woody biomass in the region.


The advisor will serve as the regional lead for integrating biomass vegetation management work and community resilience. In so doing the advisor will provide technical assistance for community scaled vegetation management and natural resources manufacturing enhancing both private industry biomass utilization and long-term community resiliency in the face of a changing climate and pressure on keeping communities safe in the face of increased wildfire. 


The advisor is responsible for the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational and research programs that will have significant impacts on increasing the use of woody biomass in the region. This position will assist local forestland owners, processors, and marketers to increase use of wood products. The advisor will collaboratively develop and disseminate science-based practices for wood utilization, including niche production, marketing, resource sustainability, and appropriate-scale equipment and technology.


This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver relevant program content to have meaningful impacts in local communities and throughout California.

Opportunities abound for extension and research partnerships that link to work in partnership with the state of California including the Office of Planning and Research, CalFire, the Joint Institute on Wood Products Innovation, community water groups. The advisor will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work, and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and throughout California.  The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Counties of Responsibility.  This position will be headquartered in Siskiyou County and also serve Shasta and Trinity Counties.  


Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director for Siskiyou County with input from the other UCCE County Directors in the coverage area. 



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Required Qualifications

Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in community development, forestry, manufacturing, engineering, design, or related fields is required at the time of appointment. 

Additional Requirements

  • Valid driver license.
  • Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.

 Desired Experience

  • Educational and professional background in economic development
  • Experience working in woody biomass production systems such as engineered wood products, wood science, biomass energy or advanced manufacturing is highly desirable
  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension and community development
  • Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives

Skills Required

To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following area:


Technical Competence and Impact


The candidate should have a deep understanding of community and economic development and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and respond to changes in the industry and by clientele. 



Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal and information technology communication skills.  Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position. 


Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.


Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility


Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders.  Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.  


Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion.


Lifelong Learning


Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.


Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at:


About UC ANR


The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across California.  We are committed to developing and supporting practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.  UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.


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  • DEI: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Affirmative: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy:
  • The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

Salary & Benefits

Salary: The 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 website: the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position without change to the candidate’s current rank, step, salary and/or appointment terms; and if applicable, is eligible to retain indefinite status.


This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315


Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year.  For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at:

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-48)


Closing Date:  To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by

 August 26, 2022 – (open until filled)


Contact Alma Jackson - email:


Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at as a resource.


University of California Cooperative Extension

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy.  All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline.   New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines.  (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)  Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.  


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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. 


As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited. 


The University of California’s division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is an engine for problem solving. Serving as the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research, our more than 300 campus-based specialists and county-based advisors work as teams to bring practical, unbiased, science-based answers to Californians.

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