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Soils and Irrigation Advisor (AP 21-16)

County Location: Kern County

Date Posted: July 27, 2021
Closing Date: September 24, 2021

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Location: UCCE Kern, Bakersfield, CA

Purpose.  The Soils & irrigation Advisor will primarily address high priority initiatives to Improve Water Quality, Quantity, and Security; Enhance Competitive, Sustainable Food Systems and Enhance the Health of Californians and California’s Agricultural Economy.

The Advisor should develop and integrate all aspects of crop production to promote sustainability, profitability, food safety, and environmental stewardship in the county region.

The Advisor will work with local agencies to provide outreach and information on critical issues associated with their responsibilities.

Water quality and availability are critical issues which impact crop production and soil health. Continued planting of permanent crops in areas that have not previously had fruit and nut crops because of soil or water salinity issues necessitates additional research to address these issues. Current research projects include fertilizer management in nut crops, interaction of water and nutrient management in almonds, salinity tolerance in pistachio and automated remote sensed systems for irrigation control and improving water use efficiency.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities in Kern County and throughout California.  Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving.  You 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 working landscapes of California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Counties of Responsibility. This position focuses on the Kern county area with work relevant to the wider Southern Central Valley.  There is opportunity and expectation to work collaboratively across counties.

Reporting Relationship: The Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension Kern County Director.

Required Qualifications

Education:  A minimum of a master's degree in soils, agronomy, water science or a closely related field is required at time of appointment.

Salary: The 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/353916.pdf

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-16).

Closing Date: 

To assure full consideration, complete application packets must be received by September 24, 2021 or open until filled.


Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce @ucanr.edu