Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist
in Rangeland Management
The Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, seeks to fill an 11-month, career-track position at the Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension rank.
RESPONSIBILITIES: This academic position has 100% Cooperative Extension (CE) responsibilities and will be located in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) at UC Davis. The candidate will conduct applied research that is closely linked to an extension and outreach program designed to address and solve critical issues and problems associated with rangelands, particularly to optimize management strategies for the dual uses of ranch enterprise economic viability and enhancement of ecosystem services. The successful candidate will exhibit statewide visibility and leadership in research and extension, and interact collaboratively with others within the department and college, as well as those outside the department with expertise in rangeland ecology, water resources, invasive weeds, economics, soils, animal management, animal health, and climate change. Given the importance of the California livestock industry, the diversity of subject matter, and the impacts of rangeland management on millions of acres of land and millions of acre-feet of water, the person in this position needs to be highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. This position fits within the academic plan of the Department of Plant Sciences, CA&ES and UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), which aims to improve sustainable plant- and animal-based agro-ecosystems for the future.
This position will support relevant UC Agriculture and Natural Resource strategic initiatives and program teams ( http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/). Research and extension activities will be conducted in the laboratories and fields at UC Davis, on diverse stakeholder lands (e.g., commercial ranches, local, state and federal grazing lands), and at UC Research and Extension Centers (RECs) located throughout California.
This CE Specialist is expected to develop a nationally-recognized research program that is directly linked to a statewide extension and outreach program, secure extramural funding, and publish research results in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and extension publications. The Rangeland Management Specialist will be expected to develop an independent but collaborative, mission-oriented integrated research and extension program in rangeland Management. The candidate's interwoven research and extension efforts will focus on developing management strategies to sustain the production of agricultural goods and ecological services on rangelands in the face of challenges such as drought, weed invasion, and the pressing need to increase agricultural productivity. This CE Specialist will bring leadership, visibility, and cohesion to the research and extension efforts of an interdisciplinary team of CE academics and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty as well as private and public stakeholders around the state and region. The appointee will also organize, coordinate or participate in meetings/workshops with CE academics and other stakeholders in multiple venues. Meeting these expectations will require extensive in-state travel. The appointee will have the opportunity to support graduate teaching missions of the department and to be a member of graduate programs. In support of affirmative action, CE programs are expected to include outreach to ethnic minorities, women, and other underrepresented clientele.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in rangeland management, ecology, or science, applied plant or soil sciences or ecology, weed science, or a closely related field with a demonstrated emphasis on rangeland management. Ability to conduct independent research and outreach in rangeland management must be demonstrated. Of particular interest is a candidate with demonstrated capacity and interest in interdisciplinary rangeland research spanning plant, animal, soil, economic, and environmental sciences. The candidate must be able to meet the experience and academic requirements to become a Certified Range Manager (CA State Board of Forestry) within the first 4 to 6 years following appointment. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership ability and communication skills.
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TO APPLY: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at http://apptrkr.com/564277
Dan Putnam, Chair, Search Committee
Department of Plant Sciences
Mail Stop 1, One Shields Ave.
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Telephone (530) 752-8982
UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.